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POKORCHAK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-26 published
FEDORKIW, Annie
Passed away at the Canadian Ukrainian Care Centre, on Sunday, September 25, 2005, at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Paul. Dear mother of Jim and his wife Luba. Loving grandmother of Maria (Andrew MORRISON) and Stephanie (Vince RAIMONDA,) and great-grandmother of Nicolas and Milana. Survived by her brother Alex POKORCHAK. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery.

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POKORNY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-23 published
CLYBURN, John
Suddenly on Saturday, August 20, 2005 John CLYBURN of Tillsonburg formerly of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia age 46 years. Beloved husband and best friend of 21 years to his wife Erica CLYBURN (née POKORNY.) Dear father of Jessica, Chelsey and Robert all at home. Beloved son of Ann "Nan" CLYBURN of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; son-in-law of Martin and Kathy POKORNY of Straffordville, and grand_son of Eva POKORNY of Aylmer. Dear brother of Bruce (Anna) CLYBURN Sandy (Patricia) CLYBURN all of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Brother-in-law to Monica METCALF of Saint Thomas. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. John was a teacher with the Thames Valley School Board for the past two years and was a Chemical Engineer for the past 18 years. The family will receive Friends and family at the Ostrander's Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (842-5221) on Thursday, August 25, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service for John will be held in Ostrander's Funeral Home Chapel, on Friday, August 26, 2005 at 11 a.m., Reverend Father Matthew GEORGE of Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Tillsonburg officiating. Interment Tillsonburg Cemetery. In John's memory at the family's request memorial donations (payable by cheque) may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice. Personal condolences may be sent to www.ostrandersfuneralhome.com

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POKORNY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-23 published
POKORNY, Dusan
Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics and Political Science, University of Toronto
Dusan POKORNY, a much-loved Professor at the University of Toronto, died July 11, 2005 after a long debilitating illness. In the course of almost 30 years at both the St. George and Erindale campuses he influenced and shaped the lives of countless students and colleagues. His rigorous intellect challenged conventional wisdom, ranging from critiques of Marxian thought to Hegel, Habermas and others. Among his many publications is the two volume opus Efficiency and Justice in the Industrial World: The Failure of the Soviet Experiment and The Uneasy Success of Postwar Europe. He thrived on intellectual discourse, in the classroom and out, with colleagues, many students who went on to become colleagues, and family.
He brought his family to Canada after the Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. While in Czechoslovakia he served in the diplomatic service in India and elsewhere and was one of the key behind-the-scenes figures in the liberalization process of Prague Spring in 1968, working closely with the Soviet-deposed Alexander DUBCEK.
He had a profound belief in the potential for improvement, whether that be in putting a "human face" on socialism or in daily interactions. He was a kind, gentle, unassuming man, adoring his wife of 40 years, the prominent Slovak writer Jaroslava BLAZKOVA. She, his stepsons Andrew and Mark STANCEK, and all who met him have lost a true giant of a man.

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POKORNY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-21 published
Dusan POKORNY, Teacher, Diplomat And Writer (1919-2005)
Czech intellectual who served as his country's ambassador to India was blacklisted after Prague Spring of 1968 and came to Canada to teach for one year. He never went back
By Carol COOPER, Special to The Globe and Mail, Monday, November 21, 2005, Page S11
He used his bulldog personality, love of writing, strong sense of justice and knowledge of philosophy and economics to change a system he believed could be better.
Among those in Czechoslovakia who worked for reform within the Communist regime that had ruled their country since 1948, Dusan POKORNY served as foreign editor of the weekly Literarni noviny, or literary gazette, prior to the Prague Spring of 1968.
"He was a very courageous man," said Antonin Liehm, a long-time friend of Mr. POKORNY's and a fellow editor at the gazette.
The term Prague Spring describes the period from March to August of 1968 when Alexander Dubcek served as the country's first secretary. During his term, Mr. Dubcek attempted to liberalize the country by introducing free speech and freedom of assembly to the nation, and reform its ailing economy, describing his vision for the country as "socialism with a human face."
The Prague Spring came as a culmination of growing restlessness and dissidence within the country, with the Literarni noviny one of the main agents of change. While it had an official circulation of 150,000, the copies were spread among far many more, and through Mr. POKORNY's efforts and those of others, brought new ideas to a cloistered country.
"After all these bad years, we knew we had to try and open the windows to the world, and to the European and the American and the world culture from which we had been isolated for 10 to 15 years," Mr. Liehm said.
To do so, literary gazette editors evaded official censorship by "using the language of the church," according to Mr. Liehm, with implication and innuendo.
In 1964, Mr. POKORNY left Prague and the gazette to join his newfound love, the Slovak writer Jaroslava Blazkova in Bratislava. While there, Mr. POKORNY earned his doctorate in philosophy from Comenius University in 1965 and taught until 1968.
The Prague Spring ended abruptly when tanks from Warsaw Pact countries invaded Czechoslovakia. One hundred people died and Mr. Dubcek and other reformers were held briefly in Moscow and then returned.
During the upheaval, Mr. POKORNY sought work in the West. He accepted a one-year contract with the University of Toronto in 1968, bringing his wife and two stepsons with him. He remained the rest of his life in Canada, teaching for almost 30 years at the University of Toronto in the department of economics and political science.
A shy, introverted man, he was passionate about his work. "He was well read," said Vassili Apostolopoulos, a former student. "During a five- to 10-minute conversation, he could refer to German philosophers, Mickey Mouse and composers -- all in the service of making a point."
During the '90s, Mr. POKORNY wrote and had published two volumes of what was intended to be a three-volume series, Efficiency and Justice in the Industrial World: The Uneasy Success of Postwar Europe and Efficiency and Justice: the Uneasy Success of Postwar Europe. He was unable to write the third volume about globalization and political ethics.
"He had the ability to integrate normative philosophy with an understanding of economics," said Professor Richard DAY, a long-time colleague of Mr. POKORNY at the U of T.
Always studious and a booklover, Mr. POKORNY once returned from an overseas trip with luggage 50 kilos overweight, arousing the interest of a customs official who found it difficult to believe the extra weight consisted of only books.
Born in Moravia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918, Mr. POKORNY was one of two children, whose father died when they were young. As a child, Mr. POKORNY taught himself English, becoming competent enough to win a countrywide competition in the language for school-aged children.
His English later helped him become ambassador to India. A passionate horseback rider, he took the opportunity to ride while there and fell from a spooked mount, injuring himself severely. He recovered well, except for his sense of smell, which he never regained.
The ambassadorship came at a time when Mr. POKORNY and many others found favour with the Czech government. This was not always the case. Intellectuals sometimes found themselves without jobs when their ideas proved unpopular to the government.
When blacklisted, Mr. POKORNY wrote anonymously for a press agency and eventually came to the Literarni noviny.
Dusan POKORNY was born in the region of Moravia, Czechoslovakia, on October 18, 1919. He died on July 11, 2005, at home in Guelph, Ontario He was 85. He leaves his wife Jaroslava and stepsons Andrew and Mark Stancek.

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