Former Loyola Marymount University (LMU) President Thomas P. O’Malley died November 4th in Boston of an apparent heart attack, LMU officials said.
O’Malley, who served as 13th president of LMU from 1991 to 1999, had returned to his alma mater, Boston College, ten years ago as a professor in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program.
During his presidency at the Westchester campus, he initiated the construction of the Leavey campus residence halls, advocated for the purchase of University Hall and oversaw the construction of the Burns Recreation Center and the Hilton Center for Business, LMU officials said.
In 1952, he was initiated into the Society of Jesus. O’Malley additionally served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College and president of John Carroll University in Ohio.
LMU President Robert B. Lawton noted that O’Malley was dedicated to Jesuit education.
“Father O’Malley was truly a Renaissance man — quick with wit, poetical and well-versed in languages,” Lawton said.
Born in Milton, Massachusetts on March 1st, 1930, O’Malley graduated from Boston College in 1951 with a degree in classics and later earned a master’s degree from Fordham University before entering the Society of Jesus at the former Shadowbrook novitiate in 1953. He completed his theology studies at Leuven University in Belgium and was ordained in Brussels in 1961.
O’Malley returned to Boston College as chairman of the Department of Classical Languages in 1967. He later served as chairman of Boston College’s Theology Department and was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1973.
In 1980 he was appointed president of John Carroll University in Cleveland, where during the next eight years, he oversaw the construction of new residence halls, a new student center and a new chapel on campus.
After a year of teaching in Nigeria, O’Malley served as rector of the Jesuit Community at Fairfield University before coming to LMU.
O’Malley is survived by two brothers, Austin J. O’Malley of Dedham, Mass., and John F. O’Malley of Milton, Mass., and a sister, Mary E. O’Malley of Milton.
A funeral Mass was held for O’Malley in St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on November 10th. An LMU spokesperson said a memorial service on the Westchester campus is being planned.
Condolences may be sent to: Austin O’Malley, 64 Carol Drive, Dedham, MA, 02026. Gifts in O’Malley’s honor may be sent to LMU for: Rev. Thomas P. O’Malley, S.J. Scholarship c/o Alma Vorst, 1 LMU Drive, Suite 2800, Los Angeles, CA 90045.