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DURHAM – Melvin Bobick of Durham, N.H. died on Sunday, March 1, 2020 in Dover. A member of the Sociology Department at the University of New Hampshire for 49 years, he received his PhD in social theory at the University of Illinois in 1958.

Of Serbian background, he was raised in Chicago, served as a pharmacist-mate in World War II from age 18 to 20, and taught at Barat College in Lake Forest Illinois from 1952 to 1955. Associate of the American School of Classical Studies he spent several sabbatical years in Athens and summers traveling to classical sites in Greece, together with his wife Ruth and son Stephen.

At UNH, he developed a popular course-Arts and Society-from the 1990s to 2005, in which students experienced live performances of the Symphony, Ballet, and Opera in Boston, as well as museum shows and architectural tours in the area, with preparatory and on-site lectures by faculty and guests.

For five years (1997-2001), he was a guest lecturer at Columbia College in Chicago, and in 2003 edited a manuscript of the social philosopher Erich Ahrens.

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Published in Foster's Daily Democrat from Mar. 8 to Mar. 11, 2020.
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June 1, 2020
|Mel was a breath of fresh air in the Sociology graduate program at UNH - He exposed us to the classics where others began with the Chicago School. I enjoyed our lunches in the small cafe in Huddleston.
Laurence Armand French
April 2, 2020
The best of all the rest. Melvin Bobick was magical. He also got me interested in my current husband, Val Dusek, as Mel would regularly say in SOC class "...but what a *good* philosopher might say, like Val Dusek..." A pivotal influence in me getting three degrees in sociology at UNH! Christy Hammer UNH 85/87/93
christy hammer
March 17, 2020
Melvin was without a doubt the finest teacher I ever had. He cared about each and every student. His social theory class was my favorite. He was absolutely jubilant at the birth of his son. Randy Jacunski UNH75
randy jacunski
March 17, 2020
When I was an UNH Engineering freshman in the early 60's, a required course was for an approved socio-humanistic elective apparently in an effort to broaden our liberal education perspective I assume. By the luck of the draw I was enrolled in a sophomore (no less) course in Cultural Anthropology taught by Dr. Bobick. In those days carrying over 19 credits was SOP and given my emphasis on my Tech courses, Cultural Anthropology was not a high priority however I did go to class and read the assigned material. In discussions with Dr. Bobick he understood the plight of this bewildered and stressed newbie and I received a gentleman's C in the course.
Several years ago I was back on Campus and running the outdoor track and I saw what I thought was a familiar gentleman and we stopped a chatted for a bit. It was indeed Dr. Bobick and in our conversation I had a precious opportunity to thank him for his kindness and to let him know that I did become an engineer. And most importantly that I still remembered him and indeed some of his lectures. Certainly it was only one of many courses and lectures in my past yet his concern for students and dedication to his craft still stand out.
During the subsequent outings I could see that it was increasingly difficult for him to negotiate his exercise regimen especially climbing and descending the grandstand stairs yet he always persevered. Part of my current exercise routine is those stairs as well and when I feel inclined to lapse in my efforts I think of the courage of that man to go on despite his physical difficulties. He like so many others form the cornerstone of what UNH is all about.
Paul Lavoie '64
March 9, 2020
Mel was the definition of a true intellectual who pursued a vision of society that was based in an optimism of what we could become. He understood that the richness and strength of society comes from the creative mind and spirit and he put this philosophy into action by incorporating the Arts in his pedagogy. That passion and perspective has been a lasting inspiration for me that has become a core part of who I am as a sociologist. Blessed to have been his TA and mentee. Condolences to his family and friends.
Bruce Day
March 8, 2020
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