Education: A Prince of Priests, Without a Nickel

In 1952 Father Theodore Hesburgh, then only 35, was appointed president of the University of Notre Dame. Over the following quarter-century—a longer term than that of any other major university president—he has changed the school profoundly and become one of the most influential figures in the country. As Notre Dame prepared for its 25th graduation of the Hesburgh era, TIME Correspondent Robert Ajemian talked with the priest and wrote this report:

The familiar Roman collar had been pulled off and hung up with the black jacket. It was well past midnight and Father Hesburgh...

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