Remembering an English Professor, a Committed Progressive, and Lifelong Public Servant
John Joyce (“Jack”) Gilligan, died on August 26, 2013, at his home in Cincinnati, surrounded by his wife and family. He was 92 years old. After graduating from St. Xavier High School and University of Notre Dame, in WWII he was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action having served in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters for the U.S. Navy. He spent much of the rest of his life promoting peace, as a Democratic anti-war candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1968, as the Director for the Agency of International Development, and as the Co-Founder and initial Director of the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
He served the people of Ohio in many elected offices: as Governor (1971-1975), as a Member of Congress (1965–1967), and as a Member of the Cincinnati City Council for 7 terms starting in 1953 and ending in…
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