on May 8, 2013 - 11:28 PM
Aug. 20, 1922 – May 6, 2013
Adam P. Orfanos, Ph.D., of Cheektowaga, a retired biochemist, died Monday in Sisters Hospital St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 90.
Dr. Orfanos was a pediatric biochemist at Children’s Hospital and at the University at Buffalo from 1965 until he retired in 1989.
He worked with Edward W. Naylor and Robert Guthrie in the development of a blood test to determine lead poisoning, leading to the PKU test that’s given to all newborn infants to screen for metabolic disorders. He was the author of 56 scientific publications.
Born in Gramoussa, Lakonia, Greece, he served with the Greek resistance during World War II.
He received his master’s degree from the University of Athens, but unable to find work because of the political turmoil in Greece, he worked as a laborer, then took a job as director of oenology, the science of winemaking, for a winemaker in Madagascar from 1959 to 1963.
He left Madagascar after contracting a severe case of malaria. After coming to the U.S. in 1964, he earned his doctorate from UB.
He was an avid gardener and a member of Hellenic Orthodox Church.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Kaliroy Maniatakou; and a son, Peter.
Funeral liturgy will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St. at Delaware Avenue.