Santa Clara University

Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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  •  THank you

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    Paul gave us an excellent example of inner freedom and availability for the service of God and the Church. There were some points he did not like in some of his assignments (including the last one, from which I benefited much)... and yet he worked at it with enthusdiasm and dedication to the end. He clearly did not join the Jesuits to do what he liked, but what was needed and asked from him. I was deeply touched by the cheerfulness and creativity he put to work in everything. He could also laugh at his own imperfection and the criticisms it might elicit from those who thought differently; a clear sign of greatness of heart and trust in the Lord. THank you, Paul, for having enriched our lives.

  •  Beautiful Man

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    We never even met Fr. Locatelli in person, and yet he touched our lives in a very deep and personal way. We will always be grateful for his vision to see good in every person. He will be remembered very fondly in our hearts. Our prayers are with his family.

  •  A kind and compassionate man!

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    The Antonini family has a long tradition at Santa Clara University starting with my father who graduated in 1931 to his granddaughter who just graduated in the 2010 class. Even with all that history every member of my family would agree their finest memories always involved our relationship with Father Paul. He set an example of absolute compassion and love for those in need and he taught us all to be humble yet proud of our accomplishments and our fine University. You will be greatly missed Father Paul. God bless you and thank you.

  •  Fondest Memory

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    My fondest memory of Father Locatelli was on the first day I started work at Santa Clara University just three years ago. I arrived early and the office was still locked. Since it was my first day, I didn't have a key so I waited quietly on the bench in the lobby of Walsh Administration Building. Father walked in with a radiant smile and asked if I needed any assistance. Not wanting to bother him, I quietly mentioned it was my first day and was just waiting to get into the office. He graciously welcomed me and instantly made me feel comfortable. I'm not sure whether Father knew who I was, especially since he encountered so many people each day, but I relish the fact that I was able to spend a brief moment alone with him to experience first hand his warm kindness and concern for me and others. I know I have truly been blessed in being able to meet him.

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    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    Father Paul was a great man! Even though he had to drop football ! I respected him very much ! I met father through Carroll Williams! No matter where I was on campus he would always shake my hand say hello! and be concerned about me! he made it a point to come and wish me happy holidays! when I was working at a SCU basketball game saw me came out of his seat to see me. He told me Bob NEVER FORGET SANTA CLARA AND THIS COMMUNITY! REST IN PEACE FATHER PAUL!

  •  Paul Locatelli

    Friday, Jul. 16, 2010

    Paul was one of the kindest and most generous individuals I have known. He will be greatly missed by us all.

  •  Father Paul

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    The Bent family extends their deepest sympathy to the Locatelli family. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Father Paul. We first met Father Paul when he was a young man studying to become a Jesuit and taking loving care of our Uncle Ed. He was so wonderful to my Uncle Ed and to all of our family. We always looked forward to seeing Father Paul when he would take the time to drive my elderly uncle for family visits in the bay area. I too am a CPA, about 15 years younger than Father Paul, and so appreciated the time and interest that he took in my career. He was a very brilliant man and very dedicated to the Jesuits and the University. We will all miss Father Paul!

  •  A Man of Belief

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    As I found out about the sad news, I couldn’t help but feel deep sadness and sorrow. Father Locatelli, you have probably been one of the most influential people in my life. If it would not have been for your trust and hopefulness in believing that all it takes is one opportunity, I would have never been able to complete my studies at Santa Clara University. Your dedication, leadership, courage and compassion encourage us to exemplify you. Once again, at a crossroad in my life, you find a way to tell me, Believe, Is possible. Thank you Father. Rest in peace.

  •  The Personal Touch

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    I wanted to share an email that I wrote to Paul Locatelli when he left Santa Clara for his new position in Rome in 2008. In the email, I reminded Fr. Locatelli of a fond memory that I had of his "miraculous intervention" in one of my classes. Much to my surprise, Fr. Locatelli took the time to respond to my email, which makes my point that he brought a wonderful personal touch to all of his endeavors. I have also attached his email response, which I treasure as another fond memory of a remarkable man. Dear Paul, I just wanted to offer my congratulations on your new position and to express my sorrow at seeing you leave Santa Clara. You have done a wonderful job leading Santa Clara into exciting new directions and sharing your passion for excellence in education with both the Santa Clara University community and the larger public community. Since I have been around Santa Clara almost as long as you (I started law school in 1976 and pretty much never left), I have had an opportunity to see first hand the wonderful work that you have done. However, what I have been even more impressed with is the personal touch you have brought to what could be, I would think, a fairly isolated position. Given the huge faculty and staff at SCU, I have always been amazed and flattered that you always said hello to me by name. But my best memory of your personal involvement with the school occurred maybe 15 years ago when Eric and I were desperately trying to convince the student assistant who was running the old computer lab to leave it open for an hour so that students in our competitive Moot Court class could finish printing their briefs. (We had told the students that they would be able to do so based on the usual hours that the computer lab was open, not realizing that it was the University's spring break so the hours were shortened). We assured the student that we would stay in his place so he would not be inconvenienced. However, no matter how much we begged, the student assistant was steadfast in his refusal. We then started calling up the University chain of command and finally got all the way to your office. We were told that you were on your way to the airport. We were at a loss as to what to do. And then, a "miracle" occurred. You came marching into the Computer Lab (as I recall your flight had been delayed or cancelled) and asked the student assistant to leave the lab open the extra hour. To everyone's amazement, the student said "no!". You said, "I'm Father President, and I'm telling (ordering??) you to leave it open!". Our students got the extra hour and we had a wonderful Moot Court competition thanks to your timely intervention. This email is longer than I had intended it to be but, hopefully, the memory will make you smile. All I really wanted to say was thank you for your incredibly dedicated work here, good luck in your new venture and we will all miss you! Fond regards, Nancy Dear Nancy, I'm touched by your kind and thoughtful email... As you may have read, one reporter said, which I found humorous, that I was "grumpy and controlling." I agree when it's the right things to do... your email help me put that even a better perspective... Paul

  •  Humble and Great

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    I thought I had a great idea to help my tiny nonprofit for Special Kids, Parents Helping Parents, grow and sustain itself... Create a super dynamic Community Associates Board to meet only twice a year. The dynamic movers and shakers on this Board would need a super colossal chairperson. "Whom shall I ask Lord?" None better to seek than Father Locatelli, the busiest person in town. He said yes; held the position until his retirement, and the local and national community now continues to benefit from PHP services for Special Kids. And that was just one of several extensions of his time, talent and personal touch that helped spelled success for a struggling agency. Thanks and well done Father Locatelli. You not only taught us well, you showed the way.