It is with sadness that we pass on the following news. Chris Mansbridge ‘58, a longtime Hound and teacher at the College passed away this week in Regina. He will be remembered by his many students, friends and family as a man of depth, solid Christian character and profound loyalty to Notre Dame. Chris came to ND in 1950 as a 13 year old boy. He spent a many years as a student, a teacher and Dean of the Arts Program before leaving in 1980.
A message from close friend and Notre Dame Alumni, Tom Shoebridge ’62:
It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the recent passing of the much beloved Chris Mansbridge.
Those of us who have known him nearly a lifetime were blessed to have him as our teacher, mentor and friend, as men of his grace and substance don’t come along very often.
Notre Dame’s arts program sharpened his already brilliant mind and Notre Dame of Indiana’s Doctoral classes provided the experience to deepen and refine it. Those who took his philosophy classes were blessed, even though we were too young to fully appreciate it until we could see its relevance in the real world after graduation.
After a father to his four girls, he was the picture of patience, understanding and affectionate love, even when his mind was gnawing away at some philosophical knot.
Chris and his wife Mary-Ellen were a dashing young couple at the College, and everyone enjoyed their company.
Chris Mansbridge was a prince of a man - profound, gracious, gentle - one of Father Athol Murray’s grander guys.
His passing has left a hole in a lot of hearts. May his example inspire those of us who knew him to try just a little bit harder and give a little more.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Mansbridge family.