Top: At '56 Memorial Laszlo Papp, Pres. Áder, Mrs. Áder, Cons. Gen. Kumin Ferenc. Lower left: Consul Szakács Imre at the microphone, Laszlo Papp, Pres. Áder János, Cons. Gen Kumin Ferenc. Right: Cons Gen. Kumin Ferenc, Laszlo Papp, Pres. Áder János
On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Consulate General of Hungary in New York City hosted a reception, celebrating architect Laszlo Papp, a highly respected personage of the American-Hungarian community.
Upon recommendation of Prime Minister Orbán Viktor, Laszlo was awarded one of the highest-ranking decorations by the Hungarian government, delivered by Consul General Kumin Ferenc in the presence of Áder János, President of Hungary.
Papp László obtained his degree in architecture from the Technical University of Budapest, in 1955. He was working at the Lakóterv state-owned design company where, in October, 1956, he was elected president of the workers’ council. After the defeat of the Revolution, he migrated, with his wife, to the United States where he worked as an architect.
Mr. Papp was founding president of the North American Hungarian College Students’ Federation and member of the Western Hungarian Scientific Council’s advisory board. As an officer of the American Institute of Architects, over the years he organized the visit of scores of Hungarian architectural students and professionals to the United States to study and/or work. For his exemplary services to his adoptive country, he received the esteemed Americanism Medal, awarded by the U.S. president. Laszlo is an Extern Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Vice President of the American-Hungarian Foundation.
As president of the Memorial Committee, Papp’s latest achievement was the Memorial to the ’56 Revolution in New York City’s Riverside Park, at the foot of the Kossuth monument, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. On the day of the ceremony, he and Consul General Kumin escorted President Áder János and his wife, Herczegh Anita to the recently finished memorial.
We congratulate Laszlo Papp for this latest award!
Olga Vállay Szokolay is an architect and Professor Emerita of Norwalk Community College, CT after three decades of teaching. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Magyar News Online.