Announcement of the Death of Dr. Edmund Pellegrino

Dear IPS Community,

On behalf of President Sikorsky, Dean Emerita Sweeney, and myself, it is with sadness that we notify you of the death of Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, a great friend of the IPS.  Dr. Pellegrino was a strong supporter of the IPS mission during the planning and early stages of the Institute and connected us with other Catholic leaders who also shaped our early formation.  In the early years of the IPS Dr. Pellegrino served as an adjunct professor at the IPS (teaching Ethics) and also served as guest lecturer on a number of other occasions.  He was the commencement speaker for the IPS in 2007 at which time he was awarded an honorary degree from the IPS.

Dr. Pellegrino was a tireless advocate for a Catholic vision of the medical sciences.  He served as the 11th president of the Catholic University of America and was the Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics under George W. Bush.  He was the author of more than 575 published articles in the medical sciences, philosophy, and ethics.  The impact of his life and work on the world is reflected in the fact that he was awarded over 50 honorary doctoral degrees from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

I have included the official notice of his death below.  Please keep Dr. Pellegrino and his family in your prayers.  And please say a special prayer for the Church and the world, since when one such as Dr. Pellegrino passes, there is often both a void and a vulnerability … until through providence another faithful servant arrives.

William Nordling, Ph.D.
Academic Dean

Announcement of the Death of Dr. Edmund Pellegrino

Edmund Daniel Pellegrino, MD, MACP, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2013, at the age of 92. Beloved husband of Clementine C. Pellegrino;  loving father of Thomas (Jane), Stephen, Virginia (Christopher DiCicco), Michael, Andrea (Ronald Keith), Alice and Leah; grandfather of Daniel Pellegrino (Nicole) and Alice Cowan (Bryan); great-grandfather of Andrew Cowan.

Friends will be received at Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20816 on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Church of the Little Flower onWednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12 noon.  Private interment will take place afterward.  The reception will be held at 1:30 p.m.  at Maplewood Park Place, 9707 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed’s name to the Archdiocesan Health Care Network of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington ( or to Catholic Relief Services (