An online friend alerted me to this news last month:
Fr. Willard F. “Bill” Jabusch, 88, passed on December 8th.
Fr. Bill was a Catholic priest, educated at Mundelein Seminary, Loyola University and Northwestern University. His education was enhanced at the University of London, and as a composer, at the Chicago Conservatory. He was ordained in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1956.
We see his name on a few classic liturgical songs from the late 60s, but he composed for decades beyond Vatican II. Mainly he found melodies from various cultures and applied his lyrics to them. I didn’t know, but wasn’t surprised he was also a teacher, professor, author, and playwright.