Ihor was born in Sianok, Western Ukraine, on 16 June 1944.
In 1949 his parents and two brothers were accepted for immigration to Australia to start a new life after the horrors of World War 2 in Ukraine and Europe.
The family set sail for Australia from Naples in March 1949, arriving in Melbourne a month later.
The next stop for the family of five was the migrant camp in Bonegilla, some 335 kilometres north of Melbourne.
After a brief stay there, the family settled in nearby Albury before eventually moving to Sydney, where he started high school.
Following completion of high school, Ihor enrolled in Medicine at the University of Sydney where he graduated with the degree of MB,BS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) in 1973.
In 1980 he was awarded the Diploma in Diagnostic Radiology from the University of Sydney. He was appointed Fellow in Radiology at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney and in 1982, and, in 2009 he was admitted as Fellow to The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. He was also a member of The Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia (IRSA).
Ihor devoted almost 50 years of his life to healing people … to serving his profession with dedication and consummate skill. He loved the challenge that radiology, and particularly his specialty of interventional radiology presented – the detective work, the chance to hunt down the culprit and to deal with it without subjecting patients to surgery.
Also a passionate teacher, Ihor enjoyed teaching medical students, residents and registrars the dark arts of radiology – mentoring and passing down his knowledge and skills to the next generation was something he took very seriously and delighted in.
Ihor will be remembered as contributing immensely to IRSA since the early days of the society. He was particularly involved with growing the society and contributing to IRSA when the presidency first moved to Sydney.
Ihor’s life ended on the evening of 4 July 2020 at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney, after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer.
He had a wonderful live, well lived. He was a beautiful soul with a bountiful heart.
May he finally rest in peace
Acknowledgements – The material for this obituary was provided and approved by Ihor’s wife, Irene Buschtedt-Kociumbas.