Patrick F. Healy, S.J. (1834-1910), President of Georgetown University from 1874 to 1882
Patrick F. Healy, S.J., was president of Georgetown University from 1874 to 1882. One of the University's most dynamic presidents, he is credited with changing Georgetown from a small liberal arts college into a modern university. In addition to raising funds for Healy Hall and overseeing its construction, he undertook to expand the curriculum, to implement more strenuous graduation requirements, to improve the professional schools, and to increase studies in science. Born in Georgia in 1834, Father Healy was the son of Michael Morris Healy, an Irish immigrant, and his wife, Mary Eliza, a former slave. He entered the Jesuit Order in 1850 and became the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. and the first to head a predominantly white university.Repository: Booth Family Center for Special Collections. For more information about this collection please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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