Biographical / Historical
George L. Brodschi was born on 11 August, 1909 in Ismail, Bessarabia, Russia. He attended the Academy of the High Commercial and Industrial Studies (State University of Bucharest, Rumania) where he completed his undergraduate degree in economics, statistics, and accounting and graduate work in political science, geography, and international law. He received his Doctorate in Economic Sciences in 1940. In August of 1938, George Brodschi married Natalia Rosca.
George Brodschi worked as an officer in the section of International Compensation for Rumanian State Railways from 1928 to 1931. From 1934 to 1941, he was a financial controller in Control and Budget Inventory, Gas and Electric Corporation, Bucharest, Rumania. George Brodschi and his wife, Natalia fled south to Turkey, and then to Egypt to escape the encroachment of German forces at the outset of World War II. They applied for and were granted British protection and employment. From 1941 to 1944, the Brodschis' worked as radio lecturers for the British Political Warfare Department. At the end of the war in 1944, George Brodschi worked as a control officer of expenditures for the British Colonial Department in Jerusalem. In 1948, he was awarded a research fellowship from the Seagram International Program and came to Louisville, Kentucky. George Brodschi and his wife applied for domicile in the U.S. owing to Communist usurpation of power in Rumania. In 1949, Brodschi was hired as Executive Secretary for the Louisville International Center. When the International Program was transferred to the University of Louisville Brodschi became its Director. He held this position from July, 1949 to July, 1979. On February 1, 1967, George Brodschi was tenured and appointed Professor of Cultural and Educational Exchange. In July, 1979, he retired and assumed the title Professor of Cultural and Educational Exchange Emeritus. George Brodschi died on 24 April, 1989.
George L. Brodschi was awarded the Chevalier of French Legion of Honor on 2 December, 1963. He was one of the elite few Americans to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montpellier, France on 16 March, 1974.