In Memory

Constantin Galskoy

Constantin Galskoy

We lost one of our brightest and earnest classmates with Connie's passing.

May he rest in peace. Our condolences to his family and friends. 

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03/25/20 06:07 PM #1    

Diane Bopp (Howell)

You are missed Connie and you always will be. We will pray for your soul.




06/13/20 03:03 PM #2    

Patricia Ann Adams (Justicia-Linde)

Few of our classmates were aware of Constantin's background while we were students at JMHS, or what he achieved in his lifetime before cancer cut his life short.  "Connie" was born in Casablanca, Morocco into a White Russian family living in exile.  As an eleven year-old, he emigrated to the USA with his widowed mother and younger brother.  He was a very good student at JMHS, and after graduating, he attended Syracuse University, also becoming a member of the Army Reserves.   He received his Ph.D. in history at Stanford University, which is where he met his wife Helen.  He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and did his research in Leningrad, Russia.  He was a research fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford, and was a professor at San Francisco State.  At a point in his career he also taught at the General Staff in Command for the US Army.   He and his wife and children moved to Munich, Germany as he was recruited to be the director of the Russian Service for Radio Free Europe, an organization established to send broadcasts behind the Iron Curtain to those still under Communist rule.  From there, the family moved to Paris where he continued to work for Radio Free Europe (Connie was fluent in French, as weill as Russian and English).  Connie's next job took him and his family to Moscow where he established the Russian edition of Readers' Digest.   They later moved to Prague in what is now the Czech Republic, again for him to establish the Czech version of the magazine.  Upon returning to the US, he continued to work for Readers' Digest until the company folded. He resumed his teaching career at a college in Connecticut as an adjunct professor of Eastern European History and International Business Ethics.  Connie was a kind and thoughtful gentleman, in every sense of the word.  He is sadly missed.  Rest In peace, dear friend.

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