Thomas Aquinas College co-founder and senior tutor Marcus Berquist passes away
Press release from Thomas Aquinas College
November 4, 2010
SANTA PAULA -- It was with a heavy heart that President Michael F. McLean announced to the Thomas Aquinas College community of students, faculty, alumni, friends, and benefactors that a senior tutor of the college and one of its founders, Marcus R. Berquist, had passed away at his home in Ojai, California, after a brief illness in the early hours of Tuesday, November 2, 2010, the Feast of the Holy Souls.
In his announcement, President McLean noted that Mr. Berquist was surrounded by his family when he passed and that he had “died a holy and peaceful death, having been anointed by (college chaplain) Fr. Buckley on Monday afternoon.” Dr. McLean went on to say that “Mr. Berquist was a mentor to generations of students, alumni, and faculty. He was one of the principal authors of the college’s founding document, A Proposal for the Fulfillment of Catholic Liberal Education, and a renowned disciple of St. Thomas and Aristotle. He was a deeply faithful Catholic whose piety and holiness inspired all who knew him.”