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 Ukraine's great economist and philanthropist Bohdan Hawrylyshyn dies aged 90

Ukrainian-Canadian-Swiss economist, professor, philanthropist and public activist Bohdan Dmytrovych Hawrylyshyn died Oct. 24, 2016, aged 90.

Censor.NET reports citing Facebook page of Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Charitable Foundation.

Hawrylyshyn died at 5 a.m. in the morning surrounded by family in his Kyiv apartment.

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Bohdan Hawrylyshyn was born Oct. 19, 1926 in Koropets village of the Ternopil region. During the Nazi occupation, he learned German. In 1944 Hawrylyshyn was taken as forced labor to Germany and spent some time in an IDP camp there. He became a member of Ukrainian Plast scout organization in 1946 and remained part of it until death. In 1947, Hawrylyshyn moved to Canada. Working as a woodman, he learned English. He used to tell Oxford and Cambridge students: "I am wiser than you because I speak different languages. And a language is a mirror to psychology of its people."

Hawrylyshyn earned his MA from the University of Toronto in 1954. The following six years he spent doing research in mechanical engineering field. In 1960, he moved to Switzerland. He got an MBA and PhD from IMI Geneva.

Hawrylyshyn is a member of the Club of Rome, a non-governmental organization of scientists and civic leaders from 30 countries that studies prospects for human development. In 2010, he founded the Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Charitable Foundation, which deals with the development of civil society in Ukraine. He is one of the members of the respected First December Initiative Group, which has been pushing for a strong, responsible society in Ukraine that is more closely aligned with Europe. He is also an Honored Scientist of Ukraine, a foreign member of Ukraine's National Academy of Sciences, and an advisor to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada.

Hawrylyshyn used to consult companies like General Electric, IBM, Unilever, Phillips, as well as several countries.

The scientist insisted that only young people who were brought up outside the Soviet system can reform Ukraine. For that purpose, he created a charity program titled "Youth will change Ukraine."

Hawrylyshyn authored a theory of harmony of three strands of social order: political, economic, and ideology systems. In 1980, based on this theory, he predicted the USSR collapse.

"I do not want to be called the economist, because economists are those who narrowed down the countries' progress to a GDP growth index. There are so many negative outcomes of such progress. For instance, a human being is worth nothing in such system. It's just a resource, not capital," Hawrylyshyn used to say.

He authored many books, including a 2011 memoir.

Four days ago, Oct. 19, Hawrylyshyn marked his 90th birthday. He was married for 67 years and is survived by wife Leonida, three children and seven grand children.

"Everything I did in my life I started with a dream," Hawrylyshyn said.
 
 
 
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