Launching the Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship

Submitted by Joanne Lau, Group 48 Coordinator

For two months this fall, I got to work with one of our founding members, Jane Kristof, her son, New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, and staff members of Amnesty International USA to establish the Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship in memory of Jane’s husband, also a founding member of Group 48, Ladis “Kris” Kristof.

This was started from Nicholas offering to make a generous donation to AIUSA. I held a few discussions at the monthly Group 48 meeting to gather ideas on what we could do to remember Kris. We came to a conclusion of setting up an annual award to honor a student activist. We thought that it would just be a small recognition for the winner and possibly an all-expense paid trip to the AIUSA Annual General Meeting. It snowballed into an eight-week fellowship, thanks to the creativity of Western Regional Director Rini Chakraborty and Field Organizer Sara Schmidt.

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Remembering Ladis Kristof

Group 48 is mourning the death of one of our founders, Ladis “Kris” Kristof who passed away earlier this week. Kris was actively involved with Group 48 until his death. A brief account of his life is featured in the Oregonian. He will be sorely missed. Funeral service is scheduled for June 23rd, 11am at St John’s Catholic Church (445 North Maple Street, Yamhill, OR 97148).

Please share your memory of Kris in the comments.

If you have photos of Kris you can share with Group 48, please use the Contact page to notify us.

Update – June 19, 2010: Kris’ son, Nicholas Kristof published thoughts on his father in his column and blog at The New York Times:

Jane & Ladis Kristof

Jane & Ladis Kristof