Rev Francis Paul Prucha

Rev Francis Paul Prucha

River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 30 Jul 2015 (aged 94)
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 151203108 · View Source
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Fr. Prucha was called to eternal life during his sleep on July 30, 2015.

He was the oldest member of the Wisconsin Province, a Jesuit for 64 years and a priest for 58 years. Fr. Prucha was born in River Falls, Wisconsin on January 4, 1921. He graduated from River Falls State Teachers College in 1941 and served in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946. He earned an M.A. in History from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. In 1950 Fr. Prucha entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained a priest in 1957.

An outstanding Jesuit Scholar and Educator, Fr. Prucha was assigned to Marquette University in 1960. He remained at Marquette for fifty years even after he officially became professor emeritus. Fr. Prucha trained generations of doctoral students, published more than twenty-five books, many scholarly articles and was a major force in establishing Marquette’s rich research archives documenting Catholicism among Native Americans. His two-volume, The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians, published in 1985, is regarded as a classic among professional historians.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 3, at the San Camillo Chapel (10200 West Bluemound Road, Wauwatosa) from 6:00pm until the Mass of Christian Burial at 7:00pm. Chapel Committal service will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Milwaukee on Tuesday, August 4 at 9:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wisconsin Province Society of Jesus, 3400 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208.

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