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 "He always said Ukraine is special": Farewell ceremony for Ukraine's great economist and philanthropist Bohdan Hawrylyshyn held in Kyiv. PHOTOS

Last tribute was paid to the outstanding economist, philanthropist and social activist Bohdan Hawrylyshyn in Kyiv on Friday, Oct. 28.

A correspondent for Censor.NET reports.

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

The farewell ceremony was taking place in Kyiv-based branch of the International Institute of Management found by Hawrylyshyn. After that, the body was taken to the St. Nicholas Church at Askold's Grave. Bohdan Hawrylyshyn will be buried in Kyiv's Baikove cemetery.

The representatives of Ukraine's political and economic elite came to pay tribute to Hawrylyshyn.

One of Hawrylyshyn's daughters Khrystyna assured that all members of the large family of the deceased would continue his patron activity in Ukraine, including patronage support to the education projects for youth.

"He dreamed of building Ukraine's future so that it would be like we all wanted - open and democratic. We very much hope that his dreams will come true. He always said that Ukraine is special and the people here are kind and wise. I am a citizen of Switzerland. But I remember my origins. We will make efforts to continue his work. It is very important. It is our duty, but it is a pleasant duty. I think that every member of our family will try to play one's role in this (the Fund's activities - Ed.)," she said.

As reported, Ukrainian-Canadian-Swiss economist, professor, philanthropist and public activist Bohdan Dmytrovych Hawrylyshyn died Oct. 24, 2016, aged 90. Hawrylyshyn died at 5 a.m. in the morning surrounded by family in his Kyiv apartment.

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Former Ukrainian Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko came to pay tribute to Bohdan Hawrylyshyn.

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Presidential Administration Deputy Head Dmytro Shymkiv leaves a message in the book of condolence.

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Hawrylyshyn's daughters Khrystyna says: "He was telling me since I was a kid: you can achieve whatever you only imagine. Believe in yourself and others will, too."

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Scouts from among Hawrylyshyn's guard of honor surround his coffer. He was a member of the Ukrainian PLAST scout organization to the end of his days.

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Hawrylyshyn's pictures and famous quotes are demonstrated on a large screen.

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Photos by Natalia Sharomova

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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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