Aloysius Carroll Galvin

[ Age 82] The Baltimore-born Jesuit priest, World War II veteran and former Loyola College academic dean was an avid Orioles fan.

November 24, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter

The Rev. Aloysius Carroll Galvin, a Jesuit priest and former academic dean of Loyola College who later was president of the University of Scranton, died of cancer yesterday at Georgetown Preparatory School in suburban Washington. He was 82.

Father Galvin, known as "Wish," was born in Baltimore, the son of John T. Galvin Jr., a wholesale lumber merchant, and Agnes Mercedes Smith. His mother died when he was 5, and his father married his mother's sister, Helen Regina Smith.

He attended Blessed Sacrament Parochial School and was a 1942 Loyola High School graduate. He began studies at Loyola College in 1942 but left to enter the Navy's V-12 College Training Program in 1943. He trained at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg - and had the experience of playing basketball for and against the college where he began his studies.

Commissioned an ensign at Columbia University in 1944, he served in the Navy as the executive officer aboard a submarine chaser in the Atlantic and Pacific. He also played basketball and boxed while in the Navy.

After the war, he completed his studies at Loyola College in 1948 and entered the Society of Jesus. He was ordained a priest in 1957 and conducted his first Mass at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church on Calvert Street.

He taught English and Latin at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia for a year and became academic dean at Loyola College in 1959.

An Evening Sun article noted that he was the youngest Jesuit college dean in the U.S. In that article, Father Galvin was quoted as saying that while "athletics will have their place" at the school, "the emphasis will be in the development of gentlemen."

In 1965, Father Galvin was inaugurated as the 17th president of the University of Scranton, a post he held until 1970. According to a biography prepared by his order, he left to teach at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda; after three days in class, he suffered a heart attack.

He lived in the school infirmary from 1970 to 1971 while he recovered and then returned to the classroom to teach math. He continued to teach through the 2006-2007 school year. When asked why he stayed at Georgetown Prep for so many years, he replied, "Nobody asked me to move, and I was very happy here. It was a good religious community."

He was a proponent of sports - he remained an avid Orioles fan - and frequently watched games from the sidelines. He was football team chaplain for many years.

His biography said he was often named as a favorite teacher by students and alumni, and was known for "his outgoing personality and humility."

On Oct. 26 he was inducted as an inaugural member of the Georgetown Prep Athletic Hall of Fame for his "general support [that] helped guide many seniors to find continued academic, athletic and general success that goes way beyond Prep."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Georgetown Prep, 10900 Rockville Pike.

Survivors include a brother, John Galvin III of Towson; a sister, Ella Galvin O'Conor of Timonium; and nieces and nephews.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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