A South Bend Tribune Report
May 25, 1917: Born in Syracuse, N.Y., son of Theodore Bernard Hesburgh and the former Anne Murphy.
1934: At age 17, arrives at the University of Notre Dame to begin studies for the priesthood.
1937: Sent by Congregation of Holy Cross to Gregorian University in Rome, where he earns a philosophy degree in 1939. Returns to the United States and studies theology at Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C.
June 24, 1943: Ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
1945: Earns a doctoral degree in theology at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and returns to Notre Dame as a professor of religion.
1945 to 1948: Chaplin of Vetville, the housing area for married Notre Dame students who returned to college after World War II.
1948: Named head of the Religion Department.
1949: Appointed Notre Dame's executive vice president.
June 28, 1952: At the age of 35, named 15th president of the university.