Santa Clara University

Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

Memory Book


Memories of Father Locatelli

Your memories of Father Locatelli

  •  poet's memory of Fr. Locatelli

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    Some ten years ago, I was privileged to attend Fr. Locatelli's Lenten talk, in Nobili Hall, where I'd had lunch with Fr. (Pete) Warren. In the span of 30 minutes, he spoke with great humility about his military service, and went to the heart of the story of the road to Emmaeus, citing Gerard Manley Hopkins, the great Jesuit poet, from his poem "The Grandeur of God", charging all of us to bear witness to "the dearest freshness deep down." He certainly did, that day and throughout his life

  •  You Will Be Remembered

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    How do you express the loss of such a wonderful human being? The loss touches all of us as if we were a member of his family. His ability to speak and listen with such sincerity and tenderness. His achievements have given us many reasons to know our memories of him will continue. It is truly a sad day. Like many of Santa Clara students, parents and everyone else he affected, you will be remembered.

  •  What a great personality!!

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    The only time I met Fr. Locatelli was when he was handing me my MBA diploma at the convocation ceremony in Dec 2005. I remember him as an extremely energetic and exciting personality with an amazing zest for life...He seemed so invested in handing people diploma's and a congratulatory hand shake. He definitely made his presence felt and his dedication throughout the convocation will remain with me forever. God Bless!...

  •  Always truly present

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    Like most SCU students, I was only privileged enough to have a distant relationship with Fr Locatelli outside of campus convocations and occasional student masses, but those passing opportunities still mark me. I distinctly remember the day the Jesuits were murdered in El Salvador, I was asked to run a quick errand to Fr Locatelli's office to deliver a message, and though every face was struck with grief, Fr Locatelli still saw me, greeted me, looked through everyone to acknowledge me even as I tried to make myself small. Another time, this was during the uproar over the football team being cancelled, I was pulling an all-nighter, and checking the old VAX system at 4:00 am, I saw that Fr Locatelli was logged on. You can imagine my surprise when my quick note of support to him was met with an almost immediate response, alert, bright, welcoming. There was a light about him that drew your attention and your respect, even reverence. I was so shocked to read of his passing today. Twenty years on, and on the opposite side of the country, I still feel real loss. Thank you, Father Locatelli, thank you.

  •  Paul, thank you so much...

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    I had certainly heard and studied the terms "social justice/conscience" and "ethical responsibility" long before I met Paul Locatelli, but the words never took flight in my mind until I heard him speak of them. A twenty minute conversation on a bus in Spain changed, in a concrete way, the way I looked at my responsiblity to my children. Paul, thank you so much...

  •  Father Locatelli's Value-Centric Leadership

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    When other business and law schools lacked a course on ethics, Paul Locatelli could give them a conscience. He led for so long in Silicon Valley, helping to create corporate cultures before we knew that term! The leader leads and sets the pace. What a role model for life. I'll surely miss him. May God cherish him and may his stories continue to guide us all.

  •  Message of Love

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    I have been reading all of these messages in this memory book, and I can't find anything original to say. It seemed that the great guy with the kind smile touched so many others in the way that he has touched me. The first time I met him, I had NO idea who he was. It was welcome weekend, and I was walking around campus when I ran into him. He introduced himself to me...still I had no idea who he was! LOL I remember walking away thinking what a sweet guy he was and how lucky I was to be coming to a school like SCU. It wasn't until the next day when I was sitting in the mission gardens for the welcome mass that I realized just who he was. Over the years as a an undergrad, employee and grad student, I have been lucky enough to hear him speak and receive inspirational thoughts and prayers from him, and of course (like everyone else) always looked forward to the chance meetings around campus an the opportunity to chat with him. In the last two years I have worked in the bursar's office which is housed in the same building as the President's Office, so every clockwork I would hear him greeting people with a good morning as he made his way through the building and finally to us just before heading up the staircase to his office. Papa Loc always spread a message of hope, love, and unity, and I will carry that with me always.

  •  Shared journeys....

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    Paul graduated from Santa Clara University in 1960, five short years after me. He subsequently spent two years in the Army, 1960-62, and then entered the Society of Jesus on September 7, 1962. Over the next 48 years we chatted from time to time and shared our journeys. Though not close friends, Paul always made me feel like a close friend with his big smile and warm personality. Whatever the demands on his time and energy, he managed to create space to embrace in a variety of ways those who found themselves in his presence. Mary Ann and I, along with the rest of the world, will miss Paul Locatelli, a very special person in our lives and the lives of those connected to Santa Clara University and the Society of Jesus. Vai con Dio, Papa Loc...we love you...Dave '55 and Mary Ann, parents of David W '96

  •  I will miss you, Fr. Locatelli

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    It is so hard to believe you are gone, so young. You were always young to me. I was lucky enough to know you at the start of your teaching years at SCU in 1974. Our Accounting Class of 1977 was one of your first. Your door was always open and I was in that doorway often. Years later, you would remind me and tell my children, how I would give you advice, or argue with you over some accounting problem or another. I was appalled that I actually had done that. You laughed! You were one of us. We could do that with you. Years later, even though we didn't see each other often, you always remembered me, always made an effort to recount the stories of those early years. Thank you Fr, Locatelli, for all the great memories and all that you did for me at SCU. I will miss you. Maureen "Spro" Davis, '77

  •  Paul's Early Years

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    I knew Fr. Paul for many years, especially during his tenure as president of SCU. During regular visits with older Jesuit mentors from my days at Santa Clara in the 1960s, I would see Fr. Paul and other Jesuit friends, often at dinner in the Jesuit residence. When I was a youngster, my family spent the Summers in beautiful Boulder Creek (away from the San Francisco fog ). I remember Paul (although I didn't know him ) working at his family's Locatelli's Market, while I worked as a "bag boy"at Johnnie's Super. Boulder Creek was paradise for City kids in the Summer, but the small town was not much fun for kids who lived there year-round. Given the humble, challenging circumstances of his youth, I always gave Fr. Paul "extra credit" for the things he and his Santa Clara classmates ( and others under his leadership) accomplished for Santa Clara Unviersity.