SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Father Bartley MacPháidín, C.S.C., a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the eighth president of Stonehill College in Easton, died March 17, at Holy Cross House on the campus of the University of Notre Dame where he had been living.
Taking office in 1978, Father MacPháidín, 79, led the college for 22 years. Under his leadership, Stonehill’s academic reputation grew and the college’s facilities and endowment were enhanced considerably. He affected every facet of campus life, including academics, finances, physical plant, community involvement, student life, and public image.
As president, he led the college in its first capital campaign, raising $23 million, which was $3 million over goal. He also oversaw the construction of new buildings and facilities, including: a new library, sports complex, dining commons, computer center, numerous student residence halls, and an institute for law and society.
Active in the promotion of private higher education at state and federal levels, he participated in community causes and also maintained a strong interest in Irish affairs. He served on many boards, including those of the American Ireland Fund, Brockton Hospital and Xaverian Brothers High School. He was also chaplain to the New England Chiefs of Police.
A native of Donegal, Father MacPháidín earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stonehill in 1959. He was directed to the college, where he became a seminarian, by the late Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., the “Rosary Priest.” In 1963, he was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He held baccalaureate, licentiate, and doctorate degrees in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Before becoming president, he taught theology and religious studies at Stonehill. In 2002, he received the papal cross from the Vatican in tribute to his service to the Catholic Church and to the pontiff.
Father MacPháidín is survived by his brothers John of Donegal, Tadgh of Dublin; his sister Margaret of Donegal; and many extended family members including several Stonehill alumni; his nephew Joseph Barbuto of Yonkers, N.Y.; and his nieces Claire McFadden of San Francisco and Marion McFadden of Leitrim, Ireland.
A funeral Mass was celebrated March 30 at Stonehill College in Easton.
Kane Funeral Home, Easton was in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be made to The Bartley MacPháidín, C.S.C. Scholarship Fund at Stonehill College, Easton, Mass., 02357.