Fr. Harry E. Hoewischer, a Jesuit who devoted his career to higher education, died May 18, 2015 in Denver. He was 92 and had been a Jesuit for 67 years and a priest for 57 years.
The Cairo, Ill., native served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was on Iwo Jima as a medic during the famous battle. After the war, he received his nursing degree from Alexian Brothers Hospital School of Nursing and studied hospital administration at Saint Louis University.
He entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in August 1947, earned a licentiate in philosophy and a master's degree in education from Saint Louis University.
He taught at Campion High in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and earned a bachelor of theology at St. Mary's (Kan.) College, and a doctorate in psychology at Boston College. He was ordained in June 1957.
He spent most of his ministry at Regis University in Denver, serving as instructor and dean of students and as academic dean from 1960 to 1964. After teaching education, psychology and counseling for nine years, he obtained his doctorate in psychology at Boston College.
He returned to Denver to teach psychology at Regis University and also to counsel clients, including priests and women religious at a time of confusion in the church about religious life.
He served for a time as chair of the psychology department at Regis and conducted psychological assessments of candidates. In 1992, he moved to Xavier Center where he focused on retreat ministry. Still, he was available to priests of the archdiocese, some of whom came to see him in his final weeks.
A foster brother, Lloyd Reed, of Charlotte, N.C., survives him. Visitation at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m., will be held Friday, May 22, 2015 at St. John Francis Regis Chapel at Regis University, in Denver. He will be buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Denver.
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