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 Martin Irwin Rock, SJ, longtime pastor of Jesuit parishes in Ogden, Utah and elsewhere, entered into God’s peace October 9 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 89 and had been a member of the Society of Jesus for 72 years, 58 as a priest.
Father Norbert Jerome Rigali, SJ, retired professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of San Diego and other Catholic universities, entered into God’s peace October 4 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif., after a long illness. He was 88.
The Bellarmine Preparatory (Tacoma) School Robotics team recently received a $10,000 Best Buy Community Grant. The grant will be used to extend the team’s community outreach with local Boys and Girls Clubs.
W. Kamau Bell was named the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts at Santa Clara University for 2017-18. Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award-winning hit CNN documentary series “United Shades of America.” As Sinatra Artist-in-Residence, Bell will mentor and engage with students, faculty, and the Santa Clara University community.
Father William Hayes, SJ, a fixture at Jesuit High School in Portland for 32 years where he served as vice principal, president, trustee, chancellor, planned giving director, and chaplain, entered into God’s peace September 26 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 89.