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Patrick G. Malone, S.J.

Doctor of Laws

Father Malone served as President of Saint Mary's University from 1956 to 1959. He became a member of the Jesuit order in 1936 and received a B.A. from Ignatius College in 1942; a Licentiate in Philosophy from Regis College in 1943; a M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1945; and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Regis College in 1950. He came to St. Mary's in 1951 as Dean of Studies (Academic Vice-President) and left to become President of Loyola College in Montreal, a post which he held for eighteen years. He subsequently went to Rome to assist in fund-raising efforts for the Gregorian University, later becoming chief fund-raiser for the project in North America. In 1981, he became Superior of the Jesuit community in Halifax. During his time at Saint Mary's, Father Malone started the adult studies program which has grown into today's flourishing Division of Continuing Education. He initiated credit course programs for part-time students, added courses, encouraged the academic staff to improve their qualifications and added a number of highly qualified professors to the faculty.

In honouring Father Malone, Saint Mary's is also paying tribute to the Society of Jesus. The Jesuits had a presence in Nova Scotia from the earliest days of settlement in Sydney and Port Royal in the 17th century, and provided administration and teaching for the University from 1940 to 1970. It is appropriate to honour the Jesuit order at this time because 1990 was the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Jesus, and 1991 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Saint Ignatius Loyola.