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Both the medical center and law school saw significant growth.

With the increase in the caliber of students came an uptick in the number of graduates receiving prestigious awards, such as the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships. [32] Even more so than the university generally, the national reputations of the School of Foreign Service and the School of Business improved dramatically. [33] The Georgetown University Law Center became one of the most-prominent law schools in the nation, [34] and the Georgetown University Medical Center, particularly the Lombardi Cancer Center, became a leading research institution. [35] At the same time, the School of Dentistry was part of a nationwide trend of a diminishing number and quality of applicants. [36] The problem became so severe that Healy decided to close the school in 1987, [37] and it graduated its final class in 1990. [38]

One contentious issue during Healy's presidency was the sale of the university's radio station, WGTB, to the University of the District of Columbia for $1. Prior to Healy's term, the station, though owned by the university, had been effectively operated by people unaffiliated with the university, who broadcast content that was deemed offensive by Georgetown's board of directors and the Federal Communications Commission. As a result, the FCC was considering denying the renewal of WGTB's license. With the board's authorization, Healy sold the license in 1979, despite protests of students and the faculty senate. [39] Though a lifelong Democrat who offered prayers at party meetings and frequently criticized President Ronald Reagan, [5] Healy was criticized by the left. Adhering to Catholic doctrine, he refused official university recognition and subsidization of a gay student group, [1] which prompted a lawsuit. After seven years of litigation, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that the group must receive the same material benefits as other students groups, but that the university could not be compelled to give it official endorsement. [40] Contrary to the wishes of the Archdiocese of Washington, Healy declined to appeal the case to the U.S Supreme Court, stating that he desired to "pull the community back together." [5] Healy's tenure as president came to an end in 1989, [16] and he was succeeded by Leo J. O'Donavan. [41]

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Healy's plan included the establishment of the Science, Industry and Business Library.

In February 1989, Healy resigned as president of Georgetown to become the president of the New York Public Library. [40] A gregarious personality, he was recruited to the position in part because of his success in lobbying while at Georgetown. [1] Succeeding the popular Vartan Gregorian, Healy's appointment generated controversy. Some prominent writers, such as Gay Talese and Joseph Heller, opposed his appointment to head the library, alleging that a Catholic priest could not commit to upholding free expression, while Craig Davidson, the executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said Healy's involvement in the lawsuit concerning gay student groups at Georgetown should preclude him from holding the office. Others, such as the chancellor of CUNY, Joseph S. Murphy, argued these critics were motivated by anti-Catholicism. Healy himself stated that he opposed censorship and that he was not bound by any ecclesiastical authority in his capacity as head of the library. [40]

Rather than his clerical attire, Healy wore a business suit, as he had done at CUNY. [5] He donated most of his $150,000 salary to the Jesuits, retaining a small amount for his living expenses. [5] He also forwent the ample apartment on the Upper East Side that the library provided for its president, [1] preferring to live in a more modest one in Midtown also owned by the library; [2] he often spent time at America House. In correspondence, he adopted the style "Dr. Healy", rather than "Fr. Healy". [1]

As president of the library, Healy frequented traveled to Washington to lobby for additional federal funding of libraries in general and of the New York Public Library in particular. [1] During his tenure, he increased the library's endowment from $170 million to $220 million. [2] Like at CUNY, he sought to improve the library's service of the poor. Therefore, one of his main focuses was on the improvement of the library system's local branches (rather than the grand Main Branch), which were plagued by crime and open drug use, and on improving poor children's access to them. [1] He also put into place a five-year plan for expanding the library system, which included establishing a new research branch, the Science, Industry and Business Library. [2]

In addition to his role at the public library, Healy continued to teach at Georgetown for the rest of his life and was an avid Latinist, particularly interested in Virgil. [1] He also remained fluent in French and Spanish from his studies in Europe. [3] In 1983, he underwent open-heart surgery. [2] On December 30, 1992, Healy suffered a heart attack in Newark Liberty International Airport while returning from a vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was taken to Elizabeth General Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he was pronounced dead. His funeral was held at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan, [1] and his body was returned to Georgetown, where he was buried in the Jesuit Community Cemetery. [42] He was succeeded as president of the public library by Paul LeClerc. [43]

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Timothy S. Healy
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Healy in 1977
10th President of the New York Public Library
In office
1989–1992
Academic offices
Preceded by
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the City University of New York
1969–1976
Succeeded by
Preceded by46th President of Georgetown University
1976–1989
Succeeded by
Cultural offices
Preceded by10th President of the New York Public Library
1989–1992
Succeeded by