Monday, June 25, 2007

Marshall D. ShulmanScholar of Soviet Union

Marshall D. Shulman, 91, one of the United States' best-known scholars of Soviet studies and founding director of the W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union at Columbia University, died June 21 at his home in Sherman, Conn. No cause of death was reported.

Dr. Shulman was instrumental in obtaining an $11.5 million endowment in 1982 to establish the institute formerly known as the Russian Institute. He was the longest-serving director of the Harriman Institute and retired in 1986.

In 1949, he joined the State Department, serving as an information officer for the U.S. mission to the United Nations and then as special assistant to Secretary of State Dean Acheson between 1950 and 1953.

He later became associate director of the Russian Research Center at Harvard University.

During these years, Dr. Shulman was involved in what would later be called second-track diplomacy, the convening of scientists and public figures in the Soviet Union and United States to seek common ground on issues, particularly the nuclear arms race.

In 1966, his series of lectures at the Council on Foreign Relations appeared in a book, "Beyond the Cold War."

-- From Wire Reports

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