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Rev. Gerald J. Lentz, S.J. '47, former SI faculty member, dies at 89
Posted 02/23/2018 08:35AM

Fr. Lentz had two assignments at SI:

1955-1957, teaching chemistry and mathematics (as a scholastic)

1973-1980, teaching Algebra I, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry; and serving as assistant to the music director (& played clarinet in the orchestra for musicals)

Mar. 29, 1929 - Feb. 17, 2018

Los Gatos, Ca.

Father Gerald John Lentz, S.J. died February 17, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 89 years old and had been a member of the Jesuit order for 71 years, and ordained priest for 58 years.

Born in Honolulu March 29, 1929, and raised in California, he was the only child of Paul Lentz and Genevieve Prindiville Lentz. He attended St. Ignatius High School, San Francisco, and upon graduation in 1947, he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos to pursue studies for the priesthood. He earned a BA in philosophy from Gonzaga University and a degree in Sacred Theology from Santa Clara University. He was ordained a priest in San Francisco on June 10, 1960.

Gerry's lifelong ministry was in the high school classroom, primarily as a teacher of mathematics, but also of English and religious studies. He taught at Loyola High School, Los Angeles, St. Ignatius College Prep, San Francisco, Jesuit High School, Sacramento, Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, and at Bishop Diego Garcia High School in Santa Barbara. He also held community administration positions and assisted in the school library at Bellarmine.

He enjoyed playing the clarinet and was a mainstay in the pep band and school orchestra for student musical productions. For many years he was a member of the Cupertino Symphonic Band. He was an avid gardener and delighted in keeping the community's garden in bloom and providing a quiet and welcoming space for his fellow Jesuits.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, 300 College Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95930, with burial immediately after at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

Donations in memory of Father Lentz may be made to the Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031, or to a charity of your choosing.

View the online memorial for Rev. Gerald J. Lentz, S.J.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 22, 2018

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