- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 26, 2006

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Rev. James N. Loughran, president of St. Peter’s College since 1995, has died from an accidental fall. He was 66.

Father Loughran was found on the morning of Dec. 24 at the base of a staircase in his campus residence after friends said he had missed an appointment, officials said.

The regional medical examiner ruled the death accidental and said it was caused by impact to his head and neck, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward J. DeFazio said.

Father Loughran had last been seen the afternoon of Dec. 23, he said.

Father Loughran’s pursuits included efforts to preserve and enhance the Jesuit identity of St. Peter’s and other Jesuit colleges, school spokesman Stephen J. Hudik said.

During his tenure at the college in Jersey City, Father Loughran boosted campus housing so that nearly half of the school’s 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students now live on campus, moving the college away from being a commuter school, Mr. Hudik said.

“Throughout his life, Father Loughran put into practice the words of Saint Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, to serve as a man for others,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, the school’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Before returning to St. Peter’s, where he had been a philosophy professor in the 1960s, Father Loughran was president at three colleges: Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles from 1984 to 1991; acting president of Brooklyn College in New York in 1992; and interim president of Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., from 1993 to 1994.

Born in Brooklyn on March 22, 1940, Father Loughran entered the Jesuit order at 18 and graduated from Fordham University in New York in 1964, later receiving his master’s and doctorate from that school. He was ordained as a priest in 1970.

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