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 Nov. 16, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Father William C. Dibb SJ

Jesuit Father William C. (Bill) Dibb died Nov. 2 at the Jesuit Regis Community Infirmary in Spokane.

The rosary was prayed for Father Dibb the afternoon of Nov. 10. The funeral Mass was celebrated that evening; committal took place at the Oregon Province Cemetery on Nov. 11. Additionally, a memorial service will be held at Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.

Bill was born to Richard and Mary Clair (Flaherty) Dibb in Salem, Ore., on Aug. 18, 1925, and baptized at St. Joseph Church in Salem on Sept. 7, 1925. His family moved to Seattle when he was a child. There he attended three different Catholic grade schools and two different Catholic high schools: Seattle Prep and O’Dea.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he attended Seattle University before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in 1949. He also spent three years studying philosophy at Spokane’s Mount St. Michael’s. He requested and received an appointment to spend two years teaching in Alaska in the mid-1950s.

After four years of theology studies at Alma College in Los Gatos, Calif., he was ordained to the priesthood in Spokane on June 11, 1960. After one year of spiritual renewal and study, he returned to Alaska, where he ministered for 38 years. His work included missionary activity in small Eskimo villages in Western Alaska, pastoral work in parishes in Fairbanks, Anchorage and McGrath, and Director of Retreat Programs in the Juneau Diocese.

Ill health and failing eyesight brought an end to his missionary work in Alaska. He entered the Jesuit Regis Community in 2000.

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

Dr. John Traynor

Dr. John Traynor, former president of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, died Nov. 2.

The funeral was celebrated Nov. 11 at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane.

Dr. Traynor was born Nov. 1, 1940, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. After completing college he entered the Society of Jesus in Guelph, Ontario.

He completed a master’s degree from Seattle University, and in 1967 married Barbara Arnold.

He began teaching that year in Vallejo, Calif., and later taught at University High and Greenacres Junior High, Spokane.

Dr. Traynor became principal of Gonzaga Prep in 1989. In 1995, he became the first lay president of a Jesuit school – Gonzaga Prep – in the United States. He completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gonzaga University the next year.

The Washington Foundation of Independent Schools named him their 2004 Distinguished Administrator. He served on several state educational panels and commissions, and on the National Board of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.

John Traynor is survived by his wife Barbara; and his children, Elizabeth (Jim) Jewell of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Theresa (Brian) Pearson of Vancouver, BC, and John (Joelle) Traynor of Spokane; and his six grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Vic (Rita) of Santa Ana, Calif., Terry of Burlington, Ontario; his sister, Anne (Wilf) Lewitt of Toronto, Ontario; stepsister Carol Rafferty (David) Mote; and stepbrother Gerald (Jeanette) Rafferty. He was predeceased by his parents and stepbrother David Rafferty.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John Traynor Scholarship Fund at Gonzaga Preparatory School or to Hospice of Spokane.

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