John Heisler | August 2, 2017
Camelot ended today at the University of Notre Dame.
That’s a reference to the sort of idyllic football paradise and atmosphere that College Football Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian created in his 11 seasons (1964-74) that produced 95 victories and a pair of national championships for the Irish.
His death today—coming at age 94—ends a more than 50-year association with the University, beginning with the 1964 football season.
His charismatic and passionate intensity didn’t fall by the wayside after he retired from coaching. Parseghian launched himself into the fight against Multiple Sclerosis—a disease that had afflicted several in his family, including his late daughter Karan—and then later devoted extensive time and resources to create, promote and fundraise for the Ara Parseghian Medical Foundation, now housed at Notre Dame. That effort battled Niemann-Pick Type C, an incurable disease that claimed the lives of three of his grandchildren.