In Memoriam: Richard Lamanna


Josh Weinhold | May 29, 2019

Richard “Dick” Lamanna, an associate professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology, died Wednesday (May 22) at his home in Holy Cross Village. He was 86.

A University of Notre Dame faculty member for more than 35 years who served as department chair on multiple occasions, his research focused on urban sociology, race and ethnic relations, religious beliefs and practices, and urban poverty.

“Dick Lamanna was a great contributor to everything in which he involved himself,” said Kevin J. Christiano, an associate professor of sociology. “He had a knack for working mostly behind the scenes, so he did not always get the full credit that he deserved for his accomplishments — and he was not vain enough to covet that type of recognition.”

The author of numerous books, articles and research studies, he won the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership’s 1998 Award for Excellence in Research as co-author of "Search for Common Ground: What Unites and Divides Catholic Americans."

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