Richard Conklin '59M.A. | February 25, 2016
In my 34 years at Notre Dame, I walked west behind the Main Building many times and often thought there ought to be a plaque set somewhere in the paving blocks. It would mark the spot where the president of the University turned to his 35-year-old confrere in the Congregation of Holy Cross as both emerged from the crypt beneath Sacred Heart Church. It was June 1952, before the days of search committees and inaugurations, and Father John Cavanaugh, CSC, unceremoniously handed over his office keys to the younger man.
That low-key exchange launched Theodore Martin Hesburgh on one of the most remarkable careers in American higher education.