Loyola receives $1 million gift from Haig estate

Gift from family of former secretary of state will support programs examining connections among science, faith and culture

February 07, 2011|By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun

Loyola University Maryland has received a $1 million gift from the estate of former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. to support programs that examine the interplay among science, faith and culture.

Haig's younger brother, the Rev. Frank Haig, is a professor emeritus of physics at the university. "Al saw a special value in the influence of his Catholic faith on the formation of American culture and the transmission of that richness to young people," he said. "He always considered education as central to the health of the nation."

The gift will support a fellowship program that allows undergraduates to pursue scientific research in the summer, an annual conference examining the relationship between science and theology, and improvements to the university's theater and modern language programs.

Haig, who served as NATO supreme commander from 1974 to 1979 and as President Ronald Regan's secretary of state from 1981-1982, died last year.

His brother joined the Loyola faculty in 1973 and, though retired, still teaches an astronomy course each spring.


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