Loras Icon Makes Signature Gift to Inaugurate the 175th Anniversary Celebration

Few have had the longstanding impact on and association with Loras College as Msgr. Francis Friedl. This year, as Loras embarks on the 175th anniversary of its founding in 1839, Msgr. Friedl wanted to make an especially important impact.
On Friday, August 9, Msgr. Friedl met for lunch with Loras President Jim Collins and presented him with a check for $175,000 - $1,000 for each of Loras’ 175 years. As a former president himself, Msgr. Friedl knows very well the importance of endowed scholarships and institutional priorities. As such, this gift will add $100,000 to the Friedl Scholarship already established at Loras and the remainder will be directed toward President Collins’ highest priorities.
In November of this year, Msgr. Friedl will celebrate his 96th birthday. He graduated from Loras College in 1939 as it transitioned from Columbia College at the time of the institution’s centennial. After receiving his Ph.D. from Catholic University, Msgr. Friedl returned to Loras in 1957. From that time and until 1977, Msgr. Friedl served as Psychology Professor, Chair of the Psychology Department, Academic Dean and President, respectively. From 1987 to 1996, Msgr. Friedl also served as a member of the Board of Regents.
In response to Msgr. Friedl’s unprecedented generosity, Collins remarked, “No one represents the outstanding principles related to a Loras education better than Msgr. Friedl. He was a gifted teacher and administrator; he served as a great pastor and he epitomizes the essence of being a priest. He is humble, personable, accomplished and always on the move. Very few have amassed as many friends and perfected the art of delivering a homily better than Msgr. Friedl. However, no one loves or supports Loras College as much as Msgr. Friedl. This gift ought to inspire every Loras alum and former parishioner to contribute to our campaign effort and anniversary celebration, if for no other reason but to honor this great Loras man.”
Video interview with Msgr. Friedl as he shares his Loras experience: http://youtu.be/bLg3azLGXAc
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