The Bosnian-American community is mourning the loss of one of its finest intellectuals. Professor Omer Hadziselimovic, MA, PhD of the Loyola University and North Park University in Chicago, lost his battle with a very difficult disease after fighting it bravely for almost a year. He was a professor of English language and composition.
Professor Hadziselimovic was born in Sarajevo on January 1, 1946. He completed his education in his hometown and eventually joined the staff of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He completed his MA at Oberlin College, OH in 1972 and PhD at the University of Sarajevo in 1978. He had numerous research visits to many universities and institutes across the world including Oxford University in England, Zagreb University in Croatia, Belgrade University in Serbia, JFK Institute in Berlin, Germany, and Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He ultimately reached the rank of Full Professor at his Faculty at the University of Sarajevo in 1990. During his tenure at his Alma Mater, he held the position of the Chair of the Department of English, the Vice Dean and the President of the Faculty Council.
In 1994, Professor Hadziselimovic immigrated to the United States. Before Loyola and North Park University in Chicago, he taught at Earlham College in Richmond, IN, Miami University in Oxford, OH, Ball State University in Muncie, IL, Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH and Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He was a sought after lecturer at many national and international universities, congresses, symposiums, and workshops.
Professor Hadziselimovic was an accomplished and prolific writer. He published 3 books, 40 articles, 7 reviews, numerous translations and newspapers Op Eds. He was the recipient of a Fullbright Grant Scholarship in 1990-1991, the United States Information Agency (USIA) grant in 1982, British Council research grants in London, Oxford, 1976, 1980, and 1984, Oberlin College graduate study scholarship from 1970-1972, and the Hasan Brkic Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Sarajevo in 1969. He was a member of the Founding Board of the Spirit of Bosnia, an international bilingual online journal. He was a revered member of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS), and his favorite passion was playing classical guitar.
Always soft-spoken and kind, a sincere academician, and a true Bosnian American in his heart and soul, Professor Hadziselimovic was a superb, accomplished professor, a beloved colleague of his peers, and a favorite mentor of his students. He will be missed, and his legacy will be remembered forever. Professor Omer Hadziselimovic was survived by his wife Esma, daughters Belma and Dina, son-in-law Jeff, and brother Esad.