Professor Momcilo Rosic, 105, died peacefully in his Glenview home on January 7, 2022. He is survived by one son, George (Mary) of Evanston, Illinois; two grandsons: Nicholas (Valerie) of Broomfield, Colorado and Gregory (Rocio) of Milton, NH. He is also survived by six great grandsons. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Loni.
Momcilo Rosic had a full and remarkable life. He was born in a small village near Šabac, Serbia in 1916 during the midst of the fighting near the Serbian front with Austria in World War I. Following graduation from the Royal Military Academy in Belgrade he was commissioned an Army officer in 1937. He participated in the March 27, 1941 coup which brought a pro-Allied government to Yugoslavia. Shortly thereafter, Momcilo Rosic was captured by the German Army when it invaded Yugoslavia and spent four years in German POW camp. He escaped near the end of the war, and later served as an officer under Allied command to bring order to the area near Bielefeld, Germany after the war ended. It was here that he met his wife.
Professor Rosic obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Bonn, Germany in 1950 and emigrated to the United States in 1951. He was a professor of Russian Language and Literature at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois from 1959 to 1986. Following retirement he and his wife Loni moved to Glenview to be near their son and grandchildren.
Professor Rosic was very beloved by many of his college students. He enjoyed teaching the classics in the Russian language, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. The value of education was very important to Momcilo Rosic, and he took great pride in his academic degree as well as the academic accomplishments of his son and grandsons.
Momcilo Rosic was always grateful for the good things that came his way, and maintained a positive attitude. He loved life, living it to its fullest, and travelled extensively.
Services will be private and will take place at The New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery, 35240 W Grant Ave, Third Lake, IL 60046 on Saturday, January 15.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the New Gracanica Monastery, PO Box 371, Grayslake, IL 60030, or Knox College Library Fund, c/o Knox College, Office of Advancement, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401.
For detailed information please contact: SVETA GORA FUNERAL HOME, Chicago, tel 773-588-2200.
Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 14, 2022.