Alfonso Verdu 1925 - 2008 Lawrence
Graveside services for Alfonso Verdu, 82, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Pioneer Cemetery in Lawrence. Mr. Verdu died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at his home.He was born April 7, 1925, in Alicante, Spain, the son of Bernardo and Carmen Chiva Verdu. He studied Japanese cultural history and literature in Japan from 1951 to 1954, and theology in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1954 to 1958. He set his special studies in Munich, Germany, in 1959 and received a Ph.D. in 1963.Mr. Verdu became professor for religious studies and philosophy of religion at the International Jesuit University in Tokyo. He left the university and the Jesuits after he received dispensation from Pope Paul VI. He was accepted as a visiting lecturer by the department of philosophy at Kansas University in 1966 and in two years became associate professor of philosophy and east Asian studies. He was promoted to full professor in 1972 and retired in 1990. He authored books on Eastern and Buddhist thought.He married Heidrun "Heidi" Decker on April 8, 1967. She preceded him in death on Oct. 23, 1988.Survivors include a daughter, Karin Bass; two sisters, Natividat Verdu and Lucinda Verdu-Chiva, both of Alicante, Spain; and a granddaughter, Bridget.The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Verdu.