Dr. Vladimir Guy Treml

MARCH 27, 1929 - NOVEMBER 4, 2018

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Dr. Vladimir Guy Treml, 89, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, passed away on Nov. 4, 2018.

Dr. Treml, a ded­i­cated pro­fes­sor of the economics depart­ment at Duke Univer­sity from 1967 to 1999, was loved by his fam­ily, count­less friends, stu­dents and col­leagues. His stu­dents de­scribed him as hav­ing a pro­found im­pact on their lives and ca­reers, and he re­mained a great men­tor and friend to them.

Vladimir was born in Kharkov in the Soviet Union. Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, he and his fam­ily es­caped to Prague. A year later, they left for Aus­tria and even­tu­ally set­tled in Mu­nich. In 1950, he im­mi­grated to the United States, where he later be­came a U. S. ci­ti­zen. In 1952, he mar­ried his wife, Emma, in New York, where they formed life­long friend­ships within the Rus­sian com­mu­nity. He served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953.

A Phi Beta Kappa grad­u­ate of Brook­lyn Col­lege, he held an M. A. from Columbia Univer­sity and a Ph.D. from the Univer­sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He be­gan his teach­ing ca­reer at Franklin and Mar­shall Col­lege (1961-1967). In 1967, Vladimir and his fam­ily moved to Chapel Hill, and he be­gan his ca­reer at Duke Univer­sity. He served as a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at a num­ber of schools, in­clud­ing the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley, the Univer­sity of Hokkaido in Ja­pan and Moscow State Univer­sity, where he taught un­der a Ful­bright Fel­low­ship.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing a renowned scholar and be­cause of his ex­per­tise in Soviet economics, Vladimir served as a con­sul­tant for many pri­vate and gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies in­clud­ing: the Stan­ford Re­search In­sti­tute, the RAND Cor­po­ra­tion, the In­ter­na­tional Trade Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund, the Com­merce Depart­ment, and the Na­tional Academy of Sciences. In 1986, he was in­vited with three other econ­o­mists to con­sult with Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan, Vice Pres­i­dent Bush and sev­eral cabi­net mem­bers on mat­ters re­lated to the Soviet econ­omy.

The au­thor and edi­tor of many books and scores of ar­ti­cles, he was named di­rec­tor of the Un­der­grad­u­ate Cen­ter for the Study of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, es­tab­lished at Duke in 1991. In 1994, he re­ceived the Richard Stites Se­nior Scholar Award.

While his ca­reer was filled with many ac­com­plish­ments that took him around the world, his true pas­sion was his fam­ily. With his wife Emma by his side, they opened their home to schol­ars, stu­dents, friends and beyond. From ski trips to the beaches of North Carolina, he cul­ti­vated a love of travel in his fam­ily. He cher­ished his time with his four grand­daugh­ters, al­ways ready to teach and en­ter­tain them with his sto­ries and jokes. He took pride in his wood­work, creat­ing doll­houses, play­houses and tree­houses that brought them years of fun.

Vladimir is sur­vived by his wife of 66 years, Emma Treml, of Chapel Hill; his three chil­dren, Irene Treml Cag­ney and hus­band Bill Cag­ney, of Chapel Hill, Ta­nia Treml of Chapel Hill, and Alex Treml of Chapel Hill; and four grand­daugh­ters, Colleen Cag­ney Con­nolly and hus­band Bill Con­nolly of Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia, Mag­gie Cag­ney of Den­ver, Colorado, Em­mie Cag­ney of Chicago, Illi­nois, and Ly­dia Treml of Chapel Hill.

Vladimir was a mem­ber of the Holy Trans­fig­u­ra­tion Church.

A fu­neral is sched­uled for 11:00 a.m. on Mon­day, Nov. 12, at Walker’s Fu­neral Home in Chapel Hill, fol­lowed by the burial at Chapel Hill Me­mo­rial Ceme­tery.

Do­na­tions are wel­come to the Holy Trans­fig­u­ra­tion Church, 3491 Pleas­ant Grove Church Rd., Mor­risville, NC, 27560, or a char­ity of the donor’s choice.

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