Milan Reban, 87, Professor Emeritus of political science who taught comparative and international politics for more than 40 years at UNT and lectured at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, died Sept. 13. Milan was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and fled to Germany in 1949 to escape the Communist takeover and be with his father. Together, they emigrated to Florida, where Milan finished high school and became a U.S. citizen. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, and continued his education as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Vanderbilt University, where he received his master’s degree, and then at Michigan State University, where he received his doctorate. He joined UNT in 1967 and retired in 2008. Much of his research focused on ethnicity and nationalism in East and Central Europe and the U.S.S.R.
He supported international education, leading countless study trips over the years, and enjoyed live music, discussing politics, and supporting Democratic campaigns and human rights causes. Known for his humor, kindness and fascinating stories, he talked about some of his childhood experiences and how they influenced his life in a 2019 podcast with OLLI at UNT.