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Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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A Rare Blend of Practical and Spiritual

Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

Practical: In 1975, I sat bored to death in Fr. Locatelli's accounting class. No, not bored because of Father, bored because he was (as was his custom) spending the class going over the homework from the night before which (as was too often my custom) I had not done. I stood up and started walking out of class. Father stopped me and asked: "Tom, where are you going?" Me: "Father, everyday you spend the time going over the homework and I didn't do the homework; it makes more sense for me to go to the library and do the homework than to sit here." You could have heard a pin drop. Father, after a pause and with a smile: "Makes sense to me." My selective memory and my legal training cause me to say that "I don't recall" if I actually went to the library. But I do recall Father's practical attitude towards my decision. His presidency at SCU was full of practical, and sometimes unpopular, decisions for which we should all be thankful. Spiritual: Paul cared about people. In years since leaving college, I called upon Paul to intervene in some situations where justice called for intervention and he never let me down. He made a difference in some people's lives that were close to me ... something for which I'll always be grateful. Paul, I am sure that you are currently getting things straightened up in Heaven for those of us that will follow. Thanks!