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Heinrich Stammler

Professor, Deceased
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Prof. Stammler was born Dec. 15, 1912, in Jena, Germany. He attended Humanistisches Gymnasium at Hanover and Greifswald, Germany, and later the Universities of Greifswald, Prague and Munich, where he received his Ph.D. in 1937. He was attached to the German embassies in Moscow and Sofia, Bulgaria. He immigrated to the United States in 1953. An assistant professor at Northwestern University from 1954 to 1960, he came as an associate professor to Kansas University in 1960. In 1962 he became the first chair of the newly created Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. His fields of research and special interests were Slavic literary and intellectual history, comparative literature and Eastern churches. He was a visiting professor at various universities in the United States and abroad. He published numerous articles in academic journals in the U.S. and Europe, and was a translator and poet.

He passed away November 29, 2006 in Lawrence, Kansas.

In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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