Requiescat in Pace: Father Fredric W. Schlatter, SJ
Fredric W. Schlatter, SJ, entered into God’s peace on October 21 at the Sacred
Heart Jesuit Center Infirmary in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.
A scholar of classical languages and history, Fr.
Schlatter was an outstanding professor, educator, gentleman, and priest who
influenced the lives of many students at Gonzaga University as well as those
studying for the priesthood. He both challenged and cared for each person who
entered his classroom with a deep passion and imparted in them increased
confidence in their abilities to learn and grow.
Born in Tacoma on June 16, 1926,
Fredric and his younger brother, James, were the two children of Fredrick W.
and Genevieve M. (Boyne) Schlatter. Fred graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory
(Tacoma) and entered the Jesuit Novitiate in August 1943 at Sheridan, Ore. He excelled
in the humanities and philosophy, and after his ordination on June 16, 1956
(Spokane,) Fr. Schlatter went onto to Princeton University to obtain a
doctorate in the classics in 1960.
With this degree in hand, Fr. Schlatter began an
era of teaching the classics, first for seven years instructing younger Jesuits
in formation for priesthood and for the next 30 years at Gonzaga University where
he taught in the classics and history departments. Every class he taught started
promptly on time and went the full time allotted; never was a moment wasted nor
a harsh word spoken by Fr. Schlatter when he was teaching. He was named
Professor Emeritus in 1997 by Gonzaga University; with this honor he reduced
his work and teaching duties but remained available to mentor and guide
students and colleagues. Declining health necessitated his transfer to the
Jesuit Infirmary in Los Gatos in October 2014; he remained mobile and lively
until the very last few days of life.
Father John P. McBride, SJ, veteran of the 75th Infantry Division during WW II who saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and helped in the liberation of France before becoming a teacher, pastor, and chaplain throughout the Northwest, entered into God’s peace October 20.
This fall, the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program will mark a decade highlighting the mission of Jesuit education through basketball with two Jesuit Basketball Classics, played by four men’s and women’s teams.
Father Lawrence Bernard Murphy, SJ, longtime teacher at Loyola High School and parish priest at St. Brendan’s Church, Los Angeles, entered into God’s peace October 18 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.
The Jesuit High School of Sacramento Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Father John P. McGarry, SJ, as the school’s new president. Father McGarry will assume his duties at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
From November 4-6, nearly 2,000 individuals — mainly young adults representing 26 Jesuit colleges and universities, 49 Jesuit high schools, seven Jesuit parishes, current and former Jesuit Volunteers, and hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools — gathered to hear speakers talk about social justice concerns ranging from Black Lives Matter to LGBTQ communities in the Catholic Church to feminism and environmental justice.