A memorial Mass for Thomas J. Stritch, professor emeritus of American studies at the University of Notre Dame, will be celebrated Tuesday (Feb. 3) at 3:30 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.p. Rev. Thomas Blantz, C.S.C., professor of history at Notre Dame, will preside at the Mass, and Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, will give the homily.p. Stritch, who died Jan. 22 in Nashville, Tenn., was graduated from Notre Dame in 1934, joined the faculty the following year and remained at Notre Dame for the rest of the century. He taught journalism, English and American studies at Notre Dame, chaired the Journalism Department from 1946 to 1957 and the Department of Communication Arts from 1957 to 1970. He retired in 1978 and continued to live and work at Notre Dame, publishing a popular memoir, “My Notre Dame: Memories and Reflections of 60 Years,” in 1991.