Oldrich Kyn

Oldrich Kyn passed at the age of 88 from Alzheimer’s disease on March 5, 2023 at his home. Oldrich was born in Holesov, Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) in 1934.  He was a Professor of Economics at Charles University in Prague, until he took his family to America in 1968 during the Prague Spring. He settled his family in the Boston area and taught Economics at Boston University for 30 plus years until his retirement. He visited the Czech Republic several times following the fall of the communist government.  

Oldrich had a strong interest in macro-economics, and specialized in developing computer economic models.  He traveled world-wide, lecturing on transitioning planned economies to market economies.  He was an avid lover of history, specifically European history. He loved the great outdoors and enjoyed camping, hiking, and skiing. 

Oldrich is survived by Ludmila, his loving wife of 63 years; three sons Pavel (Sharon) of Brookline, MA; Petr (Sherri) of Seattle, WA; and Jaromil (Jenifer) of Quincy, MA; and three grandchildren Nathan, Genevieve, and Morris.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


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  1. Brendan McNally on June 29, 2023 at 9:51 am

    I just now learned of Kyn’s passing. About twelve or thirteen years ago, I corresponded with him about people he knew back in Czechoslovakia who ended up leading the 1989 Velvet Revolution. He put up with my questions and my idiot, half-informed theories and opinions with indulgent good humor. What i’d give to talk with him again about it all. Farewell, sir. Happy Trails!
    Brendan McNally

  2. Matthew Salomon on May 16, 2024 at 10:58 pm

    I knew Professor Kyn when I studied at BU in the 1970s–his course on comparative economic systems was one of the finest I took during my student days and had an important influence on me. Professor Kyn’s lively mind and manner made a big difference for me. May his memory always be bright

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