Xavier has a similar brain chain amid its professors. It starts with Ted Thepe, S.J., professor of chemistry. Back when he was teaching physics at Loyola Academy in Chicago, one of his students was Bill Larkin. Larkin, a retired professor of mathematics, taught Dick Gruber. Gruber, a professor of history, later taught Bill Madges, who is chair of the department of theology.
“It’s amazing to have that kind of longevity,” says Madges. “I think it says something of the depth of feeling Xavier alumni have for this institution. It’s a special bond to come back and try to do for future generations what had been done for us: to be a formative influence both professionally and personally.”