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Priest named Creighton was President of Creighton University

Fr. Matthew CreightonThe Rev. Matthew Creighton, SJ, who served as president of Creighton University from 1978 to 1981, passed away at age 91 in Michigan, on Friday, Nov. 23.

Fr. Creighton, no relation to the founding family of the University, entered the Society of Jesus in 1944. He earned a bachelorís degree and a masterís degree in Classics from Loyola University Chicago, and his doctorate in Classics from Fordham University.

During his time in office at the University, Fr. Creighton created Century II, a five-year developmental plan designed to contribute to financial aid, facilities and faculty research. By the time Fr. Creighton left in 1981, the endowment was increased by $5 million and the University was financially stable. He also expanded the physical campus, adding three residential buildings.

After leaving the University, Fr. Creighton became the director of National and International programs at the Association for Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Fr. Creighton returned to Loyola Chicago in 1982, where he would spend a total of 37 years, doing what he loved most, teaching Greek and Latin.

Fr. Creighton authored several books, including A Summary of the History of Greek and Latin Literature, wrote numerous articles and developed language learning aids.

He is survived by his brother, the Rev. James Creighton, SJ, and his sister, Grace Creighton. A memorial Mass will be held at Creighton University at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 11 in St. Johnís Church.

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