It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our colleague and friend Slobodan Bob Stankovic. He unexpectedly passed away of a heart attack Friday May 31, 2013, while visiting his hometown of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Bob was born in Skopje, Macedonia, but he spent his youth and early life in Sarajevo. It is also in his Sarajevo high school that Bob met his wife and our colleague Jasmina Stankovic. Bob earned his Bachelor (BS) then his Master’s of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering at the University of Sarajevo in 1973 and 1978, respectively.
Bob worked both in industry and at the University after obtaining his degree. He was a head project engineer for the design and implementation of electrical installations of the medical buildings of the University of Sarajevo. As a project engineer and manager for UnionInvest he oversaw the electrical design for buildings of the 1984 Olympic Winter Games of Sarajevo and for several large projects in Iraq. It is also in Sarajevo that Bob started his teaching career as part time lecturer and lab instructor for the Electrical Engineering department at the University of Sarajevo. During this time, he was also working towards his PhD, finishing both his thesis and writing a book on Cathode Protections of Gas and Gasoline Tanks and Pipes. He never got the chance to complete them because of the Bosnian war.
When the Bosnian war broke out in 1992, Bob and his wife assessed that they could no longer provide for the safety of their family and decided to flee from war, first Jasmina and her two young daughters and later Bob. He was fortunate enough to escape from the siege of Sarajevo, the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare (from 1992-1996). Traveling through Hungary they settled in Stuttgart, Germany, where he worked as a Project Engineer at Kötter Security from 1993 until 1999.
Shortly after the end of the Bosnian war, refugees were asked to leave their host countries. Bob and Jasmina loved Germany but had to leave. They decided to move to the United States where they had family ties. Bob found a teaching position at the ITT Technical Institute in Torrance in September 2000, where he worked until his passing. Both Bob and Jasmina also became Faculty Lecturers in the Physics department of CSU Dominguez Hills and CSU Long Beach. In our department he taught PHYS 152 labs and PHYS 380 Electronics classes.
Bob is survived by his wife Jasmina and his two daughters Selma and Alma. He will be remembered as a man full of energy who was kind and helpful to others. Despite the hardship of war and being a refugee for several years, he was known for his good spirit. He and his family have a heart for people, and they welcomed and hosted so many over the years, not the least among our students and faculty. We mourn Bob’s passing with heavy heart and cherish his jovial spirit in our memory.