I often tell people that one of the best parts of my job has been the opportunity to personally get to know so many wonderful friends of the school who consistently and generously support U of D Jesuit. I'm not referring just to graduates of our school, but also entire families. U of D Jesuit did not just spring up fully formed first on Jefferson Avenue and then later on Seven Mile Road. It has taken the time, talent and treasure of generations of Jesuits, parents, alumni and families to build and nurture the institution that we proudly call The High.
Mary Quigley Doherty and Dave Doherty '54 and their children personify the many families that have long supported U of D Jesuit. After Dave graduated from U of D Jesuit in 1954, he went on to a long and successful career as an educator, administrator and involved citizen. While Dave was out working in the Detroit, Flint and Pontiac communities, Mary was working hard behind the scenes caring for their five children, Mike, Kathleen, Jim, John and Joe. The Doherty house in Flint was the focus and heart of neighborhood activity. Mary and Dave were the co-captains of Team Doherty.
The Doherty family moved from Gesu Parish in Detroit to Flint in 1974 when Dave began working for Flint Community Schools and then Kettering University. Mary and Dave continued to stay involved with their Detroit area friends as well as U of D Jesuit, Marygrove College and U of D Mercy.
Mary and Dave both passed away in 2011. Several years before they died, they created a plan to assure that the legacy of support that they had started for the institutions closest to them would continue. Thankfully, U of D Jesuit was one of those institutions. Their generous gift to the school has allowed U of D Jesuit to establish the Quigley and Doherty Endowment Fund. The fund will be used "to assist our school in providing the highest quality Jesuit Catholic college preparatory education to young men from all economic backgrounds who will use all they learn at the school in service to others".
The Quigley and Doherty families can be assured that we will use their gift to honor Mary and Dave by continuing to challenge our students to go beyond academic excellence, to be reflective, to be committed to the service of faith and promotion of justice and to be "Men for Others".
Please contact Tom O’Keefe '64 learn how your generosity can make a difference in the lives of our students.
It's a great day to be a Cub!
Tom O’Keefe '64