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Remembering Rev. Raymond C. Baumhart

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Courtesy of Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections.

Rev. Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., Loyola University Chicago’s longest-serving president and an influential scholar of business ethics, passed away early Thursday, October 10, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan at the age of 95.

As professor and dean at the School of Business and then as president, Father Baumhart was influential in opening the doors to students, academic and administrative leaders, and trustees. His academic work revolved around business ethics, and upon his retirement from Loyola the University established the Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., Chair in Business Ethics in 1994.

Born and raised in Chicago, Father Baumhart had a deep commitment to the city and Loyola’s mission of educating future generations of ethical leaders. His impact is memorialized in the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility, which extends Father Baumhart’s legacy of infusing social responsibility and community good into business practice.

A memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, October 17, at 5:30 p.m. in Madonna della Strada. You can read Father Baumhart’s full obituary and more about his impact and legacy at Loyola in this digital exhibit.

Excerpted from President Jo Ann Rooney’s message to the Loyola University Chicago community on October 11, 2019