Remembering Joe Reich, ’57


Remembering Joe Reich ( July 22, 1935 – March 2, 2020) #NotreDame Class of 1957 and #SycamoreTrust Charter Member. Click To Tweet

Joe Reich, ’57, a founding board member of Sycamore Trust, our long-serving Vice President, and good friend to many, has died, and we want to say a few words in tribute and gratitude about this fine man and loyal son of Notre Dame.

After graduation from Notre Dame and service as a Naval officer, Joe returned to his Colorado Springs home, where he became a prominent businessman and leader in his community, his diocese, and the Notre Dame Alumni Association, for which he served as the only two-term president in its history.

His Catholic faith was dear to him, as Joe’s obituary recounts,

He was most proud of time served as a member of the Bishop’s Council for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He was designated as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in acknowledgment of his faith and service to the Catholic Church.

That service included his central role in establishing Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, a project in which he collaborated with his wife Ann – “a family affair,” as Catholic Charities said in its 50-year anniversary commemoration.

To us, as a “start up” in uncharted waters, as vice president Joe offered wise counsel, encouragement, credibility – and a friendship we will treasure always.

We say farewell to Joe in the spirit of a message of faith and comfort from Rev. Karl Rahner, S.J., that may resonate broadly with you, as it does with us:

I have often reflected upon the surest comfort for those who mourn. It is this: a firm faith in the real and continual presence of our loved ones; it is the clear and penetrating conviction that death has not destroyed them, nor carried them away. They are not even absent, but living near to us, transfigured: having lost, in their glorious change, no delicacy of their souls, no tenderness of their affection. On the contrary, they have, in depth and in fervor of devotion, grown larger a hundredfold. Death is, for the good, a translation into light, into power, into love. Those who on earth were only ordinary Christians become perfect. Those who were good become sublime.

With our prayerful good wishes to all of you.

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8 Responses to “Remembering Joe Reich, ’57”

  1. fred ionata'53 April 5, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    As a fellow grad of Joe Reich of the 50’s, and a member of the Trust for a long time, I pray for him on this Palm Sunday and also that this servant of Our Lord’s Kingdom be an example of Father Rahner;s translation of the good.

  2. Didn’t know him personally, but may God give us more like him. May God rest his soul and be with his family especially in the years immediately to come.

  3. Ernest J. Gargaro, Jr. April 2, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    I got to know Joe from my time on the Alumni Association of Notre Dame Board of Directors. Joe would come to many of the meetings, especially the Spring meeting coinciding with the Alumni Senate; and as a former Director/President would be a welcome visitor to the Boards fellowship sessions at the end of the day. I had many terrific conversations with him and it was readily apparent how he loved his God, his family and our University. When I saw that he was an officer of the trust, I knew Sycamore was the real deal. We will suffer without his presence and guidance.

  4. Kathy Gaffney April 2, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    RIP good and faithful man and thank you for your service to the Church, Navy, Notre Dame, and your fellow man. A great example to all of a life well-lived and living the ND motto: God, Country, Notre Dame!

  5. John McNamara '86 April 2, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Very sorry to hear of the loss of Joe Reich. He was someone that was a strong force behind the scenes in the ND Club of Colorado Springs and always a welcoming, encouraging guy who looked like he had a good joke to tell you. He seemed to be able to always figure out the right direction on challenging decisions, he could see through misguided and deceptive people, and he certainly did have s solid compass on doing the right things. Seeing his name on the Sycamore Trust was a sign that this group was/is a legitimate, good organization. An excellent role model of a Notre Dame graduate. He will be missed and more people like him are needed in today’s world.

  6. Kathleen Kramer ND'84 April 2, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Eternal rest grant unto Joe Reich, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  7. So sorry about your loss. Joe is with my husband KJ and so many of his classmates. They were given to us for a short wonderful time and look forward to seeing them again. I still feel their presence.

  8. Steve Martinek April 2, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Indulge a few comments from the heart. Mr. Reich was a good Catholic man of an earlier era. His home-going marks the successful passage of a noble “throw-back” to times of certain values–not a “throw-away” of his mortal remains and his legacy values. Observant and poetic, Kipling might well comment it was more than the words of this role-model Faith follower that were twisted by knaves–it was many of the very institutions to which he invested and devoted the life-blood and energy of a long life; Our Catholic Church, Catholic Charities, Bishop’s Councils, our beloved Notre Dame, even the nobility of our armed forces. Surely Brother Reich remained true to them–but they devolved away from the values he loved and lived. His time to try to remedy them with worn-out tools is finished–but surely not wated. May God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus, through the intercession of Our Lady, Notre Dame, long welcome and honor Mr. Joseph Reich to Heaven. Amen

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