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Monogram Memories With Father Monk Malloy

Feb 9, 2017, 10:35 AM EST

Monk Malloy chats with Notre Dame basketball great Adrian Dantley ('76) in 2012.

Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C. (’63, ’67, ’69, basketball) was a member of the Notre Dame men’s basketball team from 1963-67 and served as University president from 1987-2005. Malloy received the Monogram Club’s Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award in 2005. He currently is a professor of theology at Notre Dame.

The following appeared in the Monogram Club’s 2015-16 annual review. In honor of its 100th anniversary the Monogram Club sat down with Father Malloy and asked him to share his thoughts on the Club.

“In the early history of the Monogram Club, it was very much dominated by football and a couple other sports. Obviously it was all male. With the passage of time, it’s been diversified and serves its constituency much more effectively than was truer in its earlier days.

I think the biggest difference from the early years of the Monogram Club revolves around multiple sports and having male and female student-athletes. It’s much more representative now. (Former Monogram Club president) Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) is a good friend of mine and I’ve used her book a few times in class. She’s come in and has really wowed the students because she has a powerful story to tell. When people like that have played leadership roles within the organization, it just represents a whole new Notre Dame. I realize that had to take place over time because the number of female graduates grew over time as well. Over our recent history we’ve seen a much better effort to be representative across the sports and across arbitrary divisions of humanity.

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Monk Malloy during his playing days at Notre Dame.

Historically, the Monogram Club has allowed members to have an identification with the athletic enterprise as a whole, which serves a good purpose. It’s raised money for scholarships and it’s kept people involved who otherwise might not have been involved.

The Monogram Club allows people who have an interest in athletics from their own personal history with the University to stay involved, make contributions, be reflective and celebrate the good things that go on. Members also host teams when they travel and make Notre Dame better known in the various communities around the country. I do a lot of Notre Dame Club events and people will tell me they hosted a team and they really liked doing that. The Monogram Club is one of the ways that can be fostered.

We have some people who we can be really proud of what they’ve done with their lives. I’ve spent a lot of time with Alan Page (’67, football). Here is a guy who was an All-American, All-Pro, most valuable player in the championship game and was a judge on the Supreme Court in Minnesota; and he runs his own foundation. That’s a pretty good trajectory.

I had Pat Garrity (’98, basketball) in class and he was an excellent student. I also had Chris Stewart (’09, ’15, football) who went on to law school, and Joe Restic (’79, football). I had the Rocket (Raghib Ismail) (’94, football) in class. He barely ever said a word. I always meet with the students for a half hour and I said, “Just start talking about yourself,” and a half hour later he hadn’t stopped talking. Those are just some who I’ve taught.

Then there’s (longtime Monogram Club executive director) Father Jim Riehle (’49, honorary) and the role he played. He was very committed to the Monogram Club during his term of service. I think he had a very warm relationship with several of the members, especially the football players that he knew. He was also involved with hockey. His is a role that is appropriate to celebrate.

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Monk Malloy with Notre Dame Senior Deputy Athletics Director Missy Conboy (’82, basketball) and Father Theodore Hesburgh (’39, honorary) in 2005 during the Monogram Club dinner where Malloy received the Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award.

I’ve always said that we have a wonderful story to tell. There are a lot of things that we can present and remind people of about trying to do it the right way and the success stories of individuals. We can keep people involved from a distance. For some people they can live as if they’ve never left the campus. They can watch a shot of the construction on campus online and they can watch other things online and interact with friends from the old days.

I think the Monogram Club, like the rest of the University, has manifested a lot of things that we needed to do: more diverse, more representative, better organized, utilizing modern communication technology, telling a story, celebrating the good things that go on. We just have to figure out how to get more people engaged and how to prepare the people who are here now, the student-athletes who are Monogram winners, and how they can benefit from being a member of the Club and let the good ideas flow.”

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