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Archive for Friday, May 7, 1993

NICHOLAS POGANY

May 7, 1993

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Memorial services for Nicholas Pogany, 83, Lawrence, are pending at Rumsey Funeral Home.

Mr. Pogany died Thursday, May 6, 1993, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He had lived in the Lawrence for 10 years.

He was born June 7, 1909, in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Moric and Margaret Szabo Pogany. He studied at the University of Budapest and earned a doctorate in both international law and jurisprudence.

He married Klara Szabo on March 30, 1940, in Budapest. She survives of the home.

From 1942 to 1948, Mr. Pogany was comptroller-in-chief of the National Bank of Hungary. To avoid Communist persecution, he and his family escaped from Hungary in 1948. They lived in Italy until 1969, then joined their two sons living in the United States. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1978.

He lived in Chicago and was the international marketing consultant with the state of Illinois until 1983, when he retired and moved to Lawrence.

During his retirement he assisted various Kansas businesses with ventures in Hungary.

He and his wife just returned from a month-long trip to Hungary during which he assisted in establishing a joint venture between Lawrence's Packer Plastics Inc. and Hungarian businessmen.

Mr. Pogany was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Stefano, Lawrence, and Miklos, New Haven, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence chapter of the Dream Factory, sent in care of the funeral home.

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