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Joseph Bombelles Obituary
Joseph T. Bombelles NORFOLK - Joseph T. Bombelles, 81, passed away at home July 5, 2011, in Norfolk after a long battle with cancer. Joseph was the beloved husband for 56 years of Nina Bombelles. He was the devoted father to sons Thomas of Geneva, Switzerland, and Mark and his wife, Wendy of Norfolk, and grandfather to Adrienne, Luc, Hannah and Jeffrey. Joseph T. Bombelles, professor emeritus, John Carroll University, devoted his life to the education of young people in the United States, his adopted homeland, and his native Croatia, where he was born June 2, 1930. Dr. Bombelles emigrated to the United States from what was then Yugoslavia, settling in Cleveland, Ohio. A professor of economics from 1968 to 1998 at John Carroll University, he earned his master's and Ph.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Two great causes inspired Dr. Bombelles' professional life: the education of young people, and the advancement of economic and political freedom for his native Croatia, a cause he lived to celebrate when Croatia became independent in 1991. In the last 15 years of his life, he and his wife alternated between Cleveland and Croatia, where Dr. Bombelles began supporting the transition to a democratic, market-based economy. Born into an aristocratic Croatian family, his father was executed in a concentration camp in 1942. He and his mother survived World War II, but were forced to leave the family estate at the end of the war and triumph of communist forces at the end of World War II. Dr. Bombelles was devoted to his family. He loved to travel with his wife and family, recording his journeys as an amateur photographer, and was an avid tennis player. He influenced generations of students, co-workers and friends by combining a commitment to education and hard work with an unfailing geniality and a kind word for all he met. A funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July, 8, in H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, with the Rev. Fr. Daniel Klem officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the . Online condolences may be offered to the family through

Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 7, 2011
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