Victor Erlich died peacefully at home on Nov. 29, 2007 at age 93. Widower of Iza S. Erlich and son of Henryk and Sophia Dubnov Erlich, he is survived by his sons, Henry of Oakland, CA and Mark of Jamaica Plain, MA and their families, including seven grandchildren. Born in Petrograd, Russia and raised in Warsaw , Poland, he left in 1939, arrived in New York in 1942 and joined the US Army. A long-time professor of Russian literature at Yale University , he was an accomplished author, teacher, and scholar. A true gentle man and lover of life, he will be missed. Friends may visit with Victor's family on Sunday, December 2nd from 12-4 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., Hamden.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline


  1. Mark & Family, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your father. Having lost my own father recently, I understand the emptyness you all must feel.Take comfort knowing he is now resting in peace. Steve Becht The Becht Corporation NEFCA Board Member

  2. Mark and Family, I send My deepest sympathy for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers during this time of bereavment. Bob Corriveau

  3. Mark and Family, Please accept our deepest and sincere condolences during this time of mourning. We shall keep you and your entire family in our thoughts and prayers. In Sympathy, Jorge and Rebecca Cabrera

  4. Mark and Family, We send out deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Mark- We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please accept the peace and love we send to you. Bob Addison & Family

  6. My condolences to the Erlich family. Victor Erlich was a great philologist, Slavicist, and scholar. I never met him, but his books and his example as an academic meant a great deal to me and to many others.

  7. To Victor’s family, Victor Erlich was a truly great man in every sense of the word: as a scholar, teacher, and human being. I feel so fortunate to have known him and been his graduate student. I’ll always remember his gentleness and humor. My thoughts are with you on this loss of a giant. Susanne Fusso

  8. You have our deepest condolences. Know that our hearts and prayers are with you during this time of bereavment.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook