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Marian College Mourns the Death of Professor Denis Kelly - 1/12/2009

Denis Ryan Kelly, Sr., M.A., and longtime associate professor of philosophy at Marian College, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2009.

Denis Kelly

Kelly taught logic and eastern philosophy and religion courses at Marian College for more than 40 years and had recently announced plans to retire at the end of the spring semester. As the senior ranking member of the faculty, he had the privilege of leading the faculty processional at the start of the college’s annual commencement exercises each year.

On Saturday, Andrew Hohman, chairman of the philosophy department, commented, “A great man, our colleague and friend, Denis Kelly died this afternoon. Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.”

President Daniel J. Elsener called on the Marian College community to support Kelly’s family and each other, commenting, “Given the deep friendships, mission, and shared reverence we have for life in the Marian College community, losing Denis Ryan Kelly to this world is a shocking and painful reality. Let us stay particularly close in friendship and prayer as we deal with the terrible loss of our colleague and friend.”

Arrangements are as follows:

Friday, January 16, 2009

  • Visitation in the Bishop Chartrand Memorial Chapel in Marian Hall from 4-7 p.m.
  • Open eulogy at 7:15 p.m. in Allison Mansion

Saturday, January 17, 2009

  • Visitation from 10:30-11:45 a.m. at St. Michael Church, located at 3354 West 30th Street in Indianapolis.
  • Funeral Liturgy at 12 noon at St. Michael Church.

His obituary is available at