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St. John's president is being treated for melanoma

Star Tribune

Last update: September 29, 2008 - 11:17 PM

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Saint John's University

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Get well soon. SJU '03

Dietrich Reinhart

St. John's University

Dietrich Reinhart, the president of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., since 1991, has cancer, the school announced last week.

The diagnosis from a biopsy revealed that "the nodules found in Brother Dietrich's lungs are metastatic melanoma," said the statement from Jim Frey, chairman of St. John's Board of Regents.

A leading melonoma specialist will see Reinhart, 59, on Oct. 10 for further evaluation.

"Please keep Brother Dietrich in your thoughts and prayers," Frey's statement continued. "The support of the St. John's and St. Benedict's communities mean a great deal to him," the statement added, referring to the affiliated schools, St. John's for men and the College of St. Benedict for women.

Reinhart is St. John's 11th president. He graduated from the university in 1971. He professed as a monk of St. John's Abbey in 1972. He holds master's and doctoral degrees in history from Brown University. Before becoming president, Reinhart served as dean of the college at St. John's and taught European history.


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