Dr. Adorjan I. DeGalffy
Primor de Szombatfalvi
1925 ~ 2013
SALINAS – Dr. Adorjan Imre deGalffy, 87, passed away at his home on Friday, June 7, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Margaret; stepsons, Andrew and Christopher, their wives, JoAnn and Juleanna; his nephew, Csaba and his wife, Ibolya; his niece, Sarolta; and his step-grandchildren, Will, Blythe, Helena and Leopold. His daughter, Scarlett and his brother, Gyorgy predeceased Dr. Adorjan.
Born September 30, 1925 in Budapest, Hungary to Dr. Imre deGalffy and his wife, Sarolta, Dr. Adorjan received diplomatic training at the Institute of Foreign Affairs in Budapest, graduating in 1943. Near the end of WWII he enrolled at Peter Pazany University, Budapest, where he later received Doctorates in both Law and Political Science, graduating summa cum laude in 1948.
During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Dr. Adorjan was appointed by the provisional government in Hungary to be the country's Ambassador to the United Nations. The Russians renounced this appointment after Soviet forces invaded to suppress the revolution.
While working as a legal advisor to the Hungarian State Railway and interpreter to the occupying Soviet military command, Dr. Adorjan was actively engaged in the Hungarian underground movement as a freedom fighter. He organized a plan to destroy Soviet tanks as they invaded Budapest and was personally responsible for destroying two tanks.
During the purge that followed the Soviet invasion of Hungary, Dr. Adorjan was forced to flee his homeland. He escaped to Austria and lived there briefly before fulfilling his dream of coming to the U.S. He arrived at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, the refugee camp for Hungarians on December 12, 1956.
Dr. Adorjan worked as a clerk for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City while attending school at Columbia University where he received a Masters in Library Science in 1960.
After moving to California in 1961, Dr. Adorjan became a science librarian at San Jose State University where he also served as a member of the Academic Senate. In 1976 he accepted a position at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University as Head Cataloger and Acquisitions Librarian.
In 1981 Dr. Adorjan met the love of his life, Margaret. The two married in 1982 and combined their families, moving from Menlo Park to Monterey where Dr. Adorjan taught Hungarian at the Defense Language Institute. When the Hungarian department was eliminated, Dr. Adorjan laterally transferred to the Institute's library where he worked until his retirement in 1993. Following his retirement, Dr. Adorjan worked as a real estate broker for several companies.
Dr. Adorjan was proud of his family history, which dated back to 1250. In 1577 King Bathori, Prince of Translvania and King of Poland bestowed the title of Primor deSzombatfalvi or Count upon one of Dr. Adorjan's direct ancestors and his progeny. This title was handed down from father to son for 436 years, finally resting with Primor deSzombatfalvi, Dr. Adorjan Imre deGalffy.
Noble by birth and deed, Dr. Adorjan was a highly respected member of the community known for his immense knowledge and diplomacy. He was a dignified, kindhearted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will continue to be admired, cherished and loved by his family and friends. He is and will always be the true love of Margaret's life.
In lieu of flowers, Dr. Adorjan's family asks that a donation be made to Central Coast Hospice in recognition and gratitude for the service they provided. Private services will be held at San Carlos Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.missionmortuary.com.
Published in The Monterey Herald on June 13, 2013