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Passing of McCreery Family Author/Resear
Posted by: Scott Williams Date: April 11, 2001 at 16:39:59
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I regret to inform everyone that McCreery family history author/researcher, Paul John Ostendorf has passed away.

He wrote the book, "John McCreery of Augusta Co., Virginia and Some of His Descendants". He was a direct descendant of John McCreery (b. 10 Nov 1765, Augusta Co., Va; d. 6 Oct 1821, Gallatin Co., IL). While his book was never published, Paul Ostendorf generously distributed a "travelling copy" that traveled to McCreery researchers all across the country. And as far as I am aware this book may still be traveling in one form or another. He will be missed.

The following is a copy of a memorial tribute to
Brother Paul John Ostendorf, FSC, Ph.D. ’53


February 21, 1931 - February 26, 2001

WINONA, Minn. - Brother Paul John Ostendorf, FSC, Ph.D. ’53, died early Monday morning, Feb. 26, 2001. He was 70.

Brother Paul was a Saint Mary’s University alumnus, and served as a teacher and librarian at Saint Mary’s from 1973 until his retirement in 2000. Brother Paul was also active in numerous theatre and music activities at the university.

A wake will be held Thursday, March 1 from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Saint Thomas More Chapel. A funeral Mass follows at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Brother Paul was born Feb. 21, 1931 in St. Louis, Mo. After attending Christian Brothers College High School, he entered the Christian Brothers in October, 1949. He received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College in Winona in 1953, with a major in English and minors in history, Spanish and education. Brother Paul earned an M.A. in history education from Saint Mary’s in 1959; an MA in educational administration from the College of St. Thomas in 1964; and an MA in library science from Rosary College in 1973. He received a Ph.D. in library science from the University of Minnesota in 1983.

Brother Paul began his teaching career at De La Salle Institute, Chicago, from 1953-1956. He then taught at De La Salle High School, Minneapolis, from 1956-1962, before becoming superintendent and principal of Shanley High School, Fargo, N.D., in 1964. From 1968-70, he served as superintendent and principal of Xavier High School, Appleton, Wis., and as administrator of Brady High School, West St. Paul, from 1970-1972.

Brother Paul returned to Saint Mary’s College in 1973 as an assistant professor and records and periodicals librarian. In 1976 he became head librarian, a position he held until 1998. From 1998 until his retirement in December, 2000, he was a professor in the department of theatre arts and he served as summer librarian. During his years at Saint Mary’s, Brother Paul also served as chair of the faculty and chair of several committees, including Faculty Advancement and Tenure Review, Educational Policies, Liberal and Education Curriculum Committee.

As a teacher, Brother Paul taught religion and English in high school; and public history, American studies, English composition, Artscore and public speaking at Saint Mary’s University.

Brother Paul participated in numerous Theatre Saint Mary’s productions over the years, including "Twelfth Night," "Trollus and Cressida," "The Madwoman of Chaillot," "Amadeus," "Romeo and Juliet," "Sound of Music," "As You Like It," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Julius Caesar," "Left at the Corner" and "Cherry Orchard."

A partial list of his professional memberships includes Society of American Archivists, Twin Cities Archives Roundtable, National Catholic Library Association (chapter president; chair of academic section; chair of archives section; national vice president, national president, 1993-1995), Winona Historical Society (worked on a number of projects, including Cemetery Walk; received Heritage Award in October 2000), Sons of the American Revolution (elected president of Minneapolis Chapter, December 2000), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega national theatre fraternity, and Delta Epsilon Sigma national Catholic honor society.


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