Rev. George John Dominic Reynolds, O.P., 84, died on January 13, 2016 in Chicago.
Fr. Reynolds was born April 23, 1931 in Chicago to Leo J. and Agnes R. (Shomer) Reynolds. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Fr. Robert Reynolds of the Diocese of Peoria. Fr. Reynolds attended Ascension Grade School in Oak Park and St. Eulalia’s Grade School in Maywood. After attending one year of minor seminary high school at Quigley, he transferred to Fenwick High School in Oak Park, graduating in 1948. He studied at Loras College in Dubuque, IA for two years before entering the Dominican Order in 1951.
He professed his first vows as a Dominican Friar on September 1, 1952 in Winona, MN and continued his studies for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, IL and Aquinas Institute of Theology in Dubuque, IA. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1959 in Dubuque.
Fr. Reynolds taught high school from 1959-1965 at Fenwick High School in Oak Park and Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, TX. Fr. Reynolds earned a Masters of Arts in English from the University of Dallas in 1970. Fr. Reynolds served in pastoral ministry of parishes and Newman Centers for many years including the St. Albert the Great Parish, Minneapolis, MN, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Castle Rock, CO, University of New Mexico, University of Northern Arizona, Southeastern Louisiana University, Emory University, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2014, Fr. Reynolds moved to Chicago and lived at St. Pius V Priory on limited service.
He died at Resurrection Life Center in Chicago. Along with his Dominican Community, he is survived by two sisters, Margaret Sallade and Sandy deBlaker, both of Casper, WY, as well numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest, IL on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Memorial Donations to the Dominican Friars, Central Province, 1910 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL, 60608 are greatly appreciated. Info., 773-736-3833 or visit Rev. George’s memorial at www.smithcorcoran.com.