Saturday, June 16, 2007

Sad, Shocking News: Death of Dr. Michael Patrick O'Connor

Prof. Michael Patrick O'Connor, renown semitist and personal friend of mine, most recently of the Semitics Dept. of Catholic University, died of liver cancer this morning. This came as a huge shock. Apparently, this became known and serious in just a matter of weeks. Michael was always a great friend and supporter of folks and a model scholar for all of us. Also, please keep the Semitics Department students in your prayers, because it is such a small department and this is a huge personal loss.


Here is a photo of the two of us ca. 1996 when the two of us were teaching at Union Seminary in New York City:


6 Comments:

Blogger John said...

Shocking news indeed. Prof. O'Connor was passionate about many things, and he used that passion to positive effect. The conservations I had with him about ancient Hebrew verse were pleasant because they were animated. He was a man who cared.

I wonder whether his Esther commentary for the Hermeneia series was near completion or not.

We mourn his loss.

Sat Jun 16, 10:42:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger scook said...

Thanks for posting these comments and the photo. Dr. O'Connor was a teacher of mine at CUA from 1998-2000. The Hebrew scholarly world has lost a giant.

Steve Cook (no relation to the owner of this blog site)

Asst. Prof. of OT
Johnson Bible College
Knoxville, TN

Tue Jun 19, 07:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael was a great friend and teacher. I spoke to him on the phone only three weeks ago (while I myself was in the hospital recovering from back surgery) and he was his usual self (well-described in Jim Eisenbrauns' tribute). He didn't even know his condition at the time.

Michael had a great way with kids--he always took an interest in my children and could immediately connect with them. My family and I are deeply grieved at his passing.

Edward Chandler
Ph.D., CUA, 2005

Wed Jun 20, 05:30:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

John, you had asked about Michael's Esther commentary. According to the obituary sent out by Joseph Jensen at the CUA, he made a great deal of progress on it. I sure hope that this means that it can be published, if one of his students or another editor can work it up. It would be wonderful to have it available in print. ---SLC

Thu Jun 21, 07:52:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Dr. Cook for your posting and pictures. I love this one of you and Dr. O'Connor at Union, where you both guided me through my master's thesis.

He will be remembered fondly and well by all of his students.

Rev. Ron Serino
MDiv, UTS, 1996

Fri Oct 23, 12:01:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Thank you for your warm words, Ron. ---SLC.

Fri Oct 23, 12:30:00 PM GMT-5  

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