OF DR. JOHN SENIOR
Dr. John Senior (1923-1999) was a retired Professor of Classics
and a well-known Catholic thinker, of international reputation.
He authored The Way Down and Out (1959), The Death of
Christian Culture (1978), The Restoration of Christian
Culture (1983), Pale Horse, Easy Rider (1992), and
The Idea of a School (1994).
With two other professors, Dr.
Dennis Quinn and Dr. Frank Nelick, he taught in the very
successful Integrated Humanities Program at the University of
Kansas from 1969-1979, quite a remarkable feat considering the
institution's notorious pluralistic and revolutionary
environment, "which one college official only half-jestingly
called 'the established religion of the university'".
Nevertheless, Dr. Senior and his two colleagues "explicitly
taught the radical view that there was a truth and it could be
"Most remarkable of all, however,
was that the three professors made their converts without
proselytizing. They were simply teaching the landmark
works, ideas and achievements of Western culture... In fact,
their reading lists, which began with the Greek and Roman
classics and continued through modern American literature,
contained only a handful of works that could be construed as
explicitly Christain, such as St. Augustine's Confessions."
Dr. Senior was a longtime member of
the Immaculata Chapel at St. Mary's College & Academy in St.
Mary's, Kansas, and upon his death in early April 1999 was
buried in the chapel's nearby cemetery.
Quotes are taken
from the in memoriam article "Reviving Christendom" by
Jeffrey Rubin, a former student of Dr. Senior, and featured in
the Fall 1999 issue of Susum Corda magazine.