Liviu Bibrescu

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Liviu Bibrescu was born in Poliesti, Romania back in 1930.  His family was deported to a labor camp in Transnistria.  He survived the Holocaust and was repatriated to Communist Romania.  He studied aerospace engineering the at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest graduating in 1952.  Continuing his education, he earned his Ph.D. in fluid mechanics in 1969.

From 1979 to 1986 he was a Professor of Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering at Tel Aviv University.  He left for the United States serving as a Professor at Virginia Tech in its Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics where he remained until his death in 2007, he was 76.

What you may not know about Liviu is that during the Virginia Tech shooting, he held the door to his lecture hall closed, allowing all but one of his students enough time to escape through the windows.  He was killed during the attack.  He was posthumously awarded the Order of the Star or Romania, his country’s highest civilian honor.

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Comments (18)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

That is so heroic and so very sad.

Jun 01, 2021 03:27 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I remember the story!

After surviving his childhood he remained a hero at the door.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 01, 2021 04:23 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. A man dedicated to the preservation of mankind. What a story. Enjoy your day. 

Jun 01, 2021 04:44 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a brave man that helped so many survive such a terrible tragedy.  I can't even imagine being in a situation like that.

Jun 01, 2021 05:15 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /


A true hero for sure.  Make it a productive Tuesday. Remember its a short week.  Thanks again for the post.  Bill Salvatore

Jun 01, 2021 05:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Liviu was most certainly a hero for his actions James Dray . I appreciate your post and pointing out heros like Liviu.

Jun 01, 2021 05:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh my goodness, James... I'd all but forgotten about this Virginia Tech shooting... what a brave and selfless man.

Jun 01, 2021 06:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as I read your story unfold and I learned of his connection to Virginia Tech I wondered if there might be some connection to the tragedy that occurred there.  Although it was a sad ending, I appreciate knowing,  It makes me wonder about some of students who escaped and what became of them.  

Jun 01, 2021 06:20 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This was a very sad story of  a man who accomplished so much.  Thank you for sharing it, and we wish you a wonderful month of June. A

Jun 01, 2021 06:44 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

What a very brave hero. What a truly sad story that is.

Jun 01, 2021 07:01 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I have goosebumps, James. I am certain those students whose lives he saved will be eternally grateful for this wonderful, brave man. Thank you for sharing this story.

Jun 01, 2021 07:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a great day.

Jun 01, 2021 08:15 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James. What a great and inspiring life story of excellence and sacrifice

Jun 01, 2021 08:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and ashame that he got caught up in the stupid shooting at Virg. Tech.


Jun 01, 2021 09:53 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI James- what a brave soul he was. I'm sure that the students whose lives he saved as well as their family and friends are forever in his debt. 

Jun 01, 2021 10:09 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had never heard of Liviu Bibrescu until now but what he did was truly heroic James Dray 

Jun 01, 2021 06:05 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - yes, I do remember this story well.  What a tragedy for him and others.

Jun 01, 2021 06:55 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a hero but such a sad ending.

Jun 01, 2021 09:32 PM