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Loyola mourns prolific author Tom Clancy, '69

October 2, 2013 | By Nick Alexopulos

Tom Clancy Loyola University Maryland yearbook photo
Tom Clancy's photo from the 1969 Loyola University Maryland yearbook.

The Loyola University Maryland community is mourning the death of Tom Clancy, ’69. Clancy was a prolific American author who is internationally known for his best-selling military suspense novels. He died on Oct. 1, 2013, in Baltimore.

Clancy majored in English at Loyola, was a member of the chess academy, the association of student organizations, and the rangers. He delivered Loyola’s 1986 commencement address on May 25, 1986, and was given a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Loyola released this statement following his death:

"The Loyola University Maryland community is saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Clancy, Class of 1969. Mr. Clancy was a prolific author with a passion for storytelling that engaged people all over the world. He truly embodied the creativity we inspire our students and alumni to bring to their personal and professional lives, and we are proud to call him a member of the Loyola University Maryland family. Our prayers are with his family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time and in the days to come."

From Loyola magazine:

"An English professor remembers Tom Clancy, the college student"

"Tom Clancy's classmate reflects on their friendship at Loyola"

Full text of Tom Clancy's 1986 commencement address

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