The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will be hosting a memorial service for Ferenc Gyorgyey, former Medical Library Historical Librarian, on November 13th at 3pm in the Historical Library. There will be reminiscences by some of Ferenc’s friends and family including Laszlo Papp, Paul Sohar, Suzanna Lengyel, Nancy Eisenfeld, and both of Ferenc’s daughters, Kati Berger and Mari Gyorgyey. We hope you will be able to join us and Ferenc’s family to celebrate his life.
Ferenc ‘Aladar Gyorgyey, 89, of Hamden, CT passed away peacefully on October 1, 2014, of natural causes.
He was born in Budapest, Hungary March 14,1925 to Ferenc and Flora Frankl. Shortly after graduating from university Ferenc was apprehended by the Nazis and spent about a year in the Mauthausen labor camp in Austria. After the war Ferenc was arrested in 1949 by the communist secret police. He served 7 1/2 years at Recsk, a notoriously hard labor camp in Hungary, before escaping to Austria and emigrating to the United States in 1956.
Ferenc attended Yale University where he met and married student and Hungarian refugee Clara Takacs. The couple remained in New Haven and Frank employed by Yale University from1968 to 1994. He served as the Head of the Medical Historical Library. Both Ferenc and Clara were active at Yale and in the Hungarian American Cultural Community. They wrote for numerous English and Hungarian newspapers and periodicals.
In his book True Tales of a Fictitious Spy Ferenc focused on the humorous side of his heinous prison experiences. That was the manner in which he lived his life as well. Ferenc lived his life with the quiet dignity and spirit of a survivor and loved to laugh, tell stories and share a glass of wine.
He is survived by daughters Katalin Berger and Mari Gyorgyey.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant. Donations to the grant may be sent to the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library attn: Ferenc Gyorgyey Travel Grant. More information about the grant can be found here: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu