Family Login:


Share This Obituary


Memories & Candles

“Notre Dame's alumni magazine is to be complimented for its lovely memorializatio of Ed. Let me as one a year ahead of Ed at Prep, N.D. and going to...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: John A. Maher, emeitus Dean & Prof. The Dickinson School of Law - GA

“Well done, good and faithful servant. May you rest in the peace of Christ. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Terri - former co-worker

“I wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of Edward's passing. I just saw this and have missed the services. He was a wonderful man and will be...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Allen Utterback - Granger, IN

“I received the news too late to travel to South Bend for today's service. I remember Professor Goerner as a remarkable scholar and a steadfast...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Peter Kelly - Chicago, IL

“Liza & Goerner Family, Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father. May his memory be eternal. -All of us at Island Architects ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: All of us at Island Architects - CA

“Ed Goerner was the guiding light of my graduate career. He was my dissertation director; intellectual mentor and friend; and leader of the best...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Joseph Wilder - Tucson, AZ

“Prof. Goerner was an inspiring teacher. His Introduction to Political Theory class was one of the intellectual highlights of my education at Notre...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Tom Melsheimer - Dallas, TX

“Liza and family, We are all deeply saddened for your loss. I never met your father, but by glancing through his biography I can tell that we...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Tom Keck - San Diego, CA

“One of my great teachers at Notre Dame. I am saddened by his passing. James M. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Political Science Marquette...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: James M. Rhodes - Milwaukee, WI

“We will always remember, his friendliness and graciousness. We will miss seeing him at the Izaak Walton League monthly dinner programs. ...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Don and Joann Sporleder - IN

“Our deepest condolences to the your family. I have to smile when I think of the countless hours spent in your home and how warmly your dad always...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Cece Mast McTigue - friend

“My prayers and condolences are with Edward Goerner's family and friends at this difficult time. I have been fortunate to have had a number of...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: David Horan - Dallas, TX

“Kate, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. You and the rest of your family will be in our prayers at this difficult time. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Mike & Linda Munhall

“DEAR IRIS, PETER, LIZA, MEG.KATE,AND BECKY, MY HEART BROKE TO HEAR OF EDWARD'S DEATH. HE WAS THE FINEST TEACHER I HAVE KNOWN IN MY 50 YEARS IN...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: ALFRED KILLILEA - KINGSTON, RI

“Dearest Kate, We are so sorry to hear about your dad. Knowing you, we are confident that he must have been an amazing, compassionate, wonderful man...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Win and Francesca

“Dear Liza & Family, Please know that you are in our hearts and thoughts. May friends and family comfort you, faith uphold you, and loving memories...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Amanda Montgomery - San Diego, CA

“Liza & Family, Our prayers go out to you and your family. May God Bless all of you and hold you close to his heart in your time of sorrow. ...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Lourdes N. Silva, SDCERS - CA


Edward A. Goerner, of South Bend, IN passed away on October 2, 2012, at the age of 82. He was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.
He was born December 29, 1929, in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Dr. Alfred and Dr. Mary Margaret (Popp) Goerner. He was the third of four children and is survived by his sisters; Dr. Dorothy Ducker of Birmingham, MI and Alice Pike of New Orleans, LA. His brother, Father Basil Goerner, preceded him in death in 2008.
Following high school at Brooklyn Prep, he received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 1952. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Navy until 1955. He then enrolled at the University of Chicago, where he received a Ph.D. in 1959.
He is survived by his wife Iris Mensing Goerner, whom he married in December, 1996. He married the late Marilyn Rohrer in September of 1955, who preceded him in death in 1995. Their marriage produced five children: Peter Goerner of Greenwood, IN, Liza Crisafi (Tony) of San Diego, CA, Meg Collins (Shawn) of Naperville, IL, Kate Munhall (Bob) of Phoenix, AZ, and Becky Bach (Troy) of Portage, MI, and 10 grandchildren.
After receiving his Ph.D. he taught at Yale University, before joining the Political Science faculty at Notre Dame in 1960. The 1968 Notre Dame yearbook described the reason for his return as "... he felt more interesting things were happening in the government department." His specialties were Comparative Politics and Political Theory. He is the author of Peter and Caesar and editor of Democracy in Crisis and The Constitutions of Europe. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Jurisprudence and Continuum. His articles on natural right versus natural law in Aquinas appeared in Political Theory. He was an Associate Editor of The Review of Politics.
His interests were many and diverse. He was an ardent camper, canoeist, kayaker and hiker, and a lover of classical music and opera. Edward was also an avid reader, cook, naturalist, and a conversationalist of the first rank. A fan of Notre Dame Football, he never relinquished his opinion that Frank Leahy was their greatest coach. For many years he lived at the Lilacs on Notre Dame Avenue, after having restored it in the early 1960's. He loved his children and grandchildren unconditionally and believed in their ability to learn and achieve whatever they could imagine.
The political philosopher, said Dr. Goerner in 1968, " would rather live lucidly and insecure than secure with an illusion." The political philosopher would not, as do power politickers, assume that it is inconceivable one might die, like Socrates and Jesus, for something noble.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Kaniewski Funeral Homes, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 AM on Monday, October 8, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame, with Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C. officiating.
Memorial Donations can be made to the Center for the Homeless, 813 S. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN 46601; Sacred Heart Parish, University of Notre Dame, 104 The Presbytery, Notre Dame, IN 46556; or The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
He will be interred at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the campus of Notre Dame at a later date.
To send condolences, please visit, www.kaniewski.com.

Funeral Services
Interment

Cedar Grove Cemetery

University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556