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SWIETOCHOWSKI--Tadeusz Tad, Professor of Russian and Middle Eastern History, expert in the Caucasus and Azerbaijan, died on February 15, 2017 at the age of 84 in New York. Tad was born in Lille, France, to a Polish gentry family of Stanislawa (Olek) and Stanislaw Swietochowski, a Polish Olympian, diplomat and Consul, murdered by the NKVD in Moscow. With his mother and brother Jan, Tad grew up in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, Poland. He received his MA degree in Turkish Studies from the University of Warsaw. He fled communist Poland through London to Beirut where he earned his MA in Arab Studies at the American University, and later studied Arab History at the University of Cairo. He met his wife Mimi Lukens in Istanbul. They moved to New York in 1965 where he received his Ph.D. in History from NYU. He was a professor of Russian and Middle Eastern History at Monmouth College, NJ. He was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Senior Fellow at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, an Honorary Member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, a Fulbright Professor at the University of Heidelberg and at the University of Warsaw, where he was also a visiting Professor at the School of Eastern Studies until 2016. He was a pioneer in post-Soviet Muslim studies. His scholarly publications, anthologies and monographs were published in Persian, Turkish, Russian, Azeri, Polish and English. A highly recognized and respected scholar in Azerbaijan, he was awarded honorary degrees by the Baku State University and the Khazar University. He was a true humanist, an athlete and avid swimmer, a polyglot and a people person. He will rest with his beloved wife Marie (Mimi) Lukens-Swietochowski (1928-2011) at the St. Thomas Whitemarsh cemetery in Fort Washington, PA. The service will be held on February 25, at 2:30pm followed with a graveside service and a reception.

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Published in New York Times on Feb. 20, 2017.
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February 14, 2020
On the third anniversary of Tad's passing, I realize how much his wisdom applies to the current world situation, and I wish I had a hotline to Tad to compare notes ! I cherish Tad's and Mimi's memories, and wish all their friends well.
Helen jordan
November 8, 2018
Thanks for your contribution on Azerbaijan.
Fuad Alakbarov
May 3, 2017
Tad, we will miss you at our holiday dinners, and will always think of you on those occasions. Rest in peace.
Catherine Windels
March 15, 2017
Tad-muallim! My thoughts and prayers will always be with you. Thank you for opening your home, your profession, and your heart. You remain my model of what a humanist, an academic, and a caring person is and should be. Allah rehmet elasin.
Eric Lepisto
March 10, 2017
Tad at the conference in Baku (fot. Kasia Górska)
Maciej Bulanda
March 9, 2017
Tad, I wish I could once again to talk with you sitting at a table somewhere in New York, Warsaw or Baku as we used to do it.
Marcin Nawrot
February 21, 2017
R.I.P., Tad. Wish I could have, and had gotten to know you sooner, and for much longer than I had. Mentors like you were and are rare. You shall be missed by many, from across the globe, who had the privilege of knowing you, and learning from you. RIP.
Nima Shafaieh
February 20, 2017
May Tad rest in peace next to Mimi. Lots of fond memories during the time we were all in NY.
Stefano Carboni
February 20, 2017
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February 20, 2017
Fondest memories of lamb dinners, and swims, and loosestrife purple flowers at the upstate farm in New York, and of both Mimi and Tad, in N aples, Florida, and Manhattan, and Warsaw in 2010...may Tad rest in peace beside our beloved Mimi...condolences, Helen Jordan
Helen Jordan
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