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Death: Marcus Wheeler

Death: Marcus Wheeler

Death: Marcus Wheeler

The death has been announced of Marcus Wheeler, former Professor of Russian and Slavonic Studies at Queens University, Belfast.

The distinguished academic, who was the author of the first Oxford Russian/English Dictionary and numerous scholarly works, died in the Belfast City Hospital on June 12.

A native of Amersham in Buckinghamshire, Professor Wheeler joined the staff of Queen's University in 1967, after a career at the Oxford University Press and the Foreign Office, where he had been posted to Moscow as a translator.

Professor Wheeler became the first Professor of Slavonic Studies to be appointed by the south Belfast university.

A co-founder of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies, he was also a recipient of the prestigious Medal of Pushkin - which is a state decoration of the Russian Federation awarded for achievements in the arts and culture, education, humanities and literature.

Professor Wheeler, who lived in south Belfast, retired from the university in 1993, becoming an emeritus professor.

He is survived by his wide Sally, children Eleanor, Stephen and Rosemary, and grandchildren Alex and Arianna.

The Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, offered her condolences to the grieving Wheeler family.

A message posted on social media on her behalf said: "The Lord Lieutenant has learnt with great sadness of the death of the distinguished scholar and author of The Oxford Russian/English dictionary Emeritus Professor Marcus Wheeler.

"To the Wheeler family and Queen's University community she extends her sincere condolences," the Lord Lieutenant said on social media.

Funeral arrangements for Professor Wheeler have not been made public due to the present coronavirus restrictions.

Belfast Telegraph