Deaths elsewhere

February 10, 2010|By Los Angeles Times

RALPH MCINERNY, 80

Wrote Father Dowling novels

Ralph McInerny, a longtime professor of philosophy and medieval studies at the University of Notre Dame who also was a popular mystery writer best known for his Father Dowling series of novels, died Jan. 29 in Mishawaka, Ind., after a long illness, according to the university.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty from 1955 until his retirement in 2009, Mr. McInerny gained international renown as a scholar, author and lecturer who specialized in the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, the 13th-century theologian and philosopher.

Beginning with "Her Death of Cold" in 1977, he wrote more than two dozen mysteries featuring Father Dowling, which led to the 1989-1991 "Father Dowling Mysteries" TV series starring Tom Bosley.


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