Andre I. Zavalin

Born on April 18, 1959

Departed on June 1, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Andre Zavalin- Age 60, June 1, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Elena Zavalin; sons, Kirill Zavalin and Stefan Zavalin; parents, Ludmila and Igor Zavalin; brother, Vyacheslav Zavalin.

He was a strong spiritual man, a deacon at St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church and one of the founders of St. Innocent of Moscow Russian Orthodox Mission. He was a research professor with a PhD in theoretical physics.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019 at St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church, 1712 5th Avenue N. Nashville, TN 37208. Liturgy will be 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Monday followed by funeral service “otpevaniye” 12 p.m.-1 p.m., followed by a second brief visitation until 1:30 p.m. and a reception at the church.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations to help cover funeral costs are greatly appreciated and can be made by Venmo or in check to any of our family, or made at the GoFundMe page.

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14 Comments to Andre I. Zavalin

  1. Akira Ueda
    June 2, 2019 12:25 am

    Andrey is a nice man and a good friend of mine. He is a good scientist and a good educator.
    Since his office is next to mine, we talk a lot on science, philosophy, religion, life, education, family, and so on.
    I lost a good friend.

    I remember that we met at the Nashville Airport for the first time when he came to USA. It was about 20 years ago. We welcomed him at the gate with a sign “Andrey” in Russian.

    I still do not believe that Andrey passed away. Because of this, probably, there is no god although Andrey believed in.
    He will be in my mind forever.

  2. Penny Osgood
    June 2, 2019 2:48 pm

    What a kind and wonderful neighbor! He will be greatly missed. I am sending you all prayers and sympathy.

  3. Junhai Yang
    June 2, 2019 4:15 pm

    Andrey was my colleague at Vanderbilt,and a close friend.
    We worked together to develop next generation MALDI instrument and sample preparation for high spatial resolution imaging for biological molecules.
    He was a world class scientist, I had nice discussion with him almost everyday when he was at Vanderbilt, he was very inspiring, intelligent and talented.
    With his passing, I lost a great friend, a colleague and a big brother.
    May you rest in peace, Andrey, you will be remembered.

  4. Michael Martinovich
    June 2, 2019 6:06 pm

    The entire St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church community is mourning Andre’s passing. In addition to his most accomplished professional life, +Andre was a deacon in the Orthodox Church. We shall miss his kind and gentle ways, and his beautiful baratone voice in church. Our sympathies to the family. May his Memory be Eternal!

  5. w, eugene collins
    June 2, 2019 9:35 pm

    I am saddened to hear of Andre’s passing. Andre was friend and colleague. We worked many projects together at Fisk University over many years. He was one fantastic person that will be truly missed.

  6. Your friends at TRC Worldwide Engineering
    June 3, 2019 9:06 am

    Elena, Kirill, and Stefan,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. What an incredible man Andre was. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. You are in our thoughts and prayers, today and always.

  7. Constantine Coca
    June 3, 2019 9:41 am

    I’m very saddened to hear of Andre’s passing. He was a colleague at Fisk University, but more than that he was a friend with whom I’ve had many discussions about family and life. Since we were both born in Europe, we had a similar social heritage and we often shared memories from our previous experiences behind the Iron Curtain. We both raised our children in classical music and had a common feeling of satisfaction that they became accomplished musicians. Andre had a great heart, I will never forget his kindness. My heart goes out to his family and I pray that God will comfort their hearts.

  8. Peggy Lucas-McGowan
    June 3, 2019 10:37 am

    My sincere condolences to Dr. Zavalin’s family. As a member of the staff here in the Physics & Astronomy Department of Vanderbilt University for the past 46 years, I remember Dr. Zavalin well. He was one of the kindest, helpful persons I’ve encountered and the epitome of what I consider a gentleman to be. I pray your fond memories of him help lighten the weight of your grief. God be with you.

  9. Liviu Matei
    June 3, 2019 11:10 am

    I just heard about Dr. Zavalin’s passing. I knew him as a good colleague at Fisk University. I had the chance to talk with him many times on life, family and music. We shared the experience of living on the other side of Iron Curtain.
    My sincere condolences to his family. May God comfort you in this time of grief.

  10. Vladimir Burchakov
    June 3, 2019 11:34 am

    С прискорбием узнал о кончине диакона Андрея. Знал его, как сердечного, умного собеседника, доброго пастыря, большого друга нашего прихода в г. Мебан, Сев.Каролина. Елена, примите искренние соболезнования всвязи с безвременной утратой. Упокой, Господи, душу новоприставленного раба Божия, диакона Андрея. И сотвори ему вечную память.

  11. Yuri Barnakov
    June 3, 2019 4:49 pm

    I was very very saddened to know about Andrey’ s so early departure. Knowing him for only couple of years it was enough to get a feeling that you know him for whole life. Very friendly, very supportive, helpful very knowledgeable with great erudition in many fields of science engineering as well as aspects of life. He was truly intelligent person. Combining with his great personal character – humor, supportiveness, friendnes helpfulness надежность he was great human being.
    We spent hours doing Raman measurements and chat. Even when I left we always tried to talk over the phone. I will miss these conversations.
    We lost a great man. Rest In Peace, My Dear Friend.
    My deepest and sincere condolence to the family.

  12. Sergiy Bubin
    June 4, 2019 7:27 am

    We are very saddened by the passing of Andrey, who we knew quite well when we were living in Nashville. May his memory be eternal! Rest in peace!

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