Professor Emeritus Mojmir Povolny
November 25, 1921 - August 21, 2012
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Saturday 8/25, 10:00 am

Mojmir Povolny, Emeritus Professor of Government and Henry M. Wriston Professor of Social Sciences at Lawrence University, passed away at home in Appleton, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Professor Povolny is survived by his wife of fifty-six years: Joyce (nee Wuesthoff) Povolny; two sons: David (Susan) and Daniel (Kathleen); ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.…

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Beth De Stasio left a message on August 27, 2012:
Professor Povolny was a True Gentleman in every way and a marvelous teacher and mentor. I was lucky to have Prof. Povolny for an intro government course in the early '80's and to be hired by him during his stint as interim President at Lawrence. He inspired respect and admiration for his quiet dignity, his grace, his support of important causes, and his unfailingly equal treatment of all. He is greatly missed. My condolences to his entire family.
Edward F. Wonder left a message on August 26, 2012:
Prof. Povolny was an Educator's Educator. I was greatly fortunate to have him as teacher and advisor at Lawrence over 40 years ago. In all that he did, Mojmir was fundamentally a Decent Man, and one cannot say more.
Gwen Tatera and Charlie Thomas left a message on August 25, 2012:
Dear Joy, We are the neighbors who live kitty korner from you. We have the two big brown dogs. We are so sorry about your loss. We always enjoyed visiting with your husband when we saw him outside. If there is any way we can help you with anything, please call us at 364-9422. Blessings to you. Gwen and Charlie Thomas
Sara Sturm Hawley '71 left a message on August 25, 2012:
Freshman Studies first put me together with Mojmir and that was the beginning of a delightful friendship. His sense of humor and embracing warmth struck this freshman girl - plus I loved the way he pronounced my name. I will miss him. My heart goes out to his family. Sara Sturm Hawley '71
Steven Ponto left a message on August 25, 2012:
My sincere condolences to the Povolny family. I attended Lawrence University in the Class of 1969 and knew Professor Povolny as a teacher, mentor and friend. He was the one who told me about the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and provided me with a very strong reference. I attended the Woodrow Wilson School immediately after graduating from Lawrence and received my Master in Public Affairs degree from Princeton in 1971. Professor Povolny had a major positive impact on my life and for that I will always be grateful. It was teachers like him who made attending Lawrence such a transforming and memorable experience.
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Sharon Kay Beyer/Timothy Clawson left a message on August 24, 2012:
Our deepest sympathies to dearest Joy and family. Being the "new" neighbors these past three years, we always looked forward to chatting with Mojmir whenever he was working in his yard. We send legions of angels and light and love to help you all through this time. God bless you dear friends.
Gordon A. ( left a message on August 24, 2012:
Professor Povolny was one of my favorite teachers at Lawrence. I had several courses from him as a government major, and he was an inspiration to me, and I know other classmates as well. He was a mentor to me from 1959 to 1962 when I graduated. In my senior year as I was considering law school, he urged me to attend the University of Chicago, which I did, graduating in 1965. Prof. Povolny was one of my law school recommendors, and I will never forget our discussions about his legal career. He was an inspiration to me, and I am sure his guidance has led me to my second career as a law professor in Detroit. He will be missed greatly by all who loved and admired him, but his inspiration and spirit lives on in his students like me. God Bless.
Rudolf V. Perina left a message on August 24, 2012:
I first met Mojmir in 2010 when I was the Scarff Visiting Professor at Lawrence University. We shared a common Czechoslovak heritage and spent many hours discussing history and the world. Mojmir had had a dramatic and at times difficult life but he gained great happiness from his family, his students, and his role in promoting democracy and human rights. It is gratifying that he lived to see his former homeland liberated. He was a wonderful, fascinating person-- a true gentleman and scholar. My deepest condolences to his entire family.
George And Linda Webster left a message on August 23, 2012:
Dan, I hope you remember me... Linda and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. May God continue to hold you and your family in his hands during the difficult time. George Webster
John C. Firmin left a message on August 23, 2012:
Professor Povolny taught a course in political science my freshmen year (1963).My term paper included a survey of Lawrence students modeled to test the premise that a majority of voters vote the same as their parents.He praised my work and encouraged me to major in poly-sci.That lead to honors at U.W. Madison and Law school at Georgetown Law School.Last year I was sifting through old documents and found my term paper with the professors encouraging remarks + an A plus grade!I will always remember him for the rest of my life.
Shaun Donnelly '68 left a message on August 23, 2012:
What a great professor; what a great man! Professor Povolny was an inspiration to generations of Lawrentians. As a student, I found him to be a dedicated and inspiring teacher, even if a bit intimidating. As an alumnus who somehow found his way into the U.S. diplomatic service, I came to know Mojmir as an incredibly warm and supportive friend and mentor. Lawrence has truly lost one of its giants. Sincere condolences to Joyce and their family.
penn ritter left a message on August 23, 2012:
Professor Povolny was kind and wise, and a terrific teacher. We always had something to talk about, which was special to me as his student. I was a young Quaker whose parents had studied in Czechoslovakia after the War. Many Czechs passed through my home when I was a kid. I am grateful and lucky to have known him. I am glad he lived a long life. My best to the family. Penn Ritter '78
Rev. Barbara Kelley left a message on August 23, 2012:
From Freshman Studies to International Politics he was a great educator & source of inspiriation. He opened his home to us at Thanksgiving my freshman year when I couldn't get home - an act of kindness I have never forgotten. It was a privilege to know a true statesman in a time when there are so few among us. He will be fondly remembered & sorely missed.
Nancy Homes left a message on August 23, 2012:
Certainly this is the end of an era. I took Professor Povolny's course in Russian History in 1958, and for the first time history was intelligible and fascinating. It was the beginning of a life-long interest in things historical. Mojmir Povolny was an enormously able and gifted man. I know you will miss him and will morn his passing, but more than that you will also remember him. And those memories are what will ultimately prevail. Nancy Homes
Peter and Marlys Fritzell left a message on August 23, 2012:
A true statesman with a soft heart, a truly wise man--Mojmir is, and will be, sorely missed, and sorrowfully. We are blessed to have known him, and very fortunate to have had his guidance, his concern, and his care.
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