"No great thing is created suddenly, anymore than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen." -- Epictetus

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Knowledge in the service of man

One hundred years is a long time in anyone's life and a university is no exception. When we think of a university we envision classrooms, professors, libraries, caps and gowns and commencement speakers.

A university is all this and more -- a university is people. Loyola was conceived and nurtured by a few Jesuits in 1870, and developed down through the years by those priests, teachers, students, alumni and benefactors who came after them.

In this book we can highlight only some of the achievements and the people who have contributed to the growth of Loyola. We can never repay the dedication, sacrifice, hard work and generosity on the part of thousands of persons who have helped make Loyola of Chicago the great university she is today.

We can only remember them in grateful tribute and pledge that the promise of 1870 will be even greater in Loyola's second century of educational service.


Curated by Kathy Young, University Archivist, this exhibit is a digital interpretation of the booklet "One Hundred Years of Knowledge in the Service of Man" created for Loyola University Chicago's Centennial in 1970. The booklet was produced by Michael J. Ward, Director of Centennial Public Relations, Loyola University of Chicago and designed by Gene Tarpey. The text is reproduced in full, however images have been substituted as necessary.