Remembering Beatrice Zedler

Dr. Beatrice Zedler, professor emerita of philosophy at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA), passed away Wednesday at the age of 89. Zedler received her bachelor of arts English summa cum laude with a minor in French in 1937 and her master of arts in philosophy in 1938, both from Marquette. She earned her Ph.D. in 1947 from Fordham University in New York.

Zedler taught a year at Marian College in Fond du Lac, Wis., and two years at College Misericordia in Dallas, Pa., before returning to Marquette as only the second woman ever hired to teach in the Department of Philosophy. Zedler retired in 1986 after almost four decades of distinguished service. Zedler was a 1981 recipient of the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, the Association of Marquette University Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies from 1967 to 1971, and a member of Alpha Sigma Nu.

Zedler is survived by three nephews, grandnieces, cousins and a grandnephew. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 at the Clement Manor Chapel, 3939 S. 92nd St. Interment at Forest Home Cemetery will be private. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Zedler’s name to the Marquette University Scholarship Fund.

The list of her publications—including her important translation of Thomas’s De unitate intellectus—check out the Marquette University’s library holdings for Zedler.


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).