In Memoriam: Rev. William David Folsey, O.P.

by The Cowl Editor on September 27, 2018


Rev. Folsey was a regular member of the Friar Fan Section at hockey games.

By Hannah Langley ’21

On Saturday, September 23, Reverend William David Folsey, O.P., passed away at the age of 85. 

Rev. Folsey, originally from Trenton, Vermont, received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Providence College. 

After being ordained in 1957, he pursued teaching philosophy and theology at several universities in Washington, D.C. and in Ottawa, Canada. He then returned to PC in 1996 as an associate professor of theology and religious studies. 

During his time at PC, Rev. Folsey was also assistant chaplain, director of the Guzman Hall pre-ecclesiastical program, assistant director of the religious  studies program, assistant dean of undergraduate studies, and was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) faculty representative.

Rev. Folsey was also a dedicated hockey and soccer fan and could be seen cheering on the Friars at most home games. 

A wake was held in the Chapel for Folsey from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, and a funeral mass was held at the Chapel at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26. 

Rev. Folsey was buried in the Dominican Friars’ Cemetery on PC’s campus.

Rev. Folsey will be dearly missed by the PC community and all those who knew and loved him. 

Flowers and donations can be sent to the Office of Institutional Advancement at the College.