|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1926|
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 2007|
Former President of Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey, Father Daniel A. Degnan was in West Orange, New Jersey, on July 17, 1926, and graduated from Seton Hall Prep. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 until 1946, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, Cum Laude, in History and Government from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University. He practiced law for five years before entering the Society of Jesus in 1958. He studied at Loyola Seminary in Shrub Oak, New York, and earned a Ph. L. in 1962, and a S.T.L. from Woodstock College in Maryland in 1967. Father Degnan was ordained to the priesthood in 1966.
During his nearly fifty years of service in the Society of Jesus, Father Degnan held several teaching and administrative assignments at a number of institutions. His teaching career included positions at Harvard Law School from 1969 till 1970, Syracuse Law School from 1970 until 1975 and Georgetown University Law Center. Father Degnan received his LL. M. from Harvard Law School in 1974.
His administrative career included service as the academic vice president of Loyola College in Maryland. Prior to coming to Saint Peter's College, Father Degnan taught law Boston College and at Seton Hall University. He served as dean of the law for five years.
An acknowledged expert on the legal theories of St. Thomas Aquinas, he was in the process of producing a major treatise on the subject.
Father Degnan sat on the boards of a number of schools, including Fairfield University and the University of Detroit, in addition to serving on governmental commissions such as the Liberty State Park Development Corporation and the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Father Degnan also served as the 20th President of New Jersey's Jesuit College from 1990 until 1995 and as Dean of Seton Hall Law School between 1978 and 1983.
Degnan died on Friday, March 16, 2007, at Mountainside Hospital. He was 80 years old.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, March 21, at 7.30 pm., followed by interment at the Our Lady Shrine of Martyrs Jesuit Cemetery, Auriesville, New York, at a later date.
New York, USA
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Aug 24, 2011
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Rest In Peace, Beloved Father Daniel!|
Added: Aug. 24, 2011