Duane Berquist Ph.D.
1936 - 2019
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Shrewsbury, MA
Duane H. Berquist, Ph.D., 83

SHREWSBURY - Duane H. Berquist, Ph.D., 83, of Shrewsbury died peacefully on Tuesday January 22, 2019.

Duane was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in St. Paul, MN son of the late Reno and Gertrude (Burke) Berquist. He was the youngest of three sons, all of whom became teachers in philosophy. Duane was educated at the College of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN, he received his Licentiate and Doctorate at Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Duane, a noted Philosophy professor, taught for three years at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA. He then spent the next forty-four years as a tenured faculty member in the Philosophy Department of Assumption College in Worcester before he retired. He also lectured weekly for over twenty years for the monks at Most Holy Trinity Monastery in Petersham, MA. Duane was a founding member and former Vice President of the Society for the study of Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies (1974).

Duane was a long time member of Saint Mary's Parish in Shrewsbury and had been a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic since the age of seventeen.

He leaves his loving wife of 50 years, Rosalie A. (Leone) Berquist; three children, Lt.Col Paul T. Berquist, USA, Ret and his wife Elizabeth of Williamsburg, VA, Maria S. Caughron and her husband Mathew of Kansas City, MO, and Marcus Berquist, of Alpharetta, GA; also survived by nineteen grandchildren, Martin, Anne, Mary Rose, Lucy, Grace, Thomas, Clare, Dominic, and Nicholas Berquist, Katherine, Sara, Cecilia, Miles, Isabella, Sophia, John, Paul, Julia and David Caughron; a brother, Richard H Berquist of St. Paul, MN. Besides his parents, Duane was predeceased by a brother, Marcus R. Berquist.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Duane's family on Friday, February 1, 2019 form 4-7 PM at BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main St, Shrewsbury. His funeral will be from the funeral home on Saturday February 2, 2019 with a funeral Mass celebrated at 10 AM at Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Duane's name may be sent to Most Holy Trinity Monastery, 67 Dugway, Petersham, MA 01633 or St. Mary's Parish Capital Campaign, 18 Summer Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. To leave a note of condolence for Duane's family please visit, www.brittonfuneralhomes.com

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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jan. 26 to Jan. 30, 2019.
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Duane Berquist was one of the most formative influences in my life. I will always be thankful to him for his wisdom end teaching. He was a great man. My prayers are for his eternal rest and for his magnificent family. Thank you for your life and your gifts Mr. Berquist.
Dana Webster
February 14, 2019
Duane was one of the foremost philosophers of the present age, and wise enough to recognize the perennial nature of the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition. Thanks to his knowledge of St. Thomas Aquinas, he was also a excellent theologian.
He was, moreover and more importantly, a good man, firmly anchored in his Faith, his Hope in the promises of his Savior of a better world to come, and his Love of God and his fellow men.
I had the privilege of being his friend for 67 years, and of profiting from his wisdom. I have every hope of renewing that friendship soon in the Kingdom of Heaven.
My profound sympathy for Rosalie, their children and grandchildren.
Warren Murray
February 1, 2019
Warren Murray
February 1, 2019
Dear Rosalie and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Duane was a great teacher, mentor and a great friend through the years. I was a student of Duane when he first came to Assumption College in 1964. Duane will be greatly missed by the many who had the pleasure of his presence. May he rest in peace. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Paul Kirby
January 30, 2019
George Byford
January 29, 2019
Rosalie and family.i am so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult a time like this is. May you find some comfort in the fact that Dwayne is in the arms of our
Lord and he will forever be with you in spirit and mind till you meet again. Love Pat &Tom Jennings.
January 29, 2019
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