From The Tablet, 27 OCT 1934:
THE REV. J. O'FALLON POPE, S.J.
A long life of usefulness in the Society of Jesus has closed by the death of the Rev. John O'Fallon Pope, in his eighty-fourth year. Until a little over three years ago he was still able to give retreats to private e.xercitants, and to do-a certain amount of other work; but since then he had been obliged to relinquish all occupations. In May last he collapsed while taking a walk, and thenceforth he was a confirmed invalid until his death, which occurred last Sunday morning at Manresa House. Father Pope, a native of St. Louis U.S.A., came of a family with interesting connections. His parents, Charles Alexander Pope, of St. Louis University, and his wife (née Caroline O'Fallon), were subsequently converts. He was grandson to Colonel John O'Fallon, of the Revolutionary War, one of the founders of St. Louis; and brother to Mrs. Vaughan, the mother of the Bishop of Menevia and Dr. Herbert Vaughan. After a year at Oxford be fore entering the University, he matriculated at Christ Church in 1868, and in 1871 took his M.A. degree, meanwhile, in 1870, having been received into the Church. From Oxford he went to study Philosophy at the Benedictine house, St. Michael's Priory (now Belmont Abbey), near Hereford, and afterwards at the Gregorian University in Rome; in the latter seat of learning he studied also Theology, and in March, 1877, he was ordained. Roehampton, St. Beuno's, Beaumont, and Stonyhurst entered successively into his life up till the year 1900, when he succeeded Father R. F. Clarke, S.J., on the latter's death, as master of the Jesuit house at Oxford.
Personal business took Father Pope, early in 1916, to the United States. On his return he filled, for the second time, the office of Spiritual Father at Beaumont College, until 1920, when he went to his final seat of labour, Manresa House.
Father Pope was much appreciated as a preacher and a giver of retreats when, in his younger days, he acted in these capacities. He was a keenly observant man, full of consideration for others, extremely methodical and punctual. His University training had given him a variety of tastes. It was, for instance, to him that the Beaumont Boating Club and the Beaumont Review largely owed their foundation, and for some years he proved himself a capable Editor of the Review, before handing over that office to the late Bishop Compton Galton, S.J.
A dirge was sung at Roehampton on Tuesday last. On the following day there was a solemn requiem at St. Joseph's, followed by the interment in the private cemetery in the Manresa grounds.—R.I.P. THE REV. E. LESTER, S.J.
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