In Memoriam: George Stephen Nestor Luckyj (1919-2001)

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George S. N. Luckyj, professor of Slavic Language and Literatures at the University of Toronto, passed away on 22 November 2001 in Toronto. A renowned Slavist and Ukrainianist, Professor Luckyj was the first editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers (1956-61). He taught at the University of Saskatchewan (1947-49) and the University of Toronto (1952-1984), where he was Chair from 1957 to 1961. Professor Luckyj is well known for his pioneering work on Ukrainian literature of the 1920s, Literary Politics in the Soviet Ukraine, 1917-1934 and for a study of Nikolai Gogol' and Taras Shevchenko, Between Gogol' and Shevchenko. His major editorial contributions include work on the two-volume Ukraine: A Concise Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia of Ukraine. In 1976, when the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies was formed at the University of Alberta, George Luckyj became its co-director. He headed the Toronto Office of CIUS until 1983. In 1976 he founded and edited the Journal of Ukrainian Graduate Studies (later Journal of Ukrainian Studies). Between 1986 and 1988 he was the literature editor of the journal Suchasnist.

Professor Luckyj was born in Western Ukraine. His father, Ostap Luckyj, is remembered as a celebrated modernist and civic activist. His mother, Iryna Smaf-Stots'ka, was the daughter of Stepan Smaf-Stots'kyi, a Slavist. George Luckyj completed his higher education at the University of Birmingham and later at Columbia University (Ph. …