Dr. Oleksandr (Alex) Kogan

April 5, 1964November 6, 2018
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Dr. Oleksandr (Alex) Kogan, 54, of Wilmington, NC, passed away surrounded by his family on November 6, 2018 after two years of courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Odessa, Ukraine on April 5, 1964 to Samariy Kogan and Maya Grushko.

In 1986 he graduated from Odessa State University. Alex was always a “science guy,” who expressed deep interest in scientific innovations and breakthroughs, which is what drove him to then receive his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1993. He met his wife Olga in 1989 and they got married in 1992 in Moscow, Russia. In 1999 Alex and his family moved to America, and he started working for Corning as an optical engineer. His love and passion for his job gained him much respect from his colleagues as well as receiving numerous awards for outstanding work. He found a new home in North Carolina. He loved the ocean, which reminded him of his childhood on the coast of the Black Sea. He enjoyed travelling, photography, art, and music.

He loved life, never stopped wondering, had an amazing sense of humor, and had the most vibrant smile in the world. He was strong, brave, compassionate, optimistic, and handsome. He had a tremendous passion for knowledge and education and shared it with those around him. He will be missed so much by many.

He is survived by his beloved wife Olga Kogan; daughter and “apple of his eye” Anya Kogan, who followed in his footsteps and obtained an advanced degree in Physics; parents Samariy Kogan and Maya Grushko, that he greatly cherished and adored; childhood best friends Yuriy Milsteyn and Yury Michel; as well as numerous friends from around the world and his silly cats Max, Gary, and Creamsicle.

A Memorial Service will be held at Coble Ward-Smith on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 1pm with Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov officiating.

Shiva will be held at Temple of Israel in the Reibman Center on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:30pm.

The family would like to send its sincere appreciation to his co- workers at Corning for all their tremendous support and kindness, and all the wonderful people in the Zimmer Cancer Center, especially Dr. McNulty, Jr. and his team, Chrissy, Angie, and Amy. Also, a thank you to Dr. Sanoff from UNC Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Zimmer Cancer Center. Online condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Shiva Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dr. Oleksandr (Alex) Kogan

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Kira and Leonid Lebedinsky

November 13, 2018

It is so hard to talk of Alex in the past time. He was always brimming with positive energy, with brilliant ideas and with kindness and so full of life. He was an extraordinary gifted person and yet so humble and so fun to be around. He possessed a great sense of humor and so much love and devotion to his family. He was a very good friend and I would never forget how he helped our family when we needed it most. I want his family to know that we are there for them to help with whatever they need and that they are always welcome at our home in New York.

Rosemary deas

November 12, 2018

Alex will be greatly missed at Corning. He was a very smart man . He adored his daughter and when I told him I also had cancer he was very proud to show me a “Believe” bracelet his daughter had given him that he wore proudly . He told me to Believe also. My thoughts and prayers are with the family . I pray for comfort , peace And strength to get through this very sad time .


November 12, 2018

I had the privilege of working with Alex for many years. He was a brilliant physicist. Alex and I were co-author in many publications and patents. It was really a pleasure to work with him. He would always make a difficult problem sound very simple. He was always very helpful and humble. Alex, I will miss you. Rest in peace.

Dr. Raj Mishra

Victor Cohen

November 11, 2018

I never met Alex personally, but I feel that I knew him; his mother Maya, a former student of mine, told me over the years so much about him and his family that I deeply regret never having had the opportunity to greet him face to face. Having lost a son of my own, I pray that Maya and Mark along with Alex's wife and daughter will receive the love and support that my wife Cookie, my daughter Michal and I have received over the years.
Maya, Mark and family I send you my condolences and love.

Victor Cohen (I will visit you when I return next week from Maine)

Donna Hewett

November 9, 2018

Nice, nice man. Always happy to help us, and really knew his stuff! Will be missed.

Judy Walters

November 9, 2018

It was always a pleasure to see Alex at work. He had the kindest and most sincere smile. It was the kind of smile that could lift your spirits every time. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Donna M Emery

November 9, 2018

Alex always made me laugh! He was quick witted, and friendly to everyone.

Charles Laing

November 9, 2018

It was a pleasure having Alex as a co-worker at Corning. He always had an insightful way of approaching problems, and was helpful with his knowledge of computers and cameras. We all appreciated his quick sense of humor.