Boris Zeldovich, Emeritus Professor of Optics and Photonics, and Physics, passed away on Sunday, December 16, at the age of 74. He joined the UCF faculty in 1994 and made outstanding contributions in research and education in optics and photonics and has been a great asset to the College for more than two decades. He made significant contributions in the areas of optical phase conjugation and optical speckle waves and his work was published in two well-known books, chapters in books, and many journal papers. He has been recognized at the national and international levels. He is Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the prestigious Max Born Award in Physical Optics from the Optical Society (OSA) and the USSR State Prize. He has served on numerous editorial boards and leadership roles in professional societies.