Frank Haig

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Frank R. Haig S.J.
President of Wheeling Jesuit College
In office
July 15, 1966 – August 21, 1972
Preceded byWilliam F. Troy, S.J.
Succeeded byCharles Currie Jr., S.J.
President of Le Moyne College
In office
July 1, 1981 – 1987
Preceded byWilliam J. O'Halloran, S.J.
Succeeded byJames C. Finlay, S.J.
Personal details
Born (1928-09-11) September 11, 1928 (age 90)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ProfessionJesuit, academic

Frank Rawle Haig, S.J. (born September 11, 1928)[1] is an American Jesuit and physics professor. Haig served as the third President of Wheeling Jesuit University from 1966 to 1972 and the seventh President of LeMoyne College from 1981 until 1987.


Early life[edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Haig is the younger brother of Alexander Haig, who served as the United States Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan from 1981 until 1982. Haig entered the Jesuit order in Wernersville, Pennsylvania shortly after graduating from Lower Merion Senior High School in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania in 1946. Thereafter, he received a B.A. from Woodstock College in 1952, a licentiate in philosophy from Bellarmine College in Plattsburgh, New York in 1953 and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Catholic University of America in 1959. He also earned a second licentiate in sacred theology from Woodstock College in 1961, the year of his ordination.[2]

Wheeling Jesuit University, Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland[edit]

Haig joined the faculty of the physics department at Wheeling College, which is now known as Wheeling Jesuit University, in 1963 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester.[2]

He was appointed the third president of Wheeling Jesuit in 1966, succeeded the school's second head, Father William F. Troy, S.J.[2] Haig was inaugurated president on July 15, 1966.[2] In his acceptance speech, Haig told the audience, "The world will be what our men and women of insight make it to be...It is a challenge to be asked to help them see all right."[2]

Haig remained president until his resignation on August 21, 1972. He was succeeded by Charles Currie Jr., S.J. While serving as a visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Haig joined the department of physics, engineering and computer science at Loyola University Maryland (also in Baltimore, Maryland), where he served as chair during the 1980-1981 academic year.[2]

LeMoyne College[edit]

Haig was appointed the President of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, in 1981, succeeding Father William J. O'Halloran, S.J.

Haig became acting president of LeMoyne College on January 1, 1981.[3] he was formally inaugurated as the college's seventh president on Friday, January 22, 1982.[3]

He remained president of LeMoyne until 1987 and was succeeded by interim president James C. Finlay, S.J.

Later life[edit]

Haig returned to Loyola, where he remains professor emeritus of physics as of February 2010.[4] He has served on the Scientific and Educational Council of the Maryland Academy of Science, as treasurer of the Washington Academy of Sciences and continues to present papers and lectures both in the United States and abroad.


  1. ^ R.R. Bowker Company. Database Publishing Group (2009). American Men & Women of Science. 3. Thomson/Gale. ISBN 9781414433035. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Wheeling Jesuit University 1960's: Third President - Father Frank R. Haig, S.J., 1966-72". Wheeling Jesuit University. Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  3. ^ a b Krebs, Albin (1982-01-25). "NOTES ON PEOPLE; A Haig Inaugurated". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  4. ^ Weiner, Tim (2010-02-20). "Alexander M. Haig Jr. Dies at 85; Was Forceful Aide to 2 Presidents". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-25.