Michael O. Garvey | August 24, 2016
Rev. Marvin R. O’Connell, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, died early Friday morning (Aug. 19) at Dujarie House in Holy Cross Village. He was 86.
At Notre Dame, Father O’Connell soon became one of the University’s most popular, challenging and affectionately regarded graduate and undergraduate teachers, chairing Notre Dame’s history department from 1974 to 1980 and directing the University’s undergraduate program in London from 1993 to 1995.
All his well-attended lectures were delivered in a booming basso profundo, and he was demonstratively intolerant of faltering attention spans. “His rather intimidating physical presence,” a former O’Connell student remembers, “guaranteed that undergraduate students maintained high standards of decorum and commitment in his classroom.”