Died 16 February 2014
Jesuit Father William S. Udick died Feb. 16, 2014, in St. Louis. He was age 89 and a Jesuit for 71 years. Born in Denver, Fr. Udick attended Regis University for a year and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo., in 1943. After novitiate, he studied philosophy and Latin at St. Louis University. From 1949-52 he taught Latin and English at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo. He studied theology at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's, Kan., where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1955.
Fr. Udick was appointed socius to the master of novices at St. Stanislaus Seminary from 1957-62. He encouraged the novices to develop strong devotional lives and to be conscientious in living out their Jesuit vocations. In 1962, Fr. Udick returned to Rockhurst High School, where he taught religion. He earned a master's degree in religious education at Fordham University in New York and later a doctorate in psychology at Boston College. He then joined the psychology faculty of Regis University, where he taught for the next 18 years. Fr. Udick served as rector of the Regis Jesuit Community for three years during the mid-1970s.
In 2006, Fr. Udick moved to St. Louis to join the Fusz Pavilion Community. Survivors include his brother, Charles H. Udick of Denver. Fr. Udick donated his body to medical science.