Saying Goodbye to a Contributor, Colleague, and Friend

A guest post by Dr. Brian Matz and Dr. Chris Fuller

As readers of this blog know, two years ago one of its contributors, Dr. Beth Haile, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  And then, in her usual candid and deeply theological manner, Beth chronicled her thoughts about the diagnosis last year.  We bring you the sad news that Beth peacefully passed away on Nov. 6.  She was surrounded by her husband Scott, family, and friends. You can read Scott’s CaringBridge post here.  

Beth was our coworker in the Theology Department at Carroll College during her time there.  She was a valued colleague and gifted teacher who left an indelible imprint on her students.  Many describe her moral theology course as their favorite class. More importantly, Beth remained our close friend after her departure from Carroll.  Up until shortly before her death, she retained the qualities that made her special to so many: generous, humorous, thoughtful, insightful, and opinionated (in the best kind of manner).  She loved Scott and her children (Ressie, Thomas, Richard, and Nicholas) with all of her strength right up to the end. She will be missed by many.

Editor’s note: Jana Bennett and I (David) were also privileged to work with Beth on her outstanding chapter in our recently-published Naming Our Sins: How Recognizing the Seven Deadly Vices Can Renew the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Beth wrote the chapter on gluttony, drawing on her important dissertation tackling the complex subject of eating disorders in our culture. The chapter also reflects Beth’s great gift for combining theological insight with pastoral acumen, always with great touches of humor from everyday life. We are blessed to have had her contribute.

Dr. Brian Matz holds Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Chair in Catholic Thought at Fontbonne University.

Dr. Chris Fuller is Vice President, Chief Sponsorship and Mission Integration Officer, at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.