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Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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Paul Locatelli, S.J.

Monday, Sep. 13, 2010

Dear Father Locatelli,

I know you will hear me, and I need you to know how gratetful I am for the time you took to help me each and every instance I would knock at your door. Me, just an odd and obscure alumni of Santa Clara University from what are now the "olden days." I was never turned away. You were there to help me in advising me through the admissions process of my son into Santa Clara, even when you knew that ultimately he would choose another school. You were there for me when my Swig Hall room mate, and a former employee of the university was so terribly ill to inquire about his progress, and to comfort the ones keeping vigil for him. It is true all that they say about you Father Paul, that you touched so many lives, even in the most gentle and most subtle ways of reaching out, you never ignored any of us. None of us were too low for you to speak to, or to be bothered by. It is with a great heart felt loss that I say good bye to you, as there is no finer example of what a Santa Clara educator could be, no better representative of the Society of Jesus, of the Catholic faith, of a human being, of a man, and yes, perhaps most importantly of all, a friend to a man like me whom you would never even know. God rest your soul Father Locatelli. Your good work here is done, and our Lord has called you home to heaven. You are missed.

With deepest respect,

Jeffery A. Record B.A.,

Philosophy, Santa Clara University 1976