Theodore Hesburgh

American theologian and university president

The Rev. Theodore Martin (Ted) Hesburgh, CSC, STD (May 25, 1917 – February 26, 2015), a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, was president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years.

Ted Hesburgh in his Office at the University of Notre Dame.


  • There is no academic virtue in playing mediocre football and no academic vice in winning a game that by all odds one should lose...There has indeed been a surrender at Notre Dame, but it is a surrender to excellence on all fronts, and in this we hope to rise above ourselves with the help of God.
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