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University Remembers Life of Dr. Joseph Graham

The University of St. Thomas is grieved to share the news of the death of professor emeritus, Dr. Joseph Martin Graham.

Graham died of natural causes at the age of 88 after a long life of service and ardent fidelity to the University of St. Thomas and the Pro-Life cause.

Graham, who received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, was a tenured professor of Philosophy at UST, where his career spanned more than 40 years. He was beloved by students, staff, and faculty and remained involved in the academic community even beyond his retirement.

President Dr. Robert Ivany shared his condolences on behalf of the entire St. Thomas community saying:

“Few – if any – professors have made as major a contribution to the University of St. Thomas and to the Catholic Church as Dr. Joseph Graham,” Ivany said. “He taught and inspired his students in the classroom while saving countless lives with his Pro-Life ministry. Joe Graham was a model leader of faith and character whose love for all will live on in the careers of those he educated and through the lives of those he protected. The University community sends its deep condolences to the entire Graham family.”

During his life, Graham constantly sought new ways to be a voice for the defenseless – writing, demonstrating, leading, teaching, building – in a word, using all of his talents for the good of others. His achievements were vast, including his foresight and vision in founding our grassroots organization, Texas Right to Life. Because of Grahams dedication, Texas Right to Life grew from humble origins into a prestigious state affiliate of National Right to Life, a premier Pro-Life organization of Texas, and the largest Pro-Life group in the South.

“I think the thing that is so amazing about Dr. Graham is, he really built the pro-life movement in Texas from an extremely small core to one of the most important one in the country,” said Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers, Director for the Center for Thomistic Studies. “ The thing that Texas Right to Life has done is to build an ecumenical coalition with Protestants, Catholics and people of good will.”

Graham is survived by his wife, Mary Jo. He is also survived by his son Jim Graham and his daughter-in-law Elizabeth Graham, his daughter Mary Angela Meyer, her husband Jeff and their two daughters, Clare and Mary Grace; son Joe Graham, Jr., JD; and daughter Therese Anderson, her husband Ric and their children, Michael, Emily and Catherine.


You are invited to join the Graham family in honoring and celebrating the Life of Dr. Graham during all memorial services.

Final respects and condolences may be expressed to the Graham family during visitation from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Dignity Earthman Hunters Creek Funeral Home, 8303 Katy Freeway.

Following visiting hours, all are invited to join in the Rosary at 7:30 p.m.

The funeral and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on 2 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3617 Milam Street.

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