It is with great sadness that we share the news that our longtime colleague Professor Dmytro Shtohryn passed away on Wednesday, September 25. Born in Ukraine, Professor Shtohryn lived a long and active life and made innumerable contributions to scholarship and to our community over six decades. A leader of Ukrainian studies in the United States, he was Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and was instrumental in building our world-renowned collections.
Professor Shtohryn studied at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich, University of Minnesota, and University of Ottawa where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Slavic studies, as well as Bachelor of Liberal Studies in library science. He worked tirelessly to promote and encourage scholarship on Ukraine, organizing the annual Ukrainian Conference at the University of Illinois and helping to build networks among scholars and the Ukrainian community in the US and internationally. He continued to teach Ukrainian language, literature, and culture and to support the Ukrainian Conference, long after his retirement in 1995. He was an active member of many professional and scholarly organizations in our field, including the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, American Library Association (chairman of its Slavic and East European Section), and the Shevchenko Scientific Society in America. He was a man of incredible commitment, modesty, and good will. In his honor and through the generosity of his daughter Liuda Shtohryn, the Dmytro Shtohryn Endowment in Ukrainian Studies was established at the University two years ago.
For more information about Professor Shtohryn’s remarkable life and career, read here: