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John F. X. Connolly, SJ.
a fond farewell
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In June of 1962 Fr. Connolly conferred an honorary degree upon His Excellency Archbishop Joseph T. McGuckcn of San Francisco. The Archbishop gave a brief address to the graduates.
On Sunday, January 6, of this year, the news was released that the Very Reverend Charles W. Dullea, S.J. had been appointed President of the University. He succeeded the Very Reverend John F. X. Connolly, S.J., who was named Provincial of the California Province of the Society. Both appointments were made by the Jesuit Superior General at Rome.
Father Dullea said after the announcement that Father Connelly's achievements at USF would be hard to match. All honor due the new provincial can not satisfactorily be offered here. The tribute of the DON is a token of our gratitude.
Father Connolly was born in San Francisco on July 28, 1915 to John and Grace Connolly. After graduation from St. Anne's Grammar School and St. Ignatius High School, he began his studies for the priesthood in 1933. He earned his M.A. from Gonzaga University, in 1940, whereupon he returned to California and ultimately to Ordination, in Saint Mary's Cathedral, in June of 1946.
The dawn of our former president's eminent educational career was marked by his appointment as instructor at St. Ignatius High School.
In 1947 he was made assistant to the rector at USF and 2 years later rector of the Sacred Heart Novitiate, Los Gatos. Called back to USF in 1954, he began what was to be, up to this point, his finest hour.
He was appointed President of the University at the age of thirty-nine, the youngest man ever to assume that office. His accomplishments have proven as substantial for today's needs as they will prove fertile for tomorrow's goals.
During Father Connolly's tenure of office here at the University, the total assets tripled, the scholarship funds quadrupled, and the endowment funds quintupled.
But finances tell only a part of the story. Under the leadership of the departing President, USF has committed itself to a continued strengthening of academic standards in all departments. In 1958, Father Connolly formed a Board of Regents to provide the University with the counsel of distinguished Bay Area industrialists, business, and professional men, now comprised of twenty-one such prominent individuals. In 1960, with the Regents' concurrence, he established specific goals of the Second Century Development Program.
The first of those goals, a 1.5 million dollar home for the University's School of Law was realized with the dedication of Kendrick Hall in September of last year. The second advance will be nearing achievement during Father Dullea's first year as President, with construction scheduled to begin in June on a 3 billion dollar Science Center.
Other achievements, which can be called minor only in comparison with the above mentioned strides are the opening of Phelan Hall, the completion of the Memorial Gymnasium, the construction of Xavier Hall, and, a stepping-up of research facilities with the establishment, in 1961, of the Institute of Chemical Biology.
In his new role as Provincial, Father Connolly will have jurisdiction over all Jesuits in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. This province includes three universities, four high schools, eleven churches, a novitiate and theologate in Los Gatos, and two retreat houses.
In his farewell message to his many friends here at the Hilltop, Father Connolly said, "Particularly do I wish to thank the members of the University's Board of Regents who, under the vigorous direction of chairman Charles Kendrick, have given me the benefit of wise counsel, wholehearted support, and community leadership."
Forming words of gratitude is our part. Witnessing the real depth of Fr. Connolly's contribution can only be the part of those future generations of academicans who will be stimulated here and who them-12 selves will mark the final tribute.
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