Yuri Igolnikov

   Yury was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1937. He was very active in sports playing volleyball and soccer and did extensive high altitude Mountain Climbing in the area of the Black Sea. He earned his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the St. Petersburg Institute of Civil Engineering. In 1978 he immigrated to the U.S. and worked for a number of U.S. Engineering companies including Bechtel and Boeing. His work with Boeing culminated in Stress engineering analysis of Military Cargo Planes.

   Yury is married with three children and grand children. He retired in 2009 and began his introduction to lapidary art through a Saddleback Community College Emeritus class in Mission Viejo, California. The classes were held in the Laguna Woods Villlage Home Owners Association lapidary shop under the tutelage of Conrad Grundke.

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