A young Canadian-born Jesuit came to Fordham in 1910 to serve as its treasurer.
A former mathematics instructor at Boston College and mathematics professor at the College of the Holy Cross, he would spend nearly 40 years at Fordham, managing more than $5 million in construction funding that transformed the Rose Hill campus. Seven major buildings—including Larkin and Loyola halls and Duane Library—would be built under his financial stewardship.
He was known for his financial acumen as well as his strong character, as noted at the time of his death in 1950. “His monthly financial statements were without flaw; so, too, were the daily accounts which he rendered to God in the cloistered quiet of his religious life,” said Fordham’s president at the time, Laurence J. McGinley, S.J., in a tribute.
This Jesuit’s name was well known to the Fordham community. In January 1936, when a grand new Tudor Gothic building was rising at the center of campus, the University administration announced that it would bear the name of the assiduous treasurer, Joseph T. Keating, S.J.