Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds. Through us, they live on. Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., affectionately known as Father Ted, has not only been monumental in his leadership and service to the great institution of the University of Notre Dame, but he resides in a special place in the hearts of ND TRiO Programs. During his 35-year presidency at Notre Dame, Father Ted established programs to advance social justice. As a result, Father Ted was pivotal in the inception of TRiO Programs at the University of Notre Dame; as it was a personal interest to provide an opportunity for first-generation, low-income students to gain access to college. For the past several years, in recognition of Father Hesburgh’s enduring commitment to educational opportunity, TRiO Programs (Upward Bound) hosts the Father Ted’s 10K where all proceeds go to college scholarships to fund TRiO Upward Bound seniors. While we may mourn his passing, we will forever honor Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, as a servant, a man, and most importantly, an inspiration for his steadfast dedication to excellence and education.