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John O'Gara (Andrew of Mary FSC)

 Record Group — Box: 1 of 1
Identifier: NY-409-3029


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Biographical / Historical

According to death notice correspondence: Brother Andrew, 80, had become the first President of Christian Brothers Academy in 1991, a position he held until his death. Prior to that appointment, Brother Andrew had been principal of CBA since 1979. Brothe Andrew's 30 years at CBA were a time of unprecedented growth. Major capital campaigns transformed the appearance of the school. During Brother Andrew's time, a second gymnasium, a theater, state-of-the-art science laboratories, and new computer facilities were added at the Academy. Four new soccer and lacrosse fields bear his name at this time. A native of the Bronx, John O'Gara left home to study at the Christian Brothers high school novitiate in Barrytown, New York. In 1946 he received the habit of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the religious name Brother Andrew of Mary. After studies at Catholic University and Manhattan College, Brother Andrew served as teacher and administrator at La Salle Academy, NYC and Lincoln Hall Catholic Protectory for Boys. In 1966, he was appointed principal of St. Raymond Boys High School in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx, a post he held for 13 years prior to his transfer to CBA where he spent the last three decades of his career. The son of the late Conal and Catherine O'Gara, Brother Andrew was famous for his warm Irish laugh and engaging manner. He had an all-but-photographic memory for names and faces. It was reliably believed in most of his administrative assignments that he knew the name of every student in the building, a memory he could demonstrate years later. The recipient of numerous academic, professional and philopatrian awards, Brother Andrew was an unpretenious and approachable man who loved the Mets, the Giants, and all things CBA. Brother Andrew is preceeded in death by a sister, Sr. Mary Theresa O'Gara, SMR. He is survived by his brother James O'Gara and his sister Catherine Callahan. Eight nieces and nephews, 10 grand nieces and nephews also survive, as do legions of admiring alumni from the schools where he served.

Biographical / Historical

Died on November 8, 2008. Buried in St. Gabriel's Cemetery, Marlboro, NJ


6 Files (1 document box, 2.5")

Repository Details

Part of the De La Salle Christian Brothers Archives of the New York District Repository

O'Malley Library, Room 200
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale New York 10471