Famous author and translator Leda Mileva, an ACS alumna of the Class of 1938, died today on her 93rd birthday

Leda Mileva (born 1920 - deceased 2013), daughter of eminent Bulgarian poet Geo Milev, was born in Sofia on February 5, 1920. She graduated from the American College in 1938 and two years later from the Pedagogics Institute, as well.

The author of everyone’s favorite “The White Rabbit („Зайченцето бяло”) has been editor-in-chief for children and youth Radio Sofia programs, editor for Narodna Mladezh and Bulgarski Pisatel publications, editor-in-chief for Druzhinka and Panorama magazines, and many more.

Leda Mileva was the manager of the national TV Bulgarska Televizia (today BNT) between 1966 and 1970. She worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was a standing representative of Bulgaria in UNESCO in Paris in the period 1972-1978.

She is the author of over 30 poetry books for kids and has translated contemporary American, British, and African poetry.

May her soul rest in peace!

"If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain."

Emily Dickinson
(In Bulgarian translated by Leda Mileva)