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Founding Fathers

edited by ben birnbaum

Founding Fathers

© 2008 Boston College
106 pages | $8.95

Available at the
Boston College Bookstore.

From the introduction by William P. Leahy, S.J.

Leadership at its most profound is a form of ministry, a form of service personified by the six “Founding Fathers” profiled in this book. John McElroy was not an academic, but he was a leader who overcame difficult barriers to establishing a college for the children of Irish immigrants; John Bapst was a man of great zeal who suffered persecution and stayed the course; Robert Fulton understood the world of ideas and fostered an academic culture at the young college; Thomas Gasson showed extraordinary vision in moving Boston College to Chestnut Hill; Michael Walsh understood that Boston College could become a great research university; and J. Donald Monan was the prime architect of Boston College’s remarkable revival and growth. For their example, and for what they saw and what they built, all of us associated with Boston College today owe them much.

About the Editor

Ben Birnbaum is editor of Boston College Magazine, special assistant to the president of Boston College, and executive director of the University’s Office of Marketing Communications. His essays have appeared in the Atlantic, Harvard Divinity Review, and the Jewish Review of Books, among other publications, and have been anthologized in Best American Essays, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Catholic Writing. He is the author or editor of several books on Boston College history, and editor of the essay collection Take Heart: Catholic Writers on Hope in Our Time (Crossroad, 2007).