Jesuit Father Edgar Graham passed away on February 1, 2015, in Philadelphia at age 92. He was a Jesuit priest for 60 years and a missionary in India for more than 30 years.
A native of Baltimore, Fr. Graham was an alumnus of both Loyola High School and Loyola College in Baltimore. After pronouncing his first vows in July of 1944 and completing studies in philosophy at Woodstock College in 1948, he proactively sought assignment in India. It was the right calling. For more than 30 years, he dedicated himself as a teacher of math, English, science and ethics in Jamshedpur, Chaibasa, and Jealgora India. He furthered his own education as well at Loyola in Jamshedpur and De Nobili College in Poona, India.
As a true missionary in the field, Fr. Graham never forgot how important the prayers and support from colleagues, friends and family were to his vocation, humbly referring to those who prayed for him as equal missionaries in his work.
Fr. Graham returned to the United States in 1985 and served as Assistant Chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore and as House Treasurer for his alma mater, Loyola College. In 2008, he moved to Manresa Hall in Philadelphia. Remembering how important the prayers of others meant to him while living out his vocation, Fr. Graham continued to pray for the Church and the missions of the Society of Jesus until his death at 92.