June 12, 2005
The Notre Dame Monogram Club recently held its annual June events, highlighted by the popular dinner held in the Joyce Center concourse on June 2. Notre Dame’s outgoing president, Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., was presented the Monogram Club’s 2005 Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award – with his predecessor, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., on hand to make the formal presentation of the special honor.
Excerpts of the comments from Father Hesburgh and Father Malloy are included below. Also be sure to check back to the Monogram Club page in the next few days for complete coverage of the June meeting events – including a variety of photos, the honorary monogram presentations, comments from Julie Doyle (the Monogram Club’s first female president) and biographical data on the five new members of the Monogram Club board of directors who will serve through 2008: Dr. Carol Lally-Shields (basketball, ’79), Barbara Mooney (softball, ’89), Dan Rahill (swimming, ’79), Frank Reynolds (football, ’59) and Jim Tyler (cross country, ’86). Katie Neff (volleyball ’04) also has joined the board and will serve out the term (to ’06) of Van Pearcy, who now serves as the Monogram Club secretary. Pearcy fills the spot held previously by Joe Restic, now the Monogram Club’s second vice-president while Marc Kelly has rotated into the first vice-president spot. All of the June meeting articles, photo galleries, etc. ultimately will be linked in one convenient posting on the official Monogram Club website (www.ndmonogramclub.com).
Excerpts of comments from Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., in presenting the Monogram Club’s 2005 Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award
“I remember with great pleasure being the executive vice-president from 1949 to 1952, when one of my biggest responsibilities was intercollegiate athletics. We had some absolutely wonderful teams in those days and some of those people are here tonight. I’d like to think that for all the years of great distinction, athletics has been the leader for Notre Dame’s reputation for integrity, for excellence, for determination and for the fact that monogram winners also earn a diploma.
Father Ted Hesburgh – co-recipient of the 1986 Moose Krause Award (along with Father Edmund Joyce) – presented the 2005 award to Father Monk Malloy.
“One of my greatest prides in this University is that we have been first-rate in athletics and also first-rate in academics. All of you who earned monograms from this school also have an education you can be proud of – you’ve earned your own degree and have done it with distinction despite the many demands of your sport.
“I think for the honoree tonight, the simplest accolade that I might give to him is the fact that he has a Notre Dame degree and a monogram on his own. My favorite picture of him is leaping over about a five-foot fence, with some help from a chair, and giving Muffet McGraw a big bear-hug when she won the national championship in basketball. Monk, I think you did yourself proud that night. I never would have made it over that fence.
“Monk has three letters of his own accord. I think he has guided over the athletic progress at Notre Dame to make us all very proud. You ought to all be proud that one of your fellow monogram winners has distinguished himself with a great presence for the past 17 years. He also has given great care and attention to the integrity of this place and I think we have seen great successes.
“I think he personifies his own version of what it means to be an intelligent, good person who was also a great athlete. Monk, I’m happy to be part of this presentation and I must say that I won (this award) years ago but I got it for having two left feet and not being able to walk. But you’ve got it in spades, for your own career, for your wonderful presence as the president here in the past years, and for the pride we have in you as a student-athlete who became president of a great university, and for the integrity that has characterized your life and especially in your leadership of this university. We all are very proud to call you brother and to see you honored by this distinguished group. I can’t think of any honor that will touch you more than this honor that you receive tonight.”
Edward “Monk” Malloy first made a name for himself at Notre Dame as a three-time monogram winner in basketball during the early 1960s, later returning as a faculty member and ultimately serving as the University’s president since 1986.
“What this award represents to me is in honor of one of the great Notre Dame figures whom I came to know, whose lasting bit of advise in his later years of life was `Never go past a bathroom if one’s available.’ It was very good advise.
Excerpts of comments from Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy, recipient of the Monogram Club’s 2005 Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award
“In the period after I was elected … I went and consulted with a bunch of other presidents and the number-one advice I got was don’t re-do the president’s house the first year. And since I lived in the lap of luxury in Sorin Hall, I followed their advise and the time has passed so quickly.
“At the all-campus Mass that the student government put together, they gave me a giant life-size cutout of me dressed in my Notre Dame basketball outfit. It was very disconcerting to watch myself as a youth standing next to me.
“I’ve really had a love affair with Notre Dame from the first moment I stepped foot on campus. Jim Gibbons, then the assistant basketball coach, came and recruited me. I had no historical connection. I was the first one to go to college in my family and then was able to go on for a doctorate and come back and join the faculty. I was able to really experience Notre Dame and all of its effects.
“Wherever you go, Notre Dame people come up and greet you. And as a result you come to appreciate it and what a sense of family prevails, how proud we are of each other and how we know it’s expected that we will be there for each other in times of difficulty and struggle and pain, as well as all the great celebrations.
“Moose was a great figure in his own right but of course represented – in his loving care of his wife after her difficult physical and mental problems and his own recovery … and the way that he represented all the best of what it meant to live your life well and to age well. So I’m very touched to receive this honor in recognition of Moose.
“I want to thank Jim Riehle for all his wonderful years of leadership of the Monogram Club and all the people who have assisted him. In my interaction with the Monogram Club board, they have been so responsive to everything we could imagine and have come up with so many great ideas on their own. It’s been a real privilege and pleasure to work with them. Thanks so much for this recognition and for all you do for Notre Dame.”