Obituary of Vilmos Agoston (1947 – 2022) – San Antonio, TX
Vilmos Agoston, loving husband, father, devoted grandfather, writer, philosopher, essayist passed away on January 2, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.
He is known to most of his friends and family by the nickname: Vilka which was given to him by his grandmother.
Vilka was born in Marosvasarhely, Romania on July 8, 1947 to Vilmos Agoston (the only survivor of his Jewish family who perished in Auschwitz and who has just returned from the Nazi forced labor camp) and Erzsébet Havadtöi (a Catholic teacher passionate) and grew up in his hometown. He attended the Department of Philology at Babes-Bolyai University in Kolozsvar, Romania (while also working as a construction worker to support himself). In 1970 he was persecuted for fabricated / fictitious political reasons and accused of being an American spy by the Romanian Communist Secret Service. Therefore, he was expelled from the university in 1971. The following year, supported by the Union of Romanian Writers, he was reinstated at the University. He graduated in Hungarian and English, but due to his political history he was not allowed to pursue his writing and publishing career as he had always dreamed of. Instead, he was sent to Csikszereda, Romania, to teach English and World Literature at the local high school. It was not until 1978 that he was able to return to Marosvasarhely where he was a radio reporter until the radio station was dissolved in 1985 when he worked for a pest control company. He is one of the founding members of the artistic group MAMÜ. In 1986, he immigrated with his wife Gabriella and his only daughter Ildiko to Budapest, Hungary, to escape the Ceausescu dictatorship. He worked as a journalist for the daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet until 1991, then from 1992 to 1994 worked as editor-in-chief at Koztarsasag and 1994-95 at the independent political weekly Respublika. He was a guest lecturer for 6 months at the University of Hokkaido, Japan in 1997. He obtained his doctorate in 1998 from JATE, Szeged, Hungary. He was the editor-in-chief of Magyar Mühely (Hungarian Workshop) published regularly in Paris. From 1998 to 2002 he worked at the European Public Foundation for Comparative Minority Studies.
For most of his life he was a freelance writer, starting his writing career in 1969 when he published in Utunk and then numerous articles in Korunk, Igaz Szo, Het, Ifjumunkas (Hungarian literary magazines for minorities Hungarians in Romania). He has edited books by several contemporary writers, published essays written on Hemingway, Thornton Wilder, James Joyce and Tibor Dery. He has published three novels: “Slow virus” (1981), “Play the hymne and don’t curse” (1989) “Godir et Galanter” (1998) and several essays, interviews and scientific works on the effect of nationalism in Eastern Europe, the most important being “Monopolized space. The national spirit in the works of Doru Munteanu and Albert Wass ”(2008). After 2007 he moved permanently with his wife to the United States to help raise his beloved grandchildren Anna and Peter and settled in San Antonio in 2011.
He is survived by his wife Gabriella Agoston, his daughter Ildiko Agoston and his two grandchildren Anna Szalai and Peter Szalai.
A celebration of her life will be held at Porter Loring North San Antonio (2102 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232) on January 15 at 9 a.m.
Posted by Porter Loring Mortuary North on January 10, 2022.