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Andrei A Lobanov Rostovsky
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Professor Emeritus Andrei Lobanov-Rostovsky

Prince Andrei Lobanov-Rostovsky died in Washington, D.C., on February 17, 1979. He was born a Russian subject in Yokohama, Japan, on May 5, 1892.

His father, Prince Anatoli Lobanov-Rostovsky, was a member of the Imperial Russian Diplomatic Service. At the outbreak of World War I, Professor Lobanov-Rostovsky was attending the Imperial School of Law in St. Petersburg, but he abandoned his legal studies to accept a commission in the Imperial Guards. He saw active service in Poland and Galicia, and his bravery there earned him the Orders of St. Anne. St. Stanislaus and St. Vladimir.

In the spring of 1917 Prince Lobanov-Rostovsky was recalled to St. Petersburg, where he witnessed the momentous events of the Revolution at first hand. After the Revolution he was given a command on the Macedonian front, and served until the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk ended Russian involvement in the war. Unwilling to abandon the Allied cause, Prince Lobanov-Rostovsky thereupon enlisted in the French Army and fought in the Nancy sector until the armistice. He then returned to Russia and joined the White Army commanded by General Denikin.

In 1920, when General Denikin's defeat became imminent, Prince Lobanov-Rostovsky left Russia for the last time. He enrolled in the Institut des Sciences Politiques of the University of Paris, and received his diploma in 1923. From 1924 to 1930 he worked as a foreign correspondent for Baring Brothers, Limited, of London, and at the same time lectured in the School of Slavonic Studies of the University of London and at the British Royal Institute of International Affairs.

In 1930, Prince Lobanov-Rostovsky came to the United States to take up a teaching appointment at the University of California at Los Angeles. He served there successively as lecturer (1930-32), assistant professor (1932-36), associate professor (1936-43) and full professor (1943-45). In 1936 he became an American citizen. In 1945 he was offered the professorship of Russian history at the University of Michigan, and he continued as a member of our faculty until his retirement in 1962.

Professor Lobanov-Rostovsky's scholarly reputation is secured by three important volumes treating tsarist foreign policy during the nineteenth century: Russia and Asia (1933), Russia and Europe, 1789-1825 (1947) and Russia and Europe, 1825-1878 (1954). He also wrote more than thirty scholarly articles, edited a number of volumes of documents, and in 1935 published a volume of memoirs dealing with his experiences in World War I and the Russian Revolution, The Grinding Mill.

As significant as are Professor Lobanov-Rostovsky's academic accomplishments, he will be best remembered by a generation of undergraduates for his matchless ability to enliven his lectures with personal reminiscences. At the time of his retirement, a resolution of the University Regents commented that "his personal knowledge of critical happenings in Russian history and his profound feeling for the Russian past united to make him a stimulating and popular lecturer, both on campus and in his many extramural appearances." Prince Lobanov-Rostovsky is survived by three sons and a daughter.

Gerald Brown