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Dr. Lubomyr Roman Wynar

Lubomyr WynarDr. Lubomyr Roman Wynar peacefully passed away on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Woodstock, Georgia. He was 85. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and will be dearly missed.

Dr. Wynar was born January 2, 1932 in Lviv, Ukraine. He came to the United States on September 5, 1951, and married Anna T. Kuzmych on July 15, 1962, in Denver, Colorado.

For the majority of his career he was a professor at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio (1969 – 1996). While at Kent State, he was the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Ethnic Publications & Cultural Institution, and editor of the Ethnic Forum, Journal of Ethnic Studies and Bibliography (1980-1995). In addition, he was President of the Ukrainian American Association of University Professors (1981-1984 and 2005-2012), and Vice President of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a leader in the Ukrainian academic community, Dr Wynar founded the academic journal, The Ukrainian Historian in 1963. He was selected twice to lead the World Scholarly Council of the World Congress of Free Ukrainians (1983-1989 and 1999-2012). Dr Wynar has written and edited more than 85 books related to Ukrainian studies, and has more than 2,000 published articles. Most notably, he will be remembered as the initiator and President on the Ukrainian Historical Association (UHA), a non-profit organization founded in March, 1965.

Dr. Wynar is preceded in death by his parents, Ivan & Euphrosyna, his wife of 50 years, Anna (2013), and brother Bohdan Wynar (2013).

Dr. Wynar is survived by his daughter, Natalia Wynar-Chambers; grandchildren Ross (6) and Reese (2); son-in-law, Andy Chambers; sister-in-law, Christina Kuzmych; nephews Taras and Michael, and niece Roxolana Wynar.

Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017, at 10 AM, at St. Andrews Ukrainian Catholic Church in Parma, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ukrainian Historical Association (PO Box 674074, Marietta, Georgia 30066).

Please express condolences for the family in the comments section below. The Wynar family is being cared for by Georgia Funeral Care and Cremation Services, Acworth, Georgia.

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  1. We send our sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Wynar,whom we remember fondly as a colleague and teacher at Kent State University. He was a kind and patient person who was always willing to help his students and colleagues. Please know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Dr. Sanford E. Marovitz (Emeritus professor of English)
    Nora Marovitz (MLS’86)

  2. My sincere condolences to Professor Wynar’s family. Professor Wynar was a wonderful teacher and mentor who involved students with his research. He influenced me in my decision to start studying ethnic press (Croatian almanacs) and that eventually became the focus of my dissertation work at the University of Toronto. He made me understand that ethnic press is a core dimension of immigrant identity. Studying immigrant life and literacy is still an important part of my research. I myself was a new immigrant from Croatia to the United States then and he made me feel at home at Kent State University and in my new country. It was good to see someone so well integrated, intellectually engaged, and so widely published, and he was an immigrant of Slavic extraction just like myself, and I looked up to him. He made a contribution to my life and I thank him. I just wanted to share this memory. Let his soul rest in peace.

    Marija Dalbello
    (MLS ’91)
    Associate Professor of Information Studies
    School of Communication and Information
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  3. Natalia,
    Extending my sincere condolences in the passing of your father. He was a good and kind neighbor. I thought very highly of him.

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