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McGinley Chair History

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The Laurence J. McGinley Chair in Religion and Society was established in 1985 to attract distinguished scholars interested in the interaction of religion with the legal, political and cultural forces in our pluralistic American society.

The chair, first held by Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ, from 1988 until his death in December 2008, is named in honor of the Reverend Laurence J. McGinley, SJ, who attained distinction as a professor of theology before becoming the 28th president of Fordham University.

Rev. Patrick J. Ryan, SJ

Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society
July 1, 2009 – Present

Fr. Ryan’s Website
McGinley Chair Citation (PDF)

Avery Cardinal Dulles (1918-2008)

Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society
1988-2008

Avery Cardinal Dulles Biography
Avery Cardinal Dulles Curriculum Vitae
Videos of Special Events and Lectures

Laurence J. McGinley

President of Fordham University
1949-1963

Laurence J. McGinley Biography