- The Washington Times - Monday, January 24, 2005

Harold Ridley, 65, Loyola president

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Rev. Harold Ridley, president of Loyola College in Maryland, was found dead Jan. 19 in his home on Loyola’s campus, the college said. He was 65.

The cause of death was not known, a college spokesman said.

Father Ridley became Loyola’s 23rd president in 1994. Under his leadership, applications to the college’s undergraduate programs more than doubled. Loyola has 3,400 undergraduate and 2,900 graduate students.

Father Ridley oversaw a record-breaking capital campaign, as well as construction and renovation programs, which included the addition of a fitness and aquatic center, expanded science facilities, and new and expanded residence halls.

Father Ridley attended Fordham University, Woodstock College and the Union Theological Seminary, and earned a doctorate in English literature at New York University. He joined the Jesuits in 1956 and was ordained in 1969. For more than 20 years, he taught English at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit institution in Syracuse, N.Y.

Survivors include his mother, a brother and a sister.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

The college’s vice president for academic affairs, David Haddad, will serve as interim president during the search for a permanent president. Mr. Haddad has worked at Loyola since 1999. He is the former dean of the school of applied science at Miami University in Ohio.

Douglas M. Knight, 83,former Duke president

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Douglas Maitland Knight, a former president of Duke University, died Jan. 23 in Doylestown, Pa., of complications related to pneumonia, the university said. He was 83.

Mr. Knight was Duke’s fifth president, holding the post from 1963 to 1969. He resigned after student protests and the 1969 takeover of the university’s main administrative building by students calling for, among other things, a black cultural center and a curriculum in black studies.

After leaving Duke, Mr. Knight became vice president of educational development for RCA Corp., and in 1971 was named president of RCA Iran. In 1976, he became president of Questar Corp., a manufacturer of high-precision lenses for astronomical, industrial and medical applications.

Mr. Knight received 12 honorary degrees from colleges and universities. He authored more than 10 books, ranging from scholarly works to poetry and personal recollections.

In April 2003, Duke renamed the university president’s residence the Douglas M. and Grace Knight House.

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