Professor Blocks Door With His Body To Save His Students From Gunman.
When Viirginia Tech was the site of a gunman shooting to death many students, not
everyone was running for safety. Professor Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor,
heard the sounds of shooting and quickly ran to block the door with his body as the
gunman tried to enter. This act of courage provided time for many of his students to
climb out the window to safety.
Liviu Librescu was an Israeli engineering
and math professor that taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years. He was well known and
respected for his work in aeronutical engineering. Professor Librescu responded to
the crises by thinking about those that were always on his mind, his
For his courage in protecting his students and saving their lives
even at the cost of his own, our community honors Professor Liviu Librescu as our