Remembering Rev. David Arthur, C.S.C.

March 24, 2016


Rev. David Arthur, C.S.C., a professor and an academic administrator at Stonehill, died last week after a recent illness.

Fr. Arthur came to Stonehill in 1954, just six years after the College opened. In his versatility and adaptability, he exemplified the early clerical faculty at the College. His primary areas of teaching were philosophy and mathematics but, in his early years, he also taught metaphysics, logic, rational psychology, and cosmology.

During the 1950s, he also served as the director of housing, overseeing the off-campus houses in Brockton and Easton where students were interested in living.

As an administrator, he ran the evening division and the intramural program. He was also the director of the library, the affirmative action officer, and an accomplished academic dean. As the College’s first Director of Institutional Research, he marshalled the data essential to modern education. Fr. Arthur held that position until his retirement in 2000.

“In the College's early days, when resources were scarce, Fr Arthur was among a pioneering group of clerical faculty who served Stonehill in a variety of roles both in and out of the classroom. Giving generously of their time, talent and expertise, they helped the College to create a firm foundation on which subsequent generations could build with confidence. Fr Arthur assumed his many responsibilities with good grace and applied himself diligently and professionally. In doing so, he was a dedicated educator in the faith, focused on making our educational mission ever stronger and more student centered. After he retired from Stonehill, he put has skills to work in serving the Congregation of Holy Cross in many positions as well,” said Stonehill President Rev. John Denning C.S. C. 

After his retirement from Stonehill, he served as the archivist of the Congregation of Holy Cross Eastern Province Archives for 12 years until his official retirement at the age of 85. 

During Stonehill’s Golden Anniversary in 1998-99, the College presented Fr. Arthur with its Moreau Medallion in recognition of his critical role in Stonehill’s first 50 years. In 2013, the road in front of the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex on campus was named Fr. Arthur Way. 

In 2014, the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrated the 60thanniversary of his ordination. For the occasion, Fr. Arthur wrote about his varied experiences at Stonehill and with the Congregation. To read it, visit here.

 Fr. Arthur received his a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from University of Notre Dame in 1950 and a master’s degree in the same subject from Catholic University in 1957.

 A wake for Fr. Arthur will be held on Wednesday, March 30 in the Chapel of Mary on campus from 7 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 31 in the Chapel of Mary. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery on the College campus.