Professor Nina Landgraff, 59, originally from Minsk, Belarus, had been a resident of Bakersfield, California when she passed away on Tuesday July 25, 2017 during a European cruise.
At first it was thought she had a heart attack and was rushed to a hospital in Naples, Italy. There, with the help of friends to translate, she was diagnosed with Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and spent 2 weeks in the hospital before doctors in Italy said it was safe for her to travel. Her son, Anton Khatsanovich flew from Bakersfield to Italy.
Through travel insurance, a nurse was assigned to escort Nina back to the US. Unfortunately, on their first layover, Nina Landgraff suffered another setback and was admitted into a hospital in Zurich, Switzerland where she was further diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer (Multiple Myeloma). She died in Zurich with her son at her side.
Landgraff worked at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California where she taught Healing Art to lower stress and as well as relax by creating art.
Nina Landgraff has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and worked in all art mediums. She taught in art school for 10 years in Minsk, Belarus. She was an adjunct faculty member in art at Bakersfield College, taught at the Arts Council of Kern and the Bakersfield Art Association, conducted private classes, and performed custom art work. She was fluent in Russian and English.