In Memoriam
After ordination Bob spent 17 years working for Sophia University where he was a lecturer in Journalism, taught English, and was Director of Public Relations (1959-1963).
In Memoriam: Fr. Robert C. Dressman, SJ

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Robert C. Dressman, S.J. (CDT), who died at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan.  May he rest in peace.

Bob was born on June 11, 1922, in Covington, Kentucky. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 1, 1942, at Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on June 15, 1955, at West Baden College in southern Indiana, and took final vows on February 2, 1960.  Bob attended Xavier University for two years before he joined the Jesuits in 1942.   As a Jesuit, Bob earned a Bachelor's Degree in Literature from Xavier University, Licentiate Degrees in Philosophy and Theology from West Baden College, a  Masters' Degree in English from Loyola University Chicago, and a Masters' Degree in Journalism from Marquette University.

During Regency Bob was a lecturer and dormitory prefect at Sophia University in Tokyo (1951-1952).  After ordination Bob spent 17 years working for Sophia University where he was a lecturer in Journalism, taught English, and was Director of Public Relations (1959-1963).  Later he was a representative for the university at the Jesuit Missions Office in New York City (1963-1965).  He returned to Tokyo were he was an assistant professor of Journalism, the Director of the International Alumni Association, in charge of International University Relations, and was Director of the Continuing Education Community College (1965-1976).

Bob returned to the Province and worked as Director of Public Relations at Xavier University (1976-1978), before working in the Jesuit Curia Press Office in Rome (1978-1980).  He worked in development for the Gregorian University Foundation in New York (1980-1982), and was its President (1982-1985).

After a year of CPE, Bob worked in Cincinnati as a chaplain at University Hospital  (1986-1999) and Mount Notre Dame Convent (1993-1999).  He was on the retreat staff at Bellarmine Retreat House in Barrington, Illinois (1999-2005) before becoming an active member of the Colombiere Center Jesuit Community in 2005.

Visitation
Sunday, October 27, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 28, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI
48346-1015

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, October 28, 2013
2:00 p.m.9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI48346-1015

Burial Service
Immediately following the funeral.

Memorial gifts
Memorial gifts may be made to The Jesuits, 2050 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614.
To make an online contribution, please click here.








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