June 24, 1946 – July 31, 2019
Michal Rozbicki was baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Beloved husband of Jody A. Rozbicki (nee Shol). Dear son of the late Stanislaw and Ina Rozbicki. Brother of the late Bogdan Rozbicki. Son-in-law of Twila and Edward Wootton and the late Howard Shol. Brother-in-law of Sandra Heilman, Wade (Laura) Shol and Lisa (John) Landers. Our dear uncle and friend.
Michal was a Professor at St. Louis University for 27 years, he also held positions in the History Departments at Indiana University and Warsaw University. His academic interest focused on the history of American colonial culture and society and intercultural interaction in a wide variety of dimensions. He was the author or editor of many articles/essays and thirteen books, including monographs The Complete Colonial Gentleman: Cultural Legitimacy in Plantation America (University of Virginia, 1998), and the award-winning Culture and Liberty of the Age of the American Revolution (University of Virginia, 2011). Michal won numerous fellowships and grants.
While at Warsaw University, Michal not only wrote history but participated in it: he served as director of the American Studies Center (a fruit of East-West detente) responsible for joint scholarship and faculty exchanges with American universities; within a week of the fall of the Berlin Wall, he founded and was elected president of the Polish Association for American Studies; and wrote speeches for the leader of Solidarity, Lech Walesa.
While at St. Louis University, Michal served the Department, College, and University in many ways. He chaired the History Department from 2006 to 2009, and from 2011 to 2018 he directed the Center for Intercultural Studies, a unit devoted to scholarship on new and inclusive approaches to cultural diversity.
Services: Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, MO, Monday, August 5, 10:30 a.m., to St. Alban Roe Catholic Church for 11:00 a.m. Mass. Service will be held on Thursday, August 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Memorial Chapel followed by the Committal Service at the Bellevue Cemetery in Bellevue, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Preservation Society of Charleston. Visitation Sunday 3-6 p.m. Friends may sign the family’s on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.