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Dr Lajos L Vincze
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Birth: 1920, Hungary
Death: 1990
Wood County
Ohio, USA

LAJOS VINCZE, Professor, Bowling Green University, Ohio, was hit by an automobile
and killed while riding his bicycle May 21, 1990. He died shortly before his
scheduled retirement, for which he and his wife Veronka were
enthusiastically preparing. Vincze was born January 26,
1920, in the village of Erdogyarak, Bihar County, Hungary.
Six months later, at the Treaty of Trianon the village became
and remained part of Romania and was called Ghiorac (except
between 1940 and 1945 when, along with other parts of Transylvania,
the village was "returned to" or "taken back by"
Hungary). These border shifts were vital in the subsequent development-
both personal and professional-of Lajos
Vincze, as was the fact that he, child of Hungarian peasant
villagers, had polio as a toddler, and so was considered "too
weak for real work" and allowed to study after finishing grade
school. Following graduation in 1938 from the LyceC in Gojdu in Oradea (Arad),
Vincze was Researcher in Ethnology at the Transylvanian Research Institute and simultaneously
student at the University of Hungary at Koloszvar (Cluj), where he received
his doctorate in ethnography with highest honors in 1944. Like so many others
from that stormy region, Lajos Vincze emigrated after World War 11, and, following
a couple of years in Italy, went to Argentina, where he met and married Veronka. In
Buenos Aires he worked in telecommunications and taught French, Italian and Spanish.
During that time Vincze also collected Argentine folklore and focused on Hungarian
ethnumusicology. In 1964 the Yinczes with their two sons came to the US.
After teaching Italian, French and Spanish at Morehead State, in 1968 Lajos joined
the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Bowling Green. With the support
of research and travel grants from that university and the National Academy of Sciences
he conducted three research projects in geographical areas that remained his
foremost concern: Romania and Hungary. Vincze's works reflects his thematic interest
in peasant society and animal husbandry as well as sociolinguistics; for example,
"Hungarian Peasant Obscenity: Sociolinguistic Implications," Ethnology 19 ( 1985);
"Peasant Herding Associations in Hungary and Romania," in Keeping of Animals, R
Berlant Schiller and E Shanklin, eds, (1983); "Kinships Terms and Address in a Hungarian-
Speaking Peasant Community in Rumania," Ethnology 17 ( I 978). Many of us
will miss this dedicated teacher, dependable and kind friend

bio by Eva V Huseby-Darvas for the Anthropology Newsletter 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Veronka M Vincze (1926 - 2009)
 
Burial:
Oak Grove Cemetery
Bowling Green
Wood County
Ohio, USA
 
Created by: Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
Record added: Oct 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98475364
Dr Lajos L Vincze
Added by: Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
 
Dr Lajos L Vincze
Added by: Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
 
Dr Lajos L Vincze
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- Lance
 Added: Mar. 31, 2013
In honor of your service to Bowling Green State University
- Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
 Added: Oct. 29, 2012
In honor of your service to Bowling Green State University
- Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
 Added: Oct. 8, 2012
 
 
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