Rev. Robert Jerome Botthof, O.P., died on October 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Fr. Botthof was born on October 27, 1928 in Chicago. He was a member of the Dominicans, Order of Preachers, Province of St. Albert the Great. Before entering the Dominicans, Fr. Botthof was married to Mary Elizabeth (Nutt) Botthof in 1957. Mary died in 1980. In 1982, Fr. Botthof entered the Dominican Novitiate in Denver, Colorado and professed his vows on August 21, 1983. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1987 at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in River Forest, Illinois.
Before entering the Dominicans, Fr. Botthof served in the United States Marine Corps form 1953-55 and then taught high school at Niles Township East and West from 1955-72. He earned a Doctorate in Education from Indiana University in 1969. He was principal of Oak Park and River Forest High School from 1972-82.
As a Dominican priest he served as the President/Principal of Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois from 1987-94. He was parochial vicar and later pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in River Forest from 1995-04 and parochial vicar at St. Domitilla Parish in Hillside, Illinois from 2004-08. His last ministry was as the Pastoral Director of the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude in Chicago until 2012.
Besides his Dominican Community, Fr. Botthof is survived by his two children, Mary Alice (Tom) Cooler and James Hoff as well as five grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous other relatives.
Services are at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest, Illinois on Monday, October 20, 2014, beginning with the reception of the body and Office of the Dead at 4:00PM and visitation until 6:00PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:00AM preceded by Sung Morning Prayer at 9:00AM. Memorial Donations to the Dominicans, Society for Vocational Support, 1910 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL, 60608-2904 are greatly appreciated.