Economist, educator and diplomat, Lev E. Dobriansky, born in New York City in 1918, received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from New York University while simultaneously studying philosophy at Fordham University from 1938-1942. After receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from New York University in 1951 he began a teaching career that would continue at Georgetown University (1948-1986) and the National War College (1957-1958). Professor Dobriansky served as director of the Institute on Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University from 1970 to 1986, and was a longtime participant in the Georgetown University Radio and TV Forum in the 1950's and 1960's. As a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, 352nd Civil Affairs Unit at Georgetown between 1958-1967, Professor Dobriansky earned the rank of colonel. He has written over 500 articles and congressional testimonies on communism, foreign policy and the USSR as well as the congressional resolutions establishing Captive Nations Week (Public Law 86-90), Public Law 86-749, authorizing the erection of a statue of the Ukrainian poet laureate and national leader, Taras Shevchenko, and the Religious Freedom in the U.S.S.R. Resolution (97th congress, Joint Congressional Resolution 18). Lev E. Dobriansky authored, co-authored and edited many books including Veblenism, A New Critique (1957), The Vulnerable Russians (1967) and The Soviet Myth (1971). As an advisor, Professor Dobriansky has served as the chairman of the National Captive Nations Committee and since 1994, the Victims of Communism Foundation as well. He also led Global Economic Action from 1987 to 1992 as president, and served as the president of the American Council for World Freedom from 1976 to 1979 and the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America from 1949 to 1982. From 1982 to 1986 Professor Dobriansky represented the U.S. as the Ambassador to the Bahamas. Lev E. Dobriansky died on January 30, 2008.