Photographs and Memories
In November 2011, Theodore Thepe, S.J., died at the age of 87. Thepe, who taught chemistry and photography at Xavier for 50 years, was interviewed in the Summer 2009 issue of Xavier magazine about his introduction to photography. A story about the declining number of Jesuits in the Summer 2005 issue includes a description of Thepe's experiences living on campus. A short story in Summer 2009 refers to Thepe's acquisition of radiation monitoring equipment, which included a two-ton cylinder that he posed on for a photo and story in 2003. Read the obituary and reflections in the Cincinnati Enquirer and at the Colombiere Center. The Xavier library includes a collection of his photographs and a video of one of his lectures.
In Spring 2008, Xavier magazine wrote a story on the Jesuit Observatory that sits atop Mt. Graham in Arizona. The observatory was moved from the Vatican to the desert Southwest by George Coyne, S.J., who joined as an astronomer in 1969 and was appointed its director by Pope John Paul I in 1978. On Jan. 1, 2012, Coyne is retiring to teach astronomy and establish a lecture series on religion and science at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. He is being replaced as president of the observatory by a familiar name to the Xavier community: Albert DiUlio, S.J. Father DiUlio was president of Xavier from May 1986-August 1990 when he left to become president of Marquette University. Most recently, he was secretary for finance and higher education at the USA Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1891, the Vatican Observatory demonstrates the Church's desire to embrace, encourage and promote scientific study, on the basis of her conviction that 'faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.' "
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