In Loving Memory of Dr. Vincent Rosivach

May 08, 1940
Jersey City, New Jersey
April 13, 2018
Bridgeport, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

April 18, 2018


Calvary-St. George's Episcopal Church

Funeral Service

755 Clinton Avenue,
CT 06604

Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:00 a.m.


Mountain Grove Cemetery

2675 North Avenue,
CT 06604

April 19, 2018

Family Gathering


Dr. Vincent John Rosivach

Dr. Vincent Rosivach, a professor at Fairfield University for 53 years, passed away on 13 April 2018. Our father wished to have a meaningful life. He did.
Dad attended Regis High School in New York and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fordham University. He has also studied at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bologna (Italy). In his heart, our father never completely left Europe, taking up residence and doing research and teaching in Montreal.
Dr. Rosivach wrote two books and over one hundred twenty articles and reviews on a wide variety of literary and historical topics within the field of Classics, as well as articles on slavery in colonial Connecticut.
The meaning in his life extended well beyond the academic research he did. Having served in leadership roles in both professional associations and at Fairfield. For his many years of service to his colleagues and the University he was awarded the Fairfield University Faculty Welfare Committee Lifetime Service Award. Many of our conversations with our father over the years focused on his work trying to strengthen the institutional role of the faculty in the University.
Dad’s work as teacher was his most enlivening and his impact will be measured in the generations of students he taught. He took great pride in the cheers and applause he received from students at the end of a semester.
Dad was also an active member at the Church of Calvary St. George in Bridgeport, his other home for many years. In addition to being a reader, Dad was very committed to social justice issues and service to those in his community who were less fortunate than he was.
Dad also found meaning in his role as a family man. MaryAnn Rosivach, his sister, Andrew and Rich, his two sons, their wives, Kimya and Amy and his grandchildren, Leonard, Anna and Finneus will miss him very much.
Funeral Service for Vincent will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary St. George's Episcopal Church, 755 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport. Friends and family may call Wednesday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. For more information or to sign an online register, please visit

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26 Guestbook Entries for Dr. Vincent John Rosivach

  1. We will miss Vincent. He was a cornerstone of our Sunday worship service. We looked forward to those days when he was a scripture reader. Rest in Peace, sir.

  2. My sincere condolences to your family. I was part of the first group of women admitted to Fairfield in the fall of 1970 and even though he was committed to the traditions of the Classics, he did go outside the boundaries and cast me in the plays that he produced in both Latin and Greek. I have many happy memories of my studies with him both in the classroom and in my tutorials in Roman Comedy. I was in touch with him for the first time just a few months ago when he popped up on my FB feed through another mutual friend and former student. I will always think of him fondly.

  3. In fond memory of Professor Rosivach, and a very enjoyable dinner I had with him and Giovanni Ruffini at Fairfield after my lecture there last year. A scholar and a gentleman.

  4. As a fellow parishioner and lector at Calvbary St George’s, I can testify that Vincent was a faithful member and our best lector. I always looked fodrward to his reading. He will be missed!

  5. I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. While I never met Professor Rosivach – but so wish that I had – I admired his work very much. He was an excellent scholar whose work was original, extremely well-researched and -written, and highly influential. I learned so much reading what he wrote. His contribution to ancient Greek history in particular will last for a very long time indeed. He seems to have been a wonderful father and friend and I offer sincere condolences.

  6. I am very sorry and sad about the loss of your father. He was my teacher and my friend and I both respected and liked him very much. Vincent was truly a fine human being and a gifted teacher. I will miss him.

  7. Vince was an outstanding scholar whose work has been profoundly influential on the work of untold numbers of his colleagues. But he was no ivory-tower dweller. His generosity to his colleagues and to the profession was exceptional. It is not hyperbole to say that the Classical Association of New England would not be the vital organization it is without his many contributions to its success.

    He was a gentleman and a gentle man, and I will miss his quick wit and his wry smile.

    Ave atque vale, mi care amice. Requiescas in pace.

  8. Dear family,
    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Vincent Rosivach. I only made his acquaintance within the last year on Facebook. He is one of several relatives I never knew until this past year. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to have a lengthy phone conversation with him several months ago. I also found out that he has a son named Richard, which is the same name as my brother Richard G. Rosivach who passed away on April 1st 2015 at age 47, and a sister Mary Ann which is the same name as my mother who passed away in January of this year at age 90. I wish I had more conversations with him, but he seemed to be quite a private and reserved man, although he did enjoy our conversation. I give my sincere condolences to the whole family for the loss of a great man.

  9. Owe the direction of my career to your father. We met on the volleyball court during intramurals at Fairfield. Vinnie along with Ed Dew, convinced me to take over the newly formed Women’s Volleyball Club giving me the privilege of transitioning it to Div 1. Always welcoming me at the lunch table and offered words of comfort and wisdom during my transition out of Fairfield. Forever grateful for his guidance, belief, humor and friendship.

  10. Friend, classmate at Regis and Fordham, fellow explorer of Italy and ancient Sicily, as surpassingly brilliant a mind as one could ever expect to meet. An inspiration and an example of excellence (arete) to all those fortunate enough to have met him.

  11. Dear Rosivach Family:
    My deepest condolences at this time of loss. Losing your Father is very difficult but I pray that you will console yourselves with the knowledge that he is smiling down on you from Heaven.
    My prayers go with you.

  12. Vince was a good friend during our Regis days who used to beat me at chess fairly often, as I recall. I regret having lost touch with him during these many decades and miles between then and now. It is comforting to learn of his accomplishments, and heartening — though not surprising — to read of his commitment to social justice. May he be at peace!

  13. With deepest sympathy, I share the story I wrote on my public Facebook page. Others have followed with remembrances of their own, if you’d like to read more of our admiration and deep affection for Vin: “Truly one of the people who built Fairfield University. 53 years of service and weeks away from taking yet another year-long sabbatical to work on an ambitious scholarly project. My favorite memory of Vin will always be of seeing him park on the outskirts of campus, along the road in front of the President’s house, and walk the windy way uphill all the way to Donnarumma, to protest the University’s requiring vehicle registration (and attendant charges), in violation of the Faculty Handbook. He never accepted a ride, and faculty no longer pay to park. Vin returned to the on-campus parking lots in the last years of his life. One of the million reasons one of our colleagues, upon news of Vin’s death, eulogized him as “the conscience of the faculty.”

    He will be, already is, deeply missed.”

  14. Vince and I spent many hours/days riding the bus from Regis to Cliffside Park. We both knew that the education was worth the daily trips to NYC. He certainly has made his mark in Fairfield. My sincere condolences to his family. He was a great guy to know back then and i wish we’d been able to share more time together over the years.

  15. Deepest condolences for your loss. I sympathize with Vince’s love of Europe, it’s history and traditions. May he rest in peace and may your hearts be full of his marvelous life’s work and love.


  16. Rich, Amy, Anna and Finn,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad and grandpa. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time!

  17. Sorry to hear my cousin Vinny passed away. I still have fond memories of his Dad (my Uncle Buddy) bringing Vinny and his sister MaryAnn over to our house for a visit when we lived in Guttenberg, NJ. My sincere condolences to the family.
    Chip Hallas

  18. 53 years at Fairfield, wow!!!! Vince was the quintessential Christian gentleman. I knew him well in freshman year but lost track after we went into separate classes and I later left Regis. In more recent years we had a little tussle over something I had posted about Catholic higher education. Vince was fiercely defensive of Fairfield, but because of the kind of person he was, we worked it out beautifully, hopefully I believe becoming better friends in the process. An extraordinary man, my deepest condolences and may he rest in peace.

  19. I’m shocked and saddened having heard the passing of Dr. Rosivach. He was my Classics professor at Fairfield University for the years 1977-1980. I would have majored in Classics but since he was the only Classics professor I couldn’t. So I ended up minoring in Classics.

    Dr. Rosivach was a great man! He had inspired me and taught me the mystery and intrigue of the ancient world. I loved being in his classes. I remember his passion for research and talking about the articles he was writing. I remember him walking through the stacks of the library, Loeb Classic in his hand, reading. He told me how he sat in the Colosseum in Rome when he was a student and read Latin. He inspired me to become a Latin teacher too.

    My condolences to Dr. Rosivach’s family. I hope you know how we will always carry his legacy in our hearts and minds.

  20. Vincent fought clean in dirty world. He will be admired, respected a cherihed for a truly long time.

  21. Vince and I were debate partners for most of our time at Regis. There was no-one better at researching a subject or finding a quotation to perfectly support our point.
    And during summer we spent from really fun days at the nearby Palisades Park!
    Vince was the best!

    Bill Bartlett,
    Regis ’57

  22. Vince and I were friends for 49 years. He was a dedicated teacher and a classicist /ancient historian of rare scholarly depth and breadth. He was also a vital participant in many professional organizations that benefitted from his dedication and service.