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Robert Majzler Obituary
On October 22, 2012, surrounded by Helen, Bobby, and David, his loving family, Robert Majzler passed in blessed communion to the next life. He was 75. A philosopher, theologian, teacher, husband, and father, he lived his life committed to love and justice. Robert was born on March 12, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Mary and John Majzler. As first generation immigrants from Slovakia in the early 1900's, they sacrificed for Robert to attend the prestigious St. Ignatius High School. Graduating at the top of his class, Robert went on to join the Jesuits in 1955 in Milford, Ohio. Over the next ten years, he studied philosophy and classical languages at Xavier University, West Baden College, and Loyola University of Chicago, earning a B.A. in philosophy and M.A. in classical languages. During this period, he also taught Greek and English at the University of Detroit High School. Robert's path next led to Sankt Georgen School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt, Germany. He spent four years studying theology and was ordained a priest in 1968. Robert spent a year working on a Master's degree in philosophy at the University of Georgia Athens. For seven years, Robert was a leader on the campus ministry staff at the University of Detroit and worked on many social justice related issues. In 1975, he was introduced to Sister of Mercy, Helen Urbain, who ultimately became his wife and life partner. Robert and Helen moved to Milwaukee, where he studied and earned a Ph.D. in theology at Marquette University in 1980. That same year, they moved to Boulder, where he was hired by the Archdiocese of Denver to be the Theologian in Residence at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Boulder. Robert later served as a pastoral minister at an ecumenical counseling center in Denver and retired in 1987. Friends remember him most for his passionate commitment to social justice efforts. Robert was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease (P.D.) in 1981. His struggle to overcome P.D. inspired many during his life. In 1990, he was a part of pioneering research and received the first bilateral fetal cell transplant surgery at the University of Colorado Denver. He improved greatly from this procedure. Although he did not return to work, he emphasized that it allowed him to be the father to his sons that he always wanted to be. A faithful and loving husband, a devoted and compassionate father, an open and wise teacher, Robert will be missed. A memorial service honoring Robert's life will be held at 11 a.m. on October 27 at Light of Christ Eccumenical Catholic Church, 1000 W. 15th Avenue, Longmont, CO. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties.

Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Oct. 25, 2012
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