William & Mary

Notice regarding Professor Emerita Cirila Djordjevic

Provost Michael R. Halleran sent the following message to the campus community July 17, 2015. - Ed.

Dear colleagues,

I write with news of the passing of a long-time William & Mary faculty member, Cirila Djordjevic, Professor of Chemistry, Emerita.  A memorial service is planned for Sunday, June 12 at 2pm  in the Wren Chapel. 

                        Cirila Djordjevic Obituary
      by Bob Orwoll, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

I write to share the news that Professor Cirila Antolovic Djordjevic passed away on April 30th in Hanover, MD.  She was 90 years old. 

Cirila was born in Zapresic, Yugoslavia. She earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Zagreb and a Ph.D. in chemistry from University College, London.  In 1968 she immigrated to the U.S. to join the Chemistry faculty at William & Mary where she remained until retiring in 1992 as the Garrett-Robb-Guy Professor of Chemistry.  An inorganic chemist, Cirila is known internationally for her research on the synthesis, structure, and properties of metal complexes, particularly in vanadium and molybdenum systems.  Her courses in inorganic, general, and analytical chemistry consistently received very favorable evaluations from both undergraduate and graduate students.  She was the 1991 recipient of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Award.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Branislav Djordjevic, who died on February 27th.  Cirila is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Borislav and Nancy Djordjevic and loving granddaughters Christine and Julie.  

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on June 12th in the Wren Chapel.  The family suggests that memorial contributions be made either to the Chemistry Department, College of William & Mary, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-1693, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, Maryland 21093.  Online condolences can be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com.  Direct e-mail contact with the family is possible via bbd@mast-inc.com.