60 Minutes | March 1, 2015
Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, died Thursday night, February 27 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame where he served as president for 35 years and served as Notre Dame's inspiration ever since. He was 97.
As Notre Dame president, a member and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, presidential advisor and member of federal and higher education commissions, Hesburgh was, perhaps, the most influential Catholic churchman of his time. His portfolios ranged from world hunger to atoms for peace to academic freedom for Catholic universities to cleaning up college athletics. Presidents, both Democrats and Republicans, named him to commissions on everything from Vietnam amnesty to immigration reform.