Monday, April 20, 2009

Joseph R. Guerin, LaSalle '50
Mass of Christian Burial - St. Denis Church - Havertown, PA
Amy (Schuenemann) Vorhees, St. Joseph's '04
Mass of Christian Burial - St. Joan of Arc Church - Marlton, NJ

"May their souls, and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."

Joseph R. Guerin, 83, of Rosemont, an economics professor at St. Joseph's University, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday at his daughter Marisa's home in University City. Dr. Guerin joined the St. Joseph's faculty in 1952. For several years he chaired the economics department. He was a devoted teacher and was always concerned that his exams were fair to his students, said F. Graham Lee, a friend and retired St. Joe's professor. As a faculty leader, Dr. Guerin negotiated tenure, benefits, and compensation with the administration. He was a very nice man but "would always say the honest thing, even when it might be an uncomfortable truth," Lee said. Dr. Guerin was raised with eight older siblings in South Philadelphia and graduated from Southeast Catholic High School, now Neumann-Goretti. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps in the States and in Guam. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree from La Salle University and a master's degree from Fordham University. From 1950 to 1952 he taught at the University of Dayton. While teaching at St. Joe's, he earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

In the late 1940s, he participated in a pilgrimage to Spain, where he met Conchita Guibert. Dr. Guerin, who had studied Spanish in school, corresponded with his future wife for three years before returning to Spain, where they were married in 1951.

The couple raised seven children in Ardmore. For years they attended daily Mass at St. Denis Roman Catholic Church in Havertown and actively lived their faith, their daughter said. They opened their home to immigrant Vietnamese families, to unwed pregnant women, and to anyone who needed a place to stay, she said. Dr. Guerin often wrote letters to the editor on social-justice issues, and in the 1960s he organized a boycott of grapes at St. Joe's to support the United Farm Workers of America.

After retiring in 1987, Dr. Guerin was a tutor for a literacy program in Havertown. Since moving to Rosemont two years ago, he volunteered with an English-as-a-second-language program in Villanova. Recently he had been assisting a young African immigrant with English and finances and helped him apply for a driver's license, his daughter said. Dr. Guerin's wife died in 2007. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by sons Michael and Paul; daughters Elizabeth Loverro, Terry Williams, Jeanne Marie Guerin-Daley and Bernadette Langdon; a sister; and 12 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was said Friday at St. Denis Church in Havertown. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia 19130.



Would you please add Amy Voorhees to the remembrance list for your emails? Amy graduated SJU in 2004 for undergrad and then in 2005 for her master’s degree. She was tragically killed in a car accident on April 8th while driving to work as a seventh-grade language arts teacher and assistant softball coach at DeMasi Middle School. Amy leaves behind her family and a husband, Greg.

Amy was very special person who I am blessed to have called a close friend. She was an amazing person who was beautiful inside and out who would cherish your relationship once she let you into her life. It’s is so sad to see her go at only 27, but I know that everyone that she has met has been impacted by her in some way or another. I’m glad that she decided to welcome this Villanovan into her life nine years ago. She’s going to be greatly missed by everyone, but never forgotten because of the lives she’s touched.

Marco Georeno
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Amy's name to the Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043.

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