DE PERE - Reverend Robert J. Cornell, O. Praem., 89, of St. Norbert Abbey,former U.S. Congressperson from the Eighth District of Wisconsin,died this morning, Sunday, May 10, 2009.
Fr. Cornell was born in Gladstone Michigan and moved to GreenBay when he was 8.
He entered the Norbertine Order in 1938 and was ordained on June17, 1944. Fr. Cornell earned a doctorate in history from CatholicUniversity, Washington, DC with a focus on U. S. labor history. Hetaught at St. Norbert High School, Abbot Pennings High School andSt. Norbert College.
Fr. Cornell served as the Eighth District Chair of theDemocratic Party. In 1975 he was elected U.S. Congressperson, thefirst democrat elected from the Eighth District of Wisconsin in 30years and only the second Catholic priest to serve in Congress.
Upon completion of two congressional terms, Fr. Cornell returnedto his faculty position at St. Norbert College and remained vitallyinvolved in politics and issues of social justice.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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