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* Alexander Dallin; Scholar in Soviet Studies

July 27, 2000

Alexander Dallin, 76, a leading scholar of Soviet and East European studies and a professor emeritus at Stanford University. The son of David Dallin, a noted Menshevik activist and scholar, Dallin was born in Berlin. His family fled the Nazis, first going to France and then to the United States. After World War II, he began his career working on the Harvard Interview Project, which used the testimony of refugees and emigres from the Soviet Union to study the functions of the Soviet system. Dallin taught at Harvard, Columbia, UC, Berkeley and Stanford. He served as the director of the Russian Institute at Columbia and the Center for Russian and East European Studies at Stanford. He was also president of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. Dallin was also the author of "Black Box: KAL 007 and the Superpowers," which was critical of Washington's response to the downing by Soviet fighters of a South Korean jetliner in which 269 people were killed. On Saturday at Stanford of complications of a stroke.

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