Jesuit Father Paul W. Nochelski, a former principal at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, died July 14, 2012, in Bronx, N.Y. He was 71.
Father Nochelski was born in Rochester. After graduating from McQuaid Jesuit High School in 1958, he entered the Society of Jesus at Bellarmine College, Plattsburgh. He then studied philosophy at Loyola Seminary, Shrub Oak, N.Y., and as a seminarian he taught English and history at Canisius High School, Buffalo, from 1965-68. In his last summer there, he received a master’s degree in history from Fordham University. He received a master of divinity degree from Woodstock College in 1971 and was ordained a priest in Rochester in May of that year.
While living at Canisius High he was assistant to the principal from 1971-78. From 1978-86 he served at Nazareth College, Pittsford, working with the alumni and as an associate chaplain.
He was then principal of McQuaid from 1986-91. In 1994 he received a PhD in secondary education administration from SUNY Buffalo. Beginning in 1993 he served at Canisius College as a professor of education and as department chair of graduate education. Due to health problems, he was transferred to Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y., in 2011.
He is survived by his sister, Corrine Lovett of Rochester.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 19, 2012, in Buffalo followed by burial at the Jesuit Cemetery in Auriesville, N.Y.