Dr. George Lucian Podlusky / Photo from Ukrainianchi.com

Legendary Ukrainian radiologist and philanthropist Dr. George Lucian Podlusky, also known as Yuri Sas-Podlusky, has died at age 97.

Podlusky passed away in Chicago, IL, the United States, Ukrainian journalist and history researcher Vakhtang Kipiani said on Facebook on October 18.

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"Yuri Sas-Podlusky, a medical doctor and philanthropist, died in Chicago; he bought dozens of priceless things at European auctions, in particular, the relics of Metropolitan (Archbishop) Andrey Sheptytsky, and handed them over to the museum for safe keeping," he said.

Dr. George Lucian Podlusky's bio

  • Dr. George Lucian Podlusky was born in Przemyśl. He finished a college in Przemyśl, began his medical studies in Gdańsk. He graduated from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1950. In the early 1950s, he left for the United States with his wife and a young son.
  • He was a contributor to the Chicago-based Ukrainian National Museum.
  • He was the first in the 60s of the twentieth century to write for The Medal Collector, the official publication of the Orders and Medals Society of America, about the most important events of the struggle for independence. Owing to him, the publication established the Awards of Ukraine section.
  • His historical achievements include an event of 1963 – the Central States Numismatic Society exhibition where he first presented the exhibit "Nations in Struggle against Communism" on the American continent.
  • His 1966 exhibit of orders, decorations and medals of Bavaria received the Howland Wood "Best-of-Show" award.
  • For his philanthropic activities, Podlusky was awarded a diploma from His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
  • In 2013, Podlusky donated to the museum a grand piano that belonged to his cousin, the outstanding pianist of the 20th century, Lubka Kolessa, who received excellent musical education at the Vienna Academy of Music, having begun her concert activity at the age of fifteen.