Founder, Endowed Chair, Master Teacher, Mentor, Friend
Read President Carol Ann Mooney's tribute to Bruno Schlesinger on the occasion of his retirement in 2005.
There will be a memorial service for Prof. Schlesinger on Wednesday, September 22 at 4:15 PM in Regina Chapel. Please note the time change.
This message from Director of Alumnae Relations Karen M. O'Leary was sent to SMC alums:
It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you news about the passing of one of the College’s most revered professors. Professor Emeritus Bruno Schlesinger, founder of the Christian Culture Program (Humanistic Studies), passed away peacefully at the age of 99.
Dr. Schlesinger was a true Renaissance man. His abiding interest in music, art, philosophy, and history made him the embodiment of the humanities on the Saint Mary’s campus for 60 years. His wide-ranging curiosity made him a model of interdisciplinary engagement for students and faculty.
Dr. Schlesinger’s devotion to the College was matched only by his students’ devotion to him. I know I speak for many alumnae in saying that he personified the “personal touch” that is such a characteristic of Saint Mary’s in the way he kept in touch with former students through countless letters, telephone calls, and visits. So, while we may have lost a dear professor, we know his influence lives on in the many alumnae who benefitted from his educational theories and expertise.
The College will remember him at a prayer service on Wednesday, September 22nd at 4:30 p.m. in the Regina Chapel. All alumnae are invited to attend.