| Wojciech Antoni "Al" Krotoski|
(Physician and pro-life activist)
|Born|| June 20, 1937 |
|Died||January 1, 2016 (aged 78)|
|Spouse|| (1) Danuta M. Krotoski (divorced)|
(2) Judith Ann Goins Bell Krotoski (married 1985-2013, her death)
Wojciech Antoni Krotoski, known as Al Krotoski (June 20, 1937 – January 1, 2016), was a physician in New Orleans and later Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who was active in the right-to-life movement, having frequently testified on family issues before the Louisiana State Legislature.
Dr. Krotoski was a pro-life giant, who forever changed the life landscape in the Louisiana legislature, nationally, and internationally -- The Reverend Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum.
A citizen of Poland by birth, Krotoski was actually born in Riga, Latvia, where his father, Ludwik Krotoski, was the charge d'affairs of the Polish consulate. In 1939, his parents and two older siblings were living in Warsaw awaiting assignment when Nazi Germany invaded Poland and began World War II. With Poland abandoned to communism after the war, the Krotoskis managed to reach London, where Ludwig served the Polish government-in-exile until after the war. In 1949, the Krotoskis became British subjects but that same year immigrated to the United States. In 1955, they were naturalized as American citizens while residing in Los Angeles, California.
Krotoski graduated in 1952 from Loyola High School in Los Angeles and began college at the age of fifteen, but he did not receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in bacteriology until 1960 from the University of California at Los Angeles. He entered graduate school and then medical school in 1961. In 1968, he received a Ph.D. in medical microbiology as well as his M.D. degree. He engaged in an internship at Gorgas Hospital, named for medical pioneer William C. Gorgas (1854-1920), in the former Panama Canal Zone.
In 1969, he returned from the Canal Zone to the United States upon receipt of a commission in the Public Health Service. He was assigned to research malaria at the National Institutes of Health office in Chamblee, Georgia. In 1972, he undertook a residency in preventive medicine at the public health hospital in San Francisco. This training required him to visit tropical centers in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Having completed the residency in 1974, he received the Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley. In the summer of 1975, he came to the public health hospital in New Orleans to establish a tropical infectious disease research program. He subsequently traveled to the Marshall Islands as a consultant in a radiological health program. This assisgnment included a visit to Bikini Atoll. In 1980, with the technical assistance of his former wife, Danuta Gwozdziowski, and others, he discovered the cause of relapse in malaria as a hypnozoite. For this endeavor, he was nominated in 1989 for a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. When the public health hospital system closed in 1981, Dr. Krotoski began work at the National Hansen's Disease Center in Carville in Iberville Parish near Baton Rouge. He worked there until his retirement in 1995. He was the author or co-author of fifty-five scientific papers and a reviewer on several editorial boards for medical journals. He continued after retirement to lecture extensively on subjects related to tropical infectious diseases.
Krotoski was active in statewide and local pro-life organizations. He was the co-founder of The Hippocratic Resource and an elected member for two terms to the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee, a 144-member body which governs the activities of the state party. He was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Baton Rouge and the Roman Catholic men's order, the Knights of Columbus. His second wife, Judith Ann Goins Bell Krotoski (1945-2013), an occupational therapist who specialized in rehabilitation of the hand, was a native of Fort Worth, Texas. The couple married in 1985; they were active in the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement. Dr. Krotoski is survived by his daughter from the first marriage, Aleksandra Krystyna Theresa "Aleks" Krotoski, an American citizen, broadcaster, journalist, and Ph.D. social psychologist, about whom there is a Wikipedia biography. She was born in 1974 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, Ben Hammersley, and daughter, Ripley (born 2014); a stepson, John Bell, IV; and his sister, Danuta (same first name as his first wife) K. Shaw, and her husband, Robert. A mass of Christian burial was recited at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church on January 8, 2016. He is interred beside Judith at Resthaven Gardens of Memory in Baton Rouge.
Krotoski joined with Dr. Francis D. Rinaudo (1948-2020), a dentist from St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish, in establishing the Hippocratic Resource Council, which has for decades assisted the pro-life cause.
The Reverend Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum in Baton Rouge, called Krotoski "a pro-life giant, who forever changed the life landscape in the Louisiana legislature, nationally, and internationally. ... He reminded us that words have meaning. He refused to refer to the practice of abortion with sanitized words. He consistently referred to 'abortion clinics' as 'abortion facilities' emphasizing the truth that 'clinics' are life affirming and life saving whereas 'abortion facilities' are not." Krotoski presented the pro-life perspective on a variety of bills and will be remembered and honored as a voice for "an ever-greater respect for all human life, from fertilization until natural death."
Other pro-life activists:
- Wojciech Antoni Krotoski. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on January 6, 2016.
- Judith Ann Goins Bell Krotoski. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on January 6, 2016.
- Louisiana Family Forum, "Family Facts: Loss of a Giant: Dr. Rinaudo Steps into His Heavenly Home," January 28, 2020.
- Gene Mills, "A Pro-Life Champion Goes Home!," Louisiana Family Forum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 5, 2016.