In Memory of Bro. Paul Boeckerman

20041122_01Bro. Paul Boeckerman passed away Friday, Oct. 22nd, 2004, at age 87, after a lingering illness. He had a quadruple bypass years ago and three years ago one of the bypasses failed to function. The doctors advised against another operation due to his age thus Bro. Paul had been in ailing health for the past three years.
Quoting from letters received from the alumni:

“One of the most respected teachers of our time at St. Joseph’s”
“It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell”

May he rest in peace.

Below from the Marianist



The Province of the United States of America recommends to our fraternal prayers our dear Brother, PAUL BOECKERMAN, who died in the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary on October 22, 2004, in Dayton, Ohio, in the 87th year of his age and the 68th year of his religious profession.

Paul Boeckerman was born on April 13, 1918, to Henry and Clara Buschwoller Boeckerman in Dayton, Ohio. He grew up in the city with his brothers, Carl and John, and his sister, Freda, and attended Our Lady of the Rosary School. He entered the novitiate at Mount St. John in Dayton, Ohio — professing his first vows on August 15, 1937, and his perpetual vows on August 19, 1942.

Brother Paul received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in 1940 and a master’s degree from Ohio State University in Columbus in 1947. He also took graduate courses at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. His work at John Carroll University enabled him to receive an Ohio High School Principal’s Certificate in 1962.

A well-respected, insightful educator, Brother Paul taught at Hamilton Catholic High School in Hamilton, Ohio; Colegio San Jose in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; Holy Trinity High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Trinity College in Sioux City, Iowa; St. Joseph College in Yokohama, Japan; Purcell High School in Cincinnati, Ohio; Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y.; and St. Joseph High School in Cleveland.

School administration was an important part of his ministry. Brother Paul was principal of North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, president and principal of Cathedral Latin High School in Cleveland, assistant registrar and registrar for the University of Dayton, a liaison for the University of Dayton’s extension program in Nairobi, Kenya, and administrative assistant for St. Joseph College in Yokohama, Japan.

“Brother Paul was a straightforward, no-nonsense type of person, who loved to read and listen to classical music,” said Marianist Brother James Vorndran. “He also embraced unconventional ideas and approaches to challenges,” Brother James continued. “One of his favorite books was ‘Sadhana: A Way to God, Christian Exercises in Eastern Form’ by Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello. Brother Paul was interested in Buddhist thought and in the merging of eastern and western religious traditions.”

In remarks commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brother Paul’s religious profession, a fellow brother wrote: “Those who know him can attest that Brother Paul has generously given of the talents God bestowed on him to carry on the work of Mary, through the Society, that was asked of him. In this, his Golden Jubilee year, we would like to see him and hear him witness to the blessings that have marked his religious life. But that chance doesn’t seem to be in the offing: his life and apostolate in Yokohama, Japan, seem to be his first priority. So we can but wish Brother Paul ‘Ad multos annos!’ Carry on, Brother Missionary!”

Brother Paul died from complications associated with congestive heart failure, renal failure and emphysema. May he rest in peace.

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