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professor emeritus of history at St. Francis University and long-time resident of Loretto, died Monday, November 20, in Charlottesville, VA at the age of 95. Dr. Jareb was born May 3, 1922 in Prvic Sepurine, Dalmatia, Croatia, the son of Marko and Tade (Kursar) Jareb. He was a leading scholar of modern Croatian history, a co-founder and past president of the Croatian Academy of America, and co-managing editor of the Journal of Croatian Studies for many years. He came to the United States in 1952 and studied at Columbia University (BS, 1955; MA, 1958; PhD, 1964). He was a lecturer at Rutgers University before joining the faculty at St. Francis University in Loretto in 1966. He became chair of the History & Political Science department there in 1968 and remained in that role until his retirement in 1992. He continued his historical research work into his early 80's including two book publications, one in 1997 and another in 2001, and numerous articles. Preceding him in death were his brother Andjelo Jareb, husband of Nedeljka Paskov, and his sisters Marija Mijat, wife of Mihovil, and Anka Mijat, wife of Vlade. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Olga (Zivkovic), daughter Helena Jareb, widow of Peter Benda, of Silver Spring, MD; son Anton Jareb and wife Cara (Yankus) of Clifton, VA; son Ivan and wife Annette (Couch) of Charlottesville, VA; son Mark and wife Patricia (Alfieri) of Waterbury, CT; and grandchildren Aaron Benda, Jacob Benda, Colin Jareb, Caroline Jareb, Della Jareb, Sasa Jareb, Samuel Jareb, and Nathan Jareb. He is also survived by his sister Nedo Mijat, wife of Tugomir, and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive, Charlottesville, VA at 1pm on November 25, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Saint Francis University, 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, PA 15940 or francis.edu/makeagift.
Published on November 22, 2017
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