John P. Daly, S.J.

Message from the President 

Jan. 3, 2012

Dear LMU Community:

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of John P. Daly, S.J., founder of the Center for Asian Business and who was instrumental in the growth of the College of Business Administration.  Father Daly passed away in Wisconsin on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the age of 88.

Father Daly’s lifelong passion was to foster understanding between Asia and the United States. After earning his doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1961, he was assigned to teach English at Sogang College in Seoul, South Korea, at the time operating under the auspices of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus.  Father Daly served as president of Sogang from 1963 to 1975 and as superior of the Jesuits assigned there from 1963 to 1973.

When he arrived at LMU in 1995, Father Daly established the Center for Asian Business.  Under his leadership, the center grew to include three faculty summer research fellowships, the “Exploring Asia Cultures” study abroad course, the Y.B. Min Lecture Series and the John P. Daly, S.J. Summer Scholarships for Cultural Immersion in South Korea. Father Daly retired from LMU in 2010. 

Father Daly entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Missouri, in 1943, and was ordained a priest in 1956.  He pronounced final vows as a Jesuit in 1961.  Father Daly earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from St. Louis University.  He also held a Licentiate in Philosophy and a Sacred Theology Licentiate, both from St. Louis University.  Father Daly served as academic vice president at Creighton University from 1982-86 and served on the Board of Trustees for the University of San Francisco from 1994 to 2003. 

A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. on at Saturday, Jan. 14 in Sacred Heart Chapel, followed by a reception at the Hilton Center for Business.  Notes of condolence may be sent to: Rev. Thomas Lawler, S.J., Provincial, Wisconsin Province Society of Jesus, 3400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208.

Please keep Father Daly and his family in your thoughts and prayers.


David W. Burcham