Sophia I. Sluzar
Sophia Sluzar, age 75, of Wilmington, DE died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family.
Sophia was a historian and editor who specialized in Eastern European studies. A native of Ukraine, she immigrated to the United States with her parents and siblings after World War II and settled in Philadelphia. Ukrainian politics and culture were lifelong interests, and she worked to promote democracy and human rights in Ukraine and throughout the former Soviet Union.
While on leave from her work as a foreign affairs officer with the State Department, Sophia established an office in Ukraine of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems to promote transparency during the first parliamentary elections in an independent Ukraine. She was executive editor of the bimonthly "Problems of Communism," in Washington, D.C., for a decade. Before that, she worked as a special assistant for the Agency for International Development during the Carter administration.
Sophia served as president of the Delaware Branch of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America for many years. She was active in the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Science in New York.
She is survived by four nieces, Maria Zmurkewycz and Theresa Zmurckewycz, both of Philadelphia, Marta Salij of Birmingham, MI, and Elena Salij of New York City, and one nephew, Roman Salij of Riverside, IL.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. A panachyda will follow at 7:00 PM. The funeral service will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Wilmington. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Elkins Park, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial gifts to the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown, PA., or the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York.
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