August J. Molnar Fund

Professor August John Molnar was the founding President of the American Hungarian Foundation and served the Foundation for 59 years before retiring in January of 2015, becoming a Co-Chairman of its Board of Directors. Professor Molnar passed away on August 30, 2016 at the age of 89. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 24, 1927 and moved to New Brunswick, NJ in 1959.


In 2004 Elmhurst College honored him with the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and the same year he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary by President Ferenc Madl. In 2005 the New Brunswick Sister Cities Association presented the Founders Award to Professor Molnar and the City of Debrecen, Hungary, bestowed its Csokonai Award in a special ceremonial session. In 2008 the American Hungarian Coalition in Washington DC, honored him for his service to the Hungarian community. In 2011, the Board of the American Hungarian Foundation honored his work with the prestigious George Washington Award.


Professor Molnar had an enormously successful and influential career, devoted to the study of Hungarian culture and heritage in the United States. The Foundation is respected worldwide for bringing the unique and dynamic presentation of the Hungarian cultural and historical heritage to its constituencies and for its portrayal of the contributions of Hungarians to American life since 1776.


Through a very generous donation of $10,000 from our Chairman of the Board,

Dr. Zsolt Harsanyi, to start the fund, we are able to keep Professor Molnar’s life long mission alive. If you would like to contribute to the AJM Fund please contact our Executive Director, Melissa Katkó Pepin, for more information at or you can send contributions American Hungarian Foundation, PO Box 1084, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. 

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