Father 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.