Anna Komarova

I would like to share my condolences at the passing of Anna Komarova. I, and several colleagues from Norway, had the fortune to meet Anna a number of times up through the last 25 years or so. The first few times, we met together with her dear teacher and colleague Galina Zaitseva and her long-time colleague Tatiana Davidenko, as well as with other remarkable colleagues. Galina passed away many years ago, Tatiana more recently. I knew Anna as a kind and knowledgeable person, always welcoming and door-opening, and ready to share not only her knowledge, but also her humour. She did so much to spread knowledge about sign languages and deaf communities not only in Russia – where she was, among other achievements, a great inspiration in the establishment of the two first university-level sign language interpreting programmes at Moscow State Linguistic University and Novosibirsk State Technological University – but also internationally. Thank you, Anna, for the good advice and the optimism that you always shared. Rest in peace. Мои соболезнования.

Arnfinn Muruvik Vonen

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