Santa Clara University

Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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  •  Best President

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    Paul was my Paesano. He was a good friend and a classmate of mine at Santa Clara. But beyond the good company, food, and conversation we enjoyed together, he was one of the best Presidents in the history of Santa Clara University. The alumni, the students, and Catholic education have lost a leader but gained a Saint.

  •  Remembering Fr. Locatelli

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    I was editor in chief of The Santa Clara in 1989-1990, Fr. Locatelli's first year as president of SCU. Whenever I interacted with him I found him friendly and always reachable despite a first year marked by many challenges: the murders of his fellow El Salvadoran priests, the Watsonville earthquake, a troubled fraternity and a student body that was calling loudly for change in the school's environment. To me it seems he addressed issues large and small equally. He was committed to the Jesuit ideals of educating the whole person, of being a person for others and not shirking from living in this imperfect world of ours. Years later, I was traveling alone in Munich and, of all places, I ran into him as we traversed the grounds of the Dachau concentration camp. It was a solemn place and a serious moment. But he recognized me; we stopped and spoke briefly, compassion and gentleness and warmth pervading that very sad place. Hope still living and life going on in this imperfect world of ours. It is a powerful memory of mine. That was the last we spoke or saw each other. Time and life march on. But today I reflect that I was privileged to have known him, however briefly.

  •  We love you Father Paul

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    Father Paul has been a deep inspiration to our entire family to be a person of God working for the growth of our youth and the long term future of Santa Clara University. As a trustee for over 20 years I found Paul's leadership and personal attention of every one and their views exceptional. He was kind, patient, loving and always expressed a warmth of caring for all people. The school and my family, three of whom were his students, will miss him dearly and offer our warmest condolences to his family and so many of his Jesuit brothers.

  •  Paul in Dublin

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    I first got to meet Paul about 12 years ago in his work with IES, but got to know him so much better when he flew over to Dublin to help me set up a new programme here. On his arrival, his vibrancy, humility and intelligence were instantly apparent, coupled with a real humility. Whether speaking to University Presidents or 19 year-old students his demeanour was the same - good-humoured, open, receptive and compassionate. I warmed to him at once, and knew that he would be of great help, which indeed proved to be the case. He opened doors that I could not have entered, bestowed advice discreetly and entirely without ego, and in the evenings was "good craic" over a glass of wine. The perfect mentor. Although I have not seen him for some time, it is a measure of the man that I felt such a deep pang of sadness to hear that he had gone. As with all those who give out such light, it seemed, not just upsetting, but fundamentally wrong.

  •  Dear Father

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

     I'll never forget your warming smile and your kindness.

  •  Good bye my friend

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    Words can't adequately express my gratitude for all that Paul Locatelli did to make Santa Clara a preeminent university. While the buildings, the caliber of faculty and the excellent education afforded to its graduates are all outstanding achievements, his greatest accomplishment was in teaching students to care for one another as human beings and make a difference in the world. His message of love and compassion are a true testament to the man. He was a great mentor, role model and friend. I will miss his smile, his spirit and his intolerance of mediocrity. He was and always will be Santa Clara.

  •  Fr. Paul Locatelli, SJ

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    Fr. Paul Locatelli, your academic family at Santa Clara University and Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, Jesuit Community worldwide will mourn and celebrate your life eternal with the Lord. The presence of your legacy in the board room, amongst your peers, students, faculty, staff and the community worldwide will be embraced with love, fond memories and will live on. Edna M. Casteel, MNA Chief Accountant Jesuit School of Theology Santa Clara University

  •  Thank you for caring

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    I'm very sad that Father Locatelli passed away. He was an amazing President for 30 years for Santa Clara University. He was instrumental in making sure the campus and dorms were accessible for me. He truly cared for the students and made an effort to know each member of the SCU community. His leadership will be missed his spirit will reign forever Alette Coble '93

  •  Gracias

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    Gracias Paul Locatelli: Por ensenarnos que los suenos se pueden combertir en realidad... me imagino que Dios estaba muy apurado y por eso lo ha llamo a seguir trabajando juntos!!!! Se le extranara!!!!!! Su presencia en El Salvador ha sido parte

  •  Blessed Jesuit Priest

    Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010

    Paul Locatelli, S.J. blessed everything he touched people, events and institutions. Each and every time I met Paul or saw him at a function he had a presence the carried such an aura to it, radiating peace. His passion for justice and the ethical was unwavering, building the kingdom of God as he went. It was a blessing to know him and witness his great work. He left the world better than he found it! Larry Lauro