CUA History Department Faculty 1945 – 1950






Purcell, Richard J (1887-1950)1

American/British History

201, 501, 502, 555-6



Lilly, Edward Paul (1910-94)2


315, 316, 421, 422, 575-6


1940 – 1952

Farrell, John Thomas (1911-1968)3

British, US, Colonial

300, 500- level


1945  - 1967?

Klinkhamer, Sr. Marie Carolyn (OP) (1917-84)4

American, European?

M. A. theses adv.


1944 – 1964

Ziegler, Msgr. Aloysius Kieran (1896-1977)



M. A. theses adv.



Bruehl, Henry (1879-1946)




1937 – Oct 1946

Engel-Janosi, Friedrich (1893-1978)


543, 544

M. A. theses adv.


1943 – 1959

Steck, Francis Borgia OFM (1884-1962)5

Latin America









Ellis, Msgr John Tracy (1905-92)

American, Church History


M. A. Theses


School of Theology


Higgins, Msgr Martin (?-1969)6





Cardozo da Silveira, Manoel (1911-85)

Latin America


Lima Library


McGuire, Martin (1897-1969)7


511, 512

Greek & Latin,


1936 – 1962?

Eagan, James M (1909-?)8






1Richard Joseph Purcell was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 17, 1887. Purcell was known as a brilliant student from an early age and excelled during his four years at the University of Minnesota. After his four years he completed his masters in History at the age of twenty-two and taught history at the University from 1911-1912. After teaching at the University of Minnesota Purcell went on to earn his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Yale where he wrote in 1916 "Connecticut in Transition", for which he won the Justin Winsor Prize. After earning his Ph.D. he was head of the department of history at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul from 1916-1920. Purcell would also earn a Bachelor of Law in 1939 and a Doctor of Law from Holy Cross in 1949. Lastly, he was a member of the District of Columbia Bar association. At Catholic Purcell became an acclaimed researcher and author with his many publications. From 1927-1928 Purcell was a Guggenheim fellow on Irish Immigration and in 1929 he published "American Nation". The American Catholic Church also commissioned Purcell to write on Church and State relations in America.

Dr. Purcell also had a great skill in writing biographies, he wrote 175 short biographies for the Dictionary of American Biographies. He also published many articles on American Catholic history for many Catholic magazines and scholarly journals. Purcell's work with Dr. Charles McCarthy, history department chair before him, on American social history prepared Purcell for his work as a historiographer for the Irish-American Society. In 1946 Purcell returned to Catholic University where he would remain until his sudden death on January 3, 1950 at the age of 62. Purcell was remembered for his extensive contributions to American immigration history and church and state relations in America. An inventory of Richard Joseph Purcell Papers at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives. A link to the finding aid can be found here.


2In 1940/41 Dr Edward Paul Lilly (1910-94) joint the history department faculty. He had received his M. A. at CUA in 1933 (Thesis “The Colonial Agents of New York”) and earned his PhD in 1936.[ii] He first taught at Loyola in Chicago (1936-39), then did research on a post-doctoral fellowship from Yale, and from CUA (Penfield Fellowship) in Britain. Because of the war, he had to return to Yale, and, in 1940, to CUA as Assistant Professor. Lilly was the Director of the Army Specialized Training Program on campus, and in 1944, began to work at the Office of War Information (OWT) as historian of the new agency. Based on this work, he also taught Psychological Warfare at Georgetown and at the Naval Intelligence School, and at NATO Headquarters in Norfolk, Va. In 1952 he left CUA and became planning officer at the National Security Council.


3Obituary, in: The Tower, Nov. 8, 1968

Farrell author of  M. A thesis “The political theory of John Calvin”, U Chicago, 1949?


4Remembered by Harold Langley: . In 1966, Sr Klinkhamer was President of the ACHA

Sr. Klinkhamer was buried at Siena Heights Cemetery in Adrian, Lenawee, Michigan.

Obituary, in: Catholic Historical Review, 70 (1984), p. 672.

”Sister Marie Carolyn Klinkhamer, O.P., died on August 4. Born on March 21, 1917, in Detroit, she received her A.B. degree at Siena Heights College in 1939 and then entered upon graduate work at the Catholic University of America, where in 1943 she took the doctorate with a dissertation entitled Edward Douglas White: Chief Justice of the United States. For twenty years (1944-1964) she taught American history at the Catholic University of America, acquiring a fine reputation as a teacher and student adviser. Following three years at Barry College as professor of history and chairman of the graduate division, she served as President of Saint Dominic College in Saint Charles, Illinois, before assuming in 1971 a professorship at Norfolk State College, where she remained until illness compelled her to retire. Sister Marie Carolyn held several fellowships in American constitutional history and law, at the Yale Law School in 1969-1970 and at the Johns Hopkins University in 1970-1971. She had been a member of the American Catholic Historical Association since 1945 and was its second vice-president i


5Steck, Francis Borgia, OFM (1884-1962). After retirement in 1947 he had stayed at the Franciscan College in Quincy, Ill. Born in St. Louis, he joined seminary in 1899, in 1904 he received the Franciscan habit. He continued his studies in Quincy, Chicago, and Cleveland. In 1911 he was ordained in St. Louis. His first book appeared as “Franciscans and the Protestant Revolution”, later (1919) he studied the first 31 missions of California. In 1924 he pursued graduate studies in history at CUA under Msgr. Peter Guilday (PhD 1927). Until 1933 he taught Spanish, European and American history at Quincy College. Since then he offered courses in Spanish American History at CUA, specializing in the history of Mexico.

Bibl.: Steck, Francis Borgia. "Forerunners of Captain de Leon's expedition to Texas, 1670-1675." The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 36.1 (1932): 1-28. Steck, Francis Borgia. "Education in Spanish North America during the Sixteenth Century." Department of Education, National Catholic Welfare Conference, 1943. Steck, Francis Borgia. "Father Marquette's Place in American History." The Americas 5.4 (1949): 411-438. The Jolliet-Marquette Expedition, 1673. Glendale, Calif.: AH Clark Company, 1928.-New York: AMS Press, 1974; de Motolinía, Toribio, and Francis Borgia Steck. History of the Indians of New Spain. No. 4. Academy of American Franciscan History, 1951.  Obituary in the Historica de America (1962):


6The Tower, Friday, October 13, 1967; Page: 4 The Tower, Thursday, October 17, 1935; Section: Front page, Page: 1

7Martin Rawson Patrick McGuire was born at Whitinsville, Mass., December 30, 1897. He received his early education in the public schools of Uxbridge, Mass. In September 1916, he entered Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass. In July 1918, he enlisted in the U. S. Army at Plattsburg, NY. From September 16, 1918 to April 2, 1919 he served as a 2nd Lt. Inf. U. S. Army at Camp Grant, Ill. In June 1921, he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass. From September1921, to June 1924, he taught Latin, Spanish, and History at Georgetown Preparatory School, Garrett Park, MD. He entered the Catholic University of America in September 1924, from which institution he received the degree of Master of Arts in June 1925. During his course at the Catholic University he has attended the lectures of Professor Roy J. Deferrari, PhD, in Latin and Greek; Associate Professor J. Marshall Campbell, PhD, in Greek; Associate Professor Graham Reynolds, PhD, in Latin; Reverend James A. Geary, AB, in Comparative Philology; and Professor Joseph Dunn, PhD, in Old, and Middle Irish.

Dr. Martin McGuire (1897-1969) first taught in the Department of Greek and Latin in 1924 as a graduate assistant pursuing his MA; after earning his PhD in 1927, he joined the departmental faculty as an instructor, beginning a CUA career that lasted over 40 years and saw him promoted to ordinary professor, graduate dean, and (from 1949 to 1962) department chair. Dr. McGuire was primarily a Latinist (his dissertation was on St. Ambrose), but his interests were wide-ranging, as witnessed in significant part by his work on The New Catholic Encyclopedia, for which he served as the senior editor (source: Ward W. Briggs, Jr., ed., Biographical Dictionary of North American Classicists (Greenwood, CT and London, Greenwood Press, 1994), 387-89, with additional references).


8Eagan, James M (1909- ??) 1936-46 Assist. Prof at New Rochelle, worked for the NCWC, was since 1946? in Munich Director of Religious Affairs Branch of the US Military Government. PhD 1938 Columbia U on Robespierre. Cf. Latzin, Ellen. Lernen von Amerika?: das US-Kulturaustauschprogramm für Bayern und seine Absolventen. Fr. Steiner, 2005, 237. IN 1966, James M. Eagan was NCCJ from New York.

Catholic News Service, 1946

“Dr. Eagan, who for ten years has been associate professor of history at the College of New Rochelle. Hew Rochelle. N.T. Is no stranger to Germany. He toured the nation in 1936. making a study of how the Church fared under the nails. Last December he returned from a year In England where he had served with the American Be Cross as a field director attached to the 82nd Airborne Division. Dr. said he hopes his family- -his wife and their two young sons and daughter-will be able to Join him In Berlin shortly after he Is established. He said his mission will last a year or longer. In addition to teaching at the Hew Rochelle Institution. Dr. Eagan has taught at the summer school at the Catholic University of America here and at Notre Dame College, Staten Island, N.T., and lona College. New Rochelle. He Is a vice president of the Catholic Association for International Peace

1949: REVIEW STAFF LOCKPORT, 111., Nov. 3 (NC)—Dr. James M. Eagan, dean of studies at Lewis College of Science and Technology here, has been appointed chairman of the American section of the International Education Review, which Is published In Salzburg, Austria, In English, French and Orman. It provides a summary International Catholic developments In education.