Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Edward C. Killeen, O. Praem.

Birth: November 17, 1897

Death: December 21, 1971

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Edward Killeen was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in 1897.  After graduating from St. Norbert High and his sophomore year at the college, he joined the Order in 1925 and was solemnly professed in 1930.

Edward began graduate school at U. W. Madison in 1931, assisting at St. Joe’s inMadison while also being chaplain at Edgewood Academy andWisconsin General Hospital.  He earned his Ph.D. fromMadison in 1941 and returned to the college.

“Ether Ed,” as he was called, used to mesmerize his economics students into drowsiness with his slow, unanimated lectures.  But not being a judgmental man, he let them sleep on, knowing they would pay for their inattention when exam time came!  

From 1941 until 1947, as master of professed at the abbey, he could be found as a true circator, i.e. a wandering "spy"whose business was to tour the abbey and see that every frat was doing his allotted task.  One day the frats found him hiding in the unused, darkened walk-in coolers of their makeshift music room!

From 1948 to 1954, Ed was associate pastor at Old St. Joe’s, where he was much loved by the students as a confessor for his kind and encouraging words.

From 1960 to 1971, in addition to part-time teaching at the college, he was chaplain atSt. Joseph Academy.  He died on Tuesday, December 21, 1971 at the age of 74.

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