Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

Alexander Schmemann

Crestwood, N. Y.

The Rev. Alexander Schmemann, a leading Russian Orthodox theologian influential in U.S. church life in the cause of religious freedom in the Soviet Union and in the world-wide ecumenical movement, died yesterday at age 62.

Schmemann was a friend and spiritual counselor to author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who was expelled from the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

Schmemann was an adjunct professor at Columbia and New York universities and at Union and General theological seminaries in New York City. He was also dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y.

Committed to the rights of believers in the Soviet Union, Schmemann for more than 30 years had broadcast sermons in Russian to the Soviet Union over Radio Liberty.

Associated Press

San Francisco Chronicle, Wed., December 14, 1983 p. 49