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In Memoriam: George Jiri Kovtun (1927-2014)

Jiri KovtunWe are saddened by the sudden death of one of our most productive SVU members- George (Jiří) Kovtun – which took place in Prague on September 8, 2014. He was born in Horincevo, which was then part of the Czechoslovak province of Subcarpathian Ruthenia, on April 23, 1927. He originally studied law at Charles Univ. (1946-48), while also working for Vývoj (Development) magazine. …read more

In Memoriam: George Jiri Pistorius (1922-2014)

George Jiri PistoriusOne of the earliest SVU members, George (Jiří) Pistorius passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Sweet Brook, Williamstown, MA, following a long illness. He was born in Prague on March 19, 1922, as a son of a notable economist Theodor Pistorius who founded the Institute for Export in Prague. He was the grandson of Josef Jiránek, who was a noted concert pianist and pupil of Smetana. …read more

SVU is on Twitter now

twitter SVU on TwitterOur new SVU Vice President for membership affairs Bruce Vlk has established a Twitter account for the SVU, which quickly became actively followed. Follow us on Twitter.
The Twitter feed display will be added to the SVU Website soon.


Executive Board, Council, Auditors of Accounts, Conciliation & Arbitration Committee.


This document is available in the Portable Document Format (PDF).

New Role of the SVU Council

As the result of the 2014 Referendum of SVU Members, the SVU Bylaws have been revised to provide checks and balances to the governance of the Society. The revised functions and the jurisdiction of the SVU Council are elaborated here: (PDF).


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KOSMAS has its Facebook page

You’re invited to like the KOSMAS Page on FB, managed by Hugh Agnew

Don’t forget on Facebook there’s also:

SVU Group on LinkedIn

SVU Members:
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