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Dr. Vladimir Glavaš

Dr. Vladimir Glavaš

He was born in 1834 into a wealthy family in Vranjevo, the son of Pavle (Pavel) and mother Persida, born Čorbakov. Their ancestors were Serbian border guards of the Potisje-Pomoriška military border, who did not move to Imperial Russia after its disarmament in 1751. Instead, they founded Franjevo, which remained part of the Veliki Kikind district for over a century and a half with special imperial privileges. Vranjevo became one of the main centers for exporting Banat wheat, and many Vranjevo residents, including the Glavaš family, quickly became wealthy. Vladimir's father was one of them, engaged in trade in Pozsony (Bratislava), where he sent his son to school. Vladimir attended the lyceum in 1851 and the gymnasium for the next two years. He studied law in the same city and obtained his doctorate on October 30, 1862, in Prague. During his education, he often socialized with the later famous Jovan Jovanović Zmaj.

After earning his doctorate, he returned to Vranjevo, attempting to practice law. However, he soon abandoned this pursuit as it conflicted with his moral principles, dedicating himself to managing his extensive estate. Highly moral, honorable, and humane, with substantial income and provisions, he assisted the poor in Vranjevo and supported the national struggle of Serbs in Austria-Hungary and the Balkans. Although not heavily involved in politics, his house was frequented by notable figures like Svetozar Miletić, Đura Jakšić, the Aleksić painters, and others.

As a wealthy confirmed bachelor, he invested his money in the oldest cultural institution of Serbs, Matica Srpska, of which he was a significant benefactor and an honorary member. In 1901, he contributed a thousand crowns to support its activities, whereas, for comparison, the young Dr. Gedeon Dunđerski, son of Lazare, and future president of Matica, donated "only" 400. From 1906, he was one of the 99 contributors, including Stevan Sremac. As a subscriber to all Matica editions, he received a mandatory copy, but in 1907, severely ill, he informed the accountant of the Staro Bečej Bank, Mladen Narandžić, to send 1000 crowns to Matica that year. He asked not to send him the obligatory copy but instead deliver it to the Vranjevo school teachers' association.

He passed away in Vranjevo on February 3, 1909, according to the old calendar, as recorded in the protocol of deaths from heart disease. He was buried the next day with great honors, not only by the Vranjevo Church Committee led by president Obrad Bunjevački, including almost all prominent hosts from Vranjevo. The funeral was conducted by Vranjevo parish priest Miloš Gojković and parish priest Mladen Boberić, with the church choir led by choirmaster Mita Vasić.

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