Philosophy professor Frank Oppenheim, S.J., and associate chemistry professor emeritus Theodore Thepe, S.J., were honored by the University and the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus for 50 years of service. The two, who each began teaching at Xavier in 1961, were given a special day of prayer and thanksgiving this summer in celebration of their dedication and service to the Jesuit order. The priests were among 25 members of the class that was ordained on June 25, 1955, at West Baden College, a Jesuit seminary in Indiana. Some members left the order and others have died, leaving Thepe, Oppenheim and five others, who were also honored.
Thepe remains active at the University, teaching a photography class. Oppenheim is a research professor in the department of philosophy.