abroad inspired Maurice Verbeke to find out where he came from.
My family is from Belgium, so my interest came from visiting
the homeland, he said.
He journeyed to Brussels and Inglemunster with only a few addresses
and tracked down an aunt who took him to see other relatives on
both sides of his family. He had never learned Flemish, but two
of his cousins spoke English and translated for Verbeke and his
He has since written three family histories, as well as his autobiography,
Farmboy to College Professor. There arent many copies,
Verbeke added. I only had it published for family and friends.
Verbekes autobiography describes how his love of teaching
led him to become a professor at Rowan in 1967. He served as the
first chair of Educational Administration and retired as Professor
Emeritus in 1987.
When he is not busy writing or traveling abroad Verbeke and his
wife Rhama Pope enjoy visiting family and friends in Pennsylvania,
Maryland and Texas.
The couple also spends most of the winter in Florida, where Verbeke
gets together with Stanley Cohen and Mario Tomei, fellow Rowan retirees.
He said, We have a little reunion and tell stories about each
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