Endowed Scholarship to Honor Brother Michael Quinn
A new endowed scholarship provides scholarship funds to future Saint Mary's students and honors the contributions to the College of Brother Michael Quinn, FSC. Brother Michael was president of the College from 1962–69, taking office after the sudden death of his predecessor, Brother Albert Plotz, FSC, in a car accident. Brother Michael oversaw the completion of most of the campus plan drawn up by his predecessor, including the construction of Saint Albert Library.
"Brother Michael was a bold leader called for in a time of significant leadership challenges, during troubling times in society and on campuses across the country," says John Parziale '62, dean of students during Brother Michael's presidency. "He was caring, supportive, and helpful to staff, faculty, and students while maintaining a keen sense of humor. In short, respected and beloved."
Brother Michael began teaching psychology in 1955 and was the first Brother on the psychology department faculty. He also came to the Brothers in an unusual way. Unlike many Brothers, he entered Saint Mary's as a lay student and decided to join the order two years later. In 1963, he received his Ph.D. in psychology from Loyola University in Chicago. Brother Michael retired in 1997 to Mont La Salle, where he continues to reside.
To contribute to the Brother Michael Quinn Scholarship Fund, contact William McLeod in the development office at (925) 631-4787