Beloved, former SLU teacher remembered for enhancing quality of public life

Dr. Avis Meyer

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Word came, recently, about the passing of a beloved, former SLU teacher, chair and scholar. Dr. John Pauly taught for SLU’s Comm. Department from 1993 – 2006, serving as chair, from 1993-2002. During his tenure at SLU, he was honored twice for excellence in teaching. And, since 2003, the department has recognized his enduring influence by bestowing an award, bearing his name, upon the graduate who has shown the greatest promise in and devotion to the tenets of journalism, in the service of democracy and enhancing the quality of public life.

In 2006, Pauly left SLU for Marquette University, where he served as dean of the Diederich College of Communication, for two years. In 2008, he became provost. His career included stints at the University of Tulsa, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Fordham University. His areas of academic interest included the history and sociology of the mass media, literary journalism, and cultural approaches to communication research.

He is survived by wife, Lindsey, and their two children, Kevin Pauly and Melanie (Gus) Bishop. He is also survived by sister Carol (Bob) Linkowski, brother David (Joyce) Pauly, uncle Louis (Dorothy) Pauly, uncle James (Ruth) Pauly, and several nieces and nephews.

A private interment is set for Forest Home Cemetery on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2018. Visitation and a memorial service will be held at Feerick Funeral Home in Shorewood, Wisc. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. The visitation will take place from 4-7 p.m., with the memorial service immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee. Donations may be made online at