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Introduction

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.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

In Memoriam - Robert O'Keefe

Bob with daughter
It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Professor Emeritus Robert O'Keefe, a marketing faculty member at DePaul for 40 years until his retirement in 2015, who passed away on Feb. 11.

Dr. O'Keefe taught principles of marketing to generations of business students during his four decades at DePaul. He served as an associate dean and director of DePaul's graduate business school, spearheading the development of the school's weekend and full-time MBA programs. Numerous university committees throughout DePaul also benefited from his active participation.

Dr. O'Keefe was a highly regarded teacher and a prolific researcher who mentored and collaborated with junior faculty members on publications. He won university and business college teaching excellence awards, and, in 2014, the university recognized his scholarly achievements by presenting him with a Spirit of Inquiry Award. Upon his retirement in 2015, DePaul gave O'Keefe its highest honor, the Via Sapientiae Award, to recognize his many contributions to the university

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, followed by a prayer service at 12:30 p.m. at M.J. Seurth Funeral Home, 6754 Northwest Highway in Chicago. For more information and to share memories, please visit https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/robert-o'keefe-obituary?pid=195397632

Our condolences go to the O'Keefe family and all those who worked closely with Dr. O'Keefe during his many years at DePaul.  May he rest in peace.


Source: Mission and Ministry email, February 13, 2020
Photo source: Legacy.com, accessed February 13, 2020
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Robert D. O'Keefe PhD , 84, of Park Ridge. Passed away February 11, 2020. Beloved husband of Barbara, nee DeRosa. Loving father of Alison Therese (Paul Jackson) Wechman and Billy (Chrystal) O'Keefe. Proud Oompa of Alexis and Clara; GrandBob to Hayden and Addison. Dear son of the late Alice, nee Moese and the late William O'Keefe. Robert was a brother, uncle, mentor and cherished friend to many. An accomplished Professor Emeritus of Marketing at DePaul University, Chicago, Robert was revered by students and fellow colleagues.

A Memorial Visitation will take place Monday, February 17, 2020 at the M J Suerth Funeral Home, 6754 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago from 10:30 AM until time of Memorial Service at 12:30 PM. Interment will be private. Memorials may be made in Robert's name to PAWS Chicago at mypawschicago.org. For further information 773-631-1240 or www.suerth.com.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 14, 2020
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Bob O'Keefe as many of the members of the DES remember him.


Source: DePaul Archives, 1980 DePaul Yearbook.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Book Club December 4

We had a very animated discussion of Tara Westover's memoir of growing up in rural Idaho, Educated, at our December meeting. It was difficult for some of us to accept that her mother and grandmother could abandon her to such ill treatment by her father and brother; but others of us interpreted her account as testimony to the strength and resilience of her own spirit and intellect. Given that she eventually received a great education,  earning a Ph.D., some of us questioned her repeated returns to the family that so abused and neglected her. We did agree that her journey was really remarkable. And that while her memory could occasionally seem unreliable, her journey from impoverished Idaho to academic success showed her determination and spirit. We thoroughly enjoyed the discussion.

Our next book will be The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. You can read a review here.  We  meet Wednesday, February 5 in Richardson Library, Room 300.  Please note that we no longer meet in Room 115, but will schedule in other rooms from now on.  We gather at 11, with discussion from 11:30 to 12:30, so please bring your brown bag lunch!  For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.

We continue to review the titles on our list for consideration for upcoming discussions. Please let Kathryn, Helen, or anyone else in the group, know 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, December 1, 2019

In Memoriam - Floyd Dill

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Floyd Dill. Floyd was an Assistant Professor of Economics, and taught at DePaul from 1975 until his retirement in 1994. A specialist in economic history and the history of economic thought, he received a BA from Sterling College, an MA from Wichita State, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Prior to joining the faculty at DePaul, Professor Dill also taught at Washington State University and the University of Saskatchewan. Floyd is survived by his wife, 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Private services were held in Arcata, CA. Memoral contributions may be made in Floyd Dill's memory to Sterling College, 125 W. Cooper, Sterling, KS 67479.

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

Source: Mission and Ministry, email November 18, 2019
Photo source: Floyd Dill's Facebook page, December 1, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

In Memoriam - Kathy Jones


It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of retiree Kathy Jones. Kathy passed away on November 15 at the age of 68, after a long struggle with dementia. She began her career in the Loop Campus Library's Public Service division in 1976, and over the next 36 years led the effort to streamline the Loop Student Cashier Office, aided in the creation of Organizational Development, created the Purchasing Department, served as Operations Director at the Barat Campus, and was responsible for Loop classroom scheduling. She was the first President of Staff Council and an avid Blue Demons fan. She is survived by her two children, two grandchildren, four siblings, and many extended family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 4 - 8 p.m. at Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport, IL. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation Foundation (www.alzinfo.org; 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10017) or Journey Care Hospice (www.journeycare.org). Special thanks to the staff at Belmont Village of Oak Park for their compassionate attention and care since 2017.

Our condolences go to the family, friends, and DePaul colleagues who mourn the loss of Kathy. May she rest in peace.

Source: Mission and Ministry email, November 25, 22019
Photo: Elaine Beaudoin, lunch, 2016

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Book Club October 2

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro led us to a wide reaching discussion about art, authenticity, and the creative process.  The novel told the story of a young painter creating a work in the manner of her colleague/lover, under his guidance. That led her to creating a forgery of a painting stolen from the Isabelle Gardener Museum in Boston. This fictional account of a real event brought up many interesting ideas about art. Among them: how do museums authenticate the works they display and what responsibility do they have when that authenticity is challenged; what about the relationships of collectors to pieces they sell, donate, or hide from public view; what are the techniques that forgers use to create their own works. We thought the characters were not as well defined as they could have been, but appreciated the clever resolutions to the many mysteries presented. We ended by considering that perhaps we all see and believe what we want to see. 


Our next book will be Educated by Tara Westover. You can read a review here.  We  meet Wednesday, December 4 in Richardson Library, Room 300.  Please note that we no longer meet in Room 115, but will schedule in other rooms from now on.  We gather at 11, with discussion from 11:30 to 12:30, so please bring your brown bag lunch!  For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.


We continue to review the titles on our list for consideration for upcoming discussions. Please let Kathryn, Helen, or anyone else in the group, know 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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In Memoriam - Robert A. Griesbach

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Robert Griesbach. Bob taught at DePaul from 1955 until his retirement in 1989 from the Department of Biological Sciences and also served as its chair. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the Via Sapientiae Award by the university. Bob passed away on September 23 at the age of 95. He is survived by 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Bob combined his work in cytology and genetics with botany research, resulting in major scientific advances that earned him recognition as a pioneer in plant physiology genetics and plant breeding.

Services will take place on Tuesday, October 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Second Street, Menasha, WI 54952. Visitation at 9:30 a.m. for friends and family, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Online condolences may be submitted at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/cape-coral-fl/robert-griesbach-8866154

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

Thank you.

Source: Mission and Ministry email October 1, 2019


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Robert A. Griesbach

APRIL 11, 1924 – SEPTEMBER 23, 2019


Robert Anthony (Bob) Griesbach, age 95, passed away on September 23, 2019. Bob was born on April 11, 1924 in Menasha, WI, the son of William and Susan (Hauser) Griesbach. Bob graduated from St. Mary high school in 1942. Following graduation, Bob worked at the Institute of paper chemistry in Appleton WI for a year prior to being drafted into military service. Having played the clarinet from fourth grade on through high school, Bob was happy to be assigned to the 332nd transportation Corps Army band. Following service in the army during World War II, Bob moved to Chicago in 1947 where he began studies at DePaul University. Starting out in both biology and music he soon realized he had to chose between the two. Bob chose biology as his career option. After earning a bachelor of science degree in biology and a masters degree in botany, Bob went on to the University of Chicago to earn his PhD. After completing his graduate work in botany at Chicago, Bob returned to teach at DePaul in its biological-sciences department, eventually chairing the department. It was during his studies at the University of Chicago that Bob met Mary Lou Stoegbauer (also from WI) on a train ride into the city. They married in 1954. In 1958, Bob and Mary Lou moved to Park Ridge, IL. It was at their home in Park Ridge that Bob was able to blend his scientific work in cytology and genetics with his interest in breeding daylilies. This quickly became a lifetime interest. Eventually, Bob would go on to make contributions to the development of such plants as gladiolus, daylilies, and true lilies. Bob was one of the first botanists to develop a method for doubling the chromosomes in Daylilies; offering more color possibilities, increased vigor and substance, and larger flowers. Bob’s research resulted in major scientific advances and is recognized as a pioneer in plant physiology genetics and plant breeding.

In 1989, Bob retired from his work at DePaul. He was honored at the 1989 commencement as a recipient of the Via Sapientiae award, the highest award that the university can bestow upon a member of its community. Retirement allowed Bob to concentrate entirely on his work with daylilies. In 1991, he and Mary Lou made the decision to move to their home in Wisconsin. The relocation took two years because he had to transfer two crops of flowers-daylilies and lilies from his home in Park Ridge, Illinois to his daylily farm outside Delavan, Wisconsin. In 2007, Mary Lou passed away and Bob’s daughter Barbara, husband Frankie and daughter Gracie stepped in to care for Bob as he was legally blind from macular degeneration and unable to fully care for himself. In 2015, Bob developed heart and kidney disease and it was becoming increasingly more difficult for him to be out in his daylily fields without ending up in the hospital. In 2016, a job opportunity for Barbara gave the family an opportunity to relocate to Cape Coral FL. So, after 60 years, Bob hung up his hybridizing hat to be with his family in FL. It was now time for others to continue his work with the daylilies. In October of 2016, a group of trusted lily aficionados and friends gathered in what later was referred to as “The Big Dig” to salvage over 4,000 lily bulbs from Bob’s fields.

Bob is survived by 5 children: Robert (Pam) Griesbach Ellicott City, MD, James (Ann) Griesbach Orland Park, IL, Debra (Glenn) Andrews Georgetown, SC, Donald (Martin Morales) Los Angeles, CA and Barbara (Frankie) Kropacek Cape Coral, FL, eight grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters: Virginia Swichtenberg, Menasha; Donna Mahoney Menasha,WI.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Mary Lou, his four brothers: Norman (Katie) Griesbach; Marc (Mary) Griesbach; William (Joan) Griesbach and Donald (Sally) Griesbach and one sister: Sister Donna (Evangeline) SSND

It would be remiss of me if I did not share the vital role my mom played in my dad’s professional advancements as well as being the families matriarch. My mom was, as a dear friend described, a generous, delightful, and inimitable human being that took delight in making my dad and our family happy....even if it meant stepping aside and taking second fiddle. Our family will miss them both.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Second Street, Menasha. Friends and family may visit at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Source: Coral Ridge Funeral Home online: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/cape-coral-fl/robert-griesbach-8866154

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Book Club August 7

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah proved entertaining as well as informative.  His childhood and adolescent experiences growing up in South Africa under apartheid clearly depicted the brutal environment in a lively and often amusing manner. As a mixed race child, Trevor was not a part of any of the defined classes in South Africa, and had to make his way carefully through strictly defined social expectations and constraints. While some of us didn't like the casual style of his writing and wanted a bit more substance, we were unanimous in admiration for his mother.  Her struggles to guide Trevor into making the very most of his situation, often butted against his own uniquely stubborn and willful behavior. We shared some laughter over this one.



Our next book will be The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro. You can read a review here .  W
e  meet Wednesday, October 2 in Room 115 of the Richardson Library.  We gather at 11, with discussion from 11:30 to 12:30, 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, know 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.