Pitt-Johnstown has lost a dedicated and long-serving professor, prolific scholar, and friend with the passing of Dr. Jean Sedlar. Dr. Sedlar passed away Sunday, November 7 after an extended illness. Her loss will be felt not only by her colleagues and students at Pitt-Johnstown, but in the community where she was a passionate classical violinist and champion of music education.
Dr. Sedlar came to Pitt-Johnstown in 1972 as an assistant professor of history. She was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1978, and professor in 1983. During her career at Pitt-Johnstown, she taught courses on European history, world politics, and Western civilizations, and published extensively in her field. Among her published books are Hitler's Central European Empire, The Axis Empire in Southeast Europe, East Central Europe in the Middle Ages (1000-1500), India and the Greek World: A Study in the Transmission of Culture, and India in the Mind of Germany: Schelling, Schopenhauer and Their Times.
In addition to being active in her field, Dr. Sedlar was a long-time member of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, performing for more than 35 years as a classical violinist. She was also a passionate traveler who visited many parts of the world.
Dr. Sedlar earned both her MA in international relations and PhD in history at the University of Chicago. She is survived by her children Eric Sedlar and Dr. Janet Sedlar, grandchildren Katharine and Anna Sedlar, and sister Dr. Judith Whitenack. A campus memorial service for Dr. Sedlar will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 16 in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel. Condolences can be sent to
c/o Eric Sedlar
200 Willowbrook Drive
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Photograph courtesy of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.