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A Memorial Mass will be said for Edward J. Zimmermann Jr. ’50, MS ’57, MA ’65, PhD, at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, October 26 at Christ the King Chapel. The professor emeritus of English died on Tuesday, October 15. He was 91.

A product of a Canisius education, Zimmermann was evenly knowledgeable of English literature (particularly that of John Milton), the German language, American folklore and Irish music. 

His selfless labor throughout his three decades at Canisius saw him as chair of the English Department, director of the English Honors Program, advisor to the Quadrangle and project director of the Media Studies Program. He was a member of the college’s social justice council and the first moderator of the Afro-American Society.

Zimmermann also facilitated a meaningful dialogue between the faculty and administration as president of the faculty union. He was subsequently influential in the 1968 establishment of the Faculty Senate, for which he served as secretary. 

Zimmermann retired from Canisius in January 1998.

Click here to read more about him.

Submitted by: College Communications