Loyola drops city from new seal

August 07, 1994|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Sun Staff Writer

First the Orioles. Now Loyola College.

In a move that stung many Baltimoreans, the baseball team in the late 1970s stripped the city's name from its road-game uniforms to broaden its regional image.

Now Loyola has dropped the name Baltimore from its official seal after 141 years.

The new seal, which was unveiled last week, reads "Loyola College In Maryland," replacing a 1968 version that read "Loyola College Baltimore Maryland."

A previous seal that dated to 1853, the year after the college was founded, also included the Baltimore name.

The change was not meant as a slap at Baltimore, said Mark

Kelly, a college spokesman.

Rather, the seal was changed to incorporate the college's official name as adopted by the trustees in November 1992, Mr. Kelly said.

The board replaced the antiquated name, "The Associated Professors of Loyola College" with "Loyola College in Maryland Inc."

The change updated the college's corporate name and distinguished it from other Loyola colleges in Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles.

"We're not ashamed about being in Baltimore," Mr. Kelly said. "We just wanted to get our actual name on the seal.

"The Orioles had other marketing ideas. In all our literature we have pictures of the city in there and we talk about the benefits of being in Baltimore," he said.

As part of the redesign of the seal, two wolves were redrawn to look less like foxes. The wolves were taken from the family coat of arms of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Basque soldier who founded the Jesuit religious order in the 16th century.

There are a variety of explanations for the wolves' presence on the seal, according to Nicholas Varga, the Loyola archivist who designed the previous seal in 1968.

One says the Loyola family put wolves on its crest because the wolf is considered a noble animal by Basques.

In the upper left corner of the seal is the gold and black pattern of the family crest of the Calverts, Maryland's English founders. Diagonally across are seven maroon and gold stripes to honor seven of Ignatius Loyola's maternal ancestors who died in battle.

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