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FR. JOSEPH A. GALDON, SJ, A POPULAR professor of English who taught generations of Filipino students as well teachers in public and private schools through the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT), died last Monday, 5:30 a.m., at the Jesuit Residence Infirmary.
The announcement was made by Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ, president of Ateneo de Manila University.
Father Galdon also wrote the popular Sunday column, ?The Mustard Seed,? for Inquirer from 1995-2001. (See a reprint of one Lenten column on p.E2.)
Born Sept. 24, 1928, Galdon entered the Novitiate of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson on July 30, 1946, after graduating from Regis High School in New York City. He came to the Philippines in 1950 and completed his AB and MA Philosophy studies, first at Sacred Heart Novitiate and then at Berchmans College in Cebu City.
He did his Regency at the Ateneo de Manila High School from 1953-1956, where he also taught Latin, English and Religion.
After completing his Theology studies at Woodstock College, Maryland, in 1956-60, he was ordained on June 20, 1959 by Francis Cardinal Spellman at Fordham University. He completed his Ph.D in English/Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 1965.
Upon his return to the Philippines in 1965, he taught English and Latin in the Jesuit Juniorate in Sacred Heart Novitiate and then at the Loyola House of Studies.
From 1968 until his health began to fail in 2003, he worked at the Ateneo de Manila University in various capacities: as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1968-70; Chair of the Department of English, 1970-71, 1975-78 and 1983; Rector of the Jesuit Residence, 1976-82; Editor of Philippine Studies, 1993-2000; and Director of Admission and Aid, 1989-95.
He is best known, however, as Professor of English to generations of Ateneans and Jesuit scholastics.
?Fr. Galdon will probably be best remembered as a truly outstanding
English professor to so many generations at the Ateneo de Manila,? said Nebres in his announcement. Teachers of English in public and private schools, through the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching, also benefited from his classes.
Added Nebres, ?He was also a spiritual guide to so many Ateneans, particularly for the participants in the Prayer Days for Coeds.?
A three-day wake for Galdon was held at the Ateneo College Chapel from March 15. Last Thursday, he was interred at the Sacred Heart Novitiate.