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From the President

The handsome volume you now hold was written to record and celebrate the first fifty years of the history of the University of Dallas. Fifty years is not a long span in the life of a university, but they have been most productive at UD. They have been marked by an extraordinary commitment to academic achievement and to the development of students of notable talent, ability, and leadership. They have also witnessed the creation of an institutional character that reflects the serious religious commitment of the founders, an academic quality nationally recognized and admired by the scholarly community, and an independent spirit of thoughtful reflection and critical insight that flow from liberal learning. The vision and courage required to found and sustain the University of Dallas affirms grandly the Dallas and Texas reputation for determination, boldness, and creativity. It also affirms the courage and farsightedness of the Sisters of Saint Mary o fNamur who provided the spark to found the University and Bishop Thomas K. Gorman, Eugene Constantin, Edward Maher, and the legions of donors, faculty, and students who did not let it diminish. We hope you enjoy the account and will join us in the great future ahead.

Francis M. Lazarus, President



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Irving, TX


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50 Years of Vision and Courage:  1956-2006