Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

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We Remember

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We remember the life and legacy of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore "Ted" Hesburgh, who died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at 97. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m., and a public procession to the cemetery will follow.

God, Country, Notre Dame

In memoriam of the impact Rev. Theordore M. Hesburgh had on the Notre Dame Family, the Nation and the Catholic Church.


Obituary

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His Life

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Reflections

Notable figures recount their memories of Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh.

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Quotes

“To have been president of such a company of valiant searching souls, to have shared with you the peace, the mystery, the optimism, the joie de vivre, the ongoing challenge, the ever-youthful ebullient vitality, and, most of all, the deep and abiding caring that characterize this special place and all of its people, young and old, this is a blessing that I hope carry with me into eternity, when that time comes.”

“I’d just like to say that if you had to pick one place in the whole world in which to live and work and to realize your dreams, I can’t think of a better place than the University of Notre Dame.”

“I happen to think [Notre Dame] has the blessing of the Mother of God. If you wanted to get something done in life, you couldn't do it better than I do right here looking out the [13th floor library] window. I just look out the window, and I see the Lady. I’m about the same height [up here] as she is on the dome, and my prayer is always very simple: ‘Lady, it's your place. And if we have a few problems at the moment, I know you’ll help us out. And stay with us and help us, period.’ And it works.”

“I would hope [students would know] that No. 1, my door is always open, no matter how difficult a problem that person has that knocks on that door, I will do my best to solve it. … I would hope that the students can talk to me about their dreams. They’re very important, their dreams.”