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DU, Spiritan Community Mourn the Passing of the Rev. Edmund R. Supple, C.S.Sp.

The Rev. Edmund R. Supple, C.S.Sp., who served Duquesne University for 48 years, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 11, at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He was 94 years old. 

Arriving at Duquesne in 1958, Fr. Supple accepted the position of associate professor in the department of theology and served in that capacity for two years. He held the position of academic vice president from 1960 to 1970. During this time until 1985, he also served as associate professor in the theology department.

Fr. Supple then was named superior of Duquesne’s Trinity Hall community of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit from 1961 to 1967. He was curator of the John Cardinal Wright Collection and special collections in the University library from 1985 until the spring of 2006. Fr. Supple officially retired in March 2007 and resided in Trinity Hall on the Duquesne campus.

This past October, the Fr. Edmund Supple, C.S.Sp., Room in Duquesne’s Gumberg Library was dedicated in his honor to house the Spiritan Collection of approximately 300 books, periodicals and other materials written by Spiritans or about the Spiritan order and its mission.

“Fr. Supple provided the campus community and others with a wonderful example of dedication, loyalty and service,” said Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty. “He was a man of God, devoted to the Spiritans, the University and its students. He exercised his daily faith by living the University mission of serving God by serving students. With his sense of humor, he managed to bring smiles to the faces of students, faculty and staff alike.”

Fr. Supple was born April 7, 1913, in Bridgeport, Conn. He professed his vows on July 16, 1933, at Holy Ghost Novitiate, Ridgefield, Conn., and was ordained to the priesthood July 10, 1938, in Rome.

His first assignment was as associate pastor in St. Mark’s Church in Harlem, New York, starting in1939. From 1943 to1958, he was a professor of theology at the Spiritan seminary at Ferndale, in Norwalk, Conn., and served as seminary superior from 1945 to1955 before coming to Duquesne.

Preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Mary (Heffernan) Supple, Fr. Supple is survived by his cousins, Margaret Schreiber and Mary Seery of Stratford, Conn.

Friends will be received on Friday, July 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Trinity Hall Chapel on the Duquesne campus, where a Mass of Resurrection will take place on Saturday, July 14, at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, O’Hara Township.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Fr. Supple's memory may be made to Gumberg Library's Spiritan Collection.

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