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Roman Kolkowicz

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Roman Kolkowicz Obituary
November 15, 1929 - March 17, 2017 Dr. Roman Kolkowicz, 87, died on March 17, 2017, in his home in Topanga Canyon, CA, after a lengthy illness. He died peacefully, with his wife and companion of nearly 40 years by his side. An Emeritus Professor of Political Science at UCLA, Dr. Kolkowicz had a long and distinguished career as a political scientist and as an analyst and consultant to some of the most influential think tanks in North America, including The Rand Corporation (1961-66) and the Institute for Defense Analyses (1966-1970). During this time, he also held visiting professorships at the City University of New York, the University of Virginia, and George Washington University. He came to UCLA in 1970 and retired in 1991 to write his personal story as a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland. He served as a consultant to and testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Security in 1972, during the SALT treaty negotiations and ratification, and chaired the foreign policy platform of the California Democratic Party in 1972 and 1976. From 1974 until 1982, he served as Founding Director of the Center for International and Strategic Affairs (CISA) at UCLA, which brought noted scholars and students from around the world to teach and study at UCLA, and he organized path-breaking conferences on international issues, which frequently brought together representatives of foreign entities who were unable to meet in a more formal setting. CISA was followed at UCLA by the Burkle Center which has continued to include many of Kolkowicz's innovative programs in their curriculum. In 1983-85, he was co-Director of the Project on Arms Control which was chaired by former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, and which culminated in the formation of the Carter Center at Emory University. And in 1985-87, he directed the Project on Politics and War under the auspices of the Carter Center. His first writings were published under the Rand imprint and include 1963's Conflicts in Soviet Party-Military Relations, and The Impact of Modern Technology on the Soviet Officer Corps, published in 1966. His first book, The Soviet Army and the Communist Party (Princeton, 1967) is still considered the standard in the field of Soviet/Russian civil-military relations, and Kolkowicz was one of the few Westerners ever invited to address the Chinese Military Academy in Beijing. His later writings include The Logic of Nuclear Terror (Allen & Unwin, 1987) and Soldiers, Peasants and Bureaucrats: Civil-Military Relations in Communist and Modernizing Societies (with Andrzej Korbonski) (Allen & Unwin, 1982). He is survived by his wife, Donna Beltz, and by his three daughters: Susan Kolkowicz, Lisa Peterson (m. Daniel Peterson) and Gabriella Miller, MD (m. Thomas Miller, MD). He is also survived by his four grandchildren who were the joy of his life: Leah Peterson, and Ian, Kate and Evan Miller. #FHitler. We survived. Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, 2017
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