Milos Halouzka (1922-2006)

Miloš HalouzkaMiloš Halouzka was born on July 23, 1922 in Kladno, Czechoslovakia, and died on January 28, 2006 in Laguna Hills, California, surrounded by his children and his wife Irene.

After February 1948, when he completed the Law School at Charles University in Prague, he left his homeland with his wife of only three months, Irene, to fight for a free Czechoslovakia. After moving to Montreal, Canada, he started to cooperate with Radio Free Europe to satisfy his desire to return Czechoslovakia into the camp of free nations. He started working in the banking business. Two years later he accepted an offer to move to the USA while working for a major international Insurance Corporation AIG, for which he worked during the following 36 years. He worked his way up to a very important position and was delegated to several countries to establish branches, among them in Puerto Rico, Philippines, Japan, and Argentina. While working in these countries, he always searched for his countrymen in order to fight for freedom for his beloved homeland.

In Canada he began his activity in the Council for Free Czecho-slovakia, later in the USA he became a very active member of the Czechoslovak National Council in America, as its President of the Los Angeles Chapter, the Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences in America, the American Sokol and as a member of the Czechoslovak Exile Social Democratic Council. His favorite among these organizations was the Czech Catholic Mission in Los Angeles, where he acted as its President for many years.

He was always ready to offer his helping hand and traveled to Czechoslovakia after the Velvet Revolution to offer his expertise and many years of personal experience to help to get the Czech economy on its feet again. He was awarded a medal for his efforts to support the inclusion of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary into NATO.
He participated in several of the SVU World Congresses in recent years giving reports about the activities of the Los Angeles Chapter. He was a true patriot in the best sense of the word. We will never forget.

Hana M. Paulson