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A Mass of Christian Burial for Marianist Father Joseph Lackner was celebrated May 11 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the University of Dayton campus. Father Lackner, 71, died April 28 following complications from a heart attack.

Born in Cincinnati, Father Lackner professed first vows in the Society of Mary in 1960. He was ordained a priest in 1972. He served as director of campus ministry at Thomas More College for three years in the 1970s before leading the University of Dayton’s campus ministry office from 1980-1988.

As an administrator, he served as assistant provincial and director of education in the Cincinnati Province of the Society of Mary from 1997-2002 and assistant provincial for developing regions for the Marianist Province of the United States from 2002-2010. He served on the University of Dayton’s board of trustees from 1998-2006.

As a professor, he taught at the University of Dayton, Saint Louis University, Thomas More College, Xavier University, St. Mary’s University, Parks College, the Athenaeum of Ohio and, most recently, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Father Lackner is survived by his sister, Helen Hampton. Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount St. John.

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