Symposium to highlight dedication of Malloy Hall

by Dennis Brown

The University of Notre Dame will mark the dedication of a new theology and philosophy building named in honor of the University’s president with an academic symposium and other ceremonies Wednesday-Friday (Oct. 17-19) on campus.p. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., Hall is a 67,000-square-foot facility that includes a chapel, seminar rooms and faculty and departmental offices for two of Notre Dame’s largest and strongest academic units. Located between Decio Faculty Hall and O’Shaughnessy Hall, the $13.9-million building was underwritten by a gift from Donald R. Keough, former chair of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees, the chairman of the board of Allen&Company Inc., and former president and chief operating officer of The Coca-Cola Company.p. Titled “Theology and Philosophy in a Catholic University,” the symposium will take place Wednesday and Thursday in the auditorium of McKenna Hall and feature lectures by four leading figures in the two disciplines.p. Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at Notre Dame and the author of the foundational text for liberation theology, will open the symposium with a talk at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The evening presentation will begin at 7:15 and feature Rev. Ernan McMullin, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Notre Dame. Father McMullin has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty for 47 years and is a renowned scholar in the philosophy of science. The symposium will continue Thursday with a talk at 10 a.m. by Bas C. van Fraassen, McCosh Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and an authority on the philosophy of science, philosophical logic and empiricism. Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University who earlier this year was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II, will conclude the symposium with a talk at 2 p.m.p. Each of the symposium speakers will receive an honorary degree from Notre Dame in an academic convocation at 4 p.m. Thursday in the McKenna Hall auditorium. Father Malloy will deliver the convocation address.p. A dedication Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Friday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Father Malloy will be the celebrant and Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., vice president for Student Affairs and an associate professor of theology, will deliver the homily. Following the Mass, Father Malloy will bless the new building at 5:45 p.m., after which guides will conduct tours of the facility.p. The symposium, convocation, Mass, blessing and tours are open to the campus community and the general public.p. It was at Keough’s insistence that the new building for theology and philosophy be named in honor of Father Malloy, himself a professor of theology and a member of the faculty since 1974. Keough chaired the Board of Trustees when it elected Father Malloy president of the University in 1986.p. Inaugurated in September 1987, Father Malloy is in his 15th year at Notre Dame’s helm, leading the University through a time of rapid growth in its resources and academic reputation, and in the quality of its students and faculty. During his tenure, the number of endowed professorships has almost tripled to 140, the average SAT score for incoming students has risen from 1240 to 1341, the amount of annual scholarship aid has increased from less than $5 million to more than $40 million, the number of minority students has more than doubled, and the endowment has grown from $176 million to $2.9 billion.p. Father Malloy earned bachelor’s and master’s master’s degrees in English and a second master’s in theology from Notre Dame, and earned his doctorate in Christian ethics from Vanderbilt University. He was ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1970.p. A national leader in higher education, Father Malloy has served as chair of the American Council on Education, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Campus Compact. He has been a driving force behind efforts in higher education to promote community service and combat substance abuse.p. Keough worked for Coca-Cola for 43 years, retiring in 1993. In addition to serving as chair of Allen&Company, a New York investment banking firm, he remains a principal adviser to Coca-Cola’s chairman, Douglas Daft, and the company’s board of directors.p. Keough was elected to Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees in 1978 and served as chair from 1986-92. He was elected a Life Trustee in 1997 and remains an active and influential member of the Board.p. In addition to his service as a Trustee, Keough and his wife, Marilyn “Mickie” Keough, have made several previous gifts to Notre Dame. Their $2.5-million gift in 1993 created the Keough Institute for Irish Studies and the Keough Chair in Irish Studies, and five years later they were the principal benefactors of a $13-million expansion of the institute that included the creation of the Keough-Notre Dame Study Centre, Ireland. The Keoughs also fund summer internships for Notre Dame students in Ireland and underwrote the construction of Marilyn M. Keough Hall, a men’s residence that was dedicated in 1996.p. Don Keough received an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1985 and in 1993 was awarded the University’s Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor bestowed on American Catholics. Mickie Keough received an honorary degree in 1998. They are the parents of five Notre Dame graduates.

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