Dr. James A. Patrick, R.I.P.



Dearest Members of the Lewis Tolkien Society,

It is with a sad heart that I bring you news that late Sunday night our dear friend and teacher Dr. James A. Patrick died. Deeply saddened by the loss of his presence with us all, and that most especially for his beloved wife, Pringle, we shall miss him beyond measure. But I rejoice in my heart for our dear brother who now resides more fully alive than ever with our Lord.

Mass and arrangements are pending. Further notice forthcoming. Click here.

Captured in this moment of focused attention explaining the nuances of theology, philosophy, literature, architecture, and politics, recall to your mind how wonderful were the times you spent under his tutelage – how effortlessly he recalled the ancients as if old friends. 

And in the end, remember his voice and listen to him even now as he concludes his final lecture to us all, with Cardinal John Henry Newman’s prayer as he so often did,

“O Lord, support us all the day long till the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done, then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last.”

As Jim Patrick’s dear friend Peter Kreeft replied to me this morning from my announcement of the news late last night: “Prayers, angels, and incense go up for The Last Gentleman! I fancy he will welcome many of us into Heaven as the doorkeeper (Ps 84:10).” Indeed!


“Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”


James M. Roseman

Chairman of the Board of The Lewis Tolkien Society.

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