Loyola chief gets aid formula named for him Schaefer in tears for his ill friend STATE HOUSE REPORT

January 22, 1993|By John W. Frece | John W. Frece,Staff Writer

The state's formula for distributing aid to private colleges was officially named for the Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger in an emotional bill-signing ceremony yesterday.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and Speaker of the House R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. signed the first bill of this legislative session as they stood with Father Sellinger, the president of Loyola College who is dying of pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Schaefer praised Father Sellinger, crediting him with devising the pioneering formula used to give aid to private colleges in 1971. Then the governor began to weep.

"I wasn't going to do this," he said to an audience that included the presidents of Maryland's other private colleges, many legislators and staff members.

"I know men aren't supposed to talk about love, but I have such a love for this man. He's a great man who has helped so many people. And that's what it's all about, what you do for someone else, how you extend your hand to someone else."

Mr. Mitchell said that the state aid formula "will guarantee guidance to young people long after all of us are gone."

Father Sellinger responded in brief remarks that played down his role in the origin of the formula, distributing the credit among the presidents of all the colleges.

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