The Board of the AAUS is writing to inform the Association members and the wider community that on 23 September 2018, Dr. Bohdan Rubchak, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, Chicago, passed away at his home in New Jersey.
A noted poet and literary scholar, a co-founder of the New York Group of Ukrainian poets, Bohdan Rubchak was born in Kalush on 6 March 1935. He arrived in the US in 1948. His first collection of poetry, Kaminnyi sad, was published in 1956, followed by five others. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University (1977), and taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago from 1974 until 2005. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles, among them studies of Taras Shevchenko, Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky, the poets of the Moloda Muza movement, Evhen Malaniuk, Bohdan-Ihor Antonych, Vasyl Stus, and others. A volume of his selected literary-critical essays, edited by Vasyl Gabor, was published in Lviv in 2012 under the title Mity metamorfoz. Bohdan Rubchak also co-edited with Bohdan Boychuk the influential anthology of diasporic Ukrainian poetry, Koordynaty (1969).
The Board of the AAUS expresses its sincere condolences to Bohdan Rubchak’s widow, Prof. Marian Rubchak, as well as his other family members and his many friends and former students.