Rado Lencek, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Civilizations, died on Jan. 27 in Riverdale, New York, at the age of 84.
A prolific scholar of linguistics, philology and ethnography, Lencek taught at Columbia from 1965 to 1992. Over the years, he also was a member of the School of International and Public Affairs Institute on East Central Europe as well as the Harriman Institute.
Lencek was a member of seven Central and Eastern European Academies of Sciences and Arts. He was a founding member and past president of the Society for Slovene Studies. He authored and edited several books, including A Bibliographical Guide to the Literature on Slavic Civilizations, The Structure and History of the Slovene Language, and Slovenes, The Eastern Alpine Slavs and their Cultural Heritage.
Born in Mirna, Slovenia in 1921, Lencek received an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nina; daughters Bibi and Lena; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in March in Slovenia.