Jesuit Father William O’Leary was honored by Creighton Prep recently for decades of service to the school. The Jesuit began his 46-year career at Creighton Prep in 1964, and several hundred former students, faculty and friends showed their appreciation at a gathering in his honor.
Through most of his career, Fr. O’Leary taught history and theology. He retired from teaching five years ago but remained at the school helping with other duties, which included monitoring the hallway between classes.
Part of his legacy was his attention to shirttail management: if a student passed in the hallway with a shirttail hanging out, O’Leary would offer to hold the offender’s books, while the student remedied the problem.
O’Leary, who’s known for what he calls his “good, bad jokes,” said, “I’m going to miss the students, they’re saints.”
Watch the report from a local news station that covered O’Leary’s departure and captured him in action doing shirttail management.