Friday, March 2, 2012

SMU mourns loss of Br. Jerome

By Julianne Bartosz

Brother Jerome Rademacher, FSC ’58, Ph.D., passed away on Feb. 15 at Saint Anne Extended Health Care at the age of 75.

A De La Salle Christian Brother for 57 years, Brother Jerome had a great impact on the Saint Mary’s University community.

Brother Jerome received his Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College in 1958. He returned to Saint Mary’s from 1965 to 1969 and again in 1974 until his retirement in 2008.

Brother Jerome spent the majority of his 40 years of teaching in the Physics Department. Nevertheless, he was also one of the first people to teach computer science at SMU.

In addition to teaching, Brother Jerome also impacted the SMU community by sharing his love for the outdoors. He and Brother John Grover, FSC ’65, founded SMU’s trail system, which is used for skiing, running, hiking and playing disc golf.

For years, Brother Jerome groomed the trails himself with his homemade grooming machinery, and this continued involvement with the trails earned him the Heffron Service Award in 2002 from SMU.

Many members of the SMU community attended Brother Jerome’s funeral arrangements, including visitation and Mass of Christian Burial, which were held at SMU on Feb. 20.

Everyone is invited to share personal photos, memories and messages about Brother Jerome on a community Facebook page “In Memory of Brother Jerome.”

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