Former Georgetown University President dies

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┬áNew 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.

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