Sara Marley | Bloomberg Business
Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, who in 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame raised the academic stature of a school mainly known for football, opened enrollment to women and changed the role of Catholic higher education in the U.S., has died. He was 97.
Hesburgh died late Thursday at Holy Cross House adjacent to the university, according to a statement from the school, the nation’s largest Catholic university. He lived on the South Bend, Indiana, campus, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Chicago.
“We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, said in a statement on the school’s website. “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning.”
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