Spring 2005 (13.1)
Thank you very much for your tribute: "Ismikhan Rahimov:
In Defense of My Mother Tongue", AI 12.4 (Winter 2004).
Back in 1960, I was one of Ismikhan's first students in his English
language classes at Azerbaijan State University. He had just
started to teach after being "rehabilitated" and released
from Stalin's prisons. Truly, he was a man of principles - full
of sincerity, nobility, knowledge and honesty. He loved Byron
and tried to teach us to love his poems and English literature.
A few years ago when I was in Baku, I went to visit him in the
hospital and we had a long conversation. Unfortunately, it was
my last meeting with him. He told me how proud he was that his
students had become contributing members of society and our nation,
and I told him how proud we were that we had him as our professor.
I believe that Ismikhan Rahimov was one of the most significant
figures in our contemporary history. We must remember him, with
gratitude for what he did and what he tried to do for the Azerbaijani
people. "Allah rahmat elasin" (May God rest his soul).
Experimental Oncological Laboratory
National Institute of Pediatrics
Mexico City, Mexico
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