04/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ralph McInerny Dead: Mystery Novelist Dies at 80

Ralph McInerny, a scholar of Roman Catholicism who taught at the University of Notre Dame for more than half a century and a prolific novelist whose books included the Father Dowling mystery series, died Jan. 29 in Mishawaka, Ind., near South Bend. He was 80.

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