In Memoriam
Requiscat In Pace: Fr. William Donnelly, S.J.

The California Province and the Santa Clara University community are mourning the loss of longtime business school faculty member and former Jesuit Community rector and academic vice president, Fr. William F. Donnelly, S.J.

“The Santa Clara Jesuit Community will mourn mightily the sudden, though peaceful, death of our brother, Bill,” said Michael Zampelli, S.J., rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community.

“Not only will we miss his entertaining, sardonic wit, but we will also miss the very many ways that he represented us and our Jesuit vocation to the larger world—in his dedicated teaching of economics, in his faithful ministry to alumni and benefactors (especially the Catala Club), and in his consistent efforts to console those who mourn,” he added. “Bill's passing leaves a hole in our lives; we pray that God will fill that hole with increasing gratitude for having had Bill in our lives.”

Born in 1928, Fr. Donnelly had been a member of the economics faculty since 1969, where he taught courses in international economics, international trade and finance, and principles of economics. His recent research concerned exports of American motion pictures, international trade, and offshore financial centers.

A 1949 graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in business, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1951, and held teaching posts at Loyola Marymount as well as Santa Clara University. He earned his doctorate in economics from New York University, and held master’s degrees in economics and theology.

He held several administrative posts at SCU and with the Society of Jesus, serving as a member of the Santa Clara University Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees, and was academic vice president from 1973 to 1978. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Loyola Marymount University, and consulted for the Vice Provincial for Education, in the California Province of the Society of Jesus.

Services for Fr. Donnelly will be held at Mission Santa Clara on the Santa Clara University campus (500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053) on Monday, Nov. 5, as follows:

Viewing:
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Vigil:
5:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial:
7:30 p.m. (reception immediately following Mass)

Committal:
Tuesday, November 6, 11 a.m.
Santa Clara Mission Cemetery





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