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Prof. Nicholas V. Riasanovsky Resident of Berkeley Historian and educator. Passed away in Oakland May 14, 2011 at the age of 87. Born in Harbin, China on Dec. 21, 1923; came to the US in 1938, naturalized 1943; B.A., U of Oregon, 1942; A.M. Harvard Univ. , 1947; D. Phil., Oxford Univ. 1949. Member of the faculty Univ. of Iowa (1949-1957), Univ. of California at Berkeley since 1957. Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of European History Emeritus. A WWII veteran, he served as 2nd Lt. in the US Army in France and the Ardennes (1943-1946); decorated with the Bronze Star. Recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Rhodes Scholarship and grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, IREX and the NEH. President, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 1973-1977; elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Award for Scholarly Distinction, American Historical Association, 1994. Author of "A History of Russia," now in its 8th ed, and many other works. Survived by his wife, Arlene, ne Schlegel (married Feb. 15, 1955) of Berkeley; children John of Huntington Beach, CA, Nicholas N. of Berkeley, CA and Maria of Palo Alto, CA; daughter-in-law Leslie and grandson Nicholas J. of Huntington Beach. Panikhida Service, Thursday May 19, 2011 at 7 PM at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, 1520 Green St ., San Francisco. Funeral Service, Friday May 20, 2011 at 10 AM at the Cathedral. Interment Serbian Orthodox Cemetery, Colma. For further information please call: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (CA Lic. FDR 745). Santos-Robinson Mortuary San Leandro 510-483-0123 www.Santos-Robinson.com
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 18, 2011
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