Stamp to Honor 'Father Ted'

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Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Tim O'Brien. Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Tim O'Brien.

The United States Postal Service will honor former University of Notre Dame President Theodore Hesburgh next year with a stamp. The stamp will feature a painting of "Father Ted" which currently stands on the South Bend campus.

Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Tim O'Brien.

Hesburgh received a bachelor of philosophy degree from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1939 and was ordained a priest on the Notre Dame campus in 1943. He was named the 15th president of Notre Dame in 1952. During his tenure, research funding grew from $735,000 to $15 million, the endowment jumped from $9 million to $350 million and enrollment increased from 4,979 to 9,600. He also oversaw the transference of governance to a mixed board of lay and religious trustees and fellows in 1967 and the admission of women to undergraduate programs in 1972. He passed away last year at the age of 97.

Other subjects for stamps in 2017 include skywriting, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and John F. Kennedy.

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