Remembering Father John (Jack) E. O’Brien
Beloved Distinguished Professor Emeritus Father (Jack) E. O’Brien passed away in Pickering, Ont., on November 7, 2015. He was 91.
Jesuit priest and alumnus founded university’s Department of Communication Studies
Father O’Brien was a cherished Concordia professor and highly regarded author, speaker and administrator. In 1965 the Jesuit priest founded the Communication Arts program, the first university communication studies program in Canada, at Loyola College, one of Concordia’s founding institutions.
Fifty years ago, the young Jesuit priest launched Canada's first communications program
Half a century ago Father John (Jack) O’Brien returned to Loyola College after five years at the University of Southern California, armed with a doctorate and a vision.
To recognize Father O'Brien's exemplary career achievements, Concordia named him its first Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 1987 and bestowed upon him the Loyola Medal, one of the university’s highest honours, in 2011.
With your support, we can preserve the legacy of a pioneer and encourage worthy students in financial need.
Give to the Reverend Jack O’Brien, S.J., Bursary Endowment, online or by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 3884, or toll free at 1-888-777-3330.