Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: Richard J. Schiefen

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: Richard J. Schiefen

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Richard J. Schiefen, C.S.B., died in St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston, Texas, on November 14, 2003. Although he had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for two years, the cause of his death was heart failure. He was born on May 9, 1932, in Rochester, New York, and made his first profession of vows in the Congregation of St. Basil in 1951. He received the B.A. degree from the University of Toronto in 1956, the M.Ed, degree from the University of Rochester in 1958, and the S.T.B. degree from the University of St. Michael's College in 1961. In the latter year he was ordained a priest. He then continued his graduate studies, taking the M.A. degree from the University of Toronto in 1962 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of London in 1970. Meanwhile he had begun to teach history at the University of St. Thomas in 1965 as an assistant professor and later as an associate professor; he was chairman of the Department of History in 1967-1968, 1970-1972, and 1992-1994. From 1972 to 1981 he was an associate professor of church history in St. Michael's College of the University of Toronto. In 1981 he returned to the University of St. …

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