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Richard R. Zabransky

December 3, 1950 July 1, 2021
Richard R. Zabransky
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Obituary for Richard R. Zabransky

Richard R. Zabransky, a resident of Oak Park for over 30 years, passed away on July 1, 2021.
Richard was born in Chicago to Marion and the late Milton Zabransky. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University, where he received his undergraduate degree in English. He then attended San Francisco State University, where he earned his degree as Master of Fine Arts.
He began his successful teaching career at Evanston High School. After several years, Richard found his academic home at Oak Park River Forest High School, where he prospered as a teacher of English until his retirement in 2010. Soon after, he became an instructor at Benedictine University, where he taught writing and composition for several more years.
Throughout his long and fruitful professional life, Richard challenged, supported, and inspired his students with his wisdom and creativity. His kindness, humor and razor wit endeared him to generations of students.
Richard was a brilliant man of almost infinite dimension—an accomplished writer and poet, a talented musician, and an avid runner, cyclist and tennis player, with a black belt in martial arts. He was well-traveled, especially in central Europe. He spoke French fluently and was a serious student of film. Richard’s intellect was refined and complex. He was Renaissance man, almost bigger than life itself.
Above all, Richard Zabransky was a devoted, caring son and a loyal, loving friend. He was man of integrity, imagination, and quiet character—authentic, open-faced, kind-hearted. Until betrayed by his inner struggle, Rich embraced life, gave deeply of himself, loved, and was dearly loved by those blessed to know him and keep him in their hearts.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity on behalf of Richard.
Funeral services and interment at Bohemian National Cemetery were private.

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