Brother Hugo Renews Vows

By Sondra Murphy

As if the mountain views and orange blossom breezes of the East End were not welcoming enough, Brother Hugo Stippler greets his guests with kind eyes and a comfortable handshake. St. Joseph’s Health and Retirement Center paid special recognition to this important person in its organization yesterday as Stippler celebrated his golden anniversary with the Order of Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God by renewing his vows. Stippler entered the order in Ojai in 1957 and made his final vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and hospitality on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 1959. “Most of his life has been here,” said Brother Michael Bassemeir. “He’s quite a man.” Stippler grew up in Evansville, Ind., received an engineering degree from Purdue University and worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. “We didn’t know what it was, at the time,” he said. He learned of the Order of Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God in a newspaper advertisement and felt

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