A memorial service for Father George O’Brien will be held on March 27 at 1 p.m. in Mary Chapel, Chalon Campus. A reception will follow the service.
Father George was a beloved member of the Mount community for 40 years. He served as the University chaplain and was a professor of English whose areas of expertise included the role of mythology in society, literature and religion. Students named him Faculty of the Year multiple times over the years and at Commencement 2018 he was awarded the Carondelet Medal, the greatest honor extended by the University.
President Emerita Jacqueline Powers Doud praised Father George for his "unrivaled devotion to students" in her eulogy, delivered March 9 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Los Angeles.
Alums on social media shared memories of their time with him:
O'Brien was born in Long Beach, California, and grew up in the Great Depression. His mother played violin in the Long Beach Symphony orchestra and taught music at home. His father was a marine engineer, who later became a salesman of paint and glass. He attended St. Anthony’s parish in Long Beach, and was ordained a diocesan priest in 1957 at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Most recently, he was the priest in residence at Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
Before working at the Mount, he served as a principal of high schools in Los Angeles and Torrance. He held a doctorate in education from UCLA, and over the years took educational sabbaticals studying college writing, cognitive psychology, political communication and journalistic ethics at UCLA, and researched news media at several news agencies.
— Nancy L. Steinmann contributed to this article.