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Obituary: Dr. Wladimir Zezulin

Dr. Wladimir Zezulin, a resident of Glen Cove, and Palm Coast, Fla., died at his home in Glen Cove on Aug. 7, 2014. He was born on May 11,1923 in Irshava (near Mukachevo), Czechoslovakia. His father, Jakow Zezulin, was a White Russian émigré officer and a judge in Czechoslovakia. His mother, Nina Shelestove (neé Moroz) was raised in Lviv and was a court secretary. He went to German schools in Czechoslovakia and began medical school there. He graduated from Boston University Medical School in Boston, Mass. in 1952. Dr. Zezulin was a radiologist at the Department of Radiology at Lahey Clinic in Boston (now Burlington, Mass.) and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He wrote articles on medical research and was a lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He helped many Russian émigrés and often arranged their medical care.  


Dr. Zezulin resided in Framingham and was a parishioner and parish council member of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Epiphany in Roslindale. He was active in anti-communist White Russian émigré organizations, in particular the Narodno Trudovoj Soyuz (NTS). He participated in the Organization of Russian Compatriots established after the fall of the USSR and was in Moscow in front of the

White House at the time of the 1991 failed coup. He enjoyed travel to Russia and the Czech Republic after the fall of communism. 


He is survived by his wife Marta Bilek, son and daughter-in-law Dimitry and Nina Shishkoff, grandchildren Alexandra, Theodore, and Nicholas Shishkoff, sisters-in-law Alexandra Zezulin and Maria Jordan, stepson Robert Bilek and his wife Karyna Ahanasian and their children, and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.


Dr. Zezulin was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Serge Zezulin and his wife Anna (neé Shishkoff). The Whitting Funeral Home in Glen Head is in charge of the arrangements.