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In Memoriam: Brother Stan Sobczyk, Former CBU President

Brother Stanislaus Sobczyk, FSC
September 18, 1944 - July 22, 2019

The Christian Brothers University community is saddened to learn that Brother Stanislaus (Stan) Sobczyk, president of CBU from 1999 to 2005, passed away on Monday, July 22 in Napa, California.

Brother Stan first came to CBU as a young Christian Brother from Omaha, Nebraska and graduated in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He went on to earn two master’s degrees and a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1986. He returned to CBU many times over the years between his graduation and his tenure as the 20th president of the university, as director of students at Christian Brothers High School, as director of the Stritch Retreat and Spirituality Center, and as interim president from 1993 to 1994.

Brother Stan believed strongly in the transformative nature of teaching, and during his presidency he oversaw the additions of the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree programs. He began CBU’s study abroad program and helped link CBU to other Lasallian universities across the nation and the globe. He beautified and transformed the campus by adding De La Salle Plaza and its statue of the founder in front of Barry Hall, and he oversaw the renovation of St. Benilde Hall into a modern engineering lab facility and the renovation of Canale Arena and De La Salle Hall. He counted as one of his most treasured memories the day in 2002 when he greeted “20 exhausted but radiant young women at the airport one December morning, handing out long-stem roses to female athletes who became national soccer champions.”

After leaving the CBU presidency, Brother Stan returned to his third —and his favorite —home in California where he served at Saint Mary's College of California as an interim vice president, on its Board of Trustees, and as president of the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley. In his retirement, he relished travelling the globe and keeping in touch with the many beloved friends he’d made over his long career as an educator, administrator, and Christian Brother.

Funeral services will be held in both California and Nebraska. In Napa, a funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 3 at Mont La Salle Chapel (4405 Redwood Road, Napa, CA 94558). A viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Lunch for all those in attendance will follow Mass.

In Nebraska, a visitation/viewing will be held at Bethany Funeral Home (8201 Harrison Street, La Vista, NE 68128) on Friday, August 9 at 5:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church (200 East 6th Street, Papillion, NE 68046), followed by burial at St. John's Cemetery (7506 S. 36th Street, Bellevue, NE 68147), near his parents and other family members.

Posted by Cory Dugan at 12:25 PM