Niall O'Dowd | Irish Central
Notre Dame’s former president, Father Theodore Hesburgh, who received Irish citizenship on St. Patrick’s Day 2012 on the campus from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, has passed.
He died in the same week that Donald R. Keough, his great Notre Dame friend and ally and a former Coca Cola president, also passed. The two men played a huge role in transforming Notre Dame into one of the top colleges in America
Hesburgh, a legendary figure, was 97 years old and was a leading figure in the U.S. civil rights movement and an educator who was considered among the finest of the 20th century.
He transformed Notre Dame from a provincial academy to an academic and sporting powerhouse.