Thomas Aquinas College president killed in auto accident
April 16, 2009
Dr. Thomas E. Dillon, president of Thomas Aquinas College since 1991, died in an automobile accident in Ireland on April 15. He was 62.
The California college is known worldwide for its fidelity to the Magisterium and its principled commitment to the study of the Great Books (rather than textbooks) and the use of the seminar method (rather than lectures). Dillon presided over-- and raised funds for-- the construction of a campus built in the Mission style, with its architecture drawing attention to California's Catholic heritage. Last month saw the completion of the campus, with the consecration of the college’s $23-million Chapel of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.
Dr. Dillon “wasn’t just well-connected like a politician,” college tutor Richard Ferrier recalled. “He was well-connected like a man with a lot of friends. They were responding to his goodness.”
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