My Six Words ... Ted Hesburgh's Legacy: Putting People First.
I come from a Notre Dame family. My Dad went to Notre Dame; my older sister went there as well. In fact, that's how they met.
That joke is one of the first things I think of when I think of the University of Notre Dame. When I think of Notre Dame, I think of people associated with their football, basketball and marching band programs. The name I associate to Notre Dame more than any other is that of former university president, Rev. Theodore "Ted" Hesburgh. Father Ted passed away late Thursday night in South Bend, Indiana, at the age of 97.
Hesburgh served as president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987 and was a major national and religious figure. If you were to google Hesburgh, pictures like the one below of him and Martin Luther King would pop up. You would also see pictures of him standing with past and former U.S. presidents from Eisenhower to Obama. You would see pictures of him with popes. But the picture that comes to my mind is of him and my grandfather in the 1950's when my Dad was an incoming freshman at Notre Dame. It is a picture in my mind only, but as clear as any of the images I can pull off the web.