USF, Jewish Federation presenting Holocaust lecture

Feb. 17, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis Department of Philosphy and Theology and School of Arts and Sciences will host “Irene Gut Opdyke: Righteous Among the Nations,” a free public lecture about the Holocaust, on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the university’s Brookside Ballroom. The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne is the event sponsor.

The community is invited to join Jeannie Opdyke Smith as she tells the story of her mother, Irene Gut Opdyke. A Polish Catholic during World War II, Irene rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Decades later, she was named by the Israeli Holocaust Commission as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Brookside is located next to Mirror Lake on the university’s main campus at 2701 Spring St. For more information, contact Dr. John Bequette at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8122 or

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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