Born in Honolulu on March 29, 1929, and raised in California, Gerald John Lentz, S.J., ’61 was the only child of Paul Lentz and Genevieve Prindiville Lentz. He attended St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, and upon graduation in 1947, entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos to pursue studies for the priesthood. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from Gonzaga University and a degree in Sacred Theology from SCU. He was ordained a priest in San Francisco on June 10, 1960. Gerry’s lifelong ministry was in the high school classroom, primarily as a teacher of mathematics, but also of English and religious studies. He taught at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, and at Bishop Diego Garcia High School in Santa Barbara. He also held community administration positions and assisted in the school library at Bellarmine. He enjoyed playing the clarinet and was a mainstay in the pep band and school orchestra for student musical productions. For many years he was a member of the Cupertino Symphonic Band. An avid gardener, Gerry delighted in keeping the community’s garden in bloom and providing a quiet and welcoming space for his fellow Jesuits. On Feb. 17, 2018, he passed away at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos at 89 years old, a member of the Jesuit order for 71 years and an ordained priest for 58 years.

08 Nov 2018