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Name: Kevin Davidson
Date: 30 May 2009

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I was one of Prov. Vaulin's Russian Language students in the late 1960's, spanning 8 quarters. I enjoyed his stories from the Soviet Union and World War II (crossing a minefield into Finland), and talking about his little Volkswagen trying to climb the big hills. I also remember the day that you, Leo, visited our class. Your father kept explaining why your Russian was correct, but different from what was in our textbooks. Finally I remember a little joke:Teacher: Ivan, did you solve those equations by yourself? Ivan: Yes, with two unknowns. Pavil Vaulin was no doubt the most memorable teacher I had at USA.


Name: Robert L. Perkins
Date: 20 Aug 2007

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Leo, I wish to express my sympathy to you on this difficult occasion, the death of your father. Given the very little I know of his experience as a young person during the Communist takeover of Russia, he did well handling his grief. He persevered and had a life! And a fine life dedicated to the teaching his native language--which I suspect was to the end, his language. How could it not be his language? Russia was the longing of his heart, at least as I saw him. Make I take this occasion to express my appreciaton for your friendship to Frank, my former son-in-law and to my daughter, Leslie. I believe that undergraduate friendship circle has blessed all your lives. Both of these were and are still blessed by your constancy and friendship. Be assured of my appreciation and affection to you and yours, Bob, aka Leslie's Dad.


Name: Frank Scalfano, M.D.
Date: 14 Aug 2007

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I am sorry to say that I did not see Prof. Vaulin in his later years; all of my time with him was in the late 1970's and early 1980's. As I attended the funeral on Saturday last, the hat that Father Alexander wore during parts of the service reminded me of the little stocking cap that the professor would wear on cold days at South Alabama. At the time I thought that it was just indifference to any consideration of style that prompted him to wear it, but perhaps it had a greater significance to him. I never met him without receiving a warm smile. He had, I think, a much greater sense of humor than most people gave him credit for. Leo will know what I mean, particularly about the woman we three referred to as "Baba Yaga." He could also be unintentionally funny, as we all can. Leo tells a very funny story about his dad and his first encounter with pizza, a food that he had always criticized young people for eating. Long after forming this negative opinion, he tried it, not knowing what it was, and liked it. I am sure that I will remember other things about Prof. Vaulin after I end this note; suffice it to say that his death is a loss to us all and I hope that we can all hold on to our precious memories of him and to the example, as Father Alexander said, that his life made for all of us.


Name: Elizabeth Powers
Date: 11 Aug 2007

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I attended church service with Mr & Mrs. Paul Vaulin in Maine. I am sorry for your loss. May his memory be eternal!


Name: Walter Todd
Date: 11 Aug 2007

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Ms. Vaulin and Leo, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Vaulin's death. He was such a good man and a great teacher. He made learning Russian fun and exciting. I enjoyed my year of learning Russian and Russian literature from him at USA very much. I enjoyed talking with him years later as you all took your family hikes through Hillsdale. This was while I worked on my Master's at South. I also enjoyed having Mrs. Vaulin teach me Russian for a year when I decided to go for my Doctorate at Alabama in 1979-80. He will be missed and remembered well by this former student of his. Best wishes and condolences to all of the Vaulin family in this time of great sadness. He will always be one of my favorite teachers!


Name: Linda Wall
Date: 10 Aug 2007

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Altho I didn't ever know Mr. Vaulin, I know Leo and I know that Leo reflects well on his father. My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Vaulin and the Vaulin family. How wonderful to continue his work.


Name: Lucy Nahkshon
Date: 10 Aug 2007

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Примите моё глубокое соболезнования по поводу кончины вашего папы. Видимо он был очень хорошим человеком, если вы его олицетворяете со строрым изумительным сказанием. Это было здорово. Вечьная помять ему и пусть земля будет ему пухом.