Patrick Francis Healy

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Patrick Francis Healy was born in Macon, Georgia back in 1834 to Michael and Mary.  At an early age the family moved to New York where he received his education at a Quaker school in Flushing, New York.  In 1844, he enrolled at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1850, entering the Jesuit order continuing his studies.

He left the United States to attend the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium earing his doctorate.  While he was there he was ordained into the priesthood on September 3, 1864.  In 1866, he returned to the United States teaching philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  In 1874, he was selected as the school’s twenty-sixth president.  He is given credit as to the transformation of Georgetown from a small nineteenth-century college into a major university.  He modernized the curriculum expanding and upgrading the schools of law and medicine while requiring courses in chemistry and physics.  He died in 1910, he was 75.

What you may not know about Patrick is that he is recognized as the first U.S. citizen of African descent to earn a PhD, to be admitted to the Jesuit order and to be president of any predominantly white college in the United States.

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Comments (15)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... now that is a list of accomplishments anyone could envy!

Jul 31, 2020 04:30 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure used his talent to excel. Stay safe out there.

Jul 31, 2020 05:04 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Obviously he was a man unused to excuses for himself or others. He set a high bar and is an example that color is no reason for not excelling and given the right circumstances can acheive much.

Jul 31, 2020 05:35 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Patrick. Those who move forward in the face of adversity are victorious in their quest. Enjoy your day!

Jul 31, 2020 05:42 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Another first in his field and someone that moved forward and did a good job.


Jul 31, 2020 06:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a great day!

Jul 31, 2020 07:22 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Sounds like the Jesuits did the right thing when it comes to being color blind, without anyone telling them what to do.  A

Jul 31, 2020 07:28 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - those are certainly very formidable accomplishments.

Jul 31, 2020 07:45 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi James Dray I'm late today!!! 

Patrick Francis Healy (U.S. National Park Service)

Jul 31, 2020 07:51 AM
James Dray

Better late than never

Aug 01, 2020 03:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Helllo James - thank you for an additional piece of Georgetown history.  

Jul 31, 2020 08:52 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an amazing accomplishment for this gentleman!!!  I wish that more stories like Patrick Francis Healy's were told especially to our school children. 

Jul 31, 2020 10:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

It's hard to imagine how hard he must have worked to achieve the success he did and in the time (era) he did James Dray .

Jul 31, 2020 06:50 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I wish this story would be featured on Main Stream Media today! 

Aug 01, 2020 10:39 AM
James Dray


Aug 01, 2020 04:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I always enjoy reading these stories of others who have achieved so much. And I learned a few things, too. Georgetown continues to have a terrific reputation.


Aug 02, 2020 04:05 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Patrick Francis Healy accomplished so much in his lifetime. Pretty amazing for a guy who was born into slavery and 1/8 African-American. 

Aug 08, 2020 07:34 AM