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Father Edward E. Callanan, S.J. ’75 died on June 10, 2009 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos. He was born in Los Angeles on January 25, 1928, the fifth of seven children of Howard and Anna Callanan. He attended Loyola High School, where he was an outstanding football player. He continued his football career for one year at the University of Southern California before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1945. He was ordained a priest at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, in 1958. Following graduate studies in Education at Fordham University, Ed served as Vice-Principal and Principal of Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, 1961-67. This was followed by a long tenure at Jesuit High School, Sacramento, as Principal (1967-1974) and Director of Development (1975-1984). Since 2003 he has served as Assistant to the President for Community Relations. During his first tour of duty at Jesuit High School, Ed was instrumental in the success of the annual auction and Spring Fling musical variety shows, where he put his outgoing personality and flair for the stage to good use in raising thousands of dollars for the school’s scholarship and operational funds. He was also active in civic affairs. In addition to his work in education, Ed served many years in parish work. He was Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church, Phoenix, 1984-1986, Associate and later Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, 1986-1990, and again Pastor at St. Francis Xavier, 1990-2002. Ed was a hardworking and dedicated priest who showed a deep concern for others, students and their families, parishioners, or anyone in need. His outgoing, gregarious personality enabled him to build rapport with those he met. He is survived by a sister, Maryanne McNamara, of Corona del Mar and a brother, John, of San Clemente.