Viatorian Brother Authors Book on Poland

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Byline: Reggie Gorski

What does the rise of Polish economic and social development have to do with Arlington Heights?

That's simple. One of the leading authorities on the subject, lives here.

Rev. Leo V. Ryan, a Viatorian brother who lives at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights, just completed his third book on the subject in three years. Praeger Publishers, an academic press, has published the work, "From Autarchy to Market: Polish Economics and Politics, 1945-1995."

Ryan is a former president of St. Viator High School and is now a professor of management at DePaul University. But at the age of 71, he's more productive than ever.

He combined with Richard Hunter to author this text. Hunter and Ryan both formerly taught at the University of Notre Dame together; Hunter now serves as a professor of legal studies at Seton Hall University.

Ryan credits his interest in Poland to St. Viator student Conrad Mazeski and his parents, Dr. Conrad and Diane Mazeski of Mount Prospect. They cherish their Polish customs and shared them with Ryan on visits. …