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Rev. Donald R. Matthys, S.J.

February 23, 1936 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old


Rev. Donald R. Matthys, S.J., was called to eternal life on January 30, 2024 at St. Camillus Jesuit Community. He was 87 years old, a Jesuit for 68 years, and a priest for 56 years. Born on February 28, 1936 in Fort Dodge, IA, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1955 after studying for two years at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. He was ordained a priest in 1968. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, a master’s degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania, a licentiate in sacred theology from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis. He taught Latin and math at Marquette University High School (1964-1965) and physics at Marquette University (1974-2013) where he earned the rank of professor, and upon retirement was named professor emeritus. His special interest was optics. He collaborated with professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-authored 35 articles. His hobbies were chess and Go, the abstract strategy board game developed in China. In 2019 he moved to St. Camillus Jesuit Community to care for his health. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Viva (Fields) Matthys, brothers Robert, William (Jack), Edward and Gerald, and sisters Gloria, Sandra, Marilyn and Lorraine and two infants who died shortly after birth.

Funeral at St. Camillus Jesuit Community at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Milwaukee. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Camillus Jesuit Community, 10201 W. Wisconsin Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53226


Mass of Christian Burial
February 20, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Camillus Jesuit Community (Madonna della Strada Chapel, Wisconsin Avenue)


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