Obituaries

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Christian Ceplecha, O.S.B., of St. Procopius Abbey and Benedictine University,lisle, Illinois, died suddenly on May 29,2002. He was born on July 14,1927, in Berwyn, Illinois, professed vows as a monk of St. Procopius Abbey in 1947, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1953. He then began full-time studies in modern European history at the Catholic University of America. Having written a dissertation on "The Historical Thought of Jose Ortega y Gasset" under the direction of Friedrich Engel-Janosi, he received the doctorate in 1957. After he returned to Lisle, he spent the remainder of his life in service to his monastic community in a variety of capacities. He taught at St. Procopius (later Illinois Benedictine) College until 1990, serving for many years as chairman of the Department of History. From the late 1980's onwards, though ever more limited by poor health, Father Ceplecha spent a good deal of time sorting and organizing the archives of both St. Procopius Abbey and Benedictine University.

JAMES FLINT, O.S.B.

Benedictine University

John Karl Zeender, professor emeritus of history in the Catholic University of America, departed this life on June 14, 2002. He was born on March 12, 1917, and earned his B.A. (1939) and M.A. (1940) degrees in history at the Catholic University. After serving in the army during World War II, during which he first visited Germany, Zeender returned to the academy. In 1952 he obtained the Ph.D. degree from Yale University, where he studied under Hajo Holborn.

After several early assignments in his native New England, John Zeender returned to the Catholic University as an associate professor in 1959, and rose through the ranks to become professor ordinaries in 1964. He served as chairman of the Department of History from 1971 to 1974, and as acting chairman again in 1982. In addition, he served on many University and college committees. John K. Zeender retired with the designation of professor emeritus in August, 1984.

Dr. Zeender was a member of the American Historical Association and the affiliated Conference Group for Central European History. He was also a member of the American Catholic Historical Association from 1942 until his death, serving as an associate editor of The Catholic Historical Review from 1964 to 1966, and as a member of the Executive Council for the years 1980,1981, and 1982. …