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Rev. Paul P. Luger

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Fr. Paul P. LUGER, SJ Fr. Paul P. Luger, SJ passed away in the early morning of January 19, 2011, at the Jesuit infirmary at Gonzaga University. He was a man of prayer, science, and people; his life was devoted to service of God, teaching physics, and bringing the love of God to all he met through his quick smile, warm words, and gentle demeanor. The third of four sons, Paul Patrick Luger was born in his family home in Spokane on October 7, 1911 to Joseph and Nellie (Boland) Luger. He graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1928 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate in July 1929 at Los Gatos, CA. Paul did the regular course of studies for Jesuit scholastics and was ordained a priest on June 13, 1942, in San Francisco, CA. He completed a Masters of Science in Physics from Fordham University in 1946. Following the completion of his Jesuit training, Fr. Luger taught physics at Seattle University for the next 28 years and retired in 1974. He continued to work in parishes and hospitals in the northwest until he was assigned to the Jesuit assisted-living in Spokane in 1991. Even then he continued to celebrate Mass, visit shut-ins, and walk several miles every day. The brothers of Fr. Paul also devoted their lives to the Church and society. The oldest, Fr. Howard Luger, SJ, was a Jesuit priest, and second oldest, Dr. Fletcher Luger, MD, served the medical needs of many in Spokane. The youngest, Robert, studied for the priesthood as a Jesuit but died before his ordination. Fr. Luger is survived by his brother Jesuits of the Oregon Province, nephews George, Robert (deceased), and John, nieces Maryann (Montandon), Loretta Mary, and Therese Marie. There are many grand- nephews and grand-nieces, cousins and friends as well. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated January 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm, Saturday, at the Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus followed by burial at the Oregon Province Cemetery, Mt. St. Michaels, Spokane, WA. Contributions in honor of Fr. Paul Luger, SJ, may be sent to The Senior Fund, c/o The Oregon Province Society of Jesus (P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286) or to Hospice of Spokane (P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210). Please visit Fr. Paul's online tribute and leave a condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, Spokane WA.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 21, 2011
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