Prior to this death in 1996, Jack Haley served as the business manager at St. Vincent Medical Center for 22 years. He brought that acumen to Stritch, saying, “This school needs to be run like a business!”
A member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Jack served on the Cardinal Stritch Board from 1967 to 1972. During his tenure, he improved the school’s financial position, in part by improving Stritch’s tuition collections. At the time of his death, his family recalls Fr. John Thomas, former Principal at Stritch, telling them, “Your dad was the man who saved Cardinal Stritch High.”
Jack knew the value of a Catholic education and was excited to share that with his three daughters: Mary Ann Haley Schnee ’68, Barb Haley ’70 and Pamela Haley Strassner ’73.
He taught Catechism, was a member of the Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and started the credit union at St. Ignatius Church. His family recalls that he loved attending Stritch football games and serving on the board, and he’d be very happy to be inducted into the Stritch Hall of Fame.
As a lesson for today’s students, they know he’d say, “Work hard and do good things in your life”.