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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.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fr. John Richardson relocates to Perryville, Missouri


The Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., spoke at the 10th annual Emeritus Society Luncheon on May 24. The university honored his legacy at DePaul before he relocates to Perryville, Missouri in June. (DePaul University/Kathy Hillegonds)
After 64 years at DePaul, the Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., has decided to relocate to St. Mary's of the Barrens, a Vincentian retirement residence in Perryville, Missouri. Fr. Richardson joined DePaul in 1954 as dean of the Graduate School. He served as the 9th president of DePaul from 1981-93 and chancellor from 1993-2017, at which time he became chancellor emeritus.

"Fr. Richardson was one of the first people I met when I came to DePaul, and I'll always be grateful for the time I shared with one of the university's most respected and renowned leaders," says A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., DePaul's 12th president.

During his tenure as president, Fr. Richardson led an historic expansion of the university. He raised the university's academic stature and strengthened DePaul's impact on the city of Chicago. Under his leadership, the university embarked on its unprecedented $100 million Cornerstone Campaign, resulting in major expansions of DePaul's campuses in both the Loop and Lincoln Park. He was instrumental in the acquisition of the Blackstone Theatre, which later became the Merle Reskin Theatre, as well as the purchase of the Goldblatt's department store building, now known as the DePaul Center. Construction on the university's first free-standing library on the Lincoln Park Campus also began during his presidency.

"For more than half a century, DePaul has been blessed with Fr. Richardson's leadership, wisdom and guidance," Dr. Esteban says. "His vision and focus on the university's Catholic, Vincentian mission to provide a quality education to students of all backgrounds made DePaul the excellent institution it is today. We thank him and wish him much peace and happiness as he settles into his new home in Perryville."

The university celebrated Fr. Richardson at the 10th annual DePaul Emeritus Society Spring Luncheon in May.

If you would like to send a note of appreciation to Fr. Richardson, you may write him at:

The Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M.
St. Mary's of the Barrens
1701 W. St. Joseph St.
Perryville, MO

Source: Elizabeth Clements, Newsline, June 15, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

In Memoriam - Philip Kemp

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Phil Kemp. Phil served in both administrative and academic positions from 1968 until his retirement in 2007 from the College of Business. He passed away on May 28 at the age of 73. He is survived by his wife, Pat, three children, two grandchildren, and many family and friends.

While serving as Director of the Graduate School of Business, Dr. Kemp completed his studies and was awarded the DBA, doctorate in business administration, by Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Kemp taught courses in Marketing Management and Business Administration. He was the founder and director of PET, the Program for the Enhancement of Teaching, creating opportunities for faculty members to exchange ideas for continuous improvement and to understand and incorporate contemporary technologies into their courses and by so doing actively reinforce DePaul's mission as a teaching institution. The AACSB, America Association of Collegiate Schools of Business recognized Dr. Kemp's contribution to the areas of teaching and assessment by inviting him to conduct seminars for college administrators at national meetings. His ideas were published in a number of peer reviewed academic journals.

As a result of his impact on the faculty, staff, and students at DePaul, he was recommended by his peers and received the Spirit of DePaul award in 2004 for his exemplary embodiment of leadership and service in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and DePaul's highest honor in recognition of faculty and staff contributions to the university, the Via Sapientiae Award in 2007. Outside of his career, Phil enjoyed family gatherings, golfing and commenting on any Chicago sports team. He was an avid volunteer with Misericordia and at the Special Olympics. Phil was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and active member of St. Irene's parish in Warrenville, IL.

A Life Celebration will be held at St. Irene's Parish, 28w441 Warrenville Road, Warrenville, IL on Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Edward and Lucille Kemp Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at DePaul University at

Our sympathy goes to the family, friends, university colleagues, and former students who mourn the loss of Phil. May he rest in peace.

Thank you.

Source: Mission and Ministry email, June 1, 2018
Photo: DES Luncheon, May 24, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018/19 DES Steering Committee

Congratulations to Jeanne LaDuke and Susan Kosinski for being re-elected to a three year term ending in 2021. Also, congratulations to Betsy Soete who joins the Steering Committee for the first time. 

The 2018/19 DES Steering Committee:

Don Casey, 2019
Kathryn DeGraff, 2020
Jerry Goldman, 2020
Marty Kalin, 2019
Susan Kosinski, 2021
Jeanne LaDuke, 2021
Nancy Rospenda, 2019
Betsy Soete, 2021

Thank you all for serving on the Steering Committee and keeping DePaul retirees engaged.

DES Luncheon May 24, 2018

Nearly 100 retirees and spouses enjoyed a lovely afternoon renewing friendships, enjoying a delicious lunch, and hearing an interesting presentation on comic book movies and popular culture.  Enjoy the photos from today.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Book Club Meeting, April 11, 2018

The life of Jane Franklin, sister of Benjamin, was told by Jill Lepore in Book of Ages. We discussed the incredibly hard life of this woman, who managed to live to the age of 81, while watching children, grandchildren, other family members, and her friends die around her. Her life of dedication to domestic life as contrasted to that of Benjamin's in the wide world provided our central topic of discussion: how and why to write such a life as hers, based on few documentary sources.  We were intrigued by the way Jill Lepore was able to gather and shape Jane's life from the meager facts recounted in those sources. The contrast between Benjamin's life in the historical world with Jane's in the domestic world was balanced against Jane's unflagging desire for knowledge, teaching herself to read and write despite seemingly crushing domestic responsibilities and tragedies. We ended our discussion considering how history is written about great men from documents, but the history of the obscure (often women) may have to be written as fiction.

Our next book will be A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles.  Here is a link to a review from the New York TimesWe will meet Wednesday, June 6, in Room 115 of the Richardson Library. We have changed the time from 1:30 pm to 11 am.  Discussion begins at 11, so please bring your 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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

In Memoriam - Barbara Bressler Garson

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Barbara Bressler Garson.  Barbara joined DePaul in 1984, and after many years as a law professor in the College of Law, she retired in 2017 as an associate dean of Experiential Education and the director emeritus of its Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology.  Barbara founded the nation's first technology and intellectual property clinical program in 2000. The program assists artists with legal services to protect their creative work.  Barbara passed away at the age of 67, and is survived by her husband, two brothers, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.  

A service will be held this Friday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to the Howard Bressler Memorial Campership at Congregation Shalom, 

Our condolences go to the family, friends, colleagues, and former students who mourn the passing of Barbara.  May she rest in peace.

Source: Email Mission and Ministry, May 2, 2018
Photo: Glenview Patch, May 2, 2018


Barbara Bressler Garson, 67

Services will be held Friday for the Glenview resident and founder of the country's first intellectual property clinic for creative artists.

Professor Barbara Bressler Garson, of Glenview, passed away this week at the age of 67. She was the beloved wife of Jerry Garson, the cherished sister of Steven (Susan) Bressler and Daniel (Donna) Bressler, the adored daughter of the late Jack and Janice Bressler and the proud aunt of Faye Lynn, Douglas, Eric, Emily and the late Howard and many great nieces and nephews.

A service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.

After many years as a law professor at DePaul College of Law, Barbara retired as an associate dean of Experiential Education with emeritus status and the director emeritus of its Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology.

According to DePaul, Barbara founded the nation's first technology and intellectual property clinical program in the country in 2000. The program assists artists with legal services to protect their creative work.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Howard Bressler Memorial Campership at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Milwaukee.

Source: Johan Meadows, Glenview Patch Staff; 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring DES Luncheon

Mark your calendars for the May 24, 2018 Spring DES Luncheon. Watch for your invitation.