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Israeli Professor Murdered As He Saved Students at Virigina Tech Shootings
Judeoscope &Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/07

Posted on 04/17/2007 7:03:09 AM PDT by meg88

Israeli professor murdered as he saved students at Vriginia Tech shootings Source: Jerusalem Post

As Jews worldwide honored on Monday the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust, a 75-year-old survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday’s shooting at Virginia Tech college that left 32 dead and over two dozen wounded.

Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter, who had attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, "but all the students lived - because of him," Virginia Tech student Asael Arad - also an Israeli - told Army Radio.

Several of Librescu’s other students sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he blocked the gunman’s way and saved their lives, said the son, Joe.

"My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out."

Liviu Librescu, was respected in his field, his son said.

"His work was his life in a sense," said Joe. "That was a good place for him to practice his research."

The couple immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1978 and then moved to Virginia in 1986 for his sabbatical, but had stayed since then, Joe told Army Radio.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: april16; hero; israel; romania; vatech
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God bless this man!
1 posted on 04/17/2007 7:03:11 AM PDT by meg88
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To: meg88

This man is a hero. No greater deed can be done than to sacrifice your life for the lives of others. I’m sure he is in Heaven. God Bless him.


2 posted on 04/17/2007 7:05:50 AM PDT by stm (Believe 1% of what you hear in the drive-by media and take half of that with a grain of salt)
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To: meg88

Can’t help but admire such a selfless act of courage.

Also can’t help but think (and this in no way is meant to diminish this man’s sacrifice) how things might have been different had this courageous man been armed.


3 posted on 04/17/2007 7:06:55 AM PDT by CertainInalienableRights
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To: stm

4 posted on 04/17/2007 7:06:57 AM PDT by meg88
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To: meg88

good thing they had gun control laws there... or else the intruder would have shot them with a gun...

waitaminnit...


5 posted on 04/17/2007 7:07:04 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: meg88

Would be a lot nicer if the PROFOUNDLY USELESS talking heads would look for THESE stories instead of serially ‘interviewing’ blame-finders; the world would be a better place.


6 posted on 04/17/2007 7:07:44 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: meg88

I knew there would be stories like this. I hope there are more.


7 posted on 04/17/2007 7:08:26 AM PDT by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: meg88
Link to VT Bio
8 posted on 04/17/2007 7:08:29 AM PDT by Canali
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To: meg88

Imagine surviving the holocaust and now this.... prayers for this man and his family.


9 posted on 04/17/2007 7:08:48 AM PDT by RushCrush (We ARE equal time!)
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To: Canali

Interests:
Foundation and applications of the modern theory of shells incorporating non-classical effects and composed of advanced composite materials; Foundation of the theory and applications of sandwich type structures; Aeroelastic stability of flight vehicle structures;. Nonlinear aeroelasticity of structures in supersonic and hypersonic flow fields; Aeroelastic and structural tailoring; Dynamic response and instability of elastic and viscoelastic laminated composite structures subjected to deterministic and random loading systems; Mechanical and thermal postbuckling of flat and curved shear-deformable elastic panels; Static, dynamic and aeroelastic feedback control of adaptive structures; Unsteady aerodynamics and magnetoaerodynamics of supersonic flows with applications; Optimization problems of aeroelastic structural systems; Theory of composite thin-walled beams and its application in aeronautical and mechanical constructions; Response and behavior of structures to underwater and in-air explosions; Multifunctional and Functionally Graded material structures.

Education:
Ph.D., Institute of Fluid Mechanics, Academy of Science of Romania, 1969
M. A. Sc., Polytechnic Institute, Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering, Bucharest, 1953
B.S., Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania, Aeronautical Engineer, 1952

Honors and Awards:
2007 Invited Key Note Lecture at the 17th International Congress on Thermal Stresses, June 4-7, 2007, Taipei, Taiwan, “Joule Heating and its Implications on Crack Detection/Arrest in Electrically Conductive Circular Cylindrical Shells”.( Z. Qin, L. Librescu and D. Hasanyan)
2006 Awarded a diploma by the 17th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technology for the paper “Robust Aeroelastic Control of Composite Aircraft Wings in Incompressible Flow” by Yoon, G. C., Na, S. S., Librescu, L., and Baek, S. C., Taiwan, ICAST 2006, October 13-17.
2005 Appointed Chair of the International Organizing Committee of the 6th International Congress on Thermal Stresses ‘05 May 26-29, 2005, Vienna, Austria
2005 Invited Plenary Lecture at the 6th International Congress of Thermal Stresses ‘05 May 26-29, 2005, Vienna, Austria “Thin-Walled Beams Used in Turbomachinery and Space Applications Made-Up of Functionally Graded Materials and Operating in a High Temperature Environment: Vibration and Instability” by L. Librescu, S-Y Oh and O. Song
2005 Selected as a member of the Board of Experts of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Scientific Research
2005 Awarded a diploma by the International Congress on Thermal Stresses, Vienna, Austria, May-June, 2005, ``In recognition for the achievements in the field of Thermal Stresses, for organizing the Fifth International Congress of Thermal Stresses, and for the contributions to the Journal of Thermal Stresses, as an author and as a member of the Editorial Board.’’
2005 Awarded a diploma by the ASME, 20th Biennal Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Long Beach, CA, September 24-28, 2005 expressing the deep appreciation for the valuable services in advancing the engineering profession.’’
2005 Frank J. Maher Award for Excellence in Engineering Education
2004 Plenary Key Note Lecture to the Third European Conference on Structural Control July 12-15. 2004, Vienna, Austria “Advances in the Linear/nonlinear Control of Aeroelastic Structural Systems” by L. Librescu and P. Marzocca
2003 Member of the Executive Committee of the International Congress of Thermal Stresses, (1999-2003) and re-appointed for (2003-2007)
2003 General Chair of the 5th International Congress of Thermal Stresses and Related Topics, June 8-11, 2003, Blacksburg, VA
2000 Recipient of the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania
2000 Elected member of the Academy of Sciences of the Shipbuilding of Ukraine
1999 Recipient of The 1999 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, College of Engineering VPI&SU
1999 Elected Foreign Fellow of the Academy of Engineering of Armenia
1998 Invited Plenary Lecture at the Session dedicated to the great Italian Scientist Professor Placido Cicala, Torino, June 25, 1998, Italia “Aeroelastic Tailoring of Advanced Aircraft Wings Carrying External Stores”, with Dr. F. H. Gern
1988 Plenary Key Note Lecture to the Second International Conference on Composite Science and Technology, June 9-11, 1998 Durban, South Africa” Recent Developments in the Modelling and Behavior of Advanced Sandwich Constructions”
1972 Laureate of the prize “Traian Vuia” of the Romanian Academy of Science

Professional Service:

Listing in Who’s Who
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who in Engineering
Who’s Who in the World
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering


10 posted on 04/17/2007 7:09:47 AM PDT by meg88
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To: meg88

A true hero. A brave man.


11 posted on 04/17/2007 7:09:48 AM PDT by colorcountry (White Supremacist patriarchal caste system of entitlement and artificial aristocracy...")
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I spent many years in combat arms positions and I would gladly give my life for such a Mensch.
12 posted on 04/17/2007 7:10:27 AM PDT by freeplancer
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To: meg88
Staggering. The lives, the relatives, the histories and future promise snuffed out by a selfish maniac.

Hard to comprehend the waste.

13 posted on 04/17/2007 7:10:34 AM PDT by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: hophead
I knew there would be stories like this. I hope there are more.

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Pancakes for breakfast?

14 posted on 04/17/2007 7:11:14 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: meg88
RIP Professor.

"He who saves one life, saves the world entire"

L

15 posted on 04/17/2007 7:11:57 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing 'moderate' islam to 'extremist' islam is like comparing small pox to plague.)
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To: meg88
God bless this great man. I’m going to keep a picture of him in my wallet for a year.
16 posted on 04/17/2007 7:12:38 AM PDT by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: meg88
God bless this man!

Amen! I'm awed by his Bravery and Kindness and Love for others.

The Lord that made Heaven and Earth bless him out of Zion. (Ps.134:3)

17 posted on 04/17/2007 7:13:13 AM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: meg88
A true righteous man.

May his name be blessed.

18 posted on 04/17/2007 7:13:35 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: meg88

The very definition of HERO......


19 posted on 04/17/2007 7:13:51 AM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: RushCrush

I have a feeling his wife could be recieving a Presidential Medal of Freedom in the future


20 posted on 04/17/2007 7:14:31 AM PDT by meg88
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To: RushCrush
Imagine surviving the holocaust and now this....

Obviously, the good professor understood the consequences of trying to keep a low profile and waiting for the "authorities" to come to your rescue. I hope they will name a building after him at minimum. His story sounds as if he could very well be the flight 93 of this whole sorry affair.

21 posted on 04/17/2007 7:14:56 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: freeplancer

Staggering bravery...immense. The man has been a beacon for the young...showing them by his actions the meaning of living a moral life.

Moved.....


22 posted on 04/17/2007 7:15:16 AM PDT by PierreLegrand
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To: Canali

according to his resume, the professor did a good amount to research in Korea. and ironically, killed by a Korean.

God hold this hero...


23 posted on 04/17/2007 7:16:30 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: Lurker
RIP Professor Librescu.
24 posted on 04/17/2007 7:18:25 AM PDT by meg88
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To: ohioWfan

you know, “hero” is a term that’s used pretty loosely these days...but this man definitely deserves the title.

God Bless him.


25 posted on 04/17/2007 7:19:40 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: Zeppelin
Amen!

"Greater love hath no man that this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

26 posted on 04/17/2007 7:21:07 AM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: meg88

Even my goosebumps have goosebumps. That there are men like this among us is God’s Blessing. Yes, God bless this man!


27 posted on 04/17/2007 7:21:24 AM PDT by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: hophead

This kind of bravery was not unusual in my Father’s generation (WWII generation). I hope that kind of bravery has passed to other generations.


28 posted on 04/17/2007 7:21:44 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: meg88

May his angel’s wings be as big an beautiful as his sacrifice. God bless him!


29 posted on 04/17/2007 7:21:47 AM PDT by rintense (I'm 4 Thompson!)
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To: ohioWfan; leda

I am picturing a 75-year old professor, a survivor of the camps, holding that door shut while his students jumped out the window.

And I can’t stop crying.


30 posted on 04/17/2007 7:25:20 AM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: Blueflag
Would be a lot nicer if the PROFOUNDLY USELESS talking heads would look for THESE stories instead of serially ‘interviewing’ blame-finders; the world would be a better place.

I agree. This man's heroic action should be the most-often-repeated part of the whole story. Every commentator should be asking the university administration how many students might have been saved if the shooter had known that professors--and even possibly students--at this college might have been armed.

31 posted on 04/17/2007 7:25:45 AM PDT by American Quilter (You can't negotiate with people who are dedicated to your destruction.)
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To: patton
Nor I.

It's overwhelming.

32 posted on 04/17/2007 7:28:20 AM PDT by ohioWfan (PRAY for our President and our troops. NOW more than ever!!.)
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To: CertainInalienableRights

“Also can’t help but think (and this in no way is meant to diminish this man’s sacrifice) how things might have been different had this courageous man been armed.”

It would have ended right then.


33 posted on 04/17/2007 7:28:36 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: meg88

This great man truly humbled himself and gave his life, that others may live.

He has shown God’s Light, that others may follow.

May God bless and keep him and his family.


34 posted on 04/17/2007 7:28:50 AM PDT by wizr (Freedom ain't free.)
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To: meg88

What a hero! That man is in Heaven at this very moment.


35 posted on 04/17/2007 7:31:49 AM PDT by oakcon (Religion of Peace - inherent lies in name when applied to Islam: 2)
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To: meg88

God bless this beautiful man, a true hero.

My sympathy to his family on a great loss to them.


36 posted on 04/17/2007 7:33:02 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us, and grant us Your peace.)
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To: meg88

Amen


37 posted on 04/17/2007 7:34:02 AM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: meg88
Thanks, meg, for posting this. May his wife and children be comforted with the outpouring of support from the community and Professor Librescu's students who have taken the time to share this story.

I was talking with an engineering professor at UVA last night...one of her students' parents called her trying to track down their son. They are in India, and heard the news that a gunman had attacked and killed engineering students at a Virginia university and were frantic.

This story is horrific. Thank God for men like Liviu Librescu, who take their position of responsiblity for their students seriously enough to sacrifice their own lives to save innocents.

38 posted on 04/17/2007 7:35:27 AM PDT by shezza (God bless our heroes)
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To: GodBlessUSA; MEG33; beachn4fun; Knitting A Conundrum; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; DollyCali; Mama_Bear; ...

Selfless hero ping.


39 posted on 04/17/2007 7:38:34 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us, and grant us Your peace.)
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To: stm

Concur. The world needs more people like him and less “self-esteem” addcited nitwits.


40 posted on 04/17/2007 7:39:24 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: meg88

Prayers for this hero & his family. ~P~


41 posted on 04/17/2007 7:39:40 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: meg88

greater love has no man... then to give up his life for his friends.

God Bless this Man!


42 posted on 04/17/2007 7:40:28 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: wizr

Prof Livia has well earned his rest in eternal grace.


43 posted on 04/17/2007 7:42:18 AM PDT by meg88
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To: meg88

I can see her at the next State of the Union address getting a standing O.


44 posted on 04/17/2007 7:43:34 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: meg88
Selfish love in action for the entire world to see.
45 posted on 04/17/2007 7:43:48 AM PDT by Texas_shutterbug
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To: Repub4bush; gardencatz; feefee; franksolich; commonguymd

Heart-wrenching. God bless this brave professor.

(Ping—not on our usual topics)


46 posted on 04/17/2007 7:46:39 AM PDT by KJC1 (Right when you think you're really good is when you need to pay the most attention)
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To: colorcountry

This is a guy who ought to get a presidential medal or such...in my book...he did the right thing for the right reasons. You won’t find a single professor at Berkley or UCLA who would have done something like this. And the Duke 88....they can’t even sit at the same table as this dude.


47 posted on 04/17/2007 7:47:14 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: lightingguy; Alouette; SJackson; Salem

WOW.


48 posted on 04/17/2007 7:47:40 AM PDT by agrace
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To: meg88

A true American hero—who knew what he was doing and gave it all. This is a man’s man. Prayers for him and his family—may God surely bless them all with the greatest favor.


49 posted on 04/17/2007 7:48:39 AM PDT by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: patton

dang blurry computer screen, it’s been like this all morning :)


50 posted on 04/17/2007 7:50:29 AM PDT by meg88
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