Santa Clara University

Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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  •  Memories

    Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010

    My favorite memory of Fr. Locatelli was when we crossed paths walking back toward the Jesuit residence (by Henry's) from Malley one night. He didn't know who I was, but we casually chatted for 5-10 minutes. Eventually we got on the topic of relationships and he asked me, "So when are you going to get married?" I replie...d, "Hey, when are YOU going to get married?" We both laughed, and he said he was too far past that. Second favorite memory: discovering Italian food recipes on his official SCU "Office of the President" website. Way to keep things in perspective! Rest peacefully. You are deeply missed.

  •  With and Love

    Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010

    I will forever be grateful to Father Locatelli. Many years ago, I admired his courage and vision when he protested the political situation in El Salvador. It was not the popular position, but Father Locatelli was a man of integrity. He was such a role model for me. Later, my son entered Santa Clara University, he was again a great role model and a mentor. Even though Father Locatelli was so busy, he always took time to respond to my letters and inquiries. He was so loving - God Bless him! Dios lo Bendiga a este hombre tan magnifico. Father Locatelli is greater than life.

  •  Leadership Lessons

    Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

    In addition to working with Father Locatelli at Santa Clara University, I had the privilege of serving with him on the board of directors of the American Leadership Forum (ALF). When he served as the chair of the board, he was practical as well as visionary, a strong but very inclusive leader. Several years later I was selected to serve in the same position, during a time of much change in the organization --we were in the wake of the dot-com crash while launching a major fundraising campaign. I drew upon Father Locatelli's leadership lessons and his commitment to the greater community. I was reminded of the importance of relationships, and the need for patience. Father Locatelli will be remembered as an extraordinary university president, but his good work and positive influence went far beyond our adobe walls.

  •  Remembering Fr. Locatelli

    Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010

    In 1963, the University hired me to "direct and instruct young women in recreational and athletic pursuits, as they did for men, but tastefully, of course." With limited facilities and a $100 budget, I entered a thirty-two year adventure at Santa Clara. When I arrived, there were only three women faculty and administative staff and women students had been on campus just a few years. I was fortunate to be there in the beginning of building what has become one of the top women's intercollegiate athletic programs in NCAA, Division I. It is hard to believe, that in 1962, Paul Locatelli had just started his journey to becoming a priest, a teacher, a Dean, Academic Vice President and eventually the President of Santa Clara. When he became president, we all knew he was an avid runner and those of us in the Athletic Department knew he really wanted athletics to succeed. He decisions may have caused controversy, but athletic programs would not be where they are today without his real concern for student-athletes, both in the classroom and on the courts and fields. A Tradition of Excellence in Athletics (A Pat Malley quote), still exists today because of Father Locatelli's influence. Also, without this special influence, new athletic facilities would not exist. I became an alumnus of Santa Clara, when I received a Masters degree in Educational Administration, in 1991. Fr. Locatelli made a special effort to congratuate me. I have had the special pleasure of tasting his cooking. Since I retired in 1995, I have continued to follow not only athletics, but the entire University. On my visits, Father Locatelli was often present at special athletic events, that meant so much to all of us who were involved, whether staff or students. He always took a special interest in our individual lives. As I was on campus the week he passed away, I was able to visit the new Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center and pay my respects to him for making my years at Santa Clara the experience of a lifetime. We have all lost someone we will remember the rest of our lives. Marygrace Colby, Director of Women's Athletics/Director of Athletic Department Academics and Eligibility, 1963-1995

  •  Fr. Locatelli reached out to me and helped me pay for my SCU education...

    Thursday, Jul. 29, 2010

    Fr. Locatelli represents everything that is good about a Santa Clara education – an education that I would not have completed had it not been for his boundless generosity. If my memory does not fail me, I was a junior at SCU around 1990. During that time, the University was making a concerted effort to become a more welcoming place for minorities, way ahead of many other similar institutions. Fr. Locatelli had extended an invitation to the entire SCU family to participate in an open forum. Faculty, staff and students congregated in the Mayer Theatre, and everyone who wanted to speak had a chance to do so through an open mic. All topics were fair game. I remember speaking with passion because I was crying, naming some shortcomings and all that I loved about Santa Clara. My family was going through some financial turmoil and, in a way, I was saying good bye to my dear SCU because we could no longer afford my schooling here. In the bigger context of my speech, this was but an unintended, short and passing phrase. Little did I know that Fr. Locatelli had honed in on it, and so next day I received a call to my dorm room from the President himself. He said he wanted to see me. A bit worried that I had offended anyone during my moments of passion the previous day, I hurried to his office, taming my morning hair as I crossed the campus. He received me with a hug, and from the moment I stepped into his office, his attention was focused on me 100%. He wanted me to elaborate on some of the things I had mentioned, and I did that to the best of my ability. It was a short, but meaningful visit. On my way out, Father Locatelli smiled and said to me, almost as an afterthought, “Sergio, stop by the financial office and tell them you’re coming next semester and next year. Tell them to call me if they have any questions.” And with that, I became another fortunate recipient of a Santa Clara education, one that has blessed me in countless ways. Today, more than ever, I remember his smile, a smile that melted me and strengthened me at the same time, a smile that called me to a higher purpose. Today, as a Santa Clara University employee, I am proud to be a Santa Claran through and through. I am proud of my Jesuit education and my call to service. Thank you, Dear Fr. Locatelli, for the very personal legacy you left me. May you rest in the presence of our Lord. Lovingly, Sergio Lopez Communications Specialist Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center

  •  TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL

    Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010

    So many wonderful things have been said and shared about you already... I just want to say that you have truly touched and changed my life. Thanks for making a difference in my life! You will be missed.

  •  Accounting/ROTC Supporter

    Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010

    Father Locatelli was a great supporter of ROTC in 1975 when he first came to SCU. He would come out on Wednesdays(day off back then) and watch us ROTC Cadets perform our Army duties to include marching in the parking lot. As a cost accounting professor, he helped out us slower students to ensure we met the mark. An all around great guy, he will surely be missed. Thank you for reading.. Major General Eldon P. Regua US Army Reserve Class of 1977

  •  Father Locatelli

    Monday, Jul. 26, 2010

    I had the privilege of working with Fr. Locatelli at SCU in the '80s and can honestly say that he was the best part of my five years there. What a gift he was to us all.

  •  My Last Conversation with Paul

    Monday, Jul. 26, 2010

    My Last Conversation with Paul Locatelli, S.J. My last conversation with Paul was on May 13 at a reception following the Center for Science, Technology, and Society Advisory Board. As Secretary for Jesuit Higher Education he was on the Board of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools, an association with ninety-two member Jesuit universities around the world. The meetings this year were in the Philippines and I asked if he would be going to Manila. In his quiet voice he said, “No, I won’t be going this year.” In reflecting on his keynote at Fordham two years earlier I recalled how much he had inspired this group. Paul led by vision and example. In his leadership and love of Santa Clara he was tireless and personified for me the Hebrews 12: 1 verse. . . “let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” By coincidence I had been asked to speak at the Manila meetings and to host a round table discussion on the Jesuit network and social entrepreneurship, so I took the red eye from SFO to Manila on the evening following Paul’s Mission Gardens memorial. At these meetings there were several heartfelt references to Paul and the hopes that animated his work as Secretary of Jesuit Higher Education. In conjunction with the April meetings of Jesuit leaders that he organized in Mexico City a news release from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities quoted Paul as saying, “Learning in a global context is the future, and as the only global network of higher education in the world, Jesuit higher education should seize this opportunity and at the same time, accept its responsibility for helping to fashion a more humane, just and sustainable world for all.” Paul’s spirit is alive across this campus and around the world. We are all truly blessed to have traveled with him and by his vision and example for the race that is before us.

  •  Remembering Paul

    Monday, Jul. 26, 2010

    Fr. Paul graduated from the business school at Santa Clara in 1960 along with my husband Bill Giammona. I remember Paul from the class reunions. When our daughter Donna ('86) was a student at SCU he was vice-president; when our son David ('89) attended he became president. He had the vision for a greater Santa Clara University and we saw it happen. I remember his smile in every meeting. God bless him; we were blessed in knowing him