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Longtime Creighton Residence Hall Advisor Fr. McGloin Dies

The Rev. Richard D. McGloin, S.J., a longtime residence hall advisor and teacher at Creighton University died Friday evening, March 11, at the age of 90.

One of the most beloved Jesuits on campus, Fr. McGloin, who would have celebrated his 60th year as a priest this summer, served as a residence hall advisor for 50 years at Creighton.

Creighton President, Fr. John P. Schlegel, met Fr. McGloin in 1969 and he left a lasting impression as a man totally committed to his students. “He became, across the years, Creighton’s Mr. Chips,” Schlegel said. “He was always there as a priest, a counselor, a friend and an advocate. He was one of a kind. I am pleased Creighton had him for as long as we did.”

In 1998, when the University dedicated its newest residence hall named for Fr. McGloin, it was the work of alums devoted to the Jesuit priest that put his name on the residence hall. The alums established a million dollar endowed scholarship as a living tribute to a man they say added much to their lives. The number and scope of donations surprised everyone. They came from Creighton, Marquette University and Marquette High School alums, with notes of gratitude and thanks, some saying they would build the building themselves if they could.

Creighton University Medical Center Professor and Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Michael McGuire, M.D., said that was part of the “revolving fund” that Fr. McGloin had over the years.

“He helped me make it through medical school. He made sure you stayed out of trouble and helped if you got into a bind,” said McGuire, who met Fr. McGloin as a freshman in 1967. “He was a great friend; he only wanted the best for you.”

McGuire and his wife Anne, took Fr. McGloin to all of the home basketball games for the past 10 years and McGuire said the priest missed only one game this season.

“He had an Irish wit as a student advisor, but was a Jesuit with scholarly wisdom,” said Dr. Michael J. Morrison, an orthopedic surgeon who also credits Fr. McGloin with his success at Creighton. “He was more than just a priest, he was a guiding hand for generations of Creighton students.”

When asked to retrieve Fr. McGloin’s rolodex recently, Morrison noticed it was filled with names and addresses, but no phone numbers. “Every student he ever helped would receive hand written notes throughout the years. He continued to watch over his students after they left the University.”

Born in June of 1914 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Fr. McGloin was ordained in 1945. He arrived at Creighton in 1955 as a residence hall advisor and teacher of Latin, Greek, Philosophy and Theology. He originally lived in Dowling Hall until that was torn down to make way for Swanson Hall in 1965, where he has continued to live.

Fr. McGloin attended grade school at St. Francis Xavier in Council Bluffs and high school at Creighton Prep. He received degrees in Philosophy, Greek and Latin from St. Louis University in 1937 and 1939.

He taught Latin as a Jesuit Scholastic (Seminarian) at Marquette High School from 1939 to 1942. He then studied Theology at St. Mary’s College in Kansas in preparation for his Ordination in 1945. From 1947 to 1950 he was a teacher of Philosophy in Business Administration at Marquette University.

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