Paying tribute to Professor Pisarik

On Monday, Oct. 30, the Loras community was saddened to hear about the sudden passing of communication arts professor Patrick Pisarik. He is survived by his wife, LeAnn, his four children and his grandchildren.

Pisarik taught several courses in the Communications Department, including desktop publishing, digital imaging  and journalism classes. He also served as the moderator for The Lorian for several years.

As a native of Mount Vernon, Iowa, Pisarik began his position at Loras in 1993 and worked there for 24 years. Before that, he worked 15 years at the Cedar Rapids Gazette, one of the leading newspapers in the state. His experience in the journalism industry translated into the classroom. He gave students the most up-to-date information on the printing industry, and he even took them to local printing presses to see them firsthand.

In his free time, Pisarik enjoyed gardening, spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, woodworking and engaging those around him in conversation.

The Loras community gathered in the ACC Ballrooms at noon on Tuesday to participate in a prayer service. The service opened with a moving mourning song performed by Fr. Dennis Miller and Stacia McDermott, followed by an opening statement from President Jim Collins. He recognized and thanked present faculty, staff and students as well as alumni and retired staff who expressed their condolences.

He then went on to share his own memories and kind words on the beloved professor, colleague and friend. Fr. Dennis completed the service with further reflection following a brief gospel reading. Those gathered were then invited to take part in the first two verses of “Amazing Grace.”

The visitation will occur Friday, Nov. 3, from 4-7 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, IA. Rosary and vigil will take place at 3 p.m. The funeral will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the same location
The Loras community has been reflecting on the impact that Pisarik had on their lives. His genuine spirit and kindness was apparent to all who met him.

Students and staff all were very responsive to this sudden news. From offering support to each other to sharing the positive memory of Pisarik’s life, the support of fellow Duhawks has been strong.

Follow the link to  read senior Aidan Wojeciehowski’s story as well as others’ reflections about their former professor and colleague.

The counseling center and Spiritual Life services and resources are available to all for support during this difficult time. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to utilize them as needed.

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