Philip J. Faccenda, Sr., General Counsel Emeritus and Life Trustee of the University of Notre Dame, died January 11th at the age of 87. Former Notre Dame President Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. called Mr. Faccenda "a good friend, a marvelous colleague, a trouble-shooter when we really needed one, and a colleague to whom I am most grateful." Mr. Faccenda came to Notre Dame in 1967 at the request of Father Hesburgh as his Special Assistant during the early years of national student protest. In 1970, he became General Counsel, and saw the University through reorganization to a largely lay Board of Trustees, on which he served until his death. Mr. Faccenda's tenure also included the transformation of the University to a co-educational institution in 1972. Together with his wife Kathy, Mr. Faccenda was deeply involved in the integration of women into Our Lady's University. Upon Mr. Faccenda's retirement in 1995, former Notre Dame President Reverend Edward Malloy, C.S.C. noted that "Phil was at the center of decision-making for almost thirty years." Mr. Faccenda was active in many business and civic endeavors, and for years provided a bridge between the University and the South Bend community. He was instrumental in economic development in Michiana, and was a member of the South Bend Redevelopment Commission, a Trustee of Project Future, a longtime 1st Source Board Member, and President of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County. He was appointed by the Governor as the first Chairman of the Indiana Educational Facilities Authority, and served for over 25 years. He also served on the Boards of St. Mary's College and the University of Portland, and was a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1980. Among the many awards bestowed on Mr. Faccenda were the Sorin Award, the Howard Kenna Award, the Sagamore of the Wabash, the W. Scott Miller Distinguished Business Leader Award, and an Honorary Notre Dame Monogram. In 2015, a gift from Phil and Kathy endowed the Philip J. and Kathryn K. Faccenda Family Rectorship at Alumni Hall, Phil's undergraduate home. Father George Rozum, C.S.C., the Rector of Alumni Hall, remembered that "as Rector, whenever I needed some good, practical, sound advice, Phil was my go-to person. I so appreciate his and Kathy's gift to Alumni Hall." Born on October 1, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of Philip A. and Oneida (Briner) Faccenda, he graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, and went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Engineering at Notre Dame in 1951. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University School of Law in 1957. He practiced law in Chicago before coming to Notre Dame, and was affiliated with Barnes and Thornburg for many years. He was a former President of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago, the Notre Dame Alumni Association and the Notre Dame Law Association. In 1957, he met the love of his life, Kathy (Kinnucan), after seeing her picture on the society pages of the Chicago Tribune, and convincing a good friend to arrange a date. They married in 1958 at Sacred Heart Church, and together raised six children, all Notre Dame graduates. His beloved Kathy predeceased him in 2008. He is survived by his children Maribeth (Duane) Hough, Susan (Thomas) Walsh, Kathy (Tom Lauer) Faccenda, Peggy (Tony) Green, Philip, Jr. (Angie), and Michael (Cynthia). He is also survived by twenty adoring grandchildren, Kayleigh, Ted (Lindsay), John, and Philip Hough, Thomas, Timothy, and Margaret Walsh, Joseph, Katie, Andrew, and Peter Lauer, Madeleine, Anthony, and Elisabeth Green, PJ, Matthew, and Luke Faccenda, and Rosie, Michael, and Kitty Faccenda. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 PM Monday, January 16, 2017 in The Lady Chapel of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the University of Notre Dame. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 AM Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the University of Notre Dame. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Congregation of Holy Cross, 1837 Moreau Drive, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Kaniewski Funeral Home is in change of the arrangements.
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