WASHINGTON – Gerard J. Campbell, a Jesuit priest who served as president of Georgetown University from 1964 to 1968, died Aug. 9 at the Jesuit residence on campus. He was 92.
His death, from congestive heart failure, was announced by the university. Georgetown credited Campbell with promoting student community service initiatives in Washington, D.C.
When Campbell – then executive vice president at Georgetown – was announced as the universitys new head in 1964, the Washington Post described him as a new breed of Jesuit priest whose style might be described as Ivy League Catholic.
According to the Post, Campbell was the first Georgetown president to have received his doctorate from a non-Catholic American institution. (He received a PhD in history from Princeton University in 1957.) At 45, he was also one of the youngest presidents since Georgetown was founded in 1789.
Campbell created the universitys first senate; it included faculty and administrators in an effort to enhance and diversify oversight.
During his tenure, the universitys governing board was changed to include lay members.
In 1966, he launched a $26 million drive that helped fund the construction of facilities including Georgetowns law center as well as faculty salaries, scholarships, fellowships and endowed chairs.
Two years later, as Georgetown and other universities came under increasing financial pressure, he had raised just over $15 million, according to the Post. He announced that he was resigning as president so that he could return to teaching and research.
Svetozar Gligoric, Serb chessmaster
Svetozar Gligoric, a legendary Serbian and Yugoslav chess player and one of the worlds top players in the 20th century, has died. He was 89.
Serbias Chess Federation says Gligoric died on Tuesday and was buried in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Friday.
Gligoric was born in 1923 in Belgrade and won his first title at 15. During World War II, Gligoric joined the anti-Nazi guerrillas and resumed his chess career after the war.
After winning his first international tournament in Warsaw, Poland, in 1947, Gligoric became Yugoslavias champion 12 times and played at 15 Chess Olympiads.
The World Chess Federation describes Gligoric as a perfect gentleman with style, grace and class.
Veronique Peck, arts patron
Veronique Passani Peck, the widow of actor Gregory Peck and a longtime arts patron, has died. She was 80.
Family publicist Monroe Friedman says Veronique Peck died Friday of heart failure at her Los Angeles home.
Born in Paris, Veronique Peck met the actor when she interviewed him for the newspaper France Soir.
At age 23, she moved to the United States and married the movie star. Their marriage lasted 48 years until his death in 2003.
Veronique Peck helped create the Inner City Cultural Center in South Los Angeles, was a founder of the Los Angeles Music Center and a longtime fundraiser for the Los Angeles Public Library.