Long-Time Math, Science Professor James Ring, SJ, Dies

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, Feb. 23 at St. Mary's Chapel for James W. Ring, SJ, a longtime professor of science and mathematics and former assistant director of Weston Observatory, who died Feb. 19 at Campion Center in Weston after a brief illness. He was 86.

A native of Waterbury, Conn., Fr. Ring entered the Society of Jesus in 1929, and then studied at Boston College, receiving his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1935, a master's degree in philosophy in 1936, and a master of science degree in physics in 1938. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1941. Fr. Ring taught physics and mathematics at Boston College from 1946 to 1956, and then at Fairfield University from 1956 to 1973.

As Fr. Ring began to approach retirement age, he came back to Boston College for a sabbatical during the 1973-74 academic year, which he spent immersing himself in the work of the Geology and Geophysics Department. As a result, he shelved his retirement plans and returned to Boston College for what was to be a nearly 20-year stint of teaching and research, much of it centered in Weston Observatory, where he served as assistant director from 1976 to 1994.

A sports enthusiast, Fr. Ring was a knowledgeable fan of every Boston College athletic team, and played tennis into his later years, when it was said he could teach a geology class, dash out for a set of tennis, then calmly return to teach another class.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Fr. Ring's memory may be made to the Jesuit Memorial Fund, Campion Center, Weston, Mass., 02193.

-Mark Sullivan

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