As I suspected, the students and professors who died at Virgina Tech were from a variety of backgrounds.   I was really struck but the death of a Holocaust survivor.  One would think that after you survived the Holocaust you were pretty save in Virginia.  Very Sad.



Liviu Librescu, 76, was a Holocaust survivor, who his son said, will be remembered as a hero. He “blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Joe Librescu told AP. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.” The elder Librescu, a professor at Virginia Tech, was recognized internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering, the head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech told AP. He was born and received his advanced degrees in Romania.

Professor Edward Smith of Penn State University wrote:
“Professor Librescu was well known in the aerospace engineering community. I have known professor Librescu for the past 18 years, ever since I was in graduate school. We attended the same annual conferences and working in the same research area (composite structures). He was a true gentleman. [He was] always very professional and ‘formal,’ dressed in a business suit and very serious about his work. Professor Librescu had a good sense of humor and had many friends in the aerospace community. We are all deeply saddened by this tragic loss.”  (more on other victims…)