Farewell, Catherine and Peter

Farewell, Catherine and Peter

Campus community mourns passing of beloved couple and longtime faculty members.

AWARD-WINNING artist and professor emeritus Peter Lupori died December 16. He was preceded in death by his wife, professor emerita Catherine Pribyl Lupori, on October 13. The couple met at St. Kate’s, married in 1958 and raised two children, John and Maria (a 1990 alumna).

Their passion for education forged bonds with students, colleagues and the community that endured long past their official retirements. They were frequently seen at Catherine G. Murphy Gallery openings and other campus events.

The Luporis were named to the Centennial 100, which honors individuals who shaped the first 100 years of St. Kate’s. Each was also recognized with the Myser Alumnae Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2009, they were named honorary St. Catherine alumnae in recognition of outstanding service and dedication.

Catherine Pribyl Lupori, 95, was an associate professor of English from 1951 to 1985 and chair of the English department for nine of those years.

Lupori was founding director of St. Kate’s Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women’s Research, Resources and Scholarship in 1985, and led it until her retirement in 1994. She was instrumental in developing the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities women’s studies major and women’s studies minor at St. Kate’s.

She was part of the faculty taskforce that launched Weekend College in 1979 — the first such program in the region to offer women the opportunity to obtain or finish a bachelor’s degree in a weekend format.

Devoted to reading and to encouraging all to explore expanded points of view through reading, Lupori designed “Conversation with Books” in 1964 at the request of the St. Catherine Alumnae Association. The book-discussion program has expanded to chapters nationwide. She was highly involved in the selections for the 2015 Conversation with Books. (See sidebar.)

Peter Lupori, 96, joined St. Kate’s in 1947, and was named full professor and artist-in-residence in 1961. He designed the St. Catherine Medal, presented to graduates at Commencement since 1955.

After retirement in 1992, he donated designs for Christmas ornaments, lapel pins and charms to Alumnae Relations for 20 years. He also taught at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis until June 2014.

Lupori’s art — widely viewed and highly regarded — spanned across media, from sculpture to ink drawings. His work was included in the first Minneapolis Institute of Arts Biennial in 1950, and in exhibitions at Walker Art Center and Associated Arts of Pittsburgh. In the Twin Cities, his sculptures can be found at churches, hospitals and other public spaces. Two bronze statues reside on the St. Paul campus: “St. Francis of Assisi” (west of Whitby Hall) and “Our Lady” (west of the Chapel).

The Peter Lupori Scholarship, established in 1995 by former student Andrea Pennig Irvine ’63, is awarded annually to an outstanding junior or senior majoring in studio arts.

READ Catherine Lupori’s last interview with SCAN.

VIEW a collection of Peter Lupori ornaments.

Reading List: 2015 Conversation with Books


Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

The Stories, Jane Gardam; Europa Editions, 2014.

July’s People, Nadine Gordimer; Penguin Books, 1981.

The Children Act, Ian McEwan; Doubleday, 2014.

Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng; Penguin Press, 2014.


Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas, Eva Saulitis; Beacon Press, 2013.

Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement, Lori Sturdevant; Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014.

God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, Victoria Sweet; Riverhead Books, 2012.

No Saints Around Here: A Caregiver’s Days, Susan Allen Toth; University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

February 21, 1–3 p.m.
Rauenhorst Ballroom,
Coeur de Catherine

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