In Memoriam: Jan Trost


Longtime NCFR member Jan Trost died on Feb. 27, 2018, at age 82.

Jan Trost, Ph.D., was a Swedish sociologist and professor emeritus at Uppsala University, where he received his doctorate. He founded and led several sociological research groups at Uppsala University on topics such as families, alcohol, and disasters. Dr. Trost was the author of about 50 books and 300 scientific articles in journals including the Journal of Marriage and Family.

Dr. Trost was a member of NCFR for 52 years. He was a founding member of the NCFR International Section and served as section chair from 1979-1981, and was a member of the NCFR Board of Directors during this tenure. In 1999, the International Section introduced the Jan Trost Award for Outstanding Contribution to Comparative Family Studies to honor an individual's lifetime achievement in research, teaching, and service to international families. Dr. Trost was named as the first recipient at the 1999 NCFR Annual Conference in Irvine, California. Award winners have been selected annually every year since then beginning in 2001.

A memorial service will be held March 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm in Uppsala. More information can be found on this website (click the "language" button at the top of the page to translate).