President of Jesuit college in New Jersey dies after fall at home
Published: January 2, 2007
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CNS) -- Jesuit Father James N. Loughran, 66, president of St. Peter's College in Jersey City since 1995, died at his home on campus from a fall down a staircase. His body was found Dec. 24 at the foot of the stairs and the cause of death was diagnosed as blunt force trauma from the fall. His funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 30 at St. Aedan's Church in Jersey City, with burial afterward in Auriesville, N.Y., where the Jesuits have a retreat house and the National Shrine of the Jesuit Martyrs of North America. From 1984 to 1991 Father Loughran was president of Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution in Los Angeles. During his tenure there he raised the university's endowment from about $21 million to $106 million. He briefly headed two non-Jesuit colleges as well. In 1992 he served as acting president of Brooklyn College, a public college in the City University of New York system, and in 1993-94 he was interim president of Mount St. Mary's College (now University) in Emmitsburg, Md.
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