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Dr Ilya Alexander Mamantov

Dr Ilya Alexander Mamantov

Death 12 Jan 1991 (aged 76)
Collin County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Garden of the Cross
Memorial ID 71575045 · View Source
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Ilya A. Mamantov, Russian language professor emeritus at Southern Methodist University and a former geologist, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Richardson.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at SMU's Perkins Chapel with burial at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

Dr. Mamantov, 76, was born in Tartu, Russia -- now a part of Estonia -- and fled to Latvia in 1920 with his family when he was 6.

He attended the University of Latvia, where he earned the equivalent of a doctorate in 1942.

Dr. Mamantov began working as a field geologist in Latvia in 1937 and continued his work after his family fled to Germany in 1944.

He arrived in New York on Thanksgiving Day 1949. He began work for Donnally Geophysical Co. in West Texas in 1951, and moved to Dallas in 1955 to work for Sun Oil. After retiring from Sun Oil in 1969, Dr. Mamantov focused on teaching. In addition to his post at SMU, he taught Russian at Austin College in Sherman and at the University of Dallas. He retired from SMU in 1986 as assistant professor of Russian.

Dr. Mamantov, who received his U.S. citizenship in 1955, served as a translator for the United States during the 1972 Apollo-Soyuz joint space flight. He also translated for the State Department and was an interpreter for Marina Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald's widow.

He was a member of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. He was listed in American Men of Science, Leaders in American Science and World's Who's Who in Science.

Dr. Mamantov is survived by his wife, Alexandria Mamantov; three sons, Igor Mamantov and Alex Mamantov, both of Dallas, and Michael Mamantov of Whiteface, Texas; two brothers, Igor Mamantov of New York City and Gleb Mamantov of Knoxville, Tenn.; one sister, Helen Dusher of Nacogdoches; and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the SMU Alexander V. Mamantov - Scholarship Fund, in care of Ginna Belts, 2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75201, or Dallas Hospice Care.

Dallas Morning News
January 14, 1991

Texas Deaths: d. Collin Co., TX Jan. 12, 1991.




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