1990: A LOOK BACK
Deaths in the community
During 1990, the Ukrainian community mourned the passing of notable leaders
and activists, and well-known personages. Among them were the following:
- Bronko Nagurski, 81, Ukrainian American football player, star running
back for the Chicago Bears in the 1930s, a charter member (1963) of the
Pro Football Hall of Fame - January 7.
- Petro Cholodny, Jr., 87, artist and iconographer whose icons, stained
glass windows and mosaics glorify the interiors of many churches in the
United States - January 24.
- Archbishop Wolodymyr Didowycz, 65, prelate of the Australia/New Zealand
Eparchy of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - January 20.
- Olimpia Dobrovolska, 94, leading actress of Ukrainian theater companies
in Ukraine, wife of actor and theater director Joseph Hirniak - February
- The Rt. Rev. Andrew Beck, 78, diocesan treasurer at the Consistory
of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, administrator of diocesan publications,
spiritual advisor to the Ukrainian Orthodox League, member of the Metropolitan
Council - February 2.
- Dr. Gregory Luznycky, 86, retired University of Pennsylvania professor,
noted church historian, literary scholar and journalist - March 3.
- Hanusia Sverstiuk, 3, granddaughter of noted literary critic and philosopher
Yevhen Sverstiuk, daughter of Andriy and Maria Sverstiuk, who was born
one week after the Chornobyl nuclear accident and was diagnosed at the
age of 2 as having brain cancer - March 16.
- Wasyl Kychun, 68, a leading member of Americans for Human Rights in
Ukraine and founder of its Ohio branch - April 19.
- Leonid Poltava, 68, author and journalist, editorial staffer of Svoboda,
editor-in-chief of the National Tribune - April 19.
- Taras Maksymowich, 64, supreme advisor of the Ukrainian National Association
and pillar of Ukrainian community life in Miami - April 30.
- Bishop Demetrius Greschuk, 66, Ukrainian Catholic eparch of Edmonton
- July 8.
- Yakiv Makovetsky, 81, former head of the Ukrainian National Council,
longtime leading member of the Leadership of Ukrainian Nationalists - July
- Sergei Paradjanov, 66, brilliant film director of the postwar period
in the USSR, known for his film "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors,"
repressed in the 1970s and attacked for his "Ukrainian nationalism"
though he was a Georgian-born Armenian - July 21.
- Sofia Fedak-Melnyk, 90, wife and longtime assistant of Andriy Melnyk,
head of the Leadership of Ukrainian Nationalists - July 29.
- Jerry Pronko, first vice-president of the Ukrainian Fraternal Association,
editor of The Fraternal Voice and managing editor of Forum magazine, as
well as public relations director for the UFA's annual Ukrainian Youth
Festival - July 29.
- Yaroslav Kurdydyk, 83, writer and journalist in Ukraine, Germany and
Canada, a contributing writer to many publications, including Svoboda -
- Bishop Volodymyr Malanchuk, 86, France's first Ukrainian Catholic eparch
- September 29.
- Mike Mazurki, 82, Ukrainian-born American actor of the silver screen
and television - December 9.
Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, December
30, 1990, No. 52, Vol. LVIII
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