Vitaly Khalturin, a pioneering seismologist with encyclopedic knowledge of regional seismic signals and a mentor and friend of seismologists around the world, died on 17 April 2007 in Stanford, California, four days after suffering a major stroke.1

Born on 15 August 1927 in Leningrad, U.S.S.R., Vitaly grew up in war-torn and politically tumultuous surroundings. His father was a writer well-known in Russian literary circles and, from childhood on, Vitaly knew many prominent Russian authors. While still a student at the University of Leningrad he married a fellow student, Tat'yana Glebovna Rautian. After receiving their masters' degrees in 1951, the...

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