Rev. Thomas E. Buckley

Los Gatos, California

1939 - 2017


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Rev. Thomas Edwin Buckley, S.J.September 24, 1939 - November 8, 2017Resident of Los GatosFather Thomas Edwin Buckley, S.J., 78, Professor Emeritus of History, Santa Clara University, and long-time professor of history at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, died November 8, 2017 at Sacred...

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I knew Tom (Fr. Buckley) through his late father, Colonel Michael Buckley, who lived to be 104. Tom, an his brother Mike (also SJ) were very supportive of his father as the oldest graduate of West Point around here, and eventually for the whole institution. Tom accompanied his father to his Alma Mater for ceremonies back there, and for simple luncheons held by the West Point Society of Silicon Valley. .... May Tom rest in peace, along with his father and mother.

Tom was my professor of history at Loyola Marymount in 1974. For the next 40 years Father Buckley was a close personal friend, and a regular visitor in Washington, DC. If his vocation was history, his passion was discussing politics. He was progressive in outlook and vigorous in presenting his views, while greatly enjoying the debate. He cared for his students, was devoted in his faith, and a great American. Peace of Christ be with you Father Buckley.

Rudy deLeon

Tom and I became friends through his excellent scholarly work on Virginia history. He was one of the loveliest and kindest people I have ever known, one of those rare folks who made people feel better by his very presence. I am so grateful our paths crossed. My condolences to his family and friends.

Tom was my teacher at SI when he was a scholastic. We dragged him along on our outings. I enjoyed his company, and he was the reason I went to Santa Clara.

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. One day many will have the opportunity to live again. May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time. John 17:3

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.