Fr. Laurian Rausch was quite a character, as his Brown & White intro indicates:
Fr. Laurian is a native of West Lafayette, Indiana.
And he insists on the "west" part of it. Ever since
his ordination eleven years ago, Father has been at
Roger Bacon High School; actually, he still is a
member of the Bacon faculty. The only subject he
teaches at the seminary is senior physics. His
main jobs are physics teacher and business manager
at Roger Bacon.
Subsequently, Fr. Laurian worked full-time at Roger Bacon for a few years and then returned to St. Francis in the '70s to serve as rector and to teach Geometry. Laurian took a simple, practical approach to math: "Equals added to equals is equals." He also enjoyed camping, and was known for his hair-scorching campfires. "You can never use too much lighter fluid." His other hobbies included boating (fast ones) and smoking big stogies (yuch).
Laurian took charge at the farm after the sixties, and he imposed a new, stricter order (from haircuts to dress code to removal of "oddball ornaments" like peace signs/gold chains). If you didn't know Laurian well, you probably tried to avoid crossing his path... but he was truly one of those individuals of whom it's said to know him is to love him.
Mike Thomas (SFS '74) recently wrote to the alumni association:
Fr. Laurian died of cancer shortly after retiring from teaching.