Bellarmine students will benefit from two endowed scholarship funds announced on April 7 at the annual Bellarmine University Heritage Society Brunch. The Heritage Society, established in 1990, consists of alumni and friends who have made outright endowed gifts or included Bellarmine in their estate plans. To contribute to these funds or to create your own, contact Joan Riggert, director of planned giving and stewardship, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.272.8330.
FR. JOHN D. DEATRICK ’55 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Fr. John D. Deatrick has a long history with Bellarmine. As a student, he played outfield for the Knights from 1952 until 1955, when he graduated as a member of Bellarmine’s second graduating class. He was also a member of the track and field team.
After being ordained in May 1966, he returned to Bellarmine in 1968 as the school’s chaplain. He also served as head baseball coach from 1970 through 1974, leading the Knights to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1973 and coaching a career 110 wins and 58 losses.
Fr. Deatrick was named Bellarmine University’s Alumnus of the Year in 1980, and in 2005, he was inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame in the “Legends” category.
In 2014, he joined Al Burke ’72 and Mary Jo (’74/’84) in establishing an endowed scholarship for a full-time student who demonstrates need, with preference given to first-year students and to Bellarmine baseball players. Fr. Deatrick had coached Al Burke on the Bellarmine baseball team and officiated at Al and Mary Jo’s wedding in 1973.
This year, he established the Fr. John D. Deatrick ’55 Endowed Scholarship, which will be available to a full-time undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need. It is renewable for up to eight semesters. Eventually, he says, “I would like to be able to help at least one student every year.”
BARRY E. FIELDS ’88 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Barry E. Fields has been involved in high-profile litigation for more than 20 years. He was selected in 2004 as one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch by Chicago’s Law Bulletin Publishing Company. His practice areas include products liability, mass tort, and commercial litigation.
Barry graduated summa cum laude from Bellarmine in 1988 with a degree in chemistry. After earning a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He joined Kirkland & Ellis in 1992 and became a share partner in 2002. The firm now has approximately 1,600 lawyers in 12 offices across the world.
At Kirkland, Barry has represented clients such as General Motors, BP, Motorola, Allstate, Accenture, Dow Corning, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Dow Chemical in cases that have taken him all over the country.
Barry also has served as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, one of the nation’s top law schools. Further, he previously served as one of Kirkland’s coordinators of pro bono legal services, and has himself represented pro bono clients, including two prisoners who were beaten by correctional officers for whom he helped obtain a favorable jury verdict and appellate decision.
He says the liberal arts education that he received at Bellarmine was a great foundation for his law career, and he credits his Bellarmine professors for getting to know their students and helping them to succeed. “The influence of the teachers led me to the University of Chicago and to law school,” he said. “They were focused not just on your grades but on making sure you were getting a good education that would serve you in whatever career path you chose.”
To ensure that other students have access to the same great start that he did, he established the Barry E. Fields ’88 Endowed Scholarship in November 2017. The first scholarship was awarded for the 2018-19 school year.
By Carla Carlton | email@example.com