Matt Storin | Mar. 4, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
In the summer of 1960 I found at my local library in Springfield, Massachusetts, a book on Notre Dame. I had set out to look for one because I would enter Notre Dame as a freshman in a matter of weeks. Now, almost 54 years later, I know the school a bit better. I’ve been a student, a parent, a faculty member, an administrator, an advisory council member and, of course, an alumnus. So when I happened across another copy of the book, Notre Dame: the story of a great university by Richard Sullivan (Henry Holt and Company, 1951), I wanted to read it from that perspective.
Sullivan was first a student, arriving in 1926, and then a professor of English for decades. He died in 1981. I met Prof. Sullivan while I was a student and had the pleasure of telling him I had read the book. I recall him as a diminutive, cheerful, red-headed, pipe-smoking gentleman.