A much-beloved Jesuit, professor, and prolific author, Fr. James V. Schall ’51, MST ’64 was born in Pocahontas, Iowa, on Jan. 20, 1928. Educated in public schools in Iowa, he graduated in 1945 from Knoxville, Iowa High, and then attended SCU. He earned an M.A. in philosophy from Gonzaga University in 1955 and after time in the Army (1946–47) joined the Society of Jesus (California Province) in 1948. He received a Ph.D. in political theory from Georgetown University in 1960, and an MST from SCU four years later. Fr. Schall was a faculty member of the Institute of Social Sciences, Gregorian University, Rome (1964–77), and a member of the government department, University of San Francisco (1968–77). He was a member of the government department at Georgetown University from 1977 to 2012. Fr. Schall penned hundreds of essays on political, theological, literary, and philosophical issues for numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. He wrote dozens of books over the course of some 50 years on philosophy, social issues, spirituality, culture, and literature, including On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs: Teaching, Writing, Playing, Believing, Lecturing, Philosophizing, Singing, Dancing; Redeeming the Time; Human Dignity and Human Numbers; and A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning. He died at peace on April 18, 2019.

21 Aug 2019