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Alumni leaders featured in BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek — in both its print magazine and online at www.businessweek.com — published a major feature, titled "The Holy Cross Fraternity," in its issue of March 12, 2007.  The 3,000-word story focuses on the common Holy Cross history of star litigator Theodore V. Wells Jr. '72, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas '71, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones '72, investment banker Stanley E. Grayson '72, and Eddie J. Jenkins '72, the former Miami Dolphins running back who now chairs the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control — all of whom were  among a small group of young African Americans who arrived at Holy Cross during a racially tense time in the nation's history.

Senior writer Diane Brady spent two days on campus last fall reporting the story, and several weeks interviewing the men about their time at Holy Cross and how it shaped their lives.  She relates how Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., '49, president emeritus, encouraged them to attend the College and helped mentor them during their time on Mount St. James.

In the article, Wells gives Fr. Brooks credit for helping to transform a group of talented students into confident leaders. "From a statistical perspective, it seems impossible," Wells says, of his classmates' success. "Fr. Brooks' mentoring had a lot to do with it. We learned from him, and he learned from us." And Thomas told Brady that it wasn't serendipity that his peers went on to such successful careers. "It was Father Brooks."


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