Notre Dame Athletics | August 8, 2019
Longtime athletics photographer Mike Bennett never wanted to be the center of attention.
Perhaps that’s why Bennett preferred his perspective from behind the lens. But with nearly 40 years of experience capturing some of the biggest moments in Notre Dame athletics history, Bennett couldn’t escape recognition of his own, especially among those with whom he worked so closely over the years.
Bennett died Monday, August 5, after a short battle with cancer. He was 69.
Bennett was hard to miss around Irish athletic facilities. Often armed with multiple cameras and brightly colored shirt-and-tie combinations, Bennett had a warm smile and positive demeanor that made him a beloved figure among student-athletes, coaches and anyone who spent enough time around the Irish program.
“Mike Bennett made everything and everyone he touched better — the natural consequence of his uncompromising professionalism and unfailingly positive personality,” Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said. “Mike’s smile and his willingness to help both were ever-present. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him, but his memory, his impact and the images he captured will remain part of the fabric of Notre Dame Athletics for years to come.”
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