The handwriting is neat and the signature is clear—F.J. Finn, S.J. Thanks to the generosity of Mary Blanche Boland of Cincinnati, the University now has two letters written by Francis J. Finn, S.J. Finn is the former University trustee who in 1925 named the Xavier athletic teams “Musketeers” and whose legacy as a pioneer fundraiser provides the inspiration for today’s Father Finn Society, the University’s planned giving group.
Kathann Koehler, director for the office of gift and estate planning, says the letters were an unexpected surprise, and are important for several reasons.
“I don’t know that we actually had any letters from Father Finn before this,” Koehler says. “And these letters actually show that he was into fundraising and planned giving.
The second letter shows his understanding of how important fundraising and planned giving was to her organizations and his willingness to assist.” Koehler says the letters will be preserved in the archives in University Library.