Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh, CSC (May 25, 1917 – February 26, 2015) was a native of Syracuse, New York, who became an ordained priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and is best known for his service as the president of the University of Notre Dame for thirty-five years (1952–1987). In addition to his career as an educator and author, Hesburgh was a public servant and social activist involved in numerous American civic and governmental initiatives, commissions, and international humanitarian projects. Hesburgh received numerous honors and awards for his service, most notably the United States's Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964) and Congressional Gold Medal (2000). As of 2013, he also held the world's record for the individual with most honorary degrees with more than 150.
Hesburgh is credited with bringing Notre Dame, long known for its football program, to the forefront of American Catholic universities and its transition to a nationally respected institution of higher education. He supervised the university's dramatic growth, as well as the successful transfer of its ownership from Holy Cross priests to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees in 1967. During his tenure as president, the university also became a coeducational institution. In addition to his service to Notre Dame, Hesburgh held leadership positions in numerous groups involved in civil rights, peaceful uses of atomic energy, immigration reform, and Third World development. Hesburgh was also active on the boards of numerous businesses, nonprofits, civic organizations, and Vatican missions.
Father Hesburgh together with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., singing "We Shall Overcome".
|15th President of the|
University of Notre Dame
|Preceded by||John J Cavanaugh|
|Succeeded by||Edward Malloy|
Theodore Martin Hesburgh
May 25, 1917
Syracuse, New York, United States
|Died||February 26, 2015 (aged 97)|
Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
|Alma mater||The Catholic University of America|
Theodore Martin Hesburgh was born on May 25, 1917, in Syracuse, New York, to Theodore Bernard Hesburgh, a Pittsburgh Plate Glass warehouse manager, and Anne Murphy Hesburgh. His father was of German ancestry; his mother's family was of Irish descent. Young Theodore was the second child and oldest son in a family of five children that included two boys and three girls. He attended Most Holy Rosary, a parochial school in Syracuse, and also served as an altar boy. Hesburgh claimed that he had wished to become a priest since the age of six. Father Thomas Duffy, a missionary priest from the Congregation of Holy Cross, which owned the University of Notre Dame, encouraged Hesburgh's interest in joining the priesthood.
Hesburgh graduated from Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse in 1934 and enrolled in the Holy Cross Seminary at Notre Dame in the fall. In 1937 his teachers decided to send the promising young seminarian to study in Rome, Italy, where he graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University with a bachelor of philosophy degree in 1940. When the American consul in Rome ordered all U.S. citizens to leave Italy in 1940 due to the outbreak of World War II, Hesburgh returned to the United States to continue his studies. He spent three years (1940–43) studying theology at Holy Cross College and two years (1943–45) at The Catholic University of America, where he earned a doctorate in sacred theology in 1945.
On June 24, 1943, Hesburgh was ordained a priest for the Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame's Sacred Heart Church (later renamed the Basilica of the Sacred Heart). Inspired by an inscription carved in stone above the church's door, Hesburgh dedicated his life to "God, Country, and Notre Dame." Afterwards, Father Ted, as he preferred to be called, returned to Washington, D.C., to complete his studies and assist at area parishes. In addition, Hesburgh served as a chaplain at the National Training School for Boys (a juvenile detention facility) and at a military installation. He also ran a large United Service Organization (USO) club in a Knights of Columbus hall in Washington, D.C. Although Hesburgh expressed an interest in serving as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to South Bend, Indiana, in 1945, after completion of his studies in Washington, D.C., to begin a teaching career at Notre Dame.
Hesburgh joined the Notre Dame faculty as an instructor in the university's Department of Religion in 1945. In 1948 Hesburgh was named head of the Department of Theology and in 1949 Notre Dame's president, John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., appointed Hesburgh executive vice president. Three years later, at the age of thirty-five, Hesburgh succeeded Cavanaugh as president.
Hesburgh served as Notre Dame's president for thirty-five years, from 1952 until his retirement in 1987. At that time his was "the longest presidency in American higher education." Hesburgh immediately began efforts to transform the school, primarily known for its football program, "into a nationally respected institution of higher learning." In 1953 the university created the Distinguished Professors Program to attract top scholars to Notre Dame. By the time of Hesburgh's retirement in 1987, the school had established more than a hundred distinguished professorships.
Hesburgh supervised dramatic growth at the university and expansion of its endowment, as well as its transition to a coeducational institution which occurred in 1972. During his presidency (1952–87), the annual operating budget increased from $9.7 million to $176.6 million and the university's endowment increased from $9 million to $350 million. Research funding increased from $735,000 to $15 million. Student enrollment nearly doubled from 4,979 to 9,676, and its faculty more than doubled from 389 to 951. The average faculty salary rose from $5,400 to $50,800. The number of degrees conferred annually doubled from 1,212 to 2,663. While Hesburgh was president, the university also initiated a forty new building projects, including the $8 million library with the famous "Word of Life" mural, better known as "Touchdown Jesus," on its façade.
Hesburgh played a key role in developing the Land O'Lakes Statement that North American representatives of the International Federation of Catholic Universities issued in 1967. The document outlined a commitment to academic freedom with independent governance and insisted that "a Catholic university properly developed can even more fully achieve the ideal of a true university." The statement created some controversy because it declared that Catholic universities should be autonomous, free from all authority, including the Catholic Church. Despite the conflicts that the statement initiated, Hesburg's commitment to excellence "transformed Notre Dame into one of the most recognizable and prestigious Catholic universities in the United States". In 1967, Hesburgh ended the university's exclusive, century-long leadership by the Congregation of Holy Cross clergy. Hesburgh and Father Howard Kenna worked together to establish a plan for transferring ownership of the university from the Congregation of Holy Cross priests to the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees. The new governing board included laypersons and Holy Cross priests as trustees and fellows.
During the 1960s, when student demonstrations were held at colleges and universities across the United States, Hesburgh and many other collegiate presidents came under attack. For Notre Dame the climax of student unrest occurred in 1968–69. On February 17, 1969, Hesburgh took a controversial position in dealing with anti-Vietnam War student activism on campus when he issued an eight-page letter to the student body outlining the university's stance on protests. Hesburgh's letter stated that student protesters who violated the rights of others or disrupted the school's operations would be given fifteen minutes to cease and desist before facing suspension, or expulsion if they refused to disperse. Hesburgh's action provoked controversy and made national headlines. The letter was reprinted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Although Hesburgh received harsh criticism from Notre Dame's students, including requests for his resignation, responses to editorials in 250 newspapers about his "fifteen-minute rule" were nearly all favorable. In addition, President Richard Nixon sent Hesburgh a telegram praising his "tough stance" on the campus's student protests.
At President Nixon's request, Hesburgh offered advice to Vice President Spiro Agnew in a letter written on February 27, 1969, that included suggestions for potential actions that could be taken to control the violence on college campuses. Hesburgh, who generally disagreed with the Nixon administration's policy in Vietnam and favored an accelerated withdrawal of the troops, advised against repressive legislation to control campus protests. Hesburgh argued that university and college administrations should be allowed to continue to decide the appropriate action to take on their respective campuses. The National Governors Conference agreed with his view; the majority of state governors opposed the proposed legislation. In October 1969, Hesburgh publicly expressed his opposition to the war by signing a letter with other college presidents calling for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam and was present at an on-campus peace Mass with 2,500 Notre Dame students the following day.
Hesburgh, a member and later chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, was publicly vocal in his support for equal rights, but he did not immediately recognize or take significant action to eliminate institutional racism at Notre Dame, where the number of black students and employees "remained at token levels until the late 1960s." In 1969, after some of Notre Dame's African American student activists criticized the low level of blacks enrolled at the university, Hesburgh appointed a student-faculty committee to assess the issue. The committee's findings caused him to take immediate measures to increase minority employment and aggressively recruit minority students. Hesburgh also persuaded the university's trustees to lift their forty-year ban on participation in postseason football games and used revenue generated from Notre Dame's bowl game appearances to fund minority scholarships. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish's win over the University of Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl Classic in 1970 raised $300,000 for Notre Dame's scholarship fund.
Notre Dame, as with other colleges and universities around the country, continued to experience antiwar protests as the Vietnam War proceeded to escalate. In early May 1970, after learning of rumors that a group of students and antiwar activists planned to firebomb the Notre Dame campus's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) building, Hesburgh responded with a public statement on May 4. In an address to a crowd of approximately 2,000 students, Hesburgh spoke against the war and objected to Nixon's decision to send troops into Cambodia. During his conciliatory remarks, Hesburgh also outlined steps that he thought the government could take to address student concerns. On May 18, Hesburgh sent a letter to President Nixon and a copy of his address, which became known as the Hesburgh Declaration. Although campus unrest caused classes to be canceled on May 6, Notre Dame's seven days of protest ended without damage, violence, or National Guard presence as it did on other college campuses, such as Columbia University, the University of California, Berkeley, and elsewhere.
By the early 1970s, Hesburgh had become the most well-known Catholic in the United States. He continued to respond to student concerns during the 1970s and 1980s. To increase student involvement in the administration's decision-making process, Hesburgh added student representatives to university committees.
Hesburgh's career included many civic activities, as well as American and international initiatives beyond his work at Notre Dame. Hesburgh estimated he spent about 40 percent of his time off-campus and believed that his civic involvement "enriched" his priesthood.
Beginning in 1955, Hesburgh served in a number of posts on government commissions that included National Science Board and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and also served on the boards of non-profit organizations, such as the Rockefeller Foundation, and Vatican missions. His career included at least sixteen presidential appointments involving some of the major social issues of his era: civil rights, campus unrest, Third World development, peaceful uses of atomic energy, and immigration reform, "including the American policy of amnesty for immigrants in the mid-1980s."
Hesburgh's first presidential appointment occurred in 1954, when President Dwight Eisenhower appointed him to the National Science Board. Although Hesburgh had no previous experience as an activist supporting civil rights issues, President Eisenhower made him a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in 1957, beginning fifteen years of service on the commission. Hesburgh emerged as a civil rights advocate and spokesperson for the commission. In an appendix to the commission's annual report in 1959, Hesburgh outlined his position on civil rights and equality:
I believe that civil rights were not created, but only recognized and formulated, by our Federal and State constitutions and charters. Civil rights are important corollaries of the great proposition … that every human person is a res sacra, a sacred reality, and as such is entitled to the opportunity of fulfilling those great human potentials with which God has endowed every man.
In 1961 Hesburgh persuaded the Indiana Conference of Higher Education to support a Notre Dame-based pilot project for President John F. Kennedy's new Peace Corps initiative that trained new volunteers for service in Chile, but he felt that the Kennedy administration had a poor record on civil rights issues. In contrast to his assessment of the Kennedy administration's civil rights efforts, Hesburgh praised Lyndon B. Johnson's work to secure passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. Congress and his courage for supporting the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Hesburgh also made public appearances to show his support for the civil rights movement. On July 21, 1964, Hesburgh delivered an impromptu speech during Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights rally in Chicago, Illinois. At the conclusion of the event, he joined hands with King and other civil rights supporters as the group sang "We Shall Overcome."
Hesburgh served as chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission from 1969, when President Nixon appointed him to the leadership position, until 1972, when White House aides asked for Hesburgh's resignation. His dismissal from the commission in 1972 followed a series of disagreements between Hesburgh, the commission, and the Nixon administration about civil rights policies. Hesburgh objected to the president's slowdown policy on school desegregation, opposed Nixon's anti-busing policy, and advocated for the renewal of the Voting Rights Act, which the Nixon administration wanted to amend. Hesburgh publicly explained that he believed the primary reason for his dismissal was due to the commission's report on minority employment in government.
According to Rick Perlstein in Nixonland (2008), when Thomas Eagleton dropped out of the race as George McGovern's vice presidential running mate in the 1972 presidential election, Hesburgh was considered as a replacement candidate for Eagleton, but he declined the offer.
President Jimmy Carter appointed Hesburgh to a blue-ribbon immigration reform commission in 1979; the commission's finding that any national immigration reform proposals can succeed only if the American national border is properly secured beforehand was cited by various opponents of illegal immigration to the United States.
Throughout his career, Hesburgh was active on many advisory boards related to higher education, science, business, and civic affairs. He also traveled the world on behalf of the university and the organizations he served.
In the field of higher education, Hesburgh was a contributor to The Pursuit of Excellence (1958), an analysis of the U.S. education system that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund commissioned as part of its Special Studies Project. Hesburgh also served as a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, and as its president from 1963 to 1970; a board member and eventual president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities; a board member of the American Council on Education; and a board member of the Institute of International Education, among other education-related groups.
In 1990, during his retirement years, Hesburgh became the first priest to be elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers (board of directors), and served from 1994 to 1996 as the board's president. Hesburgh also served as co-chairman of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics that made significant revisions to the regulation of American collegiate sports.
Hesburgh was involved with several science-related projects and organizations. From 1956 until 1970, he served as the permanent Vatican representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. In addition to serving on the U.S. National Science Board, Hesburgh was appointed U.S. ambassador to the 1979 United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development. He also served with the Midwestern Universities Research Association and the Nutrition Foundation Board. While serving on the board of the United States Institute of Peace, Hesburgh "helped organize a meeting of scientists and representative leaders of six faith traditions who called for the elimination of nuclear weapons."
Hesburgh was a board member of numerous business and civic organizations. From 1961 to 1982 he served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation, and from 1977 to 1982 as board chairman. Hesburgh also served as a director for the Chase Manhattan Bank and a member of the advisory board of People for the American Way, among many other organizations.
Hesburgh's interest in international affairs also led to his service on numerous international commissions and humanitarian projects. In 1968 Pope Paul VI appointed Hesburgh as head of the Vatican representatives attending the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations' human rights declaration in Tehran, Iran, and as a member of the Holy See's U.N. delegation in 1974. Pope John Paul II appointed Hesburgh to the Pontifical Council for Culture in 1983.
|Booknotes interview with Hesburgh on God, Country, Notre Dame, February 10, 1991, C-SPAN|
After his retirement as president of the University of Notre Dame in 1987, Hesburgh took a year off for travel and vacation. Upon his return, he came to campus to work each day at his new office on the thirteenth floor of the library that eventually bore his name, and wrote his autobiography, God, Country, Notre Dame: The Autobiography of Theodore M. Hesburgh (1990) with Jerry Reedy. The book spent six weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. At the conclusion of the book, Hesburgh remarked:
I believe that with faith in God and in our fellow humans, we can aim for the heights of human endeavor, and that we can teach them, too.
Hesburgh kept busy in his retirement years, which also included time to relax at the Holy Cross property at Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. He wrote regularly, including a second book, Travels with Ted and Ned (1992), which received mixed reviews, and edited The Challenge and Promise of a Catholic University (1994), a collection of essays on Catholic higher education. Hesburgh continued to deliver speeches and lectures, as well as serving on numerous boards and committees, including his controversial decision in 1994 to co-chair the legal defense fund for President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton with former U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach.
Hesburgh was especially active in the development of five institutions he organized: the Ecumenical Institute for Theology Studies at Tantur, Jerusalem; Notre Dame's Center for Civil and Human Rights; the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies; the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; and the Hank Family Environmental Research Center. Other retirement activities included co-chairing the Knight Commission with William C. "Bill" Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina, and joining the Harvard Board of Overseers in 1990. In 2009, he supported the invitation to Barack Obama to speak at Notre Dame, which was controversial because of Obama's strong endorsement of pro-choice legislation.
Hesburgh died on February 26, 2015, at the age of 97. His death, funeral, and memorial service gained widespread media attention. Attendees and speakers at the memorial service included former President Jimmy Carter, Condoleezza Rice, Lou Holtz, cardinals Theodore McCarrick and Roger Mahony, former U.S. senator Harris L. Wofford, Indiana governor Mike Pence, First Lady Rosalynn Carter, former U.S. senator Alan K. Simpson, U.S. senator Joe Donnelly, William G. Bowen, and a video message from President Barack Obama.
Hesburgh's leadership as president of the University of Notre Dame brought it to the forefront of American Catholic universities. A Time magazine cover story from February 9, 1962, named him as "the most influential figure in the reshaping of Catholic higher education in the U.S." Long known for its football program, Notre Dame also became known for its academics. Among his major accomplishments at Notre Dame, Hesburgh succeeded in transferring of ownership of Notre Dame from Holy Cross priests to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees in 1967. During his tenure as president, Notre Dame began admitting women, transforming the university into a coeducational institution in 1972. While Hesburgh was slow to recognize that Notre Dame's "policies and practices unintentionally produced unequal outcomes," he took decisive action after its minority students challenged him to do so. By the 1970s Notre Dame was a "much more diverse university than it had been ten years earlier."
The university has named several buildings, scholarships, and academic programs in his honor, including the Hesburgh Library, the Hesburgh Institute for International Studies, which Hesburgh founded in 1985, the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholarship, and the Hesburgh International Scholar Experience. Hesburgh's papers are housed in the Archives of the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library initially opened as the Memorial Library on September 18, 1963, and was renamed in his honor in 1987. In his retirement, Hesburgh maintained a private office on the library's thirteenth floor.
Hesburgh, one of the country's "most respected clergyman," was a strong supporter of interfaith dialogue. He also brought a Catholic perspective to the numerous government commissions, civic initiatives, and other projects in which he was involved. From his position within the American political establishment and as a major figure in the Catholic Church from the 1950s to the 1990s, he used his influence to urge support of political policies and legislation to help solve national problems.
Hesburgh remained an activist for most of his adult life, especially in the area of civil rights and equality. He played a significant role in national affairs, beginning in the mid-twentieth century, and became well known for his liberal point of view, which was based on concepts of freedom and autonomy. Hesburgh supported the peaceful use of atomic energy, aid to developing Third World countries (especially Africa and Latin America), and civil rights and equality. Although his remarks and actions were controversial at times, "he nearly always came through unscathed."
As a fifteen-year member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Hesburgh took a public stand against racism and prejudice. He used his skills as a leader to forge strong alliances, even with those who held different political philosophies. For Hesburgh, civil rights were a moral issue, as he once declared:
Our moral blindness has given us a divided America and ugly America complete with black ghettos. …We allow children to grow up in city jungles, to attend disgraceful schools, to be surrounded with every kind of physical and moral ugliness, and then we are surprised if they are low in aspiration and accomplishment.
While Hesburgh was often criticized for his social and political ideas, many praised his "contributions to ecumenism, civil rights, and world peace"
|Presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Father Hesburgh by President Bill Clinton, July 13, 2000, C-SPAN|
Hesburgh received numerous honors and awards for his public service. In 1964 President Johnson awarded Hesburgh the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor. In 2000 Hesburgh was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the first person from higher education to receive the honor.
On September 1, 2017, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released a First Class postage stamp honoring Father Hesburgh in the year of the 100th anniversary of his birthday. The release ceremony was held at Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
Hesburgh's awards include, among many others:
In a flight that took place on February 28, 1979 Hesburgh, one of a very few number of civilians to ride in a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, flew at Mach 3.35 (about 2,200 miles per hour) as a favor owed to him by President Jimmy Carter.
In 1982, after receiving his ninetieth honorary degree, Hesburgh's name was added to the Guinness Book of World Records as the individual with the "Most Honorary Degrees." As of 2013, he had received more than 150 honorary degrees.
|New York||1954||Le Moyne College|||
|Chile||1956||Pontifical Catholic University of Chile|
|Kansas||1958||St. Benedict's College|
|New Hampshire||1958||Dartmouth College|
|Rhode Island||1960||University of Rhode Island|||
|New York||1961||Columbia University|
|New Jersey||1961||Princeton University||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Massachusetts||1962||Brandeis University||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Indiana||1962||Indiana University||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Illinois||1963||Northwestern University||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Pennsylvania||1963||Lafayette College||Doctor of Laws (LL.D)|
|Austria||1965||University of Vienna||Honorary Citizen |
|California||1965||University of California Los Angeles||
|Philippines||1965||Saint Louis University|
|Pennsylvania||1965||Temple University||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Quebec||1965||Université de Montréal|
|Illinois||1966||University of Illinois||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Georgia (U.S. state)||1966||Atlanta University|
|New York||1967||Fordham University|
|Rhode Island||1968||Providence College|
|California||1968||University of Southern California|
|Michigan||1968||Michigan State University||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Indiana||1969||Saint Mary's College|||
|Missouri||1969||Saint Louis University|
|District of Columbia||1969||The Catholic University of America||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Indiana||1970||Anderson College||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|New York||1970||State University of New York|
|Utah||1970||Utah State University||Doctor of Arts (HD) |
|Connecticut||1971||Yale University||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|New York||1973||Syracuse University||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|New York||1973||Marymount College|
|New York||1973||Hobart and William Smith Colleges|||
|Ohio||1973||Hebrew Union College|
|Massachusetts||1974||Tufts University||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Tennessee||1974||The University of the South|
|Oregon||1975||University of Portland||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Connecticut||1975||Fairfield University||Doctor of Public Service |
|North Carolina||1976||Davidson College|
|New York||1976||College of New Rochelle|||
|Colorado||1976||University of Denver|
|Wisconsin||1976||Beloit College||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Pennsylvania||1977||Dickinson College||Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD) |
|District of Columbia||1977||Georgetown University|
|New York||1977||Queens College|
|Belgium||1978||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven|
|South Carolina||1978||University of South Carolina|
|Pennsylvania||1978||University of Pennsylvania||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Belgium||1978||Université catholique de Louvain|
|Nova Scotia||1978||St. Francis Xavier University|
|Indiana||1979||University of Evansville|||
|Utah||1979||University of Utah||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Virginia||1980||College of William and Mary||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL)|
|Maryland||1980||Johns Hopkins University||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|New Jersey||1980||Seton Hall University|
|New York||1980||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|California||1980||University of San Diego|
|Texas||1980||University of the Incarnate Word||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|New York||1981||St. John Fisher College|
|Ohio||1981||University of Toledo||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Iowa||1981||St. Ambrose University|
|Pennsylvania||1981||University of Scranton|||
|Ohio||1981||University of Cincinnati||Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) |
|Michigan||1981||University of Michigan||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Michigan||1981||Hope College||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Brazil||1981||University of Brasília|
|New York||1982||New York University|
|Indiana||1982||Indiana State University|||
|California||1982||Loyola Marymount University|
|Pennsylvania||1982||Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital|
|Michigan||1982||Kalamazoo College||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL)|
|Colorado||1982||Loretto Heights College|
|Dominican Republic||1982||Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra|
|Indiana||1983||Saint Joseph's College|||
|New Jersey||1983||Rider College|||
|New York||1983||Colgate University|
|New Jersey||1983||Immaculate Conception Seminary|
|Florida||1984||St. Leo College|
|West Virginia||1984||West Virginia Wesleyan College|
|Indiana||1984||University of Notre Dame|||
|Ohio||1985||College of Mount St. Joseph|
|Pennsylvania||1985||Holy Family College|
|North Carolina||1985||Duke University||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Tennessee||1985||Christian Brothers College|
|New Brunswick||1985||St. Thomas University|
|Iowa||1986||Briar Cliff College|
|Michigan||1986||Aquinas College||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Nebraska||1986||University of Nebraska||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Pennsylvania||1987||University of Pittsburgh|
|Guatemala||1987||Universidad Francisco Marroquín|
|Malta||1988||University of Malta|
|West Virginia||1989||Wheeling Jesuit College|
|Maryland||1989||Mount Saint Mary’s College|
|Rhode Island||1989||Brown University|
|Minnesota||1990||St. Olaf College|
|District of Columbia||1991||George Washington University||Doctor of Public Service |
|Louisiana||1991||Our Lady of Holy Cross College|||
|Iowa||1993||Mount Mercy College|
|New Hampshire||1993||Notre Dame College|
|North Carolina||1993||Wake Forest University||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Illinois||1995||North Park College|
|Pennsylvania||1996||Saint Vincent College|
|Illinois||1996||University of St. Francis||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Connecticut||1996||Albertus Magnus College||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Australia||1997||University of Notre Dame Australia|
|New York||1997||The College of Saint Rose|
|Kentucky||1998||University of Kentucky||Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) |
|New York||1998||Touro College Law Center|
|New York||1999||State University of New York Polytechnic Institute|
|Indiana||2000||University of Saint Francis|
|Indiana||2000||Holy Cross College|||
|New Jersey||2000||Saint Peter's College|||
|North Carolina||2000||North Carolina State University||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Texas||2001||St. Edward's University|
|New Jersey||2001||Georgian Court College|
|Ohio||2002||Ohio State University||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) |
|Indiana||2002||Ivy Tech State College|
|California||2002||University of San Diego|
|Awards and achievements|
| Cover of Time magazine
February 9, 1962
| Public Welfare Medal
Isidor Isaac Rabi
John A. Hannah
| Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
J. Stephen Horn (Acting)
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The marble and bronze sculpture depicts the events in John 4, in which Jesus converses and evangelizes to a woman from Samaria, with whom the Jews would not normally associate [Bible]. Eli J. Shaheen, a Notre Dame alum, was the donor for the project, which is owned by the university. The “Woman at the Well,” as it is often referred, is flanked by sculptures of the gospel writers Luke the Evangelist and John the Evangelist.David Burrell
David Bakewell Burrell, C.S.C. (born 16 August 1933), a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an American educator, theologian, writer and translator. He is the Theodore Hesburgh Professor emeritus in Philosophy and Theology at University of Notre Dame, USA. He wrote around thirteen books on Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions. He knows several languages; he translated two books of Al-Ghazali from Arabic into English. He also taught comparative theology, ethics and development at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, Uganda; Tangaza College, Nairobi, Kenya; and Hebrew University, Jerusalem. During 1960s, he was involved in Anti-Vietnam War Movement. He is also a professor at Notre Dame University Bangladesh.Father Hesburgh and Father Joyce
Fathers Theodore Hesburgh and Edmund Joyce is an outdoor statue on the University of Notre Dame campus. Located on the South side of the Hesburgh Library facing the reflecting pool, the sculpture was designed and built by artist Lou Cella, a member of the Rotblatt-Amrany Fine Art Studio, and is currently owned by the University of Notre Dame.Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Notre Dame
The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is located at the University of Notre Dame and is reproduction of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.Hesburgh Library
Theodore Hesburgh Library is the primary building of the University of Notre Dame's library system. The present-day building
opened on September 18, 1963, as Memorial Library. In 1987 it was renamed Hesburgh Library in honor of Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., who served as the university's president from 1952 to 1987. The library's exterior façade that faces the university's football stadium includes a large, 134-foot (41 m) by 68-foot (21 m) mural called The Word of Life, or more commonly known as Touchdown Jesus. As of 2009, the library ranked as the 61st largest collection among research universities in the United States with an estimated 3.39 million volumes.History of the University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame was founded on November 26, 1842 by Father Edward Sorin, CSC, who was also its first president, as an all-male institution on land donated by the Bishop of Vincennes. Today, many Holy Cross priests continue to work for the university, including as its president. Notre Dame rose to national prominence in the early 1900s for its Fighting Irish football team, especially under the guidance of the legendary coach Knute Rockne. Major improvements to the university occurred during the administration of Rev. Theodore Hesburgh between 1952 and 1987 as Hesburgh's administration greatly increased the university's resources, academic programs, and reputation and first enrolled women undergraduates in 1972.Irish Guard (Notre Dame)
The Irish Guard is a group of uniformed students that leads the Band of the Fighting Irish onto the field at home games. They are considered one of the integral parts in the pageantry, lore, and legend of Notre Dame football.John J. Cavanaugh
The Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C. (Jan. 23, 1899 – Dec. 28, 1979), a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, served from 1946 to 1952 as the 14th president of the University of Notre Dame, having previously served as its vice president since 1941.Log Chapel (University of Notre Dame)
The log chapel was originally built in 1831 by Rev. Stephen Badin as a mission to the Potawatomi Indians in what would become northern Indiana. It was the first Catholic place of worship in Northern Indiana. It was given in 1842 to Fr. Edward Sorin, and it became the original nucleus of the University of Notre Dame. The original was destroyed in 1856 by a fire, and an identical replica was built in the same spot in 1906.
In 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic PlacesIn February of 1987, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh decided to move the burials of Fr. Louis DeSeille, Fr. Benjamin Petit, and Fr. Francis
Cointet, from the basilica Crypt to the Log Chapel, where Fr. Badin was buried. All three priests had been buried under the original Chapel before Fr. Sorin moved them to the crypt.Notre Dame, Indiana
Notre Dame is a census-designated place north of South Bend in St. Joseph County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. It includes the campuses of three colleges: the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College. Notre Dame is split between Clay and Portage Townships. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,973.Notre Dame Fieldhouse
Notre Dame Fieldhouse was a 4,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Notre Dame, Indiana. It opened in 1898. and was torn down in 1968. A monument marks the site.
It was home to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball team. It was replaced when the Edmund P. Joyce Center opened in 1968. President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a special University convocation on December 9, 1935.
The original Notre Dame Fieldhouse was built in April of 1898 under the University's president, Andrew Morrissey. However, in 1899 the Fieldhouse burned down. Father Morrissey quickly ordered that the Fieldhouse be rebuilt and made fireproof. The Fieldhouse was used as the home of Notre Dame Athletics for seventy years. Not only was the Fieldhouse used for basketball, but also football practice, pep rallies, track and field, the Bengal Bouts Tournament, June commencement and much more. However, The Fieldhouse was torn down in 1968 when the Edmund P. Joyce Center was built to replace it. Theodore Hesburgh, the president of the university decided that the space would be used as a quad to assist in the beautification of the campus. In the place of where the Notre Dame Fieldhouse used to be there is now the Clarke Memorial Fountain (a war memorial built in 1986) and the marker in the corner of the quad. Students at the University of Notre Dame affectionately refer to the quad as “Fieldhouse Mall.”Notre Dame OpenCourseWare
Notre Dame OpenCourseWare was an initiative by the University of Notre Dame to make materials from various courses freely available on the web. Launched September 30, 2006, the site hosted materials from 45 courses in 7 subjects. The project was initially funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and, unless indicated otherwise, all materials are released with a Creative Commons license. The site is no longer available.
Notre Dame OCW was recognized along with other universities as part of Readers Digest's America's 100 Best Award in 2007.Pasquerilla West Hall (University of Notre Dame)
Pasquerilla West is one of the 30 Residence Halls on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and one of the 14 female dorms. It is commonly known as PW or P-Dub. It is located on Mod Quad, between North Dining Hall and its twin dorm Pasquerilla East Hall.President of the University of Notre Dame
The President of the University of Notre Dame is the chief administrator of the university. The president is selected by the Board of Trustees of the University, which has the general power of governance of the institution, and is second only to the University Fellows. The President of the University is ex officio member of both the Board of trustees and the Fellows.The University of Notre Dame is a private, non-profit Catholic research university in Notre Dame, Indiana, in the United States. Notre Dame is consistently recognized as one of the top universities in the United States, in particular for its undergraduate education.The first president was Rev. Edward Sorin, who was also the founder of the University, who started his term in 1844 when the University received its charter. Since then, there have been 17 presidents, the current one being Fr. John I. Jenkins, whose term started in 2005. Throughout the history of the University, the presidents have spearheaded change expansion. The longest serving president was Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who first started enrolling women undergraduates, increased the financial endowment, expanded campus construction, and greatly increased the University's academic reputation during his 35 year long term. The president is selected for a renewable 5-year term by the Trustees of the University among the priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Many of the presidents have been Notre Dame alumni.University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame du Lac (or simply Notre Dame NOH-tər-DAYM or ND) is a private Catholic research university in Notre Dame, Indiana. The main campus covers 1,261 acres (510 ha) in a suburban setting and it contains a number of recognizable landmarks, such as the Golden Dome, the Word of Life mural (commonly known as Touchdown Jesus), the Notre Dame Stadium, and the Basilica. The school was founded on November 26, 1842, by Edward Sorin, who was also its first president.
Notre Dame is consistently recognized as one of the top universities in the United States, in particular for its undergraduate education. Undergraduate students are organized into six colleges, Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, Business, Architecture and Global Affairs. The School of Architecture is known for teaching New Classical Architecture and for awarding the globally renowned annual Driehaus Architecture Prize. The university offers over 50 foreign study abroad yearlong programs and over 15 summer programs. Notre Dame's graduate program has more than 50 master, doctoral and professional degree programs offered by the five schools, with the addition of the Notre Dame Law School and an MD–PhD program offered in combination with the Indiana University School of Medicine. It maintains a system of libraries, cultural venues, artistic and scientific museums, including the Hesburgh Library and the Snite Museum of Art. The majority of the university's 8,000 undergraduates live on campus in one of 31 residence halls, each with its own traditions, legacies, events, and intramural sports teams. The university counts approximately 134,000 alumni, considered among the strongest alumni networks among U.S. colleges.The university's athletic teams are members of the NCAA Division I and are known collectively as the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame is known for its football team, which contributed to its rise to prominence on the national stage in the early 20th century; the team an Independent with no conference affiliation, has accumulated eleven consensus national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, 62 members in the College Football Hall of Fame, and 13 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other ND sport teams, chiefly in the Atlantic Coast Conference, have accumulated 17 national championships. The Notre Dame Victory March is often regarded as one of the most famous and recognizable collegiate fight songs.
Started as a small all-male institution in 1842 and chartered in 1844, Notre Dame reached international fame at the beginning of the 20th century, aided by the success of its football team under the guidance of coach Knute Rockne. Major improvements to the university occurred during the administration of Theodore Hesburgh between 1952 and 1987 as Hesburgh's administration greatly increased the university's resources, academic programs, and reputation and first enrolled women undergraduates in 1972. Ever since, the university has seen steady growth, and under the leadership of the next two presidents, Edward Malloy and John I. Jenkins, many infrastructure and research expansions have been completed. Notre Dame's growth has continued in the 21st century, and it currently possesses one of the largest endowments of any U.S. university, at $13.1 billion.Walsh Hall (University of Notre Dame)
Walsh Hall is one of the 30 Residence Halls on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Walsh is located on Main ("God") Quad, directly south of Sorin Hall and is directly north of the Knights of Columbus Building. It was built in 1909 and the architect was William J. Brinkmann. Among other buildings on the Main Quad of Notre Dame, Walsh Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. Walsh hall is known as the best female residence hall on campus. The coat of arms is taken from the Walsh family.
NCAA Gerald R. Ford Award winners