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PENDERGAST, Joseph Sylvester

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  • Date of Birth: November 26, 1923
  • Born City: Chicago
  • Born State/Country: IL
  • Parents: Charles Devere & Mary Estelle Gorman P.
  • Date of Death: May 03, 1995
  • Death City: Chicago
  • Death State/Country: IL
  • Education:

    A.B. St. Louis U., 1946; Ph.L., 1948; A.M. 1950; S. T. L. West Baden (Inst.) Coll., 1955; Ph.D., U. Illinois, 1960.  

  • Dissertation:

    “The Philosophy of History of Pompeius Trogus”  (Illinois, 1961).

  • Professional Experience:

    Joined Soc. Jesus 1941; ordained priest Roman Catholic Ch., 1954; instr. St. Ignatius HS, Chicago, 1948-51; asst. prof class. langs., Loyola U., Chicago, 1959-61; asst. dean coll. Arts & Sci., 1960-61; dean, 1961-64; asso. prof. class. Stud., 1969-5; chair, Dept. Class. Stud., 1972-78; asso. prof. class. Langs., Milford (O) Coll., Xavier U., 1964-69; dean, 1965-69.

  • Publications:

    “Sabinus, Imitator of Ovid,” CF XXIIII (1969) 246-253.

  • Notes:

    Rev. Joseph S. Pendergast, S.J., a resident of the Jesuit community at Loyola in his native Chicago, taught in the Department of Classical Studies for more than 30 years.  He graduated from Loyola Academy in 1941 and entered the Society of Jesus the following year. He earned three degrees from St. Louis University and subsequently studied theology at West Baden College in West Baden, Indiana, where he earned an S.T.L., then completed Ph.D. work at the University of Illinois in 1961.Father Pendergast was openly and actively devoted to classical studies. He was a faithful attender of APA meet­ings, taking special interest in all sessions devoted to peda­gogy. At Loyola he took a particular interest in undergraduate students. His congenial nature and availability outside the classroom made him a favorite adviser and teacher of many.In addition to his academic service, Father Pendergast was active in apostolic work. He served as a field advocate for the Archdiocese of Chicago's Matrimonial Tribunal and devoted much of his spare time to pastoral work with senior citizens.Father Pendergast loved cooking, he loved to throw parties, and he loved dogs. He will be profoundly missed by his colleagues and former students.

  • Sources:

    WhWh 38 (1974-75) 2412; APA Newsletter (August 1995) 18.

  • Author: James Keenan and Laurie Haight