Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis expressed his condolences on the passing of Dr. Bernard Lown
We have just received the sad news that a renowned Lithuanian-American cardiologist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Lithuanian citizen Dr. Bernard Lown has died.
“Our sincerest condolences are with his family and all his associates. We are proud that this unique personality and physician comes from Lithuania and has never forgotten his roots. He has visited Lithuania several times. In the sadness of his loss, we remember Dr. Lown as a renowned cardiologist and anti-war activist. We will keep his vibrancy alive in our memories. He will continue to be an inspiration for us, even though he has passed," reads the letter of condolences.
Dr. Lown was born to Jewish parents in 1921 in Utena. In 1935, he came to the United States with his family. Dr. Lown made pivotal contributions to cardiovascular medicine. He also co-founded the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for its campaign against nuclear war. Dr. Lown visited Lithuania twice after the restoration of the country's independence.