Ladislaus J. "Lou" Bolchazy, Ph.D. Ladislaus J. "Lou" Bolchazy, Ph.D. was the beloved husband of Marie; proud father of Allan (Paul Mallatt) Bolchazy; fond brother of Janine Bolchazy, Josephine (Stan) Moroch and Gene (Betty Brendel) Bolchazy; and caring uncle of many nieces and nephews. Born June 7, 1937, in Michalovce, Slovakia, he passed away on July 28, 2012, at the Pepper Family Hospice Center in Barrington. He was 75 years old. Lou was the publisher of Bolchazy- Carducci Publishers, which specializes in books dealing with the ancient world, the president of the Slovak-American International Cultural Foundation, Inc., and an active member of the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club. For more information on Lou and his life, please visit The visitation will be on Monday, July 30, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St., Wauconda. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Wauconda Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the American Cancer Society at For funeral information, 847-526-2115 or sign the guestbook at
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I was in Germany when I heard of the passing of Lou from one of his seminary contemporaries. It came as a shock and made me very sad. I had seen Lou in May in Kalamazoo and he seemed there to be as full of energy and good humor as ever. But what to say about one man's life. I knew him a fine human being and a good friend. He and Marie had been very kind to me at the beginning of my career in publishing. I looked up to him as someone who combined considerable learning and shrewd commercial acumen. He taught me a lot, had me stay at the house in Oak Park, even took me to the Slovak social club, forgiving the fact that what I spoke there was very clearly Czech. I shall miss him sorely. My deep condolences go to Marie, Allan and further family. May light eternal shine upon him.
Julian Deahl
September 2, 2012
Dear Marie,

What a shock to read of Lou's death in the ACL announcements - so soon after joking with the two of you about the romantic anniversary outing he arranged to Las Vegas! We will miss his enthusiasm and his larger-than-life presence but we can't begin to fathom how much you will miss him. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Barb and Stan Farrow
August 20, 2012
Dear Marie and Allan: Please accept my sincere condolences. Your intentions will be in my prayers.
Dan Jackson
August 1, 2012
To Lou's family:
I'm so sorry for your loss, and regret missing Lou by only hours at Kalamazoo this past May. We go back to the late 50s, novitiate and juniorate with the SVDs, and I always found his company very stimulating -- especially when I disagreed with him. He had a lively mind and was a sincere seeker after the truth. May he find eternal peace. Jim Long
August 1, 2012
Dear Marie, Allan, and Paul,

Thank you for keeping us posted these last few weeks of Lou's life. It was heartening to hear of the care Lou was receiving and the wonderful presence of family and friends.

It is still hard to believe Lou is gone. Marie - I feel like you were just telling me at ACL about your lovely wedding anniversary night out. How special that you had that time together so recently.

As you know, it is hard to imagine anyone with a more exuberant and contagious love of classics than Lou. His enthusiasm was unmatched. His devotion to textbook publishing made the entire field richer. The number of people who have been posting messages online I hope gives you some sense of how wide Lou's reach was professionally. I don't think I've ever seen someone's passing mentioned on both the APA and the ACL websites. This is a tribute to the fact that the whole profession was in Lou's debt. It is so hard to imagine an exhibit area at APA or ACL without Lou busily talking to all the people he came to know in the profession!

It is a long time ago now that I first did some work for Bolchazy-Carducci through Lou's invitation. As author and editor, I have had a wonderful time. I so appreciate his having given me this opportunity.

I am so sorry for your loss, Marie, Allan, and Paul. Cherish the time you had together. If it is any consolation, realize how many of us are thinking of you at this time.

Ex animo,

Ronnie Ancona
August 1, 2012
Dear Janine,
We are deeply sorry to hear about your loss. We send you and your family our heartfelt prayers.
St. Joseph's Staff
July 31, 2012
Dearest Marie and family--

I don't have the words. I did not know Lou was ill until very recently, and his loss is tremendous to the classics community and to his friends. I considered him my friend and seeing both of you at conferences was always my favorite highlight of day one. Oh, he will be terribly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ginny Lindzey
July 30, 2012
I was sorry to hear of the death this great classicist, man, publisher, and friend.
Gaylan DuBose
July 30, 2012
Dear Marie and Allan,

Few can match Lou's service to Classics. We are all beholden to him for providing such a splendid variety of texts and materials to students and teachers at all levels.

It was always a pleasure to chat with him at meetings. He will be greatly missed.
Sheila Dickison
July 30, 2012
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy.

Although I didn't know Dr. Bolchazy well, he was clearly a very kind-hearted soul and his kindness was much appreciated.

He will be missed.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Christina Dunlop
Christina Dunlop
July 30, 2012
Dear Marie and Allan,
The classical world has lost a giant! Lou was a wonderful advocate for Classics and a true friend. We will miss him greatly.My deepest condolences to you and to colleagues at Bolchazy-Carducci.
Through his publications and professional activities Lou has given us a legacy aere perennius.

Rudy Masciantonio
Dr Rudolph Masciantonio
July 30, 2012
Dear Marie and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Lou's passing. I dare say few regular Classics conference attendees over these many years did not know him and enjoy chatting with him, and with you. I hope that knowing his memory will live on in so many people will bring some comfort to you in your grief.
With deepest condolences,
Lora Holland
Lora Holland
July 30, 2012
So sorry to hear about Lou. He was always kind and encouraging -- and I am proud that he was able to write the Foreword to De Senectute. His contribution to the survival of the classics is a great thing, and his legacy will endure.
Bruce Cobbold
July 30, 2012
Lou's support of Slovak causes will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to his family. His work and support touched so many lives.
Roman Hudec & Family
July 30, 2012
Oh, Marie!
I am so saddened by your lose of Lou. You were such a beautiful couple! I particularly enjoyed our time together at dinner as we shared our heart-felt sentiments. Amd although it's been years since we did so, I still cherich those moments. And I am sad that I'll never be able to experience such moments again.
As for Lou, he has long served as a model of academic excellence for me. I felt very priviledged just to know him, for he was a successfully giant scholar and human being who epitomized academic and societal achievements in publishing that are second to none. But I'm sure that you already know this.
Surely God will reward Lou immense bounty as a reward for his persistently good labors and intentions while he was on earth.
Clearly, Lou was a 'rara avis'. And for many years to come the fruits of his labors will continue to take flight.

Ex animo,
Michael W. Brinkman
July 29, 2012
The sky will shine a little brighter with Lou's star, but our world has lost a piece of its glimmer...Lou's special way of putting a smile on your face, his enthusiasm for life and good food, his genuine concern and celebration of the moments in our lives will be his legacy in our memories.....memories that span over fifty plus years of friendship.
Our deepest condolences.
The Williams Family
George, Cyndi, Rebecca, Rachel & Sam, Kris & Nicole
Cyndi Williams
July 29, 2012
Dear Marie, Allan, and Family,

All of us gathered for the NJCL Convention in Winston-Salem are shocked to hear of Lou's death. He seemed so well just a month ago in Las Vegas. We will all miss his enthusiasm and his warm smile, and we will think of him every time we open one of your books, which,for many of us, is every day. He has indeed exegit monumentum aere perennius.

I and everyone here will be thinking of you all in the coming weeks and months.

Dobbie Vasquez
Menlo School, Atherton , CA
July 29, 2012
Dear Marie and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Lou's passing. I enjoyed talking to him and Marie at their office a few years ago and he always had a smile and friendly hello for his L.B.S. neighbors.
Cathy Trawinski, L.B.S.
July 29, 2012
Over a good many years, at the annual AIA meetings Lou and I would meet and chat in the exhibition hall, and I came to think of him as a friend and look forward to our meetings. His contribution to the preservation of classical learning in this country is noteworthy.
My condolences to and prayers for his family.
Ave atque vale!
John C. Lavezzi
July 29, 2012
Dear Marie, Allan, and Family,

Only a few months ago at the American Philological Association's meeting in Philadelphia I said to a friend, "If anyone deserves the APA's award for service to the profession, Lou does." He did, and the textbooks that he provoked, published, and promoted will continue his legacy for years--but I will remember the sheer pleasure of talking with him, and the delightful challenge of trying to figure out where the conversation would go next. Lou and all of you, especially Marie, will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Most sincerely,
Lee Pearcy
Lee Pearcy
July 29, 2012
Dear Marie--
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you will find happiness and peace in all prayers being said for you. Again, I am sorry for your loss.

Jo Ann MacMillan
Lake Barrington, Illinois
Jo Ann MacMillan
July 29, 2012
Dear Marie, Allan and Family,

I am tremendously shocked and saddened to hear about Lou's passing yesterday. What a funny, kind and generous human being he was. The world, especially the world of the Classics, will miss him but what a legacy he has left us!
Requiescat in pace! May you find some comfort in your happy memories of Lou. God bless all of you.
-Mary Joan Masello, Evanston, Illinois
July 29, 2012
Dear Marie and Allan, and all the extended Bolchazy family,

My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you, and I am sorry for your loss. Lou's generous spirit and playful joie de vivre loom large in my memory of him. He will be much missed.
Debra Nousek
July 29, 2012
Melissa and I are saddened by your loss, but heartened by all the great memories of Lou and by his tremendous legacy. Ave atque vale.
Bill Morison
July 29, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Shannon Roberts-Musch
July 28, 2012
Dear Marie and Allan,

On behalf of members of the American Classical League, I want to extend to you our condolences and let you know that you will be in our prayers. The Bolchazy family has been for many years a cherished member of the ACL family, and Lou's passing diminishes us all. Inter nos non omnis morietur.

Peter Howard, President
The American Classical League
Peter Howard
July 28, 2012
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