Loyola University Maryland has received a $1 million gift from the estate of former Secretary of State Gen. Alexander M. Haig, who died in February 2010.
Jesuit Father Frank Haig, professor emeritus of physics at Loyola and Gen. Haig’s younger brother, has directed the gift, which will create the Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Endowment Fund for Science, Faith, and Culture.
“Al saw a special value in the influence of his Catholic faith on the formation of American culture and the transmission of that richness to young people,” said Father Haig.
The fund will result in additional celebrants and music for campus Masses and enhancements to the university’s modern languages and theater programs.
Father Haig has been a member of the Loyola faculty since 1973. While officially retired, he still teaches one course in astronomy each semester in the Loyola’s physics department.
Loyola’s Hauber Fellows program, which provides funding for undergraduates to participate in faculty research in the sciences each summer; is among the beneficiaries of the fund. The annual Cosmos and Creation conference, a symposium focused on the relationship between science and theology; also will benefit.