Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: Timothy W. Tifft (1942-2012)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: Timothy W. Tifft (1942-2012)

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The Very Reverend Thomas W. Tifft, president-rector of Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, in Wickliffe, Ohio, died on July 9, 2012, three days after suffering a massive stroke. He was born on October 5, 1942, and was educated at St. Joseph High School, Borromeo Seminary College, and Saint Mary Seminary. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland on May 31,1969. After serving as a parochial vicar at the Church of Saint Bridget of Kildare in Parma, he was appointed a residential member of the faculty of Saint Mary Seminary in 1973 to teach church history. He then undertook graduate studies in history at The Catholic University of America and received his PhD in 1979 after submitting the 713-page dissertation "Toward a More Humane Social Policy: The Work and Influence of Monsignor John O'Grady." Father Tifft was appointed registrar of Saint Mary Seminary in 1981, vice-rector and academic dean in 1985, and president-rector in 2001 after his predecessor's troubled tenure. Facing financial stringency, lack of prepared faculty, and low enrollment (which, however, rose in the last few years), he succeeded in expanding programs for the community, especially for lay ministers. …

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