Francis Bourbon, 80

Jesuit priest, teacher

June 16, 2007

The Rev. Francis Charles Bourbon, a Jesuit priest, former Loyola College faculty member and Baltimore City Fire Department chaplain, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital in suburban Philadelphia. He was 80.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Belvieu Avenue, he was a 1944 Loyola High School graduate. He entered the Jesuit order that year and was ordained a priest June 23, 1957, by Archbishop Francis P. Keough.

He joined the Loyola College faculty in 1959 and became dean of men and a theology teacher. He held the posts until 1968, when he went on to teach at his order's Georgetown and Scranton preparatory schools.

After serving in parishes in West Virginia and North Carolina, Father Bourbon returned to Loyola College in 1986 and taught Latin and elocution. He also became coordinator of public relations for the school's alumni and was chaplain to the city Fire Department until 1988.

From 1988 until 1992, Father Bourbon served as an associate pastor at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church in Riviera Beach and later served in parishes in West Virginia.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at the Loyola College Alumni Memorial Chapel, Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane.

Survivors include three brothers, Robert Bourbon of Silver Spring, John Bourbon of Chester and Richard Bourbon of Jenkintown, Pa.; three sisters, Jeanne Young and Sandra Bourbon of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Barbara Bourbon of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and 26 nieces and nephews.

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