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Mechanical Engineering alum releases new book unearthing family’s history

William Rezak ’63, has lived his life seeking adventure, from college football to cross-country motorcycle journeys and beyond. For his latest experience, the Lehigh alum decided to choose a path that gravitated closer to home.

Channeling his attention away from motorcycles and towards writing, Rezak’s new book, The Arab and the Brit: The Last of the Welcome Immigrants traces the remarkable lives of his ancestors, from Great Britain to Palestine. Narrating their experiences against the backdrop of two world wars and an emerging modern Middle East, the author gives readers a textured and vivid immigrant story.

Rezak was president of Alfred State College from 1993 until his retirement in 2003. He was dean of the School of Technology at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. Rezak is a mechanical engineer and spent eighteen years in the design and construction of power plants before moving to higher education.

Click here to read the full interview with Rezak.

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William Rezak '63 (Photo Courtesy of Syracuse University Press)