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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, 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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Celebration of Ellin Kelly's Life

Friends and colleagues of Ellin Kelly, please join in a university memorial service on Friday, June 3 at 1:00 p.m. in the Arts and Letters Hall, Room 415.

RSVP to Meredith Ferrill at

Source: Mission and Values, May 19, 2016.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

DePaul Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon - 2016

It was stated at the luncheon that 384 DePaul members were celebrating their 5-year increment anniversary at DePaul. The Cultural Center was filled with Distinguised Award recipients as well as a number of DES members.

Father Udovic welcomed the attendees and Fr. Holtschneider recognized each group with a short history of the year in which they joined DePaul.

It was a lovely afternoon in a beautiful venue.

Photo: Elaine Beaudoin

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Club Meeting, April 7, 2015

Our conversation on "Being Mortal" focused on the importance of what we learned from the book. We decided it served as an owner's manual for us and our bodies, with much useful information about the aging process itself and why our physical processes lead us to our inevitable ends. Far from being depressing, we agreed that the options Atul Gawande presented about care of the elderly, and medical interventions helped us all think more clearly about what our own futures hold. A discussion about the questions faced when making end of life care decisions provided many interesting observations from personal experience. We agreed this was a book many others would profit from reading.

Our next book will be “ A God in Ruins”, by Kate Atkinson. Set in the aftermath of World War II, the book highlights the contributions of one man to the war and his life in post war England. For those not familiar with the book, here is a review.   

We next meet Wednesday, June 1, 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.

Suggested titles for future consideration:
“The Dust That Falls from Dreams” by Louis de Bernieres
“Frances Perkins:  The Woman Behind the New Deal”  Kirsten Downey
“Frank” by Barney Frank
“The Swerve” by Stephen Greenblatt
“That Cape Magic” Richard Russo

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

May DES Luncheon

Save the date for our Spring DES Luncheon on May 20 in the Cortelyou Commons. Invitations will be in the mail shortly. Hope you can attend.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In Memoriam - Thomas Stinchcomb

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sorrow that we have learned of the death of Dr. Thomas Stinchcomb, former chair of the Physics Department. Tom served at DePaul from 1964 until his retirement in 1991. He passed away on April 10, after a sudden illness, at the age of 93.

A memorial service and celebration of life will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2:00 p.m. at The Admiral at the Lake, 929 W. Foster Ave., Chicago. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the DePaul University General Scholarship Fund, or the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 W. 20th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Online condolences may be submitted at

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

Thank you.

Note: At the Tuesday, April 19th, Noon Mass in the Marillac chapel on LPC, Tom will be remembered. Mass will be offered by Tom Croak, CM.

Source: Mission and Values email, April 14, 2016
Photo: Elaine Beaudoin, DES Luncheon, October 29, 2010


Source: Chicago Tribune, April 17, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Vincentian Service Day 2016

DePaul University
Dear Members of the University Community:

Join more than 1,500 DePaul student, staff, faculty and alumni volunteers across Chicago on Saturday, May 7 for our 18th Annual Vincentian Service Day 2016. Volunteers serve at more than 50 community organizations, and truly put the mission in action. All DePaul students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate.

Registration is now open for individuals and team leaders. But hurry, as space is limited. To register and for additional information, please visit

Inspired by the legacy of St. Vincent de Paul, Vincentian Service Day is one of DePaul’s most significant traditions, and makes the DePaul community an effective presence in the Chicagoland area. This year the event is framed around the issue of homelessness, and we will have special guest speakers and a social media advocacy action. After completing service, volunteers are invited back to the Lincoln Park Quad for the Service & Justice Fair, which will feature food, art, activities and music.

If you are unable to join us on campus, we encourage you to acknowledge this Vincentian tradition by serving others in your immediate community. We look forward to sharing this legacy with you on Saturday, May 7 at Vincentian Service Day 2016.


Student Affairs
University Ministry/Vincentian Community Service Office

Source: Email, DPU President's Office, April 13, 2016