Xavier University community celebrates a memorial Mass for former professor William F. King, S.J.

Fr. King retired to Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich., after a long career at Xavier | August 27, 2009

Xavier University and the Jesuit Community invite faculty, staff and former students of longtime professor and Jesuit William F. King, S.J., to a Memorial Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Bellarmine Chapel. A reception immediately follows in the Conaton Board Room.

Fr. King died on Thursday, Aug. 20, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. A visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 23, at Columbiere Center, and a Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Aug. 24, at Columbiere.

Fr. King was born in Akron, Ohio, on May 27, 1926. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1944 at the Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio, and was ordained on June 19, 1957, at West Baden College, West Baden Springs, Ind. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1961, in Cleveland.

After teaching at St. Ignatius High School in Chicago from 1951-1954, Fr. King served as the sub-secretary for the American Jesuit Assistancy at the Jesuit Curia in Rome from 1959-1960. He was a professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, from 1960-1968, director of Sodality at John Carroll University from 1962-1968 and headmaster of residence halls there from 1964-1968.

At Xavier, he was a professor of theology and chaplain of the mens honors residence from 1973-1989 and served as faculty admissions counselor from 1982-1989. In 1990, he spent six months in Sydney, Australia, teaching religion at St. Aloysius College before returning to Xavier to be the associate director of alumni relations from 1990-2000. He was Alumni Chaplain Emeritus at Xavier until 2005 before retiring to the Colombiere Health Care Center in Clarkston, Mich.

Memorial gifts may be given online or mailed to: The Jesuits, 7303, W. 7 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48221. For more information about the Mass on Sept. 2, please contact Laura Keitel at 4228 or keitell@xavier.edu.

Please remember Fr. King and his family in your prayers.