Jesuit Father Daues dies at age 83
ST. LOUIS - Jesuit Father Vincent Daues, long-time professor at Rockhurst College and founder of the college's Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, died Nov. 21 in St. Louis at the age of 83.
Father Vincent Daues, left, in 1987, with Father Robert Weiss, former president of Rockhurst College.
Father Daues was born Nov. 23, 1914, in St. Louis. He joined the Society of Jesus on Sept. 1, 1937, and was ordained a Jesuit priest June 14, 1948. He taught philosophy at Rockhurst College from 1950 to 1986, when he was named professor emeritus.
The Visiting Scholar series, which he directed until last year, when he was on sabbatical leave, brought speakers of national prominence to the Rockhurst campus, among them the poet, Robert Frost; Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state, and the late Father Raymond Brown, eminent Scripture scholar.
Father Daues also founded the Rockhurst chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, and directed it for many years.
In addition to teaching philosophy at Rockhurst, Father Daues was acting chairman of the Division of Philosophy and Theology from 1951 to 1958, and chairman from 1962 to 1964 and from 1965 to 1966. He also directed a number of special projects, including symposia on nuclear power, on fine arts and on urban development.
The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Nov. 24 at the Jesuit Hall chapel in St. Louis. Father Daues is survived by a sister, Sister Edith Daues of St. Louis.