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Alfonz Lengyel


1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Lengyel, Alfonz
Oct. 21, 1921 - Jan. 24, 2016
Dr. Alfonz Lengyel, PhD, art historian and archaeologist, died Sunday, January 24, 2016, at his home in Sarasota, Florida. He was 94 years old.
Dr. Lengyel, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born October 21, 1921 in Godollo, Hungary and served in the Hungarian Royal Army. After spending six years in Communist prison camp, he participated in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. In the U.S. he was one of the founders of the Association of Former Hungarian Political Prisoners.
Dr. Lengyel received his law degree in 1948 in Hungary, a bachelor and master's degrees in Art History from San Jose University, California in 1959, and in 1964 his Ph.D. in Museology from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. Beginning in 1968, he directed archaeological excavations in Yugoslavia and Italy and taught art history, archaeology and museum management at several universities in Europe and the United States. Between 1991 and 2008, Dr. Lengyel led excavations at numerous historical sites in China, where he was the first foreigner to be awarded government permission to engage in archaeological excavation, and is honored with a plaque at the Xi'an Tomb Museum, site of the famous terracotta warriors. He served as Advisory Professor at Fudan University and Xi'an Jiaotong University, and in the early 1990s he established the Sino-American Field School of Archaeology, currently based at UCLA.
Dr. Lengyel was elected to the International Council of Museums (ICOM/UNESCO), held membership in a number of American and foreign professional organizations related to art history, archaeology, and museology, and was the recipient of numerous honors and medals from professional organizations. In Sarasota, he was member of the Board of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association, and the Ringling Museum of Asian Art Division.
As a national hero with an honorary military rank of Colonel, Dr. Lengyel will be officially buried in the National Memorial Place Cemetery in Budapest.
Dr. Lengyel is survived by his wife, Dr. Hongying Liu-Lengyel, a professor retired from universities in Nanjing, China. The two had worked together since 1980 to promote good relations between China and the United States.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 6th.
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Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2016
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