Aug. 3, 1931 — Jan. 21, 2016
Rafael Ignacio Tejada of Kenmore, a retired doctor who specialized in fertility, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 84.
Born in the town of Puente Nacional in Colombia, Dr. Tejada graduated from the Pontífica Universidad Javeriana with bachelor’s and medical degrees.
He was a research physician and co-director of the in vitro laboratories at Women’s & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo from 1991 until retiring in 1997.
Prior to arriving in Buffalo, Dr. Tejada was a reproductive biologist and clinical director of fertility services at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, and research director at Southern California Fertility Institute.
Dr. Tejada arrived in the U.S. in 1960 to take the position of research director at Tyler Medical Clinic in Los Angeles, which was at the forefront of pioneering the in vitro fertilization process. He was a member of the American Fertility Society and Pacific Coast Fertility Society. His wrote numerous articles for journals such as Fertility and Sterility, Journal of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer and Reproductive Medicine.
As a medical photographer and cinematographer, he was the cameraman for the sperm-cell motion sequence in the film “The Incredible Machine,” produced by the National Geographic Society.
He also produced his own documentaries on animal oocyte maturation.
His hobbies included oil painting, including an oil portrait of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra director JoAnn Falletta.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Berta Tejada Montoya; two sons, Carlos and Roberto; a daughter, Susana; a brother, Eduardo; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services were held Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda.