A memorial service will be held Friday to honor Dr. James A. Byrne who died July 3. The service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Friends and family will gather at the School of Continuing Studies, Room 119, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, and then move outside for a brief service at the northeast corner of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center where a newly-planted Northwoods maple tree will be dedicated in Byrne’s memory. The memorial is sponsored by the School of Education and the School of Continuing Studies.
A reception will follow the memorial in Room 119, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. All members of the university community are welcome to attend.
Byrne started at St. Thomas in 1959 and served as professor, dean of Education, and as founding dean of New College, now called Continuing Studies. He retired from St. Thomas in 1987.
Byrne was born May 30, 1918, in Antigo, Wis. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1954. Before coming to St. Thomas, he taught at Northwestern, Loyola, and Marquette universities.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; sons, Kevin (Maria), Inver Grove Hts; Shawn (Renee), Prior Lake; Bryan, Eagan; grandsons, David and Daniel; sisters-in-law, Margaret Byers, Red Wing, MN; Rose Sheets, Eileen and brother-in law, Edward Hyland, all of Rockford, IL; and many nieces and nephews.