Santa Clara University

Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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  •  A Servant Leader

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    Father Paul Locatelli was a founding member of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley board of directors, a former board president and a Class II Senior Fellow. In ALF’s 20th anniversary publication, Paul is quoted as saying, “Leadership is not just something you practice, but something about who you are.” Paul was a servant leader in the truest sense, inspiring everyone around him to accomplish great things for the common good.

  •  Fr. Paul's kindness to our Uncle Ed

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    In the late '60s, Fr. Paul was assigned to care for my elderly uncle, Edward Boland SJ. Paul's kindness to Uncle Ed was greatly appreciated by my entire family and as a result Paul became a member of our extended family. On behalf of my mother, Marybeth Bent-Rooney and my siblings Marylee, Jim & Cathy we offer our sincerest condolences to Paul's family, friends and the Santa Clara community.

  •  In Memoriam Father Locatelli

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    I still vividly remember when my wife and I accompanied our only daughter to attend Santa Clara University back in mid-September 2008. We came from Indonesia, which is thousands miles away from Santa Clara. Honestly, the thought of leaving our daughter alone in such far away place gave us concern. Not until we met Father Locatelli. During the parents' reception, Father Locatelli's speech (and followed with a private discussion) assured us that our daughter is in good hands. He was so friendly and very patient in answering all of our questions. Thank you Father Locatelli. May the peace of God be with you.

  •  In Memoriam Father Locatelli

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    I still vividly remember when my wife and I accompanied our only daughter to attend Santa Clara University back in mid-September 2008. We came from Indonesia, which is thousands miles away from Santa Clara. Honestly, the thought of leaving our daughter alone in such far away place gave us concern. Not until we met Father Locatelli. During the parents' reception, Father Locatelli's speech (and followed with a private discussion) assured us that our daughter is in good hands. He was so friendly and very patient in answering all of our questions. Thank you Father Locatelli. May the peace of God be with you.

  •  Fond Memories

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    I was fortunate to have taken accounting my sophomore year at Santa Clara from Fr. Locatelli. It was his first year teaching. I thought it was a hard class, but he was always approachable and kind. Years later at one our reunions, he admitted he taught the course as if it was a graduate class. That was good to hear. Through that class he created a connection with his passion and personality. Years later I would see him running in the Mission Gardens. He was always friendly, would stop and talk. He has left an incredible legacy and most importantly, the way he treated people. I will miss hearing about his next steps, but I trust he is at peace and we have gained a very special person watching from above. Vicki Sattui '77 Pope

  •  Fr. Locatelli

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    As a graduate of The Pastoral Ministries Program, My husband and I only met Fr. Paul on formal occasions, where he was anything but FORMAL! So friendly, charming and interested in all around him. He was truly a gracious part of the University experience! God be with his family, Pat and John Eldred

  •  The difference

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    Grazie Padre Locatelli! Thank you for seeing me and smiling to my soul - so brightly. It really made the difference to have known you. Please assist us from Heaven, showing us the path to Light. We pray for you. Everyday.

  •  The House that Paul Built

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    As a faculty member, I’m grateful that Paul Locatelli did a hard job very well. Reading these memories of him is like reading a how-to manual for leadership: Attract good people. Help them define a common vision. Provide the resources that inspire them to do their best work. Resolve their disagreements as wisely as possible. Look inside and outside the walls for new ideas. Know your values and act on them. Pay the bills. Still, I’m left with questions. How, in this world, did he raise so much money to support Santa Clara’s vision of education? How did he maintain his cheerful optimism amidst the daily slings and arrows aimed at a university president? How do we advance the best of his life’s work through ours? Chad Raphael Associate Professor of Communication

  •  May his soul rest in peace

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    In 2008, when my son Bharath Kumar got admission for doing MS Computer Engineering in Santa Clara University. I started reading aout the University by getting in to the Internet. In a week's time I gathered and assimilated quite a bit of information about the University and the campus life there. I read about Fr. Paul Locatelli and felt very comforted that as a student at the University my son will be well taken care. When you send your son from India to an American University located thousands of miles away it is very important that he is under the safe care of people who are very good and very well accomplished. Fr. Locatelli gave me that comfort although I never could meet him or speak to him. Even when we attended my son's graduation ceremony on 11th June this year, I never knew that Fr. Locatelli was not keeping well. I wish I could have met him. May his noble soul rest in peace.

  •  With Gratitude

    Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

    Father Locatelli transformed the campus, the curriculum, and each of us who had the priviledge to know him. His unwaivering vision for SCU made the extraordinary possible. His belief in our individual abilities made us seek our potential. His warmth and humor made us feel as "familia." His spiritual guidance made us see God in all things. We will miss you, Paul. Rest in God.