Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A Hero

I find the whole Virginia Tech shooting to be disturbing, at the very least.

But, there was one man killed there who was a hero for his students. Beyond his legacy of teaching, he died helping his students live:
Liviu Librescu, 76, an engineering science and mechanics lecturer. He was born in Romania, immigrated to Israel in 1978 and moved to Virginia in 1985.

An Israeli citizen, he had taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years and was internationally known for his work in aeronautical engineering.

"His research has enabled better aircraft, superior composite materials, and more robust aerospace structures," said Ishwar Puri, the head of the engineering science and mechanics department.

Librescu's son, Joe, said his father's students sent e-mails detailing how the professor saved their lives by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before he was fatally shot.

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


Sigh.


1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Aside from the tears in my eyes when I read about stuff like this, I wonder if I'm cut from cloth like that. Would I do the same thing for my students? Hell, will I be able to teach into my 70s??

Sigh, is right.