Embassy in Egypt receives memorial gift

by Oksana Zakydalsky

CAIRO - The Embassy of Ukraine in Egypt has received a gift of books on Ukraine in memory of Adrian Hromiak, a Ukrainian American who worked in Egypt for more than 10 years. Mr. Hromiak, who died in August 1994, in Chicago, was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on projects throughout the Middle East.

Born in Ukraine in 1937, Mr. Hromiak was a civil engineering graduate of the University of Illinois. His first job after graduation was with the U.S. Department of Defense in Turkey, and he subsequently worked on engineering projects, both for the U.S. government and private companies, in Italy, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt. He spent two tours of duty with the U.S. Army Corps in Egypt - the first time from 1981 to 1987 and the second time from 1989 until his death.

When the Embassy of Ukraine was opened in Cairo in the fall of 1993, Mr. Hromiak became friends with the ambassador, Viktor Nahaichouk, and a frequent visitor to the Embassy. When Mr. Hromiak died, his friends collected funds in his memory that were used for the purchase of books, such as the complete set of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, Orest Subtelny's "Ukraine: A History" and other English-language reference books on Ukraine, and donated them to the Cairo Embassy. The books now form the basis of an embassy reference library, and the donation is acknowledged with an engraved copper plaque.

Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, May 26, 1996, No. 21, Vol. LXIV

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