Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Edwin A. Demerath, O. Praem.

Birth: October 4, 1912

Death: July 18, 1969

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Edwin Demerath was born in Little Chute in 1912.  After his freshman year at the college, he joined the Order in 1931 and was solemnly professed in 1936.

“Caesar”, as he was called, was assigned to teaching history at Southeast Catholic in 1935, spending his summers at Villanova, from where he earned an M.A. in 1955.  

In 1957, he was appointed superior of St. Michael’s priory and vice-principal of Premontre.  He joined the college faculty in 1959, and was made chairman of the education committee.

Caesar was an avid huntsman and an expert marksman with both rifle and bow and arrow.  He practiced constantly, and was known to set up targets in his room to shoot at.

He was unflappable, almost laconic in temperament.  Once, while sliding into 2nd base, he collided with a confrere, resulting in a fractured arm.  Caesar arose, holding the broken bones with his other hand, smiled, and said, “I think I might not be able to continue the game.”

From 1963 until 1965, Caesar assisted as St. John’s in Essexville, and then returned to Premontre and assisted at St. Willy’s until 1968, when he returned to Essexville.  He died Friday, July 18th, 1969 at the age of 56.

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