This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

September 18, 1988

Fr. Juvenal Lalor, O.F.M. was the 12th president of SBU, serving from 1949-1955. He was the first president to not have the title of rector of the seminary.

Fr. Lalor was born in Brooklyn in 1911. He was ordained a priest on June 9, 1936. He arrived at Bonaventure by 1938. He stayed only one year but then came back in 1943 and was appointed spiritual director of the seminary and also professor of philosophy. In 1946, he was named head of the Department of Philosophy and then president shortly after.

While he was president, Fr. Lalor officially changed the status of SBU from a college to a university. However, in 1952, he announced that the school would discontinue its football program because of financial reasons.

It was on this day that Fr. Lalor passed away. He was 77.

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