Statement from DePaul University president on the death of Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

CHICAGO — Statement from the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University, on the passing of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame.

“In the pride of Catholic higher education, Fr. Hesburgh was our lion. He not only built Notre Dame into the nation’s preeminent Catholic institution of higher learning, but he became a leader and champion for all of Catholic higher education’s service to this nation. His deep faith in God and in the enduring goodness of this nation continue to inspire. May the Lord grant him good rest and grant all of us a share of his spirit.”

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh
The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church, and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Holy Cross House adjacent to the university. He was 97. More about the life of Fr. Hesburgh at http://hesburgh.nd.edu. (University of Notre Dame photo)

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