Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger

CHAMPAIGN – Dr. Michael Earl Schlesinger, 75, passed away on Wednesday (April 11, 2018) at his home in Champaign.

He was born Feb. 23, 1943, in Los Angeles to Samuel and Beryl (Robinson) Schlesinger.

Dr. Schlesinger is survived by his first wife, Barbara Chesbrough; children, Mylynda (Mordechai) Massart, Michelle (John) Simpson, Savva Korolev and Sam Schlesinger; grandchildren, Louren, Noah, Emmit, Elyara, Chloe and Chayim; sister, Jacqueline Cohan; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Sadie. He was preceded in death by his parents; second wife, Natalia Andronova; and brother, Jeffrey Schlesinger.

Dr. Schlesinger was a professor at the University of Illinois for 29 years in the Department of Atmospheric Science. He previously taught at Oregon State University for 14 years and University of California, Los Angeles, for six years. Dr. Schlesinger was the recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize through his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Memorial visitation in Dr. Schlesinger's honor will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018, at Sunset Funeral Home, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign.

Memorial donations may be made in Dr. Schlesinger's name to Animal House Shelter, a "no-kill" shelter, at animalhouseshelter.com. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at sunsetfuneralhome.com.