Pence hails Hesburgh’s legacy, ‘servant leadership’

Theodore Hesburgh
The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, talks about his experiences over 90 years of life at his desk in the Hesburgh Library on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo. The priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame into an academic power during his 35 years in charge while also serving as an adviser to popes and presidents died Thursday night Feb. 26, 2015 at age 97 according to University spokesman Paul Browne. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says former Notre Dame President Theodore M. Hesburgh will continue to inspire people around the world to pursue peace and justice long after his death.

Pence’s statement Friday followed news that Hesburgh had died Thursday night on the university campus in South Bend. He was 97.

Hesburgh served as Notre Dame’s 15th president from 1952 to 1987. He advocated for civil rights and diplomacy around the globe and helped build the university into an academic power.

Time magazine once named him the most influential figure in the reshaping of Catholic education.

Pence says Hesburgh’s life “epitomized servant leadership” and helped make the world a better place. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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