Farewell to William Cahoy, Ph.D.. Dean Emeritus

Bill Cahoy has made his mark on the School of Theology and Seminary as a skilled administrator and outstanding teacher.  Bill came to the SOT/Sem in 1990 from Saint Mary’s University in Winona where he had taught for nine years after completing his PhD studies at Yale University.  Bill has been a core member of our systematics faculty for the past three decades where his course in Christology has won rave reviews from students.  Bill’s interest in philosophical and historical theology has made him an insightful conversation partner on a wide-range of theological and ecclesial issues.  His influence on students who have gone on to further PhD studies is well-known.  His readiness to engage in topics associated with paideia reveals immediately his attentiveness to the “so-what” of theological education.

Bill’s passion for theological education prepared him well for administration in the SOT/Sem.  Bill served as Dean of the SOT/Sem from 1999 to 2015.  His record of distinguished service in this role was recognized by Saint John’s University when he was named Dean Emeritus in 2016.  Bill’s participation in the administration of theological education is noteworthy.  He is frequent participant in projects of In-Trust, the Association of Theological Schools, and the Lilly Endowment.

Bill has been a remarkable and beloved colleague.  His keen mind, ready wit, and love of conversation have brought vibrancy and depth to our faculty as a community of scholars.  He will be sorely missed.  But we hope to call upon him for encore performances as a teacher of Christology and as a valued advisor.