Karel Holbik (1920-2006)

Karel Holbík

A noted economist Karel Holbík, a long-time SVU member, passed away on July 1, 2006. He arrived in the United States in 1948 with a JUDr. degree from Charles University in Prague, with the intention to seek a master of business administration degree. He received his MBA in 1950 at the University of Detroit. He decided to remain in the United States, and earned a doctoral degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin (1955), where he also taught. His subsequent teaching included Lafayette College in Easton, PA, Boston University (1958 to 1986), and Harvard Extension School (1973 to 1998).

Professor Holbík’s additional professional activity included consultancy and lecturing at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, a visiting professorship at the University of Brussels, Belgium, a senior Fulbright lecturership at the University of Tunis and lecturerships in several overseas countries under the auspices of the U.S. Information Agency. For four years, he was the chief of a development finance section at the United Nations in New York. In addition, Professor Holbik authored several books and numerous articles.

Dr. Holbík took part in a number of SVU Congresses, the last being at Palacky University in Olomouc in 2004, for which he organized a special panel on Bata and Batism.

He will be missed by his many SVU friends and colleagues.

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