Albert Charles Todd Jr., age 74, died on Fri., Nov. 9, 2001 in Queens, New York, from lymphoma.
Albert, or "Bert", was born Nov. 21, 1926, in Pocatello, Idaho, the son of Albert Charles Todd and Delilah Folsom of Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, Nevada. Albert grew up in Salt Lake City. Upon graduating with honors from East High School at 16, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, followed by two years in Czechoslovakia as a missionary for the LDS Church. He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he taught Russian, with bachelors and masters degrees in history in 1953. He then moved to Washington D.C. to work as a Senate page while he finished his class work for a PhD. in Russian History at Georgetown University. While in Washington, he also taught at Gallaudet College and worked for the U.S. Government.
In 1958 and 1959 he studied at Moscow State University as a member of the first educational exchange between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Upon his return he was an associate at the Russian Research Center at Harvard University for two years. After teaching from 1961 to 1966 at Indiana University, where he established and headed Indiana's Summer Language Workshops, some of the first language programs to be taught in Russian, he joined the faculty of Queens College in 1966. There he taught Russian language, history, and literature for 35 years.
Albert made numerous trips to the Soviet Union over the years. He also traveled with and interpreted for poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko on his many tours throughout the U.S. and other countries.
Albert translated works of more than 85 Russian poets, including his friend Yevtushenko. He edited several collections of English translations of Russian poetry, including "The Collected Poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko", and "Silver and Steel: Twentieth Century Russian Poetry", a huge project presenting the work of over 250 Russian poets. He translated Anton Checkov's stage play, "Uncle Vanya," for performances at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York, directed by Mike Nichols.
Albert was an avid participator in skiing, hiking, photography, flying, sailing, diving, as well as collecting books, reading, writing, editing and translating. He was vitally interested in art, music, drama, literature and politics.
Albert is survived by his third wife, Lilia Yapparova, and his daughter, Anna Bella Todd of Queens; a sister, Dorothy Jean Todd Black (Dr. John Richard Black) of Santa Monica, CA; four children by his first wife, Kathryn Christensen Gardner: Albert Paul Todd of Mountain View, CA; G. Peter Todd (Nicole Skabelund and four daughters) of Marlboro, NJ; Jeanmarie Todd of San Francisco; Phillip A. Todd (Diana Wilson and one son) of San Francisco and Geyserville, CA; and one daughter, Lara Kristina Todd Abbott, of San Francisco, by his second wife, Vivian Semko Abbott.
A memorial service attended by colleagues, friends and family was held on the Queens College Campus on December 6, 2001.