Wayne S. Vucinich, 1913-2005

One of the first and best American Balkanologists, Professor Wayne Vucinich, has died at the age of 91. Stanford University has released a detailed and thoughtful obituary, describing his influence and citing several of the scholars he influenced. Anybody wishing to express their respect is advised, "In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Stanford University for the Wayne S. and Sara Stys Vucinich Fund for Slavic Studies, Stanford University, Attn: Gift Processing, 326 Galvez St., Stanford, CA 94305-6105."


Yakima_Gulag said...

This man had a profound influence on American policy. Not only that, he suffered very greatly in the stupid 'Red Scare'
Countries too often abuse most those citizens who can do the most to build understanding with their 'enemies'. I think a lot of his views are the common perception of Americans in the know.

Eric Gordy said...

When I was at Berkeley he was, although retired, still very active at Stanford, and I had the pleasure of meeting him at a few conferences. Always at least half of the prominent people at the conferences would have been his former students, and everybody admired him -- but he would always take time out to talk personally to everyone, showing more than just polite interest in the work of us lowly grad students. More than an inspiration, he was a mensch.