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The Power of One

This is the first in a series of profiles recognizing consistent donors to the Holy Cross Fund. Alumni such as Douglas Lilly '91 provide the College with a stable source of income that benefits Holy Cross' faculty and students.

  • Name: Douglas G. Lilly '91
  • Hometown: Meriden, Conn.
  • Family: Wife, Elita, and daughter, Elissa, 2 years old

What he did at Holy Cross: history major — involved in the Bishop Healy Society; the Black Student Union; resident assistance program; and intramural sports

Current position: attorney and football agent

How he keeps in touch: GAA board of directors; Gift Committee, Class of 1991; alumni interviewer for the Admissions Office

The working life: "I have been an attorney for 11 years. In 2005, I formed my own law firm. I primarily specialize in juvenile law, personal injury and real estate closings. I have also been a football agent since 1999. As an agent, I spend a lot of time evaluating players' strength, speed and agility, as well as game film, to determine potential draft positions. I spend a great deal of time on the phone reviewing collective bargaining agreements, past drafts and contracts for the major professional football leagues."

Memorable teachers and staff at Holy Cross: Rev. Anthony J. Kuzniewski, S.J., professor of history: "He pushed me hard but was nice and compassionate." John D.B. Hamilton, associate professor of classics: "Professor Hamilton shot straight from the hip and had a unique sense of humor. He spoke his mind. He cooked dinner for my roommate and me, chicken Florentine. He was great." Peter Simonds, former dean of students for student activities: "He worked in Student Affairs. My experience with him taught me real-world skills, like writing proposals when you're looking for financing." Ogretta McNeil, former associate professor of psychology: "She kept you on the straight and narrow. She was really involved and attentive — made sure you were doing what you should be doing."

Why he gives to Holy Cross: "Throughout my four years at Holy Cross, classmates and upperclassmen always went the extra mile to help me, whether it was by getting me involved with campus activities or with my studies. Even now, I am amazed by the response I receive from alumni who are willing to help me, even if we've never personally met, once I tell them I am a Holy Cross alumnus."



Douglas Lilly '91




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