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Former Loyola Fulbright remembered as major influence on study abroad program

December 9, 2011

Obrad Stanojevic, Ph.D., former Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, recently passed away at the age of 78.

Stanojevic, along with Loyola’s Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Lydia Voigt, was one of two people instrumental in persuading and helping the College of Law establish a summer study-abroad program in Moscow, which has existed since 1993 and now has blossomed into a broader exchange program.

Stanojevic was a professor of law, respected scholar and former dean at the University of Belgrade in Serbia. Since his retirement several years ago, he also taught part-time at Slobomir P University in Bosnia.

Stanojevic first came to Loyola as a Fulbright Scholar for the spring semester of 1990. He returned as a visiting professor from 1993-94 and again from 1995-96. For many years, he also taught in the College of Law’s summer study-abroad programs in Russia, Hungary and Mexico.

According to James Klebba, J.D., the Victor H. Schiro Distinguished Professor of Law, Stanojevic also first proposed the idea of a full scholarship for Serbian law graduates to the late Basil Rusovich, founder and CEO of the Kenner-based Transoceanic Shipping Inc., at a dinner hosted by Loyola President Emeritus, the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., Ph.D., in the mid ‘90s.

“A number of years later, Basil’s son Gregory established the scholarship in conjunction with his wife Suzanne, his mother Marilyn and his brother Mark,” Klebba said.

The Rusovich Family Scholarship has so far provided full tuition and living expenses for three Serbian lawyers who have come to Loyola for a master of laws degree. The intent is to give Serbian lawyers some familiarity with American law and perhaps improve their career prospects, especially for international legal transactions.

For more information, contact Klebba at 504-861-5669 or klebba@loyno.edu.

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