Heinrich A. Stammler 1912 - 2006 Lawrence
Private services will be held for Heinrich A. Stammler, 93, Lawrence. A memorial service will be held at a later date.Mr. Stammler died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, in Lawrence.He was born Dec. 15, 1912, in Jena, Germany, the son of Wolfgang and Hildegarde Stammler.He attended Humanistisches Gymnasium at Hanover and Greifswald, Germany. He attended the Universities of Greifswald, Prague and Munich, where he received his Ph.D. in 1937. He was attached to German embassies in Moscow and Sofia, Bulgaria. He immigrated to the United States in 1953.Mr. Stammler was an assistant professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., from 1954 to 1960. He became an associate professor at Kansas University in 1960, where he taught. In 1962, he became the first chairman 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. During his career, he was a visiting professor at various universities in the United States and abroad.He was a member of American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages; Bulgarian Studies Group; McGahan American-Bulgarian Foundation; Conference on European Problems; Association of Russian Scholars in America; Polish Academy of Sciences and Letters in America; Religious Books for Russia; Joseph Conrad Society; Czech Society for Arts and Sciences in Exile; German-Bulgarian Society; and Macedonian Institute of Sciences and Letters, Sofia.He also published numerous articles in academic journals in the U.S. and Europe. He also wrote poetry, including haiku, and was a translator.He married Ursula Hoffman on Jan. 23, 1960, in Chicago. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a daughter, Andrea Lewis and husband Patrick, Olathe; a son, Christopher and Kathren, Grand Junction, Colo.; and three grandchildren, Annika, Aidan and Elijah.The family suggests memorials to the KU Endowment Association, sent to P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, 66044, or in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Stammler.