Brother Richard Henry Duerr FSC (1922 – June 18, 2005), formerly Br. Crescentius Richard FSC, is an American De La Salle Brother who was instrumental in the transformation of De La Salle University in the Philippines into becoming a pillar of Philippine education. He was President of De La Salle University from 1961 to 1966 and was named its President Emeritus in 1981.
Richard Henry Duerr was born in 1922 in Brooklyn
, New York
; the third of four children. He studied at the Saint James Diocesan High School in Loughlin and Saint Joseph's Normal Institute in Barrytown, New York, graduating valedictorian
from both schools. In 1935, at the age of 13, he entered the Junior Novitiate of the Christian Brothers in New York and began his postulancy on June 26
. On September 7
, he received the Holy Habit
and was given the religious name Crescentius Richard
In 1941, he earned his undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science, major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology, from The Catholic University of America and in 1948, he received his master's degree from Fordham University.
Upon his graduation from the Catholic University of America, Br. Crescentius assumed a career of teaching
. He spent the first 12 years of that career in New York
, handling a variety of students, from fifth graders at Saint Mary's Parochial School in New York to the college students of the Manhattan College or La Salle College, teaching General Chemistry
and Quantitative Analysis
, College Mathematics
, and the General Science
, among others.
Assignment to the Philippines
In 1953, Br. Richard was assigned to the Philippines, being first posted to De La Salle College
. He would also be assigned to La Salle Academy-Iligan
in 1958, the University of St. La Salle
in 1969, and La Salle Green Hills
Presidency of De La Salle College
In 1961, Br. Richard was appointed President of De La Salle College. During his term, he was instrumental in accomplishing the College's post-World War II
growth including the conferment of academic accreditations upon the College. He also institutionalized the use of modern management
techniques such as educational planning and budgeting
to promote efficiency and initiated the formation of a Board of Trustees
and the incorporation of the school as a non-stock, non-profit corporation
. During his term, he also oversaw the construction of De La Salle University's William Hall. On July 17
, in recognition of his contributions to the growth of the Lasallian schools in the Philippines, Br. Richard was conferred the title of President Emeritus
by De La Salle University.
Return to the United States
In 1984, after his stint at La Salle Green Hills, he chose to settle down to Lincroft, New Jersey
. He was thus assigned to the Christian Brothers Provincialate in Lincroft in 1984 to De La Salle Hall in 1987 and to the Christian Brothers Academy in 1992. In 2001, he was again posted at De La Salle Hall, where he stayed until his death on June 18