Gerard F. Yates, S.J. (on left), reviews his citation for the Patrick Healy Award with Georgetown University President Robert J. Henle, S.J. (on right)
Georgetown University Archives, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
Gerard F. Yates, S.J. (1907-1979) spent forty years at Georgetown, as Professor of Government, Dean of the Graduate School, director of international student programs, foreign student advisor, and as a long-time member of the Chimes singing group. The field house at Georgetown bears his name. When asked why he became a Jesuit, he replied: "The Order seemed to stand for great things and the spread of God's kingdom at every level. Chivalry was still a reality... when I was a boy, and the Society of Jesus was to me a spiritual chivalry and a disciplined army. I came to see them as men formed in a great school, modeled on a noble pattern; and I thought if I could be that kind of man that they were... there was nothing better I could ask or do in life." The Patrick Healy Award is named for Patrick F. Healy, S.J., who was president of Georgetown University from 1874 to 1882. The first African-American to serve as president of a major American university, he led Georgetown through a period of extensive growth and is credited with changing the university from a small liberal arts college into a modern university. The Patrick Healy Award is given annually to a non-alumnus who continues Fr. Healy's tradition of service to Georgetown.Repository: Booth Family Center for Special Collections. For more information about this collection please email: email@example.com
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