Rev. John L. Brunett, 80, Loyola College adviser

February 26, 2003

The Rev. John L. Brunett, a Jesuit priest and former Loyola College student adviser, died Saturday of complications from diabetes at his order's infirmary in Philadelphia. He was 80.

Born in Rockville, he was a 1941 Georgetown Preparatory School graduate. After study at Villanova University, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1942 and was ordained a priest in Woodstock in 1955.

After teaching English at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, Father Brunett became the first Catholic chaplain of Good Samaritan Hospital in Northeast Baltimore. He held the post from the hospital's opening in 1968 until 1980, and is honored by a plaque in its lobby.

He then became an academic counselor at Loyola College for 21 years until his retirement two years ago.

"The man had a genius for friendships," said the Rev. Joseph Kennedy, a fellow Jesuit. "He was a ... friend to all the world. His students voted him the most popular Jesuit on campus on more than one occasion."

Students named a dormitory in his honor and a school rowing scull bears his name.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 8 o'clock tonight in the Alumni Chapel at Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St.

Father Brunett is survived by two nieces.

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