Peter S. Elek, 78, of Bryn Mawr, a professor emeritus of economics at Villanova University who also taught English to Eastern European refugees and immigrants, died of cancer Monday at the Bryn Mawr Terrace Convalescent Center.
Professor Elek taught at Villanova for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1992. At the same time, he taught intermittently at the University of Delaware, Eastern College, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Until a year ago, Professor Elek taught English to thousands of refugees and immigrants who had fled Eastern Europe. He also oversaw the English and citizenship programs at Lower Merion High School for 35 years.