Santa Clara University

Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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  •  An Inspiration

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    If we could all give a fraction, live a moment, love another like Father Locatelli did, this world would be an even better place. My thoughts and prayers are with the greater Santa Clara University family and all those who had the honor of knowing such a wonderful person. With peace, Karen Snell and family

  •  Memories

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    Paul was the most down to earth person in his position I knew. He always had time and a smile when we saw each other. I will greatly miss him. Paul and his family will always be in my prayers. Blessings to the family. Sincerely, Sandra M. Vennis

  •  Competence, conscience & compassion

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    Although I did not personally know Fr. Locatelli, I know that all of Santa Clara University and his family & friends will miss him dearly. He was a man of the community and impacted every one. I remember he spoke at my transfer orientation many years ago. A person who sat next to me called me "star struck". That is the kind of impact Fr. Locatelli's presence had on me and I'm sure everyone. His efforts into the university really shines through and the legacy in competence, conscience & compassion that he echoed in his life shall live on.

  •  Father Locatelli

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    A dozen or so years ago, I was attending an Alumni Awards event in the Adobe Lodge. Paul had injured his back and was in pain and making slow progress with the assistance of a walker. I'm sure Paul was as bothered by being slowed down as by his discomfort. Sonny Manuel was close by, easing his way through the crowded dining room. As they passed, I whispered to Sonny that maybe he could convince Father to switch from jogging everyday to swimming, so much less punishing for the joints. Sonny looked at me and rolled his eyes heavenward and said "Marie, I'm a psychologist, not a miracle worker!". I treasure that memory of Paul...strong willed indeed and so tender and loving of heart. Happily, Paul recovered fully and was soon back to his early morning jogs. Paul played so many roles so well in his life: architect of a revitalized campus, the Core Curriculum, building the endowment by 10x, being SCU's ambassador around the world, champion of social justice and a consummate teacher. He taught us well during his illness. The lesson is how to face a very tough situation with grace, dignity, humor, optimism, faith and elegance. I will remember this lesson forever. He was such a gift in our lives. Marie Barry Class of 1968

  •  A Friendly Guy

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    My first day at Santa Clara was also the first day Fr. Locatelli began his tenure as President of the University. I took this to be a very auspicious start to my career at SCU. A couple years later, I had the opportunity to work with Paul, on occasion, as chair of the Staff Personnel Committee. I remember sitting next to him at the staff award dinner that year and he spent most of the meal asking me about my bedroom stenciling project and sharing about his summer plans to relax with family. I was both amused and touched that he showed such interest in my little bedroom painting project when he had so much to juggle that could be viewed as more important. But I think this points to one of the secrets of his success. Paul had the ability to be in the moment; so when he was with you, he was really present. My fondest memories of him were each morning for many years, as I walked my dogs on campus before going home to get ready for work. Paul would stop on his run and say 'Hi' to both me and the dogs. Brandy and Sophie would carry stuffed animals in their mouths as they roamed around campus, and he would stop to see what sort of creature they were carrying that day, and wished me a good day. It was a nice way to start most days. My final memory to share is another staff awards dinner when I received my 20 year certificate and Paul was honored for 20 years as President and, I believe, 35 years at SCU. In a pre-ceremony I got to have my picture taken with him. During dinner, while I was sitting at my table with colleagues, a coworker and dear friend, Mary Sue Crawford confessed to me that she would love to have her picture taken with Fr. Locatelli. After dinner I went up to Paul and told him Mary Sue was turning 50 in a couple of weeks and what she really wanted was to take a picture with him. He made some comment about being rosy cheeked because he had some wine, but he would be happy to to give Mary Sue her wish. And now Mary Sue has their two smiling faces sitting on her shelf looking over her desk. As can be attested to from everyone's comments, Paul Locatelli was a special man with exception talents, and we are all better for having had the opportunity to share in his vision. But for me, it is his simple friendly side that stands out the most.

  •  Memories

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    I remember Father Locatelli's warm smile, caring demeanor and his morning jogs that sometime lead him through my neighborhood. It always amazed me how found the time and energy with his busy schedule to go jogging. What I’ve realize is that maybe it was a way of keeping in touch the community he so loved. He might not know your name but he always said hi when you greeted him. Paul Locatelli, he will be missed but not forgotten.

  •  Our Prayers are with you

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    Paul was much more than a great leader. His Legacy at SCU is a tribute to his leadership and a remarkable achievement. We marvel at the transformation of the SCU Campus and will always think of Paul when we visit the University. But we will always remember Paul as a good friend, a man that always took a moment to say hello, to ask about our family and include us as part of his SCU Family. These simple acts of sincerity and kindness are all too often forgotten leaders of his stature. We will never forget him and pray that he is rewarded in heaven for his humanity, his kindness and his service to his SCU Family.

  •  Gratitude

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    I served and lived with Paul at the Jesuit General Curia in Rome. From the moment I met him I found a brilliant, funny, analytical brother in Christ. Having him as part of our community and ministry in Rome was a great delight. I will miss him and so will all us at the "Curia Generalizia della Compagnia di Gesù May He rest in Peace

  •  The Mission crosses

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    Seems only fitting to remember one special time with Father Paul on the eve of his burial at SCU after a life time of service to others. One day the Alumni board was meeting with Father Paul around a number of matters. Seven small wooden crosses had months earlier been placed in front our Mission in remembrance of the killings in El Salvador. Father's question of the board was simply how long should those crosses remain. Collectively, everyone agreed that those small and simply erected crosses should permanently remain where they were originally placed on the lawn at the entrance to our venerable Mission church. Those crosses would be thought provoking, for all students and visitors as they pass on their daily trips to and from classes and campus events- who were these people, why are they mourned, how and why did they die, as we know they did in service to others. Father Paul truly loved the simplicity of what is still today a humble tribute to the stark reality of how much it can cost another to love and care for his fellow man or the poor, clearly in service to God. I remember as clearly as today his smile as he listened with I believe pride, knowing how well all of his Alumni board had been taught, each after years gone from Santa Clara, all still had retained its core values.

  •  JRS

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    On behalf of JRS I would like to express our deep sadness that Paul cannot be anymore among us. At the same time we are very grateful for the encouragement he gave Jesuit Commons and JRS to launch a project for higher education at the margins in refugee camps. We try to carry on the great spirit and idea of Paul and to bring the best of the Universities of the Society of Jesus to the poor and people at the margins, such as refugees. It was this great idea he supported and presented to all 180 Institutions of Higher Education in Mexico at the meeting. In his honor and encouraged by his example we carry on the mission. May Paul accompany it from a higher position. Peter Balleis SJ, JRS International Director