Teaching the best

06/07/2014 12:00 AM

06/06/2014 6:30 PM

Since I was successively the founder, provost and chancellor of the College of Saint Thomas from 1981 to 2011, I am the person to whom Mr. J. Lee Johnson IV refers in his letter of May 23.

I suggest that what was described as arrogance might on another day be described as unwillingness to alter the mission of the college; the price of support can be too high.

As it was CSTM and its predecessor the Saint Thomas More Institute had a useful life of thirty years, made a difference to many students of all ages, represented (I hope sand believe) the Catholic faith in appropriate and effective ways, and produced students and graduates many of whom will be useful, some of whom will be distinguished.

What it taught and stood for will be part of the lives of many.

This also gives me an opportunity to thank the many generous benefactors who made the college possible. You are remembered gratefully.

Meanwhile CSTM has come full circle, back to being an institute, now the Walsingham Society, with the same mission: to teach the best.

— James Patrick, Dallas

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