Virginia Tech prof named ‘most inspiring’ person of ’07

From the Chronicle News Blog: spirituality website Beliefnet has named
Virginia Tech’s Liviu Librescu as its Most Inspiring Person of the Year for 2007, based on readers’ votes. Librescu, you may recall, is the Romanian-born Holocaust survivor who had barricaded the door of his classroom with his body and told his students to jump out of windows when he saw gunman Seung-Hui Cho trying to make his way in. Because of his actions, all but one of his students survived the attack. “Beliefnet readers overwhelmingly voted for Librescu, amazed by his heroic actions that fateful day.”

Librescu was one of the 31 victims of Cho’s shooting spree. But his spirit lives on. Beliefnet reports:

One of Librescu’s students, Andrey Andreyev, tried to get him to flee with the rest of the class, but the 76-year-old professor refused. As Andreyev made his way out of the window, he turned and saw Librescu still blocking the door.

In a recent interview with Beliefnet, Andreyev, 20, says he plans to follow in his research advisor’s footsteps by becoming a professor himself. “What he did was an unbelievable thing,” said Andreyev. “But, what he did, to me, has always been just a final proof of what he was like as a person. He would always do anything for his students.”


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