Since my arrival at the UC Berkeley, Professor Zhivov was very supportive of my work as a librarian for Slavic and Eastern European Studies. I am today grieving as I found out this afternoon of his demise. I will miss my conversations with him in the halls of Doe Library. His advice, his support were instrumental in my re-transplantation in the UC System after an self-imposed exile in the bucolic village of Princeton. May the Lord grant his soul peace in heavens. He always reminded me that I had come from one great American Slavic traditions of Princeton to another equally great department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Berkeley. I agreed with him wholeheartedly.
Here is the announcement from the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of UC Berkeley.
"Our colleague, mentor and friend, Professor Viktor Markovich Zhivov, diedthis morning at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. There will be a
for the departed) this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist
Church (1900 Essex St. [http://oca.org/parishes/oca-we-bersjb]). The burial
service will be at the same location Friday morning at 11:00 a.m.
Viktor was a remarkable man, warm, caring, learned, highly distinguished
within the academy in Russia, Europe and the US, deeply knowledgeable about
his area of specialization and profoundly curious about all that was
outside of it. We loved him for his intelligence, humor and empathy. He
will be missed terribly, both at Berkeley and in the larger intellectual
community of Slavic Studies.
More details will follow, for now please join me in extending our love to
his family, who will be gathering in Berkeley during the next days.
With best wishes to all,
Slavic Languages and Literatures."
April 17, 2013
I am posting one of his lectures for you. I grieve today for this loss.