FATHER WILLIAM J. DUANE - As president of Fordham University, Father William J. Duane holds a high place in
the educational world, as well as in the counsels of the Roman Catholic church. Father Duane is a son of Michael
and Ann Duane, the father, a business man, having died in 1884 in New York City, the mother in 1897.
William J. Duane was born in City Hall Place, New York City, March 6, 1868, and attended the local public school
in City Hall Place, finishing there at the age of twelve. He then became a student at the College of St. Francis
Xavier, graduating in 1887 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He entered the Society of Jesus in Frederick, Maryland,
in October, 1887, and spent three years in Frederick; then went for three years to Woodstock College in Maryland,
specializing in philosophy. In 1893 he became associated with Boston College as a member of the faculty and spent
five years in that institution, after which he returned to Woodstock College. He finished a theological course
there in 1902, having been ordained to the priesthood in 1901. The following year he taught philosophy in Loyola
College. and then accepted a post at Woodstock College as professor of Dogmatic and Scholastic Theology, teaching
there for the next twenty years, from 1903 to 1923. He left to become a member of the faculty of Fordham University,
and after a year in this position, was made president of the University, August 31, 1924, and has since served
in this post. As an educator Father Duane is well known for his sane, constructive policy, and in the two years
that he has been president of Fordham, its affairs have prospered greatly, and a splendid spirit has been maintained.
Father Duane is a member of the Lions Club and takes a keen interest in the affairs of the day, being also a member
of The Bronx Board of Trade and the New York Botanical Garden Society.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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