Father James V. Schall, a prolific Jesuit priest, distinguished professor and scholar, died April 17 — a few days before Easter Sunday. He was 91.
A Knoxville native, Schall was considered one of the most important Catholic theologians of recent years and is known for his love of learning, his passion for teaching, his search for truth and devotion to the Catholic faith. He penned more than 30 books and wrote a plethora of essays, lectures, articles and pamphlets throughout a 58-year teaching career. His most notable work, “Another Sort of Learning,” received prodigious reviews.
Throughout his career, Schall was a member of the government department at the University of San Francisco between 1968 and 1977, the Pontification Commission on Justice and Peace at the Vatican from 1977 to 1982 and the National Council on the Humanities, of the National Endowment for the Humanities between 1984 through 1990.
While teaching at Georgetown, Schall received the Edward B. Bunn Award for Faculty Excellence in 1993, 2004 and 2010. He was also a recipient of the university-wide Dorothy Brown Award in 2008.