Rev. Timothy S. Healy, S.J., the former president of Georgetown University who was serving as president of the New York Public Library, died on December 30, 1992, after suffering a heart attack. He was 69.
Father Healy’s 1988 appointment to the library position generated a storm of surprisingly bitter anti-Catholic rhetoric in the New York media. In its obituary of Healy, the New York Times noted that this criticism still annoyed him. “Anti-Catholicism is the one allowable bigotry,” Healy said in an interview just six months before his death.
While president of Georgetown, Healy refused to grant recognition to a gay group, setting off a rights battle which eventually involved the federal courts and the U.S. congress.