Dr Levan Jorjishvili passed away on Thursday February 4, 2021, just 4 days before his 86th birthday. He was born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, son of Irakli Nicholas Jorjishvili and mother Elizabeth Peter Kotchergin. He completed his PhD in Physics at Tbilisi State University. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle.
He leaves his wife of 58 years, Dr Svetlana Sobolevskaia, daughter Ekaterina Cox and son-in-law William Cox, grandsons Nicholas Cox and Andrew Levan Cox of Brookhaven, Georgia. In his country of origin, Republic of Georgia, he is preceded in death by his parents and brother Gorgi Jorjishvili and survived by nephews Andrei Jorjishvili and Irakli Jorjishvili, cousin Slava Kotchergin, cousin Alexander Kotchergin and son Nicholas Kotchergin, and sister-in-law Mzia Nikoladze and daughter Keti Nikoladze.
He was kind to all people especially children. In recent years he loved driving his grandsons to and from Ashford Park Elementary School. He was not gregarious, yet many people at the school remembered him anytime he was away for a few days.
He had a special fondness for dogs and took his dog Lucy for a walk every day. He had a sense of humor and loved a good joke, especially enjoying elementary school boy’s toilet humor.
He had a keen sense of the fundamental science involved in any action, from hammering nails, to heating metal, to diffraction of light. He loved the sounds of bells and tuning forks and symphony. He enjoyed classical music and opera. He preferred listening to Hispanic music on the radio, though he didn't know the words he said the sound was more melodic than American pop music.
Dr. Jorjishvili dedicated his career to his beloved Andronikashvili Institute of Physics in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He was recognized as one of the leading researchers of the institute and among the first in science to understand the role of nano particles in the behavior of materials. Beyond his own research in magnetic resonance, he was supportive of many others' work as a colleague, mechanic, engineer and scrounger of needed materials.
He found great joy in being 'Papa' to his grandsons - accompanying them on hikes to explore, observe and forage and attending their sports, music and school events. He enjoyed their assistance in disassembling and repairing all types of appliances and devices.
We miss him and remember him well.
A memorial service for Levan will be held in the Memorial Garden at the front of Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church on Wednesday February 10 at 4 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Levan's memory are appreciated to Emory Hospital, Ashford Park Elementary School or Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church.