Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: Raymond H. Schmandt

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: Raymond H. Schmandt

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Raymond H. Schmandt, professor of history in Saint Joseph's University, passed away on February 22,2005, after a prolonged illness. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on September 20, 1925. He received A.B. and A.M. degrees from Saint Louis University in 1947 and 1949 respectively. He also married in 1949 and eventually had two sons, Christopher and Stephen. He earned another A.M. degree at the University of Michigan as well as the Ph.D. degree in 1952. Then he taught at DePaul University (1952-1958) and at Loyola University of Chicago (1958-1966) before joining the history department at Saint Joseph's. There he established a program of medieval and renaissance studies, and in the 1970's was chairman of the department before retiring in 1995. Throughout his career he proved himself a prolific scholar, a classroom presence, and a committed activist. He won his first laurels as a church historian as the co-author, with Thomas P. Neill, of History of the Catholic Church (1957; second edition, 1965). He continued research and writing on church matters with articles published in scholarly journals such as Speculum and the Catholic Historical Review, entries in several encyclopedias, and papers presented at conferences in the United States and Germany. …

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