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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.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Book Club Meeting October 4, 2017

Our discussion of "The Leopard" by Guiseppe De Lampedusa turned out to be as wide ranging and expansive as the book itself.  One of our participants shared that to him, the book evoked the soul of Sicily. We agreed that the description of the changing structure of class and society during the end of the 19th Century was particularly compelling. The upheaval of the social structure followed the political changes, as the old aristocracy saw power eroding, and faced the new upstarts that challenged the religious establishment as well as everything else. The beauty of the writing, and the ironic descriptions of the fading upper class life, impressed us all. Our discussion also focused on the knowledge that as one ruling class fades, another is ready to take over. From the aristocracy of birth, to the aristocracy of power, to the aristocracy of money, we realized there is always an aristocracy.  

Our next book will be "At the Existentialist Cafe" by Sarah Bakewell. Here is a link to a review from the New York Times. We will meet Wednesday, December 6, in Room 115 of the Richardson Library. Discussion begins at 1:30, with the room open at 1 pm. for anyone who wants to bring in a brown bag lunch.  For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.

We will continue to review the titles on our list for consideration for upcoming discussions. Please let Kathryn, Helen, or anyone else in the group, if you have a favorite book you would like to share with your DES colleagues. As you can tell from the posts, we are interested in a wide range of fiction and non fiction. We enjoy our sessions thoroughly and always have room for more people and more insights

Sunday, October 22, 2017

In Memoriam - Paul Reibman

At Friday's DES Luncheon we learned of the death of DES staff member Paul Reibman, formerly of the "Gear Up" program in the division of Enrollment Management and Marketing. May he rest in peace.

Paul J. Reibman, 79, beloved husband of almost 54 years to Susan Jane Reibman nee Jones; loving father of Elizabeth (Robert Golden), and Allen (Sandra Parker); adored Papa of Sarah and Julia Golden; dear brother of the late Sheldon N. Reibman. He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School ('55), DePaul University ('62), and Northern Illinois University ('72). Paul served in the United States Army Reserve, 1960-1966. A life-long educator, he taught vocational education at Taft High School in Chicago, was the Vocational Director for the Kenosha School System, and worked with DePaul University's "Gear Up" program. He was a nationally certified career counselor who provided guidance both to young people choosing a career path, and to people making mid-life career changes. Every November he turned his garage into a reindeer workshop and produced elaborate front-yard Christmas displays for the enjoyment of the neighborhood. He was a passionate photographer who chronicled family events, a lifelong swimmer, and a scuba diver. He taught his granddaughters how to search for three-legged alligators, how to find the humor in everything, and shared the wisdom that we shouldn't spend our days worrying about what's to come. Funeral private. For visitation information, visit Paul's memorial at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JourneyCare Hospice, 2050 Claire Ct., Glenview, IL 60025.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on May 4, 2017.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fr. Thomas Munster Remembered

The DePaul Newsline Online will be profiling DePaul Vincentians. For those who are or have been a member of the DePaul Emeritus Society, the write ups will be added to this DES Blog. Remember and enjoy!



Patricia Chavez OCTOBER 19, 2017

Throughout DePaul's long history, there have been many faculty and staff who have lived the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul. One faculty member who especially stands out is the Rev. Thomas Munster, C.M., who dedicated decades of service not only to the university, but also to the Lincoln Park community at large.

Born in Lincoln Park to Irish immigrants in 1922, Munster had firsthand experience with the unjust treatment that he would work hard to combat throughout his life.

Fr. Munster, grammar school
Munster, age 12, at St. Vincent Grammar School. (DePaul University/University Archives)

"He knew who he was and where he came from," notes the Rev. Patrick McDevitt, C.M., an associate professor in the College of Education. "He always saw himself as a poor first-generation Irish kid. I think that's why he was interested in supporting and furthering any groups that he felt were unjustly treated or not given the attention they deserved."

Munster was exposed to Vincentian values from an early age, attending St. Vincent's Grammar School in Chicago before continuing his education at St. Vincent's College and St. Mary's Seminary in Missouri. It was at St. Mary's that Munster entered the Congregation of the Mission in 1940. He was ordained on May 30, 1948 at the Church of the Assumption in Perryville, Missouri.

Following his ordination, Munster returned to the city he would ultimately dedicate his life to - Chicago. He began teaching English at DePaul Academy in 1949 and earned a master's degree from DePaul University in 1954. After serving as dean of men and principal at the academy, Munster became director of high school relations at the university in 1965. He would spend the rest of his career at DePaul, serving as the admissions director from 1967 to 1981, and as vice chancellor from 1990 until his death in 2007.

During his time at DePaul, Munster strived to foster strong relationships with the community of Lincoln Park. Upon his return from the seminary, Munster dedicated himself to improving living conditions in the neighborhood, which had become dangerous due to outdated infrastructure and neglectful landlords. In pursuance of this mission, he helped found the Lincoln Park Conservation Association and the Sheffield Neighborhood Association. Both organizations worked with community members to devise solutions and programs to revitalize the area.

"One of the things I was impressed with was enthusiasm and the effort of the people all volunteers in the various neighborhood organizations," Munster said in a 2004 interview. "The time they put in was really edified and it was a wonderful experience to work with those people. Principally because they were so dedicated and devoted and thought nothing of it, they really were unselfish."

Because of his love for and dedication to serving Lincoln Park, Munster was able to cultivate community relationships that helped strengthen the trust between DePaul and Lincoln Park, allowing the university to learn how it could best serve the broader community.

Munster's legacy of service lives most strongly, perhaps, within the university community. His love for sports, especially Blue Demon basketball, was well-known. He was a regular in the president's box at Allstate Arena, where he watched the Blue Demons play with unerring focus.

Munster's love for sports went beyond simple enthusiasm. Following his death, he bequeathed a gift to the university that funded the Fr. Thomas Munster Endowed Scholarship for Women in Athletics. As a 2008 issue of the "Cortelyou Quarterly" notes, Munster "saw women athletes as the underdog and felt while they worked very hard and were the better students, men got all the accolades." A true Vincentian, Fr. Munster saw what people in his community needed the most help, and he stepped in to serve, even after his death.

Though DePaul has had the privilege to claim many a person with a Vincentian spirit as its own, there is no doubt that the legacy of Munster will remain in the hearts and memories of the DePaul and Lincoln Park communities for many years to come.

This article is the first in a series of profiles about Vincentians at DePaul.

Source: Newsline Online,
October 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DPU Health Benefit Fair AND Medicare Advantage Program Session

Calling all retirees
Please join us at the 
St. Vincent's Health Fair October 23-26

Of interest to retirees is the "Information Session" on Medicare Advantage, Monday, October 23, 2017, Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 313, at 11:00 a.m. This is your opportunity to come with your questions regarding the Medicare Advantage Program.

Monday, September 25, 2017

In Memoriam - M. Cherif Bassiouni

SunTimes Photo

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing this morning of  M. Cherif Bassiouni.  Professor Bassiouni was an emeritus professor of law and, and president emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, which he helped found in 1990.  He began teaching at DePaul's College of Law in 1964.  He is survived by his wife Elaine Klemen-Bassiouni, stepdaughter Lisa Capitanini and two grandchildren. A private funeral service is planned Tuesday for family and friends. A public memorial is being planned for the future.

Too see the Chicago Sun Times obituary:

Source: Mission and Values email, September 25, 2017

DePaul’s M. Cherif Bassiouni, global ‘champion of justice,’ dead at 79

M. Cherif Bassiouni was a champion of human rights who fought torture, war crimes and genocide around the globe.

A longtime DePaul University law professor, Mr. Bassiouni died Monday at his Streeterville home. He was 79 and had multiple myeloma.

Over the years, he held 22 United Nations appointments, and he assisted on the Camp David peace accords, according to Daniel Swift, a lawyer who worked with him.

Benjamin Ferencz, who at 98 is the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg war crimes trials, said Monday that Mr. Bassiouni “was a real contributor to international criminal law and the rule of law to protect human rights.”

Bianca Jagger, founder of the London-based Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, called Mr. Bassiouni “a champion of justice.

“Cherif Bassiouni was one of the most consistent, courageous and knowledgeable people I have ever met . . . someone who went after and investigated what happened in Bosnia and Srebrenica,” Jagger said.

In Bosnia, Mr. Bassiouni worked on a “monumental effort that documented mass killings, human rights abuses. . . . and resulted in the prosecution of hundreds including” Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, said Ahmed Rehab of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago

In a 1999 Chicago Sun-Times interview, he said he thought his work contributed to a 1995 heart attack. For two years, he spent two weeks out of each month at a U.N. field office in Geneva and a week conducting field operations in the former Yugoslavia. His team identified 151 mass graves.
“Emotionally, it was devastating,” he said, “especially as a result of the interviews that we conducted with the rape victims.”

Born in Cairo, he was the son of Ibrahim Bassiouni, an Egyptian diplomat to India. His grandfather, Mahmoud Ibrahim Bassiouni, helped lead the 1919 revolt against British rule, according to Swift. Mr. Bassiouni served in the Egyptian army in the 1956 Suez War.

He was educated at the University of Cairo, received a law degree from Indiana University, did further legal studies at John Marshall Law School and got a doctorate of law from George Washington University. He was a founding member of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul, where he started in 1964.

In 1972, he helped found the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Italy. “His vision of international justice inspired students and teachers throughout the world,” Ferencz said.

Though serious, Mr. Bassiouni showed a lighter side in Siracusa when he faced off against other professors and students in a badminton game. Mr. Bassiouni’s team kept winning, Ferencz said, because “he brought in some ringers from the Chicago Police Department.”

He was a consultant to the State Department on the American hostages held captive by Iran in 1979 and 1980.

He is survived by his wife Elaine Klemen-Bassiouni, stepdaughter Lisa Capitanini and two grandchildren. A public memorial is being planned, Swift said.

Ferencz held Mr. Bassiouni in such high esteem that he bestowed on him a medal which once belonged to Vespasian Pella, Romanian ambassador to the League of Nations who in the 1930s called for an international court for criminal cases.

“When Pella died, I was still in Europe working on the Nuremberg trials and compensation for the victims,” Ferencz said, “and I visited his widow, and she gave me a medal” belonging to Pella. “I accepted it, but when Cherif ended his tenure at the International Association of Penal Law, I flew down to Budapest and gave him the medal.”

Maureen O'Donnell
@suntimesobits | email

Source: Sun Times Obits, September 25, 2017


Carol Hughes
 SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

Human rights advocate, renowned legal scholar and DePaul University Emeritus Professor of Law M. Cherif Bassiouni died Sept. 25 at the age of 79. A memorial service to celebrate his life is being planned, however, no details are available at this time.
Professor Bassiouni joined DePaul's College of Law in 1964. As a professor, he introduced the field of international human rights law to generations of students and inspired many to follow in his footsteps, forging careers fighting for the rights of powerless people around the globe.
In 1990, he founded DePaul's International Human Rights Law Institute, over which he presided until 2008, a year before he retired. During those years, the institute became world famous, involving many students who went on to pursue international careers. His teaching, scholarship and international accomplishments have garnered dozens of awards from many nations, including 11 medals of honor and 10 honorary degrees - one conferred by DePaul University in 2015.
Professor Bassiouni believed strongly in the rule of law, and sought to improve the administration of justice around the world by speaking truth to power. For decades, he had been the United Nations' choice to conduct investigations where genocide, murder, rape, sexual slavery, violence against citizens, pillaging of property and other heinous crimes were suspected, including in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain and Libya.
"Cherif was one-of-a-kind, an incredible teacher and prolific scholar who touched the minds of so many who follow in his footsteps," says Jennifer Rosato Perea, dean of the College of Law. "His legacy in furthering human rights around the world will be felt for generations. Although we can never fill the void that Cherif left, we can continue to honor him through the law school's work in human rights locally and globally."
"During his 45 years at DePaul, Cherif made many contributions to the university and to the international community," notes Bruce Ottley, a professor of law who had been a colleague since 1978. "In addition to being a renowned and prolific scholar and excellent classroom teacher, he believed that he had an obligation to put into practice what he taught. He established the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Italy, which brought together government officials, lawyers, and academics from all over the world to study problems of criminal justice and human rights."
"Cherif established the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul, which gave students an opportunity to become involved in human rights projects in Central America, the Middle East and other parts of the world," Ottley says. "He was the chair of the group that drafted the Rome Treaty, creating the International Criminal Court. He also put his own life at risk while investigating and collecting evidence of war crimes in Bosnia in the 1990s. DePaul and the international community owe a deep debt of gratitude to Cherif. He will be sorely missed in these difficult times."
Bassiouni was born in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 9, 1937. He was the son of an Egyptian ambassador and the grandson of the first president of the Egyptian Senate. He fought for the Egyptian National Defense in the Suez War of 1956 and immigrated to the United States in 1962.
During his career, Bassiouni testified before Congress 18 times, authored, co-authored or edited 80 books and wrote 269 articles. He studied law in Dijon, France, and Geneva, Switzerland before obtaining an LL.B. from the University of Cairo in Egypt. He also pursued his legal education the United States where he earned the following degrees: J.D. Indiana University, LL.M. John Marshall Law School, and S.J.D. George Washington University.
Bassiouni is survived by his wife Elaine Klemen-Bassiouni, his stepdaughter, Lisa Capitanini, and two step-grandchildren.
Read more about Professor Bassiouni's life and his service at
Source: Newsline, online, September 28, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall DES Luncheon - October 20, 2017

You and a guest are cordially invited to the Annual Fall Luncheon of the DePaul Emeritus Society, on Friday, October 20, 2017. The luncheon will be held in the Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield, Room 314.

Preceding the luncheon, we will celebrate an All Souls Mass in the St. Louise de Marillac Chapel, located in the same building on the first floor. We will remember our retired colleagues who have passed away over the last year.

Our guest speaker will be Fred Wellisch, J.D., faculty member of the School for New Learning. Fred will present “All the City’s a Stage,” drawing from his extensive experience with acting and directing to discuss the important role of theatre in the city of Chicago. Fred has performed with such notable theatres as Steppenwolf, A Red Orchid, Eclipse, Strawdog, Timeline, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.


All Souls Mass, First Floor Chapel 10:30 a.m.

Social Hour, Room 314 11:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks 11:30 a.m.

Luncheon 12:00 p.m.

Theatre Presentation 12:45 p.m.

Please RSVP for the luncheon by Monday, October 16 to Alice Farrell, 312/362-8822 or Parking vouchers will be provided at the luncheon, for use in the Sheffield and Clifton garages.

We hope to see you on October 20!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Art Institute of Chicago welcomes DES Members

Free Membership at the Art Institute of Chicago!

DePaul University and the Art Institute of Chicago have recently begun a community partnership, in which DePaul students, faculty, and staff are granted free admission to the Art Institute. We are pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2017, this admission privilege has been extended to retirees! Any retiree with a DePaul University ID card may present it upon entry and be admitted to the museum.

This is an annual partnership, which begins October 1, 2017, and will expire on September 30, 2018, at which point the university will renew the partnership, and a new confirmation of this admission privilege will be announced to you.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this partnership and need to obtain a university ID card, please contact ID Services at either the Loop or Lincoln Park campus. ID Services offices are open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Loop ID Services: DePaul Center 9200, 312/362-5959

Lincoln Park ID Services: Student Center 109, 773/325-7466


DePaul Day at the Art Institute, October 14, 2017

As part of DePaul’s annual Family Weekend, the Art Institute is sponsoring DePaul Day on October 14. Students, faculty, staff, and now retirees with a university ID will have free admission for themselves and as many guests as they want. Admission for this event will be accessed through the Modern Wing entrance, located just east of Michigan & Monroe. For additional information on Family Weekend events, please visit

In addition to Family Weekend, the Art Institute will offer various events throughout the year that partner with DePaul University. As these events are scheduled and confirmed, they will be posted to the Liberal Arts & Social Sciences calendar,[]=8638 .

If you have any questions about these details, please contact Alice Farrell in the Office of Mission and Values, or 312/362-8822. We hope to see many retirees take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy and support the Art Institute and its generous partnership with DePaul University.