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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away

It's a sad day in Santa Paula, California today. I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Dr. Thomas Dillon at a recent Legatus dinner earlier this year. Dr. Dillon loved his school. He made a point of visiting with Ron and I after his talk about Thomas Aquinas College and invited us to bring our son to CA for a summer study program. He truly believed in solidly Catholic Higher Education (I guess we need to start using these kinds of qualifiers);and his passion for learning was apparent from his joy. His crowning triumph was the completion of the majestic Our Lady of the Most Hcly Trinity Chapel that rounded out the school's focus: Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

There's a lovely place in California that bears witness to a great Man, and His servant's name was Tom. Please pray for the repose of Dr. Dillon's soul; the Dillon Family and the Community of Thomas Aquinas College. They have lost a hero.

Thomas Aquinas College president killed in Ireland accident
By Jean Cowden Moore (Contact)
Originally published 04:13 p.m., April 15, 2009
Updated 04:55 p.m., April 15, 2009

Thomas Dillon, the president of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, died today in a car accident in Ireland.

Dillon, president of the Catholic college for 18 years, was attending a conference for the International Council of Universities of St. Thomas Aquinas in Limerick, college spokeswoman Anne Forsyth said.

“He was just a really fine man,” Forsyth said. “It’s hard to think of the world without him. It’s certainly hard to think of the college without him.”

The college learned of Dillon’s death this morning from an Irish police officer, Forsyth said. Dillon’s wife, Terri, was slightly injured in the accident. Further details were not immediately available.

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