Founder of Catholic school among those killed in Montecito mudslide

Roy Rohter, founder of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, was killed when a powerful mudslide swept him and his wife from their home on Jan. 9

Roy Rohter (image from Ventura County Star)

The founder of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura was among those killed early Tuesday morning when a powerful mudslide swept him and his wife from their Montecito home. 

Roy Rohter was identified by officials at Thomas Aquinas College, from which his daughter graduated in 2000. His wife, Theresa, was rescued and is in stable condition, officials said.

Rohter with his wife, who survived the mudslide. (Ventura County Star)

Friends remembered Rohter as an energetic leader and generous benefactor of the college. 

“Roy Rohter was a man of strong faith and a great friend of Catholic education,” Michael F. McLean, president of the college, said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “He played a pivotal role in the lives of countless young Catholic students — students who came to a deeper knowledge and love of Christ because of his vision, commitment, and generosity.” 

Michael Van Hecke, headmaster of St. Augustine, said in a statement that Rohter “has done so much for so many people and pro-life and Catholic education causes. … Thousands have been blessed by the Rohters’ friendship and generosity.”

Full story at The LA Times.

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  1. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

  2. May Roy Rohter, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

    May his wife fully recover, and may the Lord and His Blessed Mother comfort her.

  3. just sayin' says:

    Everyone, please pray for now-widowed Theresa Rohter, who is hospitalized with serious injuries. She is such a good Catholic and pro-lifer, and a writer of beautiful icons. Please pray too for the Rohters’ three children and spouses and all the grandchildren. Thank you.

  4. Faithful and True says:

    God bless this precious family!

  5. Joan of El Cajon says:

    Eternal rest grant unto Thy good servant Roy, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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