About Könnyű László

László spent Könnyű László portrémetszetethe first thirty years of his life in his mother country, in Hungary. 1914. He was born on February 28, 1914 in Tamási. He learnt to become a teacher. He graduated as an elementary school teacher from Baja in 1933 and then obtained his secondary school teacher degree in Szeged in 1944. In 1945 he travelled from Hungary to Austria where he worked as a headmaster at a school for refugees for four years. In 1949 he moved to the United tates and in Jefferson, Missouri he was employed as an organist. In 1954 he learnt at the Saint Louis University learning music and arts. In the meanwhile he worked as a laoratory technician at the Washington University until 1955 when the Defense Mapping Agency offered him a cartographical job in Saint Louis. In 1957 he graduated as a cartographer and continued his studies at the Saint Louis University
where he was conferred the degree of master of geosciences. In 1990 when tension subsided in Eastern Europe Könnyű obtained his Ph.D degree with Summa Cum Laude in ethnography at the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest. He married Gelencsér Erzsébet and had three children (Ernő, József and Gabriella). Könnyű László died on February 24, 1992 in Saint Louis

He enriched the public collections of Tamási with various onations: In 1978 Könnyű donated precious works of art

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– among others art pieces by Dürer, Renoir, Dalí, Vasarely, which are displayed in the Tamási Gallery - and also book rarities to the municipal library.

The finely renovated library of Tamási adopted his name on June 5, 1999.

Honours and memberships: Dean’s honour at the Saint Louis niversity, founder of the T.S. Eliot Society, former president of Saint Louis Poetry Centre, the former
vice-president and director of Missouri Writers’ Association, the fellow of the International Academy of Poets (Cambridge, England) as well as the International P.E.N. club (New York), the member of the International Association of Hungarian Philology (Budapest), American Literary Translators’ Association, literary gold medal at the Árpád Academy, Cleveland, XI. Saint Louis medal at the Saint Louis University, honour of the
Art University of Termini, Italy etc.

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Könnyű László strove to revive
Hungarian culture in the United States as well as to promote collaboration between the two cultures by presenting Hungarian literary, art and scientific works in English and also by translating American literary, art and scientific works into Hungarian. He was the editor of the  Hungarian weekly paper Saint Louis and its neighbourhood (1957—58), the American Hungarian Review (1963—74) and the radio program Hungarian Melodies 1952—58).

Further information: Könnyű László’s legacy in Tamási