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Professors Emeriti from the Classes of 1961 and 1969

May 28, 2019

Fenwick alumni-turned-professors (retired): Terry Doody of Rice University (English Dept.); Tom Kavanagh taught French at Yale; and John Wendt taught Ethics/Business Law at Univ. of St. Thomas (Minnesota).


Two members of Fenwick’s Class of 1961 were college professors, now retired: Terrence Doody (English Literature) at Rice University in Houston and Thomas Kavanagh (French) at Yale University. In addition, John Wendt '69 was Professor of Ethics and Business Law at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1987-2017.

Terry Doody is a “Double Friar,” attending Providence College in Rhode Island after Fenwick. He received a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). He began teaching at Rice as a Professor of Literature in 1970 and, over the years, taught courses in the modernist period, the novel and narrative theory, and contemporary literature.


Rice English Professor Terry Doody (retired).

Eight times Professor Doody won the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, which honors top Rice instructors as determined by the votes of alumni who graduated within the past two, three and five years. In 1997 he was voted the Outstanding Associate of the university’s Lovett College and, for 2002-03, was awarded the Allison Sarofim Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities.

Prof. Doody also taught for many years in Rice’s program of Continuing Studies and at the Women’s Institute of Houston. The author of Confession and Community in the Novel and Among Other Things: A Description of the Novel, Doody has been the recipient of grants from National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Yale French Professor Tom Kavanagh (retired).

At Yale, Tom Kavanagh retired in 2016 as the Augustus R. Street Professor of French and Department Chair. Kavanagh taught in New Haven for 14 years, specializing in French Enlightenment literature and culture as well as French cinema. Prior to the Ivy League research university in Connecticut, he spent nine years at the University of California at Berkeley and also taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Colorado and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Kavanagh earned his B.S. from Holy Cross College and his M.Ph. and Ph.D. from Yale in 1968 and 1969, respectively. He joined the Yale faculty in 2002. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation and election to the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. Kavanagh’s work focused on 18th- century literature and culture, chance and esthetics, narrative and its social implications as well as French cinema.


John Wendt (retired) was Professor of Ethics and Business Law at UST for 30 years.

Wendt spent more than 40 years in academia. “My doctorate is in law, as [are] most law professors,” he explains. His academic research has included study of sports law, including being the author of some 40 peer-reviewed articles and co-authoring two books.

“I serve on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne, Switzerland), often called the ‘Supreme Court for Sport.’ The CAS has only 300 arbitrators from 87 countries throughout the world, chosen for their specialist knowledge of arbitration and sports law.” He also serves on the LPGA and World Triathlon Union Special Anti-Doping Arbitration Panels and on the American Arbitration Association Panel for Olympic Disputes. In 2013 Governor Mark Dayton named Wendt to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission.

Wendt swam and played water polo at Fenwick and at the University of Minnesota. After graduating with a degree in humanities (summa cum laude), he coached and taught at De La Salle High School in Minneapolis and at the same time attended William Mitchell College of Law and the University of Minnesota, receiving a Master of Arts in American Studies with a focus on American Constitutional Law and History and Sports Law. (His teams at De La Salle won the state championships nine of 10 years and won the Minnesota State High School League Championships in swimming and diving.)

Wendt is in the University of Minnesota's Aquatics Hall of Fame and received UM's College of Liberal Arts Alumni of Notable Achievement Award.

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