Charles Schlacks Jr passed away February 5, 2022, just two weeks before his 91st birthday.
He was born February 20, 1931, in Detroit, the son of Charles and Irene Schlacks and attended U of D
Jesuit High School and U of D College where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy. In 1952 he
enlisted in the Army where he learned Russian in the Military Police Academy and spent
most of his time eavesdropping on their communications during the cold war. After 3 years of service
he was honorably discharged and came back to his home state where he earned a Masters degree in
Eastern European Studies at the University of Michigan.
From there he moved west to work on a PhD in Russian history at the University of California in Berkley.
At this time he transitioned into teaching and shortly thereafter began publishing where he enjoyed a
half century of notoriety as a publisher of over 20 journals and books devoted to Russian and East
European studies in the humanities and social sciences.
Though somewhat nomadic in his working and living arrangements,
he finally settled in Idyllwild California after buying an idyllic log home in a setting very reminiscent to
Northern Michigan. After a number years working and living here he moved back to Michigan
residing in American House, a senior living community located in Farmington Hills, MI.
Cousin Chuck was a collector and expert in the several areas, classical music and film noir in particular.
He also loved to travel, and would drive cross country to attend an annual Slavic convention out east
and then “swing by” Detroit to stay with relatives and enjoy the holidays with family.
He is survived by his first cousin Dorothea Krieg and numerous distant cousins.
There will be a funeral mass for Cousin Chuck in the chapel at U of D Jesuit High School in April and a
military burial of his remains at the Great Lakes Military Cemetery in Holly, MI shortly thereafter. The
exact date and time to be determined.
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