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All anyone could find in it:

a bed lumpy with books
old essays by students

old books
by former students

old checks
from students repaying loans

never cashed

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“He was a university professor who ‘never earned a doctorate, taught a graduate seminar, or wrote a book’ He never married and, after entering Notre Dame as a freshman, never again lived outside a campus dormitory.

Yet O’Malley is widely esteemed as one of the great educators of our time. By all accounts, his lectures were inspiring and his devotion to his students unwavering. He knew them each by name and never forgot a one.”

from Journeys of Simplicity by Philip Harnden

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