80 Years and Counting for Brother Mel and SMC: 1920-1929

By Erin Hallissy and Rich Davi

1928 - Dedication Day, August 5.


Harold Fabian (who later took the name Brother Timothy Mel) Anderson was born on Sept. 28 to Edwin Albert Anderson (Swede) and Lillian Frances (Redmond) Anderson (Irish) at Merritt Hospital in Oakland. He had an older brother, Edwin Joseph.


Saint Mary’s College opened the doors at its new campus in Moraga. Dedication Day on Aug. 5 featured S.F. Archbishop Edward J. Hanna, who said, “This is a temple to wisdom, erected by God, the seat of all wisdom, and it stands for all that is best in this land we love.”


Gaels football under celebrated coach Ed “Slip” Madigan went 8–0–1 in an amazing season in which only one opponent — Oregon — scored even one touchdown. The team held the nation’s greatest defensive record (scoring 168 to their opponents 6) and were Pacific Coast Champions.