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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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Book Club Meeting, June 1, 2016

"A God In Ruins" provided us with the basis for a very lively discussion. The contrast between Teddy's life as an heroic World War II fighter pilot and his dismal post war life created divergent opinions on whether or not we liked the book. Teddy's heroic life during the war included the devastating bombings on German civilians, while his life after the war showed his wish to always be kind for the rest of his life. The ending generated some disagreement; some thought it a cheat, some relished it. But we all agreed that Kate Atkinson is a brilliant stylist and that this book incorporated a comprehensive knowledge of English literature. 

Our next book will be “ Howard's End”, by E. M. Forster, published in 1910. The novel deals with family relationships and the changing social order in England just before World War I. For those not familiar with the book, there are many reviews available online; here is just one.

We next meet Wednesday, August 3, 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.

As we considered titles for future consideration, rather than simply review our existing lists, we decided to have all participants submit titles they would like to read to Kathryn DeGraff. She will compile the list with brief annotations for us all to review together.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

In Memoriam - Brother Leo Ryan, C. S. V.

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Brother Leo Ryan, C.S.V. (MBA '53), who led our business school as dean from 1980 to 1988.

Brother Leo, 89, will be remembered for championing many key initiatives that make our college distinctive today, including the development of the School of Accountancy and MIS, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, Kellstadt Marketing Center, and the college's first endowed professorships in entrepreneurship and finance. During his tenure he also established the Dean's Advisory Council and fostered greater engagement between the college and Chicago's business community. A world traveler and respected scholar in business ethics, entrepreneurship and management, Brother Leo was generous in sharing his insights with his colleagues here and around the globe. At commencement in 2013, the college was proud to present him with an honorary doctorate degree that recognized the enormous contributions he made to business education, DePaul and the many students who graduated from the programs he advanced.

Information about services for Brother Leo will be forthcoming.

Our sympathy goes to the family, friends, university colleagues, and former students who mourn the loss of Brother Leo.

Thank you.

Source: Mission and Values email, June 23, 2016
Photo: Elaine Beaudoin, November, 2013, DES Luncheon


Br. Leo V. Ryan, C.S.V. died June 22, 2016 at the Moorings of Arlington Heights Rehabilitation Center in Arlington Heights, IL. Br. Ryan was born on April 6, 1927 in Waukon, IA, the son of John and Mary (O'Brien) Ryan. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, James and one nephew, Daniel Hart. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth E. Hart of Waukon, one nephew, Gregory (Kathy) Hart of Sioux City, Iowa, his niece, Mrs. Christine (Christopher) Cummings of Sussex, WI and his niece Mrs. Diane (Larry) Wolfe and their children Elizabeth and Ryan Wolfe of Charles City, IA.

After graduation from St. Patrick High School in Waukon in 1944, Br. Ryan enrolled as a student at the R.A. Johnston College of Business Administration at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. In 1945, he was inducted into the United States Army where he served in a variety of assignments until November, 1946. He then returned to Marquette University earning a B.S. in business administration. He went on to complete graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago, earning an M.B.A. and then at Saint Louis University School of Commerce and Finance, where he earned a Ph.D. in management and educational administration. He received honorary degrees, awards, and medals from universities and organizations in the United States and Europe.

Br. Ryan was a prolific author, publishing numerous books, articles and lectures in the area of business and business ethics, with a concentration on the economy of Poland. Br. Ryan pronounced his first vows as a member of the Clerics of St. Viator on March 2, 1950 and perpetual vows on Feb. 2, 1955.

He was assigned as teacher and business manager at Cathedral Boys High School, Springfield, IL, (1950-1951) and at Spalding Institute, Peoria, IL, (1952-1954). He then was assigned to Saint Louis University, as teaching assistant in management and marketing (1954-1957). During his years at Marquette University, (1957-1965), he served as Assistant Professor, director of the evening division of the College of Business Administration, Assistant Dean, Director of Continuing Education, coordinator of all university evening divisions and summer sessions, Director of Peace Corps activities for the university and Professor of Industrial Management. In July 1965, he was named Chairman of the Department of Management for the College of Business Administration at Loyola University in Chicago. From January through December, 1966, he served as deputy director and administrative officer for the U. S. Peace Corps in Nigeria-Lagos, Nigeria. In 1967, he served the Viatorian Community as a member of the General Council in Rome and then as Director of Education for the Province of Chicago. In 1972 he was named as the first President of Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, IL, where he served until 1974. He then was appointed as Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame, (1975-1980), and then as Dean of the College of Commerce and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago, (1980-1988). From 1991 – 2001, Br. Ryan lectured at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration in Mikkeli, Finland; the Adam Mickiewicz University and the Poznan University of Economics and Business in Poznan, Poland. In 1999, Br. Ryan moved into the retirement residence at the Viatorian Province Center, 1212 E. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL. He once again served his community as Chair of the Querbes Commission for the Province of Chicago from 2001-2009.

Br. Ryan requested that his body be donated to science. A memorial Mass will be held July 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Saint Viator High School, 1213 E. Oakton St. in Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Br. Leo V. Ryan, C.S.V. Scholarship Fund at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, IL or the Br. Leo V. Ryan, C.S.V. Endowed Scholarship in Management at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

To leave a message in the guest book click here.

Source: Dignity, Lauterburg-Oehler Funeral Homes, Arlington Heights,

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Picnic

Calling all Retirees - Come celebrate at the Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Picnic!

Student Center, Room 120 A/B, Lincoln Park Campus, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on Thursday, June 16.

Hope to see you there.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fr. Holtschneider to step down in 2017

DePaul University
My dear colleagues and friends,
Last Christmas, I spent the days before the New Year on retreat, reflecting on all that has been accomplished at DePaul. Many of the goals we set at the outset of my presidency for DePaul’s enrollment, finances, academic quality, new academic programs, facilities, alumni organization, national reputation and, most importantly, its Catholic and Vincentian mission have been achieved. We’ve done this together through two, six-year strategic plans.
My intent had always been to conclude my service with the end of my contract in 2019. I realized, however, that this does not time well with DePaul’s planning cycle. We have work still to accomplish on Vision 2018, yet within a year it will be time to prepare the next set of university goals. Strategic plans are six-year affairs at DePaul, and the campaigns that fund them are often longer in duration.
I believe, therefore, it’s best for DePaul if I step aside in the summer of 2017 so that a new leader can assist the institution to name and ambitiously pursue its next set of strategic objectives. This way, momentum will continue unabated. To do otherwise would put the university in the position of having one president define the next strategic direction for another president to manage or, if we waited until 2019, put the university into a holding pattern until then.
My decision to step aside as president has been underway since my Christmas retreat. In late January, the provincial of my Vincentian congregation gave permission for this transition. I informed DePaul’s board leadership in March, at which time we decided to share this news more broadly at the conclusion of the academic year. The Office of the Secretary and board leadership interviewed and hired a search firm in early May.
Please know I am not leaving for another position. While I will remain open to assignments after 2017, my present plan is to return to DePaul in my tenured faculty position following a year away from the institution to give the new president the breathing room he or she deserves.
The leadership of the board of trustees will write the campus later today to describe the search process and invite the broad involvement that is DePaul’s custom. In the meantime, we have one more year together. I intend to use it aggressively not only to advance the Vision 2018 goals we set together several years ago, but also to work on the new goals emerging from our conversations about race and speech taking place these past weeks.
I know I will look back on my years leading DePaul with overflowing gratitude. This is an extraordinary university by any measure, and that is primarily because of the people who make up this institution. St. Vincent often attributed the developments in his life to God’s providence, and that is the only category that can encompass my experience of having been invited into the DePaul community twelve years ago. As we enter into the “baker’s dozen” year of my presidency, know how proud and grateful I am to work alongside you every day.
God bless you,
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
Source: President's Office email, June 13, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

TEDxDePaul University

Did you know DePaul faculty, staff, students and alumni produced 12 TED talks on a whole range of topics? You can view them by clicking on TEDxDePaul University.

From the TEDxDePaulUniversity page:

"TEDxDePaulUniversity was held on April 29 in the Daley building on DePaul's Loop campus. The event included 12 powerful talks delivered by faculty, staff, students and alumni, and was followed by a networking reception for attendees and speakers. Through the theme, "What Must be Done?" each speaker's talk had deep roots in their areas of research and personal interests."

They are worth the watch!

Source: Newsline, June 10, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

May 20, 2016 DES Luncheon Photo Video

Our May 20th DES Luncheon was most wonderful. Starting with the excellent selection of wines and the delicious menu to the outstanding presentation by Clara Orban, chair of DePaul's department of modern languages, and congenial conversations with colleagues -- everything was grand.

A big thank you to:

  • Alice Farrell for menu selection and organizing; 
  • Clara Orban for sharing with us her knowledge of wines, especially those home grown ones from Illinois; and,
  • Fr. Udovic for being our sponsor.

    Be sure to mark your calendar for our next DES Luncheon on Friday, 
  • October 28, 2016.