Spring Hill College mourns passing of the Rev. Bobby Rimes, S.J.

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 2:45pm
Rev. Bobby Rimes, S.J.

MOBILE, Ala. – The Rev. Robert “Bobby” B. Rimes, S.J., one of Spring Hill College’s longtime members of the Jesuit community and beloved teacher and mentor, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012 following a short illness. He was 89 years old.

Born in Monroe, La., Rimes came to Spring Hill as an undergraduate in 1939. An avid baseball player, he was also proud to have served on Spring Hill’s football team. He often joked that Spring Hill football has been undefeated since 1942 when he played on the team. (SHC dropped football as a sport after that year.)

Rimes entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1942. He studied philosophy at Spring Hill College and theology at St. Mary’s College in Kansas. He was ordained a priest at Spring Hill’s St. Joseph Chapel in 1955. From 1957 until 1965 Rimes served as assistant master of novices at Grand Coteau, La., and then as master of novices from 1965 until 1975. He returned to Spring Hill in 1977 and served as rector of the Jesuit community and director of Jesuit tertians. As a professor of theology, Rimes taught courses in Jesuit spirituality and the New Testament. After his official retirement, he continued to reside in the Jesuit community at the college.

Since the late 1970s Spring Hill College students were beneficiaries of Rimes’s spiritual direction and guidance and mentoring. The college’s campus ministry center was named in his honor in 2010.

“Father Bobby Rimes embodied the values and ideals of a Jesuit education,” said Thomas A. Byrne, an alumnus and former member of the college’s Board of Trustees whose personal gift led to the naming of the campus ministry center for Rimes. “How important he was to me and to countless students like me over the years,” Byrne said at the time of the center’s naming.

“Bobby Rimes inspired and helped so many over the years,” said Rev. Richard P. Salmi, S.J., Spring Hill’s president. “We are grateful that Tom chose to honor and recognize Bobby through his generous gift in 2010.”

Spring Hill’s campus ministry center, with offices in the college’s student center, fosters a culture of Christian faith by promoting the spiritual life of all students, faculty and staff and the affirmation of religious belief and practice including prayer, worship services, faith and justice formation, reflection and discernment, various social justice endeavors, and meaningful community service to the Mobile community and beyond.

Rev. Ted Arroyo, S.J., rector of the Spring Hill College Jesuit Community, confirmed that the funeral Mass for Rev. Bobby Rimes, S.J., will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday,  July 6, 2012 in  St. Joseph Chapel. Interment of his ashes will follow at the Jesuit Cemetery.