The Rev. Frederick A. Homann, educator, dies

Priest had been chairman of math department at Loyola College

  • The Rev. Frederick A. Homann, SJ
The Rev. Frederick A. Homann, SJ (Baltimore Sun )
August 30, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

The Rev. Frederick A. Homann, a Jesuit priest and educator who had been chairman of the mathematics department at what is now Loyola University Maryland, died Aug. 24 of a heart attack at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

He was 82.

Father Homann was born and raised in Philadelphia, was a graduate of St. Joseph Preparatory School and attended Villanova University for a year before entering the Society of Jesus in 1947.

He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1951 from St. Louis University, which was followed in 1954 by a licentiate in philosophy.

Father Homann earned a master's degree in 1956 and his doctorate in mathematics in 1959, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

From 1958 to 1959, he taught at what was then Loyola College, and from 1959 to 1963, studied theology at Woodstock College.

He was ordained into the priesthood in 1962 and received a licentiate in theology in 1963. He made his final profession in 1965.

Father Homann returned to Loyola as a professor of math and was department chairman from 1964 to 1970. From 1970 to 1997, he was professor of math and department chairman at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

During a sabbatical from 1994 to 1995, Father Homann did pastoral work at Holy Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Churchill, Manitoba. He later returned in 1997 and spent the next three years as pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Mission in the Northwest Territories.

Father Homann returned to Philadelphia, where he was a pastoral minister, house librarian at the Loyola Center at St. Joseph's University and assistant chaplain to the Jesuits at Manresa Hall until his death.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Aug. 27 at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

He is survived by a brother, Alfred J. Homann of Medford, N.J.

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