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Former business professor and administrator Fr. Stockhausen, 66, ‘saw God in all things’

The Rev. Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D.The Rev. Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D., a former Creighton University professor of business, died Jan. 12 in Omaha after a battle with leukemia. He was 66.

From 1985 to 2000, Fr. Stockhausen taught economics and also served as an associate dean in Creighton's College of Business Administration (now the Heider College of Business). In 2000, he left Creighton to become vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Detroit Mercy. He was named Detroit Mercy’s president in 2005, a position he held until 2010, when he became executive assistant to the president and director of planning for the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C.

Fr. Stockhausen had served on the Board of Trustees at Creighton University since 2002 and was also a trustee at Wheeling Jesuit University, Fairfield University and Loyola Jesuit High School in Detroit.

Creighton faculty and staff who worked with Fr. Stockhausen remembered his warmth, his faith and his ability to find the good in all situations.

“When I think of Gerry, I’ll always remember his kindness and gentleness,” said James J. Knudsen, Ph.D., an associate dean of undergraduate programs at the Heider College of Business and a longtime friend and colleague of Fr. Stockhausen’s. “One of my clearest memories of Gerry was on an ordinary day at the beginning of spring some years ago. We exited the Eppley Building off the third floor. As we came out, we both noticed the blooming daffodils on the hillside, the redbud trees and other trees beginning to bloom. We both stopped and Gerry breathed in the crisp air and said, ‘It’s a beautiful day.’ It certainly was. Whenever I hear someone talk about seeing God in all things, I think about Gerry in that moment. Gerry saw God in all things and he helped me to also.”

Fr. Stockhausen held a doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in social ethics and a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California, and a master’s degree in mathematics from Saint Louis University. He was raised in Milwaukee and attended Marquette University High School before entering the Society of Jesus in 1967.

At Creighton, Fr. Stockhausen served as chair of the economics and finance program in 1996 and was interim dean of the College of Business Administration in 1997. From 1991 to 1992, he was a visiting associate professor of economics at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

"It has been a blessing for us that Gerry was with us doing this part of his faithful life journey," the Rev. Andy Alexander, S.J., Creighton's director of collaborative ministry, wrote in an email to the campus community following Fr. Stockhausen's death. "He will be greatly missed. A great Jesuit. A gentle soul. A wonderful friend to so many."

A celebration of life and funeral Mass will be held Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at Gesu Parish Church in Milwaukee, with the Rev. Roc O’Connor, S.J., presiding. A visitation with the family will precede the Mass at 1 p.m.

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