Jerry Reedy '58 | March 1, 2015
He walks into the library somewhere around noon, takes the elevator to the eighth floor, then gets off and climbs the next five flights to his office. That’s exactly 100 steps.
The 14-hour days he was famous for during the 35 years when he was Notre Dame’s president are still part of his regimen, and he fills those hours with phone calls and seeing visitors and answering mail and reading. He has always been a voracious reader.
In the early evening he takes a break for vespers and dinner with his fellow Holy Cross priests in Corby Hall. Then he goes back to the office to work some more, often staying there until 2 in the morning. He contributes chapters to books, writes prefaces and reviews, visits with friends who drop by, counsels students who are still attracted by his open door. He sifts 10 to 15 speaking invitations a week but turns down most of them. “People think that because you’re retired, you have nothing else to do,” he says with resignation. “If I never gave another outside talk, I’d have more than enough to do, believe me.”