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Vaidievutis A. ("Andrew") Mantautas was born at Grauzikai near Kelme, Lithuania on December 7, 1925. He finished secondary school in 1944, while secretly belonging to a Lithuanian National Guard resistance group. In 1944 he escaped Soviet deportation to Siberia, became a "displaced person," and after the war worked as a translator for the Allies.
In 1946 he entered Jesuit seminary in Eichstatt, Germany, studied philosophy and theology, then continued his novitiate in West Baden Springs, Indiana, receiving a B.A. from Loyola University in 1952. In 1957 he left the order before taking final vows, earned an M.A. from Boston College, a Ph.D. from Fordham University, and taught philosophy at Holy Cross College, Albertus Magnus College, then at Capital Community College and other colleges in Connecticut, becoming a full professor in 1982 and professor emeritus after his retirement.
He wrote and edited Lithuanian articles, journals, and books, including the Lithuanian Scouts' newspaper, and the biography of his grandfather, Vladas Putvis. In 1952 he helped found the Lithuanian National Guard in Exile, and at the time of his death was its honorary commander-in-chief.
In his remarkable memory he stored poetry, history, scripture, songs, humor, family stories spanning several generations... and told them in a way that made them lasting and unforgettable.
He is survived by his daughter, son-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, and caregivers, and will be greatly missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday July 22, 2017 at 10:30 am. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church 53 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford, followed by a reception at Rockledge Country Club, West Hartford. Visiting at 10:00 am. prior to the funeral mass. Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, West Hartford has care of arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com