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Celebrating the leadership, vision, tenacity, and love of community shared by the recipients of the Great Living Cincinnatian Award, presented annually by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber since 1967.
1914 – 1975
Rev. Paul L. O’Connor. S. J., was the 29th President of Xavier University, from 1955-1972.
Paul O’Connor was born in Joliet, Illinois. He attended Loyola University, Chicago before entering the Society of Jesus at the Sacred Heart novitiate in Milford, Ohio in 1929. He completed his studies at West Baden College, Indiana and was ordained priest in 1941. He served as Dean of Freshmen at the University of Detroit, and served in the Navy Chaplain Corps during World War II.
During his presidency Xavier opened the College of Business Administration and added Bellarmine Chapel, Alter Hall, the university center, a new library, two residence halls and a Jesuit faculty residence. Father O’Connor died September 10, 1974, while serving as Chancellor of Xavier.
– From Xavier Communique, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1, 1972
Recipients are selected from candidates by the Cincinnati Chamber’s senior council based on the following criteria: – Community service – Business and civic attainment on a local, state and national or international level – Leadership – Awareness of the needs of others – Distinctive accomplishments that have brought favorable attention to their community, institution or organization