Brother Casimir Reichlin, 1925-2014

ReichlinBrother Casimir, a beloved member of the Saint Mary’s College Brothers Community until his retirement to Mont La Salle in 2011, died Oct. 11 in Napa at age 89. Born and raised in San Francisco, he was a junior at Commerce High School in San Francisco when the United States entered World War II. After graduating in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a medical corpsman and dental assistant until his discharge in 1946. Three months later he began his studies to become a De La Salle Christian Brother, receiving the habit on Jan. 25, 1947. Brother Casimir took his final vows in 1953 at Saint Mary’s College.

Over the years, he served as a teacher at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, Cathedral High School in Los Angeles and La Salle High School in Pasadena. After earning his master’s in library science from USC, Brother Casimir returned to Saint Mary’s in 1977 to serve in several capacities in the Library until his retirement as director in 1987.

Brother Casimir had a lifelong interest in music, particularly the opera. It was through connections at the San Francisco Opera House that he was able to observe the 1945 meetings establishing the United Nations and to witness the signing of the UN Charter. From 1988 onward, he devoted his time and energy to sharing his love and understanding of the opera and symphonic music with students, faculty and staff.

He was an enthusiastic liaison to the Saint Mary’s Guild for many years, and he was a Presidential Assistant for Special Projects working with Brother Mel Anderson and Brother Craig Franz. His knowledge of San Francisco history and appreciation for fine furnishings and art are very much in evidence today all around the campus.

The Viewing and Funeral Mass were Friday, Oct. 17, in Saint Mary’s College Chapel, followed by a reception in Dryden Hall. The Burial was at Mont La Salle, Saturday, Oct. 18.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Lasallian Education Fund, De La Salle Institute, 4401 Redwood Road, Napa, CA, 94558.

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