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Carol Felsenthal | Chicago Magazine 

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In 2002, when I was writing a profile of the late Eppie Lederer (a.k.a. Ann Landers), one of the top ten people on my interview list was Father Theodore Hesburgh, then president emeritus of Notre Dame University and an old friend of the famous Chicago advice columnist. I drove to South Bend and found Hesburgh, once the best-known university president in America, in a tiny office adjacent to the library stacks. He shared with me his memories of Eppie, had who died a few months before. Some of those memories, occasionally quite personal, appeared in the Chicago profile published the next February. 

I thought about that long and revealing conversation when I heard that Hesburgh, who was president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, had died Thursday at age 97.
 
She was Jewish, he was among the most famous Catholics in the country—he was a year older than she—and they talked about everything, including sex (premarital in particular), a subject on which her attitudes became more liberal as she aged. (Hesburgh was famously liberal on social issues, as well as a staunch advocate of civil rights, immigrant rights, and aggressive development in third-world countries.)

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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