Alumnus Richard W. Conklin, a retired public relations and communications administrator at St. Thomas and Notre Dame and author of a popular history of St. Thomas, died Tuesday. His funeral will be Saturday.
A U.S. Marine aviator during World War II, he had a passion for learning and took classes at the University of St. Thomas until his death last week at age 91.
He is the husband of Laura Lee ’07, a communications-journalism graduate.
A U.S. Air Force veteran and an English professor, he taught literature and was best known for teaching Shakespeare. He also served as the founding director of the Center for Faculty Development and as chair of the English Department.
Campus Ministry invites the community to take part in a vigil at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 18, on Campus Way, outside the Campus Ministry office (Anderson Student Center Room 207).
She was the mother of Father Jean-Pierre Bongila, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.
A St. Thomas alumnus, he was a physician and an aviator in North Dakota.
He was the father of Chad Brinsfield, Opus College of Business.
He was the father of Jeff Martens, Physical Plant; the father-in-law of Leann Martens, Service Center; and the grandfather of Cassandra Watson, Service Center.
She was the mother of Anne Howard, adjunct faculty member in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.
She was the mother of Cindy Badilla Meléndez, media resources librarian in the UST Libraries.