DR. MIROSLAV J. HANAK, 86

 Dr. Miroslav J. Hanak, 86, passed away at his home in Commerce, Texas on Christmas day. Born in Plzen, Czechoslovakia on May 16, 1926, he received his B.A. from the University of Illinois, M.A. from the University of Southern California and Ph.D. from Universidad Central de Madrid, completed post-doctoral work at Freie Universitat in Berlin  and receive an honorary doctorate from Charles University in Prague.  He enjoyed a long career as a professor of Philosophy, Literature and Languages and was a prolific writer, researcher and translator with substantial publishing. He retired from teaching in 1994. He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Hanak; daughters, Jennifer Hanak and Francesca Hanak; and stepchildren, Hans Koch, Jeff Koch and Carrie Koch. A private family gathering was held. No public service is planned.

 

  1. Irene Bryant says:

    Dear June and family,

    So sorry to read of Merrits death. My thoughts are with you as you go

    through this difficult time.

    Irene Bryant

  2. Albert Madariaga says:

    My condolences to the Hanak family. I had the pleasure of taking a course taught by Dr. Hanak in the 80’s and he left a lasting impression. An especially fond memory was how on the first day, he taught me the correct pronunciation of my last name!

    May he rest in peace.

    Albert Madariaga
    Allen, TX

  3. Cheyenne Adams says:

    I apologize to Mrs. Hanak and family for not sending this condolensce earlier. It was my only desire in life to meet with Professor Hanak before he passed away. I loved him as if he were my father. My father passed away when I as 10 years old, and Professor Hanak filled much of the void left by my father’s death. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave will forever remind me of him. Dr. Hanak was the Philosopher King who opened my mind and imagination up to a whole new way of thinking! His love of languages inspired my love love for them. I am a living example of the impact that a great teacher’s life can have on young people. My future poems, short stories, and the like will give Professor Hanak what Milun Kundera calls immortality. I don’t feel very sad as I write these words. I can imagine Professor Hanak somewhere conversing with Plato, Aristotle, and Immanuel Kant about the dynamic sublime in nature, them all smiling at the brilliance of his multilingual mind!!!!! Ich liebe dich, meinen Lehrer!

  4. Cheyenne Adams says:

    I apologize to Mrs. Hanak and family for not sending this condolensce earlier. It was my only desire in life to meet with Professor Hanak before he passed away. I loved him as if he were my father. My father passed away when I as 10 years old, and Professor Hanak filled much of the void left by my father’s death. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave will forever remind me of him. Dr. Hanak was the Philosopher King who opened my mind and imagination up to a whole new way of thinking! His love of languages inspired my love for them. I am a living example of the impact that a great teacher’s life can have on young people. My future poems, short stories, and the like will give Professor Hanak what Milun Kundera calls immortality. I don’t feel very sad as I write these words. I can imagine Professor Hanak somewhere conversing with Plato, Aristotle, and Immanuel Kant about the dynamic sublime in nature, them all smiling at the brilliance of his multilingual mind!!!!! Ich liebe dich, meinen Lehrer!

  5. My condolences to the family.

    I was a student of Professor Hanak in Pilsen, Czech Republic, during the year 1999-2000.

    A Spanish student, University of Granada – Spain, he came to Erasmus in the Czech city of Pilsen and had the opportunity to meet and befriend Professor Hanak and his wife Peggy.
     
    I was honored to meet Professor Hanak, who gave me lessons for that semester 1999 in Pilsen, and spend hours and hours talking about literature, history, philosophy, politics, etc.

    I will always remember him.

    Miguel Jerónimo Jesús Sánchez
    Almuñécar (Granada – Spain)

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