Dr. William M. Daly, professor of medieval history at Boston College from 1947 to 1986, died on October 11, 2005 at his home in Natick, Massachusetts. He was born in western Massachusetts in West Stockbridge on December 27, 1920. He graduated from Boston CoEege in 1942. From 1942 to 1946 he served in the United States Army Air Corps. A navigator with twenty-one missions on B-17 bombers with the 429th Squadron, second Bombardment group, 15thAir Force from its base at Amendola near Foggia, Italy, Bill's wartime experiences remained vivid to him all his life. He was wounded during his first mission and believed that he was saved by the Tuskegee Airmen. On October 4, 1944 his plane was shot down over Munich. He was one of only three airmen to escape the doomed plane.With typical humility and understatement, he characterized the interrogation that foEowed capture as "certainly not the very happiest 24 hours I ever spent." In winter of 1944-45 he was in a prisoner-of-war camp-Stalag Luft III. After he was released, he was assigned to the Pentagon, where he worked for the War Crimes Commission that reviewed courts-martial cases and recommended clemency reviews where circumstances indicated.
Folowing military service,William DaIy began to teach at Boston College in 1947. He received his PhD at Brown University in 1955 under the direction Professor Barnaby C. Keeney. His dissertation was on "The Concept of Christendom in the Western Crusade Chronicles of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries." He kept his scholarly interest in the idea of Christendom ever after. His publications include "Christian Fraternity, the Crusaders, and the security of Constantinople, 1097-1204:The Precarious Survival of an Ideal,"Mediaeval Studies 22 (I960), pp. 43-91; "Caesarius of Aries: A Precursor of Medieval Christendom," Tradttto 26 (1970), pp. 1-28; "St. Peter, an Architect of the Carolingian Empire," Studies in Medieval Culture IV. 1 (1973), pp.55-69; " Christianitas Eclipses Romanitas in the Life of Sidonius," Religion, Culture and Society in the Early Middle Ages: Studies in Honor of Richard E. Sullivan (1987), pp. 7-26;"Clovis: How Barbaric, How Pagan?" Speculum 69 (1994), pp. 619-664; and "An Adverse Consensus Questioned: Does Sidonius's Eucharisticon (Carmen XVI) Show that He was ScripturaEy Naïve?" Tradttto 55 (2000), pp. 19-71. Folio wing his retirement in 1986, he pursued his interest in the emergence of the notion of Christendom (Christianitas). Illness prevented him from bringing that book to completion. Bill's wife, Katie (Catherine McCarthy Daly), arranged to give many of his research materials and personal papers to the Burns Library at Boston College.
When I was an undergraduate at Boston College (1961-1965) I met Bill in a history class. We soon discovered that we were both born in Western Massachusetts and that we had a love of medieval history. Bill was an excellent teacher. He was a kind, gentle man with a rich sense of humor and a ready smile. He was demanding in his courses. He took a personal interest in many students, including me. I remember fondly dinner at his home with his wife Katie and Professor Sam Miller, who taught the history of the Reformation. Bill loved lively conversation and was especially interested in things Catholic. I still remember that at dinner we talked, among other topics, about the movement to celebrate Mass in English. Bill was also politically active as an early member of Americans for Democratic Action, as well as at Boston College, where he participated in the formation of a chapter of the American Association of University Professors at Boston College. He and his wife were active members of the Natick Fair Housing Committee in the 1960's.
Bill leaves behind his wife Catherine, two sons, Michael of Manlius, New York and William F. of Leicester, Massachusetts, one daughter, Patricia of Norfolk, Connecticut, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
(I want to thank Dr.Alfred J.Andrea, Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, and Mrs. William M. DaIy for their help in composing this obituary.)
JOSEPH H. LYNCH
Ohio State University
John F. Broderick, Jesuit priest and historian, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1909, and died at Campion Center, the nursing facility for Jesuits, in Weston, Massachusetts, on May 21, 2006. The son of Irish immigrants, Patrick and Margaret (Leonard) Broderick, he grew up in Lynn, where his primary education was at St. Mary's, a parochial school, and his high school education at Lynn Classical High School. Fortunate to obtain a job with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, he earned his way through Boston University, where he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in 1931.
Continuing to work for the D. EW. after coEege, Broderick's reading led to an interest in history and in the Jesuits. Having joined the New England Province of the Society of Jesus on September 15,1936, he pursued the Jesuit course of studies with four years in the humanities at Shadowbrook in Lenox, and three years of philosophy and four years of theology in Weston, both Jesuit houses of studies in Massachusetts. Ordained on June 16, 1945, he completed his fourth year of theology at Weston and a year of ascetical studies (tertianship) at St. Stanislaus House of Studies in Cleveland for the 1946-47 academic year before he was sent to Rome at the end of that year to pursue a doctorate in church history.
In Rome, Broderick came under Rev. Robert Leiber, S. J. (1887-1967), the confidant of Pope Pius XII, and other Jesuit historians. Having completed his dissertation in 1950, he turned it into a book which was published the folio wing year. Broderick had complemented his research in the Vatican Archives with research in both England and Ireland. The study, The Holy see and the Irish Movement for the Repeal of the Union with England, was concerned with Daniel O'Connell and movement for Irish freedom and the attitude of both the Papacy and the British Government toward the same. With that work completed, Broderick was appointed to teach church history on the theological faculty at the Jesuit House of Studies in Weston, where he continued his research and writing. The first of his four periodical articles, "A Census of the Saints," published in the American Ecclesiastical Review in 1956, was a surprise to some scholars because it demonstrated how few saints had actually been canonized.
In 1961, Broderick accepted an assignment as the Editor of Modern Church History for the New Catholic Encyclopedia, which was published in fifteen volumes in 1967.To this encyclopedia he contributed thirteen articles, including one on the Jesuits before their restoration, which was reprinted in the second edition of the same encyclopedia in 2003. Over the years, his other contributions to encyclopedias included five for the Catholic Encyclopedia for Home and School in 1965, nine for the Encyclopedia Americana Annual between 1966 and 1967, thirty for the Encyclopedia Americana in 1968, five for the Encyclopedia Britanntca in 1968, and three for the Encyclopedia of Religion in 1985, in addition to his output of book reviews between 1952 and 1983: twenty-nine in America, eight in the American Ecclesiastical Review, nineteen in the Catholic Historical Review, five in Church History, and thirty in Theological Studies. He published two other books, Documents of Vatican Council I (1971), and Catholicism in the Upper Wind River Valley (1987), a work dealing with a parish in Dubois, Wyoming. The latter was indicative of Broderick's pastoral ministry which he carried on during the summer as he did with local parishes around Boston when he was at Weston or in Washington.
Over the years since receiving his doctorate, Broderick taught at various institutions. While he taught church history, patrology and sacred archaeology at Weston before he reached the status of a professor emeritus in 1981, he became the first Jesuit to teach at Boston University when he took the place of a professor in the Religion Department for one semester; he taught church history at the LaSaIette Seminary in Ipswich for the 1969-70 academic year, and to the Daughters of St. Paul in Jamaica Plain, from 1979 to 1981, both in Massachusetts; and, as a professor emeritus, he remained on the faculty of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology until 2004.At the same time, during most of these years between 1972 and 2004, he was the librarian for Campion Center, until his health declined so that he spent his last year or so praying for the Church and the Society of Jesus.
Father Broderick was a member of the American Catholic Historical Association from 1952 until 2003, three years before his death.
In his interview of Broderick for the New England Jesuits Oral History Program, Richard W. Rousseau, SJ., concluded the session with this prayer: "Lord, we want to thank you for the gifts that we have received from Fr. Broderick over the years, all the things that he has done for the Church.And in our gratitude we hope you will bless him for all that he has done." May the noble soul of John F. Broderick, Jesuit priest and historian, rest in peace!
VINCENT A. LAPOMARDA, SJ.
College of the Holy Cross…
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