Archives: In Memoriams

Roide, Russell J. (Father)

Father Russell J. Roide, SJ, died peacefully in his sleep on April 13, 2021, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 82 years old. Fr. Roide’s Jesuit ministry spanned 60 years and included high school teaching and administration, university campus ministry, and parish and retreat work throughout the Western states and …

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Flynn, James E. (Father)

Father James E. Flynn, SJ, assistant to the rector of the Jesuit Community at Loyola Marymount University, died March 4, 2021, in Los Angeles. He was 78 years of age and a Jesuit for almost 60 years. Fr. Flynn was born in Los Angeles on August 12, 1942, the youngest son born to Thomas J. …

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Smith, Francis R. (Father)

Father Francis (Fran) R. Smith, SJ, retired professor of theology and religious studies at Santa Clara University, died March 25, 2021, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 86 years old. He had taught at Santa Clara for 44 years and had recently celebrated his 60th anniversary as a Jesuit. Fr. …

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Rasura, Jaime I. (Father)

Father Jaime I. Rasura, SJ, who faithfully ministered to the people of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Diego for 52 years, died of natural causes at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, on January 15, 2021. He was 96 and had been a Jesuit for 77 years. Fr. Rasura was born …

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Gordon, Gerald V. (Father)

Father Gerald V. (Jerry) Gordon, SJ, university theology professor and chaplain at Pacific Northwest hospitals, died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, on January 4, 2021. He was 95 years old and had recently tested positive for Covid-19. Fr. Gordon was born in Spokane on October 8, 1925. He graduated from Gonzaga …

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Robinson, Lawrence F. (Father)

Father Lawrence F. Robinson, SJ, longtime teacher at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, died peacefully of natural causes on December 30, 2020, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 88 years old and a Jesuit for 68 years. Fr. Robinson was born in Tacoma on February 24, 1932, one of …

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Peterson, Charles J. (Father)

Father Charles Jon (Chuck) Peterson, SJ, 82, pastoral minister to Native peoples in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, died December 24, 2020, in San Jose, California, of complications of Covid-19. Fr. Peterson was born November 26, 1938, in Missoula, Montana, the son of Gustave Peterson and Margaret Leppert Peterson. He attended St. Francis Xavier grade …

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McGowan, Joseph O. (Father)

Father Joseph Oneal McGowan, SJ (also known as Oneal J. McGowan), former campus minister and director of minority relations at Seattle University, died December 23, 2020, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, from cancer and complications of Covid-19. He was 80 years of age. Fr. McGowan was born September 9, 1940, in …

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Cook, Michael L. (Father)

Father Michael Lavelle Cook, SJ, professor emeritus of theology at Gonzaga University, died December 17, 2020, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, after testing positive for Covid-19. He was 84 years old. Fr. Cook was born February 26, 1936, in Wolf Point, Montana, the son of James F. Cook and Mary Richards …

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Votto, Silvano P. (Father)

Father Silvano P. Votto, SJ, died in a hospital in San Jose, California, on December 16, 2020, after testing positive for Covid-19. He was 78 years old. Fr. Votto was born in Gozzano, Italy, on January 8, 1942, the only child of Roberto Votto, a retired army officer, and U.S. born Rose Zavalloni Votto. In …

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