Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

Remembering Jerry Harkness

President Jo Ann Rooney's message on the passing of Loyola basketball legend and civil rights pioneer Jerry Harkness

Jerry Harkness was a pioneer who excelled in athletics and in life. He embodied courage, compassion, and a quiet passion for justice. He cleared the path for others and lifted them up through a lifetime of professional achievement and good works. I count myself among many Ramblers who got to know Jerry and have been inspired by his passion, warmth, and optimism.  We will always hold his legacy close to our hearts. Along with our entire Loyola community, I offer my condolences and prayers to Jerry’s wife Sarah, and his children, Jerald and Julie.