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  Editor's Note
     
   

Dear fellow alumni and alumnae: 

There is a somewhat common misconception that college campuses become quiet and deserted during the summer months. Unwitting friends like to joke that administrators and faculty must disappear for summer-long vacations once Commencement is over. 

This past summer on Mount Saint James was quiet in only one respect: 2,700 students were away. In place of the activity generated by our students we saw: 

  • daily Admissions interviews and tours offering prospective students and their parents the chance to see the campus at its most beautiful;
  • the very successful, first-ever summer orientation for members of the Class of 2002, and their parents;
  • grounds upkeep and building maintenance by the Physical Plant staff;
  • completion of a very successful fund-raising year by the Development Office; 
  • faculty conducting research or using the time for writing;
  • the creation and production of new publications by the Public Affairs Office;
  • and, planning, planning, planning for the new academic year in every office and department at Holy Cross.
     This past summer was a little more hectic in some respects. Sadly, we said goodbye to Fr. Reedy, when he resigned as president on July 9. 

Father was dedicated to serving many constituencies - alumni and friends, faculty, and students - and it was an exhausting challenge. He "wore several hats" as priest, professor and president. 

Those of us who worked for and with him never forgot that, above all, he was (and is) a dedicated priest who loved that pastoral role. He always looked forward to the Mass of the Holy Spirit for the incoming class and the Baccalaureate Mass for the graduating class. He happily presided at the marriages of legions of former students. And, I will always cherish the memory of this past Mother's Day, when he baptized my daughter, Maeve, here in the chapel. 

He was also Father-Professor. He thoroughly enjoyed team-teaching the "Moral Weakness" seminar last fall. Students found him challenging, accessible and fair. 

"Fr. Reedy and Fr. Linnane were both great professors. They were so helpful," says Heather Zierak '98. "Some of the material was daunting. But they'd find us in the library and talk to us about the books. They helped us incorporate all these varying texts and bring it all together." 

On Pages 10-13, we offer a more extended review of the accomplishments of the all too brief Reedy presidency. 

To paraphrase Jack Lentz, Chairman of the College's Trustees, as a community, we are sorry to see the toll that the rigors of the office had on Father. We miss him and send our prayers and wishes for a full restoration of good health. 

*****

This issue also features a look at several alumni who have dedicated their lives to working for others. There are many alumni/ae who work in the broad field of social service, making it impossible for us to chronicle all of their good work. We offer these profiles of a representative few who exemplify "men and women for others." 

The next issue of the magazine will focus on alumni in business and industry. We'll take a look at alumni entrepreneurs and business leaders. The issue will also include a profile of our economics/accounting department. 

In the summer issue of Holy Cross Magazine, we included a survey asking for your input about the publication. It's not too late to weigh in on the subject. (The survey also can be completed on-line by going to our Web site at www.holycross.edu.) We will publish the results of the survey in the next issue to give you a sense of what other alumni/ae like and dislike about the magazine. 

We always welcome your feedback about this publication as we strive to make it informative and reflective of the quality of our alma mater. Write, call or e-mail us with your suggestions. We're eager to hear from you. 
 

Kathy Buckley McNamara '81 
Executive Editor 
Holy Cross Magazine 

 

 

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