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Community reacts after loss of former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian

Ara Parseghian with Notre Dame letter sweater // University of Notre dame

Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian has died. The 94-year-old recently returned to his home in Granger, after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility because of an infection in his surgically-repaired hip.

Parseghian died at 1:30 a.m. at his Granger home, according to an obituary posted to Notre Dame's website.

Parseghian returned home Wednesday after being treated with intravenous antibiotics at a South Bend facility.

Parseghian coached Notre Dame for 11 seasons, winning national championships in 1966 and '73. He went 95-17-4 with the Fighting Irish.

He was famous for his football record. He's got a gate at Notre Dame Stadium named for him and a statue in his likeness right below.

“As a student, I enjoyed the thrill of being on campus for Ara’s last three years as head coach, including the 1973 championship, and saw firsthand the profound impact that he had of my classmates who played for him,” said Jack Swarbrick, Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics. “When I returned many years later as athletics director, Ara was unfailingly generous with his time, and his counsel proved to be invaluable.”

Parseghian began his head coaching at career at Miami University, his alma mater, in 1951. He spent five seasons at Miami and went 39-6-1. He then spent eight seasons at Northwestern, winning 36 games.

After his coaching career, Parseghian spent more than a decade calling games as an analyst on ABC and CBS.

Parseghian also worked tirelessly to raise millions of dollars to fight Nieman-Pick Type C disease -- which killed three of his grandchildren.

Fans say he was so much more. Jim Augustine at Augie's Locker room says Parseghian was a role model. Besides coaching young men to win he taught them to be strong, smart citizens.

Augustine's business partner, Larry Lacluyse, says if he could use one word to describe Parseghian-- he'd choose 'generous.'

"He just gave of himself all the time. All of his knowledge, all of his friendship all of his love really to everybody it was just beautiful, really,” said Lacluyse.

"Generous, kind, always smiling, always had a kind word for everybody. Just loved the man,” said Augustine.

The loss of Parseghian is also having an effect on the Notre Dame Athletic Department. One of the directors there says Parseghian exuded class.

Read their statements below:



Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins will celebrate a Memorial Mass for Ara Parseghian Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

A memorial celebration will follow the Mass at 3:30 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion. The university says both events are open to the public.

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