January 24, 2012

Jeanette Grider

Father Edward Kelly, 1928-2012

Father Edward Kelly, a Saint Louis University alumnus and professor emeritus in the department of English, passed away Jan. 7. He was 83.

Father Edward Kelly

Born in Kirkwood, Mo., Father Kelly entered the Society of Jesus and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Saint Louis University in 1950 and 1952. He went on to receive a doctoral degree in English from Fordham University in 1963. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1965.

Father Kelly joined the faculty of the English department at SLU in 1968 and advanced to full professorship in 1976. He also served as acting chairman of the English department in 1970 and 1980 and was appointed acting director of the honors program in 1983.

Fellow English professor James Scott, Ph.D., a friend and co-worker for many years, recalled Father Kelly's strong commitment.

"I knew Ed for 30 years as a colleague and remained friends with him in his retirement," Scott said. "He was an intelligent, dedicated man, deeply devoted to education and to the particular mission of SLU."

Following his recognition as professor emeritus and retirement in 1994, Father Kelly served as a priest of the Diocese of Memphis, Tenn.

Father Kelly is survived by a brother, Joseph Kelly; a sister, Therese Compton, and 30 nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Jan. 14, at Christ the King Catholic Church in University City, Mo.

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