On Saturday, June 12, members of the St. Sebastian’s community and the family and friends of Morris Kittler P’85,’87,’90, GP’18, gathered on campus to celebrate his life.
The day began with a dedication of the Dean of Students' Office, held in loving memory of Kittler, who served as a teacher and the Dean of Students at St. Sebastian's from 1969-2006. Father John Arens started the dedication off with a few words and a prayer. The new Dean of Students' Office plaque was then unveiled by wife Ann Kittler and Father Arens. Also in attendance were Kittler’s sons, Jamie ’87, Nathan ’90, and Tim ’85 and other family members. The plaque reads, "Dean of Student's Office, In Loving Memory of Morris H. Kittler P’85,’87,’90, GP’18, Legendary Dean of Students 1969-2006, Beloved teacher, mentor, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend, He helped our boys become men of faith and honor." Headmaster Bill Burke touched upon the great character, love, and passion Kittler had for his job and the students, while showing a few items left behind by the legendary dean, which included a color-coded calendar, a tomato plant, and an old noisemaker.
Following the office dedication, a Memorial Mass was held in the West Campus Center, led by Father Arens and attended by family, friends, current and former faculty and staff members and alumni. Headmaster Burke then gave a heartfelt speech, delving deeper into the life of Kittler, honoring the beloved man that Kittler was and praising him for his many years of dedication to the school. Afterwards, a luncheon reception was held out on the West Campus field.