Assoc. Prof. Donald Carlisle Dies

(12-9-97) -- A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Ignatius Church for Assoc. Prof. Donald Carlisle (Political Science) who died on Monday at Southwood Hospital in Norfolk following a heart attack. He was 62.

Carlisle, a member of the faculty since 1968, was a specialist in Eastern European studies who served as associate director of the Russian and East European Center at Boston College. He was also executive director of the Balkan Studies Institute in Boston and as a fellow at the Russian Research Center of Harvard University.

He traveled widely in the former Soviet republics as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program. In 1995 he was invited by the president of Uzbekistan to meet with advisors and speak at the Strategic Studies Center in the city of Tashkent.

Carlisle received his bachelor of science degree from Brown University in 1958 and his doctorate from Harvard University in 1962. He taught at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and at the University of Toronto before joining the BC faculty.

His recent courses at Boston College delved into the Balkans, Russian politics and culture, and the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Carlisle, who presented numerous papers at Slavic Studies conferences across the country, was widely respected in his field. His assignments in recent years included lecturing to a class of senior Russian army officers at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1993, and briefing US Ambassador-at-Large James Collins on the eve of a trip to Central Asia in 1994.

Carlisle served a term as president of the New England Slavic Association from 1985-86, and had been a consultant on Central Asia and the Balkans since 1993 for the Boston law firm of Sherin & Lodgin.

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