|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1923|
|Death: ||Nov. 17, 1999|
Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) - Saturday, November 20, 1999
Deceased Name: THE REV. JOSEPH D. AYD
The Rev. Joseph D. Ayd, 76, who as principal guided the rebuilding of St. Joseph's Preparatory School after a devastating fire, died Wednesday of complications following a stroke at Mercy Hospital in Scranton.
Thirty-three years ago, an eight-alarm fire caused by a circuit breaker that malfunctioned destroyed 70 percent of the St. Joseph's facilities. Eight classrooms and the school's library, gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium and student chapel were lost in the blaze, which destroyed a 98-year-old building on Stiles Street and heavily damaged a newer building on 17th Street.
At the time, 847 students attended St. Joseph's.
When the fire broke out in the early morning hours of a Sunday in late January 1966, Father Ayd acted quickly, rushing from the rectory nearby and getting to the buildings in time to close the fire doors between them, said Dan Brennan, the school's vice president for development, who has worked at St. Joseph's Prep for 39 years.
Most of the classrooms and science labs in the 17th Street building were saved through Father Ayd's action, Brennan said.
More important, "classes resumed within a week" under Father Ayd's supervision, Brennan said.
Classes were held at several locations, including the Gesu convent on 17th Street.
"What he did in such a short period of time was incredible," Brennan said.
Father Ayd, who served as principal of St. Joseph's from 1957 to 1970, also oversaw fund-raising for the rebuilding of the school. In December 1968 - less than three years after the fire - a $5 million building at 18th Street and Girard Avenue was dedicated. Students began attending classes in the new building in January 1969.
Today, the student population at St. Joseph's Prep is 930.
Father Ayd left St. Joseph's Prep to join the faculty at Scranton Prep. In 16 years there, he taught English, served as superior of the Jesuit community, and was president of the school.
After he retired in 1986, Father Ayd lived with the Jesuit community in Scranton.
A native of Baltimore, Father Ayd earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Louis University and a degree in theology from the former Woodstock College in Maryland. He was ordained into the priesthood in 1954.
He is survived by brothers Frank and Robert, and sisters Jane Morales and Regina Brockmeyer.
A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Campion Hall on the grounds of the University of Scranton. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton. Burial will be at the Jesuit community cemetery in Wernersville, Pa.
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Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - Tuesday, November 23, 1999
Deceased Name: Rev. Joseph D. Ayd
76, principal, teacher
The Rev. Joseph D. Ayd, former principal of St. Joseph's Prep School in Philadelphia, died Wednesday of heart failure at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pa. He was 76 and lived at the Scranton Jesuit Community at the University of Scranton.
Born in Baltimore and raised on East Monument Street, he taught at Loyola High School in Towson in the mid-1950s before being named principal of St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia.
In 1966, a fire heavily damaged the school, and Father Ayd oversaw its reconstruction at Thompson Street and Girard Avenue.
"His whole focus, seven days a week, was the school," said William Watters, pastor of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore. "He embodied the best of the Jesuit tradition."
Ordained a Jesuit priest in 1954, Father Ayd was a graduate of St. Louis University, where he received a bachelor of science in biology in 1948. In 1955, he received a bachelor's degree in theology from Woodstock College.
In 1970, he was assigned to Scranton University Preparatory School, where he was an English teacher. He was named the school's president in 1981, a position he held until 1986. He was a member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday .
He is survived by two brothers, Frank Ayd and Robert Ayd, both of Baltimore; and two sisters, Jane Morales of York, Pa., and Regina Brockmeyer of Baltimore.
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