The Rev. James Ashton Devereux, a Jesuit priest who served as provincial of Maryland Province, died of Parkinson's disease Dec. 19 at Manresa Hall in Merion Station, Pa. He was 83.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a 1945 graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory School and entered the Society of Jesus the same year. Father Devereux earned his bachelor's degree in 1951 and master's in 1954, both from the old Woodstock College in Baltimore County. He also received a licentiate in sacred theology at St. Albert de Louvain in Belgium and had a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
He was ordained a priest in 1958.
He taught Latin and Greek at St. Joseph's Preparatory School and English at the University of Scranton and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He also spent a sabbatical year at Oxford University and was rector of Georgetown University from 1979 to 1984.
Father Devereux also was a consultant for the International Commission on English in the Roman Catholic Liturgy from 1965 to 1969. He assisted in the translation of the Roman Missal.
From 1984 to 1990, Father Devereux lived in Roland Park as provincial for the Maryland Province. A biography supplied by his order said he wrote a book, "Place Me With Your Son," based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. The book was used at a religious retreat that had a program of prayer, contemplation and Scripture studies.
After a sabbatical at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., he became pastor of St. Peter's Church in Charlotte, N.C., and was a lecturer and spiritual director at Chapel Hill.
He leaves no immediate survivors.
A Mass was offered Dec. 27 in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.