A Milwaukee native and 1942 graduate of Marquette University High School, Father Naus was born on Aug. 28, 1924, and was ordained as a priest in 1955 at the Church of the Gesu on the Marquette campus. He held degrees from Saint Louis University and the Gregorian University in Rome.
Father Naus began his work at Marquette as dean of students and served in a variety of capacities, including director of spiritual welfare, residence hall minister, associate professor of philosophy, faculty adviser to Alpha Sigma Nu and the Evans Scholars, assistant to the president, and chaplain to the Alumni Memorial Union. He was well-known throughout campus, including his history as Tumbleweed the Clown, his famous July Christmas cards, and his long tradition of celebrating the 10 p.m. Mass at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on Tuesdays. He retired from Marquette in 2012 though continued to make frequent visits to campus.
In lieu of flowers, Father Naus requested memorials be made to the Rev. John Naus, S.J. Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2004 to support Marquette students like the thousands he served, taught and inspired as a Jesuit.
Read a remembrance and share memories with Marquette Magazine, view the slideshow that was shared at his retirement celebration in 2012 or read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about his retirement highlighting his impact on the entire Marquette community.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church of the Gesu, followed by a funeral Mass at 7 p.m.