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Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

I first met Paul the night I entered the Jesuit novitiate in Los Gatos in 1963. Paul was a second year novice and at that time held the office of Beadle--middle management, the first among equals. We were all gathered under one of the outdoor porticos after dinner, talking and meeting each other--when Brother Locatelli clapped his hands twice, and utter silence descended. The remembered power of that silence reflects for me the inner core of strength, wisdom, and grace I always admired in Paul. I remember a graced conversation we had once while driving to Santa Clara when he was working on his doctorate. Long after I left the Jesuits in 1974, I was privileged to meet Paul occasionally when Julie (class of '70) and I visited our son Hank (class of '98). That inner core of strength, wisdom, and warmth would always shine through.