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In Memory of Lyudmila Bogoslovskaya
by Boris Vdovin
former director of the Nature Ethnic Park Beringia
Lyudmila S. Bogoslovskaya, a veteran of the Dmitry Likhachev Research Center for Cultural and Natural Heritage, passed away on February 18, 2015 following an extended illness. The pain of this sad news echoed in the hearts of hundreds of people who knew her well. Bogoslovskaya will remain forever in the memory of her family, friends, colleagues and the people of her beloved Chukotka to which she devoted many years of her life.
Boris Vdovin, met Lyudmila for the first time at the Oil and Gas Industry Ecology Conference in Nadym in 1988. She impressed Boris then with the clarity and precision of her ideas and her active position as advocate of the Native rights during gas development projects in Yamal. However, that was only a superficial acquaintance. Boris truly came to know Lyudmila when she was appointed Scientific Advisor for the creation of a Feasibility Study for protected territories in the Bering Strait Region. As Chief Engineer of the Project, Boris came to see her in Moscow. Their first meeting revealed a close proximity of their positions on the project, which made us good friends. Together they developed and defended their study in Chukotka. Since Bogoslovskaya enjoyed wide renown and authority among the scientific community, she was able to invite the best specialists to design their project. That enabled the authors to form a unique team of developers and create the feasibility study in record short time. Lyudmila Bogoslovskaya helped Vdovin with her valuable advice when he worked as Director of the Beringia Nature and Ethnic Park in 2003. They worked together on the International Polar Year project Sea Ice Knowledge and Use, and had further plans, but…
Ed: Ms Bogoslovskaya’s knowledge of the aboriginal sled dogs of Russia was comprehensive. And she was most generous in sharing some of that in the March 2010 issue of The Fan Hitch.
This tribute appeared in the March 12, 2015 issue of the National (U.S.) Park Service (NPS) Shared Beringian Heritage Program publication. The Fan Hitch is grateful to the Program for granting permission to reproduce it here.