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About the DePaul Emeritus Society

DePaul University values its ongoing connections with its faculty and staff retirees, as it values their past contributions to the university’s mission. The DePaul University Emeritus Society was founded in 2008 with the merger of the Staff Emeritus Society and the Emeritus Professors Association. The Society is sponsored by the University’s Office of Mission and Values.

The purpose of the DePaul Emeritus Society is to provide a means for ongoing connection, communication, and socialization between the university and its emeritus faculty and staff, and between individual retirees whose professional lives were for so many years dedicated to university service.

Photos, events, and information of interest to members of the DePaul Emeritus Society will be posted to this blog. Please take a look, add your comment, offer to be an "author" or just enjoy.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Good News - Father Holtschneider's Contract Renewed!

Dear DePaul Faculty, Staff and Students, DePaul University's Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees is delighted to announce a contract extension for Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. through the end of the 2018-19 academic year. The committee approved the extension, citing strong support for Fr. Holtschneider's extraordinary leadership as the university's eleventh president. This is his third contract extension since his arrival at DePaul in 2004. We are confident that, working together with DePaul's committed faculty and staff, Fr. Holtschneider will continue to build on DePaul's rich tradition of providing an extraordinary education to a diverse student population. Please join me in congratulating Fr. Holtschneider on the continuation of his tenure as our president. Sincerely, William E. Bennett Chair Board of Trustees

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Club Meeting, December 3, 2014

Our discussion of “Behold A Pale Horse”  revealed many layers to this mystery.  We discussed the split between Church practices in Rome and those in Ireland in the 8th century, and how those practices affected the roles of women.  The ideas of kinship and relationships between relatives, married clergy, and how manuscripts were regarded, all contributed to our lively and informative conversation.  Sr. Jane Gerard started our discussion, and there were many contributors, some on the themes above, and some discussing the mystery itself.

At the suggestion of Jeanne LaDuke, we agreed that our next book would be Stefan Zweig's “The World of Yesterday”.  This memoir of Vienna stands as a “humane document and a record of European culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries”. (Anthea Bell, in her introduction to the most recent translation).  It is available in paperback, electronically, and through your library.  Please join us on Wednesday, February 4, in the Richardson Library, for the next session.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In Memoriam - Leo Newcombe

Leo Newcombe, 93, loving widower of Ann, proud father of 8, and former Vice President and General Manager of the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily News, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2014 in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He was born on September 24th, 1921 in a small farm house in Faribault, Minnesota to Jane and Sumner Newcombe.

His mother taught in a one-room school house and recognized that her son was a whiz in math and started saving money to send Leo to college - which was a good thing because he hated doing farm chores and couldn’t wait to shake the cow manure off his shoes and see what the big city had to offer. In 1938, at the tender age of 16, Leo headed off to the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1942. He immediately joined the naval academy and attended the new Navy Supply School at Harvard University. Upon learning this, his mother commented that she had wasted the $500 in tuition fees for college since the scholarly Leo was likely to be one of the first people killed in battle. Leo served as Lieutenant Commander aboard the transport ship USS U. S. Grant (AP-29) in the Pacific Ocean. After the war, Leo attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, earning his MBA in 1947. That year he started work as an accountant at Arthur Andersen LLP in Chicago, received his CPA in 1949, and moved to Field Enterprises in 1952. He started as controller in the corporate division and worked his way up the ranks, culminating with his being named Senior Vice President of Field Enterprises. In 1979, Leo semi-retired and became a part-time professor of accounting at DePaul University. He retired from DePaul in 1991.

During his time in the Navy, Leo was stationed in Seattle, where he met and fell in love with Ann Lombard, the daughter of a Navy physician. They were married in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 1, 1948. Leo and Ann had eight children and moved to Winnetka, Illinois in 1952. They lived in several different locations in Winnetka and Wilmette until 2007 when they moved into Westminster Place in Evanston. Leo and Ann were devout Catholics who loved to walk, dance, play Bridge, and travel (which usually included walking, dancing, playing Bridge, and going to Mass).
Ann was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005 and passed away in 2011. 

Beloved husband of the late Ann Newcombe nee Lombard; loving father of Raymond, M.D. (Sally), Richard (Carole), Robert (Debbie), Jerome (Kirsti), Mary Ann (Chuck) Veldman, John (Frances), Margaret Mary (Daniel) Sugrue and the late Douglas (Carolyn) Newcombe; 
Dear grandfather of Melissa; Jack and Sara; Laura; Courtney, Peter, Julie, and Katherine; Eric and Annie; Jessica, Patricia, and Andrew Veldman; Jonah; Kevin, Vivian, and Sean Sugrue
Proud great grandfather of Scott and Lillian; Elizabeth and many nieces and nephews.
Caring brother of Lila, the late Marian, Howard, Francis, and Jane.

VISITATION: 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2015 TIME PENDING at Donnellan Family Funeral Services, 10045 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois 60077 

FUNERAL MASS: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Saints Faith, Hope & Charity Church, 191 Linden Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093 

INTERMENT: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60202 

INFO: (847)675-1990 or

Source: Donnellan Funeral Homes,

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Farewell to Deans Casey and Suchar


Rachel Marciano
 DECEMBER 03, 2014

Donald Casey and Chuck Suchar

"The number of accomplishments these men had a hand in during their time at DePaul is nothing short of extraordinary," says David Miller, interim provost for DePaul and dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media.
Casey first arrived at DePaul in July of 1995 to fill the position of dean for the School of Music. During his 20 years of leadership, the school took great strides both academically and philanthropically. Casey immediately began cultivating relationships with Chicago's music scene, which created an environment that attracted world-class faculty. He raised performance standards and developed a more enriching academic experience for students. The dean also more than tripled the number of available endowed scholarships, which made the music program more accessible to students.
Because of his leadership and influence, several of the school's ensembles are now widely regarded as among the best in the country. Casey even helped initiate "Christmas at DePaul," the annual concert that has become one of the university's most loved holiday traditions. In addition, his encouragement led to the Community Music Division providing musical instruments and instruction to 150 children in the Lawndale neighborhood.
"In all things, DePaul leads with the heart," Casey says about his time at the university. "That's why it's felt like home since the moment I walked through the door. I'm so very grateful that DePaul found me."
Suchar started his career at DePaul as an undergraduate student 50 years ago. Similar to many of DePaul's current students, Suchar brought a unique cultural heritage to the university. "I was born in the Soviet Union, but spent the first four and a half years of my life in a displaced persons camp in Germany," he says. "DePaul was the first major step in achieving my American dream -- of making something of myself."
Since his graduation, he has spent 43 years in various positions throughout the university. In addition to teaching, Suchar held many administrative roles, including director of the University Honors Program, division head of behavioral and social sciences, chair of sociology and anthropology, associate dean and ultimately dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
As a scholar, Suchar combined his passion for photography and sociology to help pioneer the field of visual sociology. In 1996 he earned DePaul's Excellence in Teaching Award, but his influence branched beyond the classroom and into administration. As associate dean of LAS, he co-founded the Discover and Explore Chicago program, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary. The program helps freshmen not only adjust to life in Chicago, but also provides them with academic success skills. The curriculum also has been a model for similar programs at universities across the country.
"It's been a tremendous ride, and all I can say is thank you, DePaul," Suchar says.
Source: Newsline Online, December 4, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Interim Deans Appointed for School of Music and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Lucy Rinehart, Interim LA&SS Dean (L); Judy Bundra, Interim Music Dean


Elizabeth Clements NOVEMBER 13, 2014

David Miller, interim provost, announced today two interim dean appointments. Judy Bundra will serve as interim dean for the School of Music, and Lucy Rinehart will serve as interim dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

"The faculty in both Music and LAS recommended and enthusiastically supported these appointments," Miller says. "Judy and Lucy each possess exceptional leadership and administrative skills. Their respective colleges will be in good hands during this time of transition."

Bundra and Rinehart will serve as interim deans as Don Casey, dean of the School of Music, and Chuck Suchar, dean of LAS, prepare to retire on Dec. 31. Casey joined DePaul 20 years ago to serve as dean of the School of Music. Suchar has been a member of the faculty for 43 years and has served as dean of LAS since 2006.

"It has been a privilege working with Don and Chuck these many years," Miller says. "They have both had an incredible impact on our students and the entire university. We are extremely grateful for everything they have done for DePaul."

These deans will now pass the batons to Bundra and Rinehart, who will assume their new posts on Jan. 1 for a period of 18 months.

As associate dean of academic affairs in the School of Music since 1999, Bundra oversees the undergraduate and graduate music programs. A music consultant to organizations and school districts across the country, she regularly gives workshops on such topics as curriculum and assessment, multicultural music, comprehensive arts education, early childhood music education and creativity in the arts.

"At DePaul, I have been fortunate to serve under two extraordinary deans, Fred Miller and Don Casey," she says. "I am honored to serve the School of Music as interim dean and look forward to working with our outstanding faculty, staff and students in the coming months."

Bundra became a member of the School of Music faculty in 1987 and served as chair of the music education department from 1990 to 1999. In addition to representing the School of Music on multiple university committees and councils, Bundra also earned the 2012 Spirit of DePaul award. She is currently vice-chair of the Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Arts Higher Education Panel for the Chicago Public Schools.

"With the forthcoming music facilities, we are entering a phase of excitement and growth," she says. "I am committed to furthering the quality and reputation of the School of Music."

A scholar of early American literature, Rinehart is currently chair of the English department in LAS. She teaches courses in pre-Civil War American literature and the history of literary reading. Prior to her current appointment, she served as associate dean of undergraduate studies in LAS from 2007 to 2011 and as director of undergraduate studies in English from 1997 to 2007. She joined the DePaul faculty in 1992 and has served on numerous committees, including the LAS personnel and curriculum committees and as chair of the LAS Committee on Advising and the Reading Task Force.

"I'm honored by this appointment and well aware that I'm stepping into some big shoes," Rinehart says. "In his many years of leadership, Chuck Suchar has tirelessly supported the college's engagement with the increasingly global city of Chicago through the development of a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and co-curricular programs."

Dedicated to training the next generation of educators, as associate dean, Rinehart helped develop TEACH. The dual-degree program gives undergraduate students in LAS and the College of Science and Health the opportunity to complete their majors and a master's degree, with teaching certification, in the College of Education in five years. She served as co-director of this program from 2010 to 2012.

"The next 18 months, as we search for our permanent dean, provide an excellent opportunity to take stock of, and build on, the strengths of our programs," Rinehart says. "I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated leadership in supporting our diverse and accomplished faculty and fostering cross-curricular pathways for our students to prepare them for the dynamic worlds of work they will enter."

Source: Newsline on-line November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October 31 DES Luncheon

Over 90 retirees and guests attended the Fall DES gathering last Friday. The day started with a beautiful All Souls' Mass celebrated by Fr. Tom Croak in remembrance of our deceased colleagues. Halloween accoutrements were donned by attendees as we enjoyed catching up with friends, cocktails and an autumn inspired meal. After lunch, DES Steering Committee members provided program and activity updates and DePaul film students from the School of Cinema and Interactive Media delighted us with their ambitious film production. It was a grand event. 

Enjoy photos from the day.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

In Memoriam - James J. Seri

James J. Seri, age 91, WWII Navy Veteran; beloved husband of the late Norma, nee Degen; loving father of Laura Dunne; devoted grandfather of Therese, Maggie and Joe Dunne; also survived by many nieces and nephews and his soul mate of 25 years, Florence "Flip" Bresnahan; also Jon Pineda was his devoted care-giver for 3 1/2 years. Memorial visitation Saturday, November 8, from 12 noon until Mass at 1:00 PM, at St. Alphonsus Church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights, IL.

Memorials may be sent to the DePaul University James Seri Tennis Scholarship Fund, 2323 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL, 60614. Matz Funeral Home in charge of arrangements, 847-394-2336. See more at:

May he rest in peace.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald, November 3, 2014


Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of James Seri, at the age of 91.  Jim served the university from 1955 until his retirement from the College of Education in 1987.  A WWII Navy veteran, he is survived by his partner of 25 years, Florence Bresnihan, daughter, three grandchildren, and many family and friends.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 8, from 12 - 1 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights.  Funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. also at St. Alphonsus.

Memorial donations may be made to the DePaul University James Seri Tennis Scholarship Fund, 2323 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60614.  Online condolences may be submitted at

Our condolences go to the family, friends, and university colleagues who mourn the loss of Jim.  May he rest in peace.

Thank you.

Office of Mission and Values email, November 4, 2014