John Nagy '00 M.A. | Notre Dame Magazine
Let me come right out and say it: I don’t have a great story of my own to share about Father Hesburgh.
I came to Notre Dame as a graduate student in the history department in 1997. I knew nothing about him. If they had asked me to write an admissions essay evaluating Father Theodore M. Hesburgh’s role in American history, they’d have justly offered my place to someone else.
I’ve since had a few ennobling encounters with him, for which I’ll be forever grateful. And it’s impossible to spend any amount of time around Notre Dame people and not get to know Father Ted. It seems like everyone has a story to tell. Here’s my new favorite, told at last night’s sparkling and cathartic memorial service at the Purcell Pavilion by former Wyoming Senator and honorary Domer Alan Simpson.