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Phillips Seminary Mourns Loss of Board Chair Emeritus Chester Cadieux


The community of Phillips Theological Seminary is mourning the passing of Chester Cadieux, longtime Board of Trustees Chair and benefactor of the institution.

Cadieux, co-founder of QuickTrip, began his service on the board in 1996. He served as Board of Trustees Chair from July 2001-June 2004 and again from July 2005-June 2009. At the time of his death Monday evening (March 14), he was serving as Board Chair Emeritus.

In 2002, the QuikTrip Corporation gifted the company’s property at 901 North Mingo Road in Tulsa, Okla. to Phillips, where the seminary still resides. In 2003, the seminary awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. That is the same year the new Phillips Seminary campus was dedicated.

“Without Chester Cadieux, Phillips Theological Seminary might not exist,” said Gary Peluso-Verdend, president of the seminary.

“Chester said that when he was ready to put down the piano that was QuikTrip, he picked up the piano that was Phillips Theological Seminary. He often said that everything that was good in him came from his mother, and one of the goods that included was her love for the Christian Church.”

Cadieux’s gifts of cash and stock have ensured the seminary’s fiscal health at a time when many institutions have struggled. Due to the tremendous performance of QuikTrip stock, the seminary continues to attract matching gifts to its endowment through his generosity.

Cadieux also offered his time in the classroom, talking with seminary students about lessons from the business world that might be valuable in ministry.

“He believed that people should be treated with respect, kindness, and encouraged to bring out their best,” said Nancy Claire Pittman, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the seminary. “In his QuikTrip years, he wrote a memo that said, ‘No one should have to work for a jerk,’ but he didn’t use the word ‘jerk.’ I don’t use the word he said.”

Cadieux was known for treating his employees and others fairly. He also inspired generosity in others.

“Although the seminary was over 90 years old when he got involved as a board member, the seminary was not well-known in Tulsa,” Peluso-Verdend said. “His name lent credibility. He opened his Rolodex and invited his friends and social network to learn about and support the seminary.”

“In a board meeting, when he'd put his head down in his hands, everyone knew something important was coming--like the old E.F. Hutton commercial,” said Peluso-Verdend. “When Chester spoke, everyone listened!”

Phillips Seminary is grieving this loss along with Cadieux’s family and friends, admiring the legacy and ongoing excellence that QuikTrip represents, and so grateful for the gifts he gave and arranged in perpetuity for the seminary.



ORIGINAL POST: The Phillips Theological Seminary community is remembering Chester Cadieux, a major supporter of the school. President Gary Peluso-Verdend shared news of his passing with the seminary faculty and staff this morning:

Chester Cadieux died at about 8:40 last evening. Not all of you knew Chester. For those who do, I am sure you are like me, grieving this loss with family and friends, admiring the legacy and ongoing excellence that QuikTrip represents, and so grateful for the gifts Chester gave and arranged in perpetuity for the seminary.


We will post more about Chester's importance to the Phillips community soon.

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