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Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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A Rabbi Story

Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

Paul has been a kind friend to many, including me. When he left Santa Clara for Los Angeles in 1986 I sent him a note with a story I heard from my mother about a man who went to see his rabbi as he prepared to move to another town. "Rabbi," he said, "all my friends are in this town and I am afraid that I would have no friends in my new town." "Do not be afraid," said the rabbi. "You will keep the friends you have made in this town, and the qualities that brought you so many friends in this town will bring you many more in the new one." I was touched deeply when Paul told the story years later, as he bestowed on me an endowed professorship. I remain one of Paul's many friends in this town and know that he has many more in his new one.