Snite Foundation grant to endow fellowships in the master's in business administration program

by Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dame has received a gift of $500,000 from the Fred B. Snite Foundation of Northfield, Ill., to endow fellowships in the master’s in business administration (MBA) program.p. The gift memorializes Frederick Snite, Jr., a 1933 Notre Dame alumnus whose 18-year-long confinement in an iron lung became an international symbol of faith and courage. Three years after his graduation, while visiting Peiping, China, Snite was stricken with polio.p. Subsequently dependent on a cumbersome cylindrical apparatus which encompassed his entire body, he not only survived, but flourished, cheerfully traveling throughout the United States and the world to support and encourage other disabled people.p. A ferociously loyal alumnus who frequently watched Notre Dame home football games from a ramp at the north end of the stadium, Snite was affectionately nicknamed “Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse” by his fellow alumni. He died Nov. 12, 1954 and was eulogized by Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., then Notre Dame’s president, for showing that “obedience to God’s will is not to be identified with weakness but with the utmost strength.”p. The gift also will endow an annual $5,000 award to be given to the MBA graduate who best exemplifies the virtues of Frederick Snite, Jr.p. p.

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