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Victor Kopidlansky, visiting alumni fellow at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, September 15, 2006
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

Victor Kopidlansky returns to St. Norbert College this fall for two weeks, serving as the fifth visiting alumni fellow Oct. 1-15. During his visit, he plans to meet with faculty members, alumni, Norbertines and trustees. He will also lead classes and participate in other College activities.

Kopidlansky's family is from the Czech Republic and he was raised in Cato, Wis. Kopidlansky graduated from St. Norbert College in 1956; he has a Master of Medieval Studies from the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame; a Certificate in Medieval Studies from the University of Copenhagen, as well as a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. He used a Fulbright Scholarship to finance his medieval studies at the University of Copenhagen. He authored a scholarly work entitled The Priors of the Sorbonne from the English-German Nation.

Kopidlansky lived and worked abroad for nine years, principally in England, Denmark and Switzerland. He was corporate vice president and assistant general counsel for Motorola, Inc. While based in Geneva, Switzerland for six years, he handled major multinational legal matters throughout Europe and the Middle East, working and negotiating business transactions in several different languages. He has knowledge of Latin, Danish, German, French and Italian.

Since retiring, Victor and his wife Diana have managed their real estate properties in Chicago, Vail, Scottsdale, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers Beach. One of their prized possessions is the 1920 cottage reportedly owned originally by Thomas Edison, which sits right on the Gulf Coast in Fort Myers Beach.