Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald, 82, university president

March 26, 2004

The Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald, a Jesuit who had been president of St. Louis University and later taught at Loyola College in Baltimore, died Monday of a heart ailment at his home on the Georgetown University campus in Washington. He was 82.

The Washington native joined the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus in 1939 and was ordained as a priest in 1952 in Leuven, Belgium.

He earned degrees in sacred theology at the Leuven seminary and a doctorate in classical languages from the University of Chicago.

He was dean of studies and academic vice president at Georgetown University until 1972. A year later, he was named president of Fairfield University in Connecticut. From 1979 to 1987, he was president of St. Louis University.

In 1987, he moved to Baltimore and taught Latin, Greek and the history of ancient art at Loyola. He was also rector of the Jesuit community there from 1991 to 1994.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at Georgetown, where he retired in 1999.

Survivors include a brother, Dr. James Fitzgerald of Washington.

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