Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 2, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Patricia Adams SNJM

Holy Names Sister Patricia Adams, 82, died Nov. 13. The funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 19 in the chapel of the Convent of the Holy Names, Marylhurst, Ore.

She was born in Spokane, where she attended Holy Cross and Assumption schools. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Ore., and held degrees in education (from Marylhurst College) and education and counseling (University of Oregon).

She taught in Oregon schools for nearly 30 years in the primary grades. She then moved into family counseling ministry, where she served for another 17 years, part of it in California.

After returning to Portland she worked with volunteers for several years.

She retired to Marie Rose Center earlier this year. There she spent the last months of her 62 years of Religious life.

Remembrances may be made to the Holy Names Sisters Foundation, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, OR 97036.

Father William F. LeRoux SJ

Father William LeRoux SJ A long-time priest, educator and ambassador for Jesuit education, Father William F. LeRoux of the Society of Jesus, died Nov. 19 in Spokane, where he had been living in the Jesuit retirement residence at Gonzaga University. He was 83 years old.

His Religious community held a vigil for him Nov. 22 in the Jesuit House Chapel on Gonzaga University’s campus. The funeral Mass was Nov. 24 in St. James Cathedral, Seattle. Burial was Nov. 26, in the Jesuit cemetery at Mount St. Michael, Spokane.

He was born Pasco, Wash., and attended Pasco High School. He graduated from Gonzaga University and later earned a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1940.

Father LeRoux served some 45 years at Seattle University. He became assistant professor of theology there in 1958, and later chaired the department. In 1978 he was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

In 1982, Father LeRoux switched from the academic to the development side of Seattle University; drawing upon his close associations with alumni, students, and community members to become one of the university’s top fundraisers.

He was honored this spring at Seattle University’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies, where he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the university.

Donations in memory of Father LeRoux may be sent to the Jesuit Senior Fund, Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286.

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