Founding ThreeSixty Journalism board member and ardent supporter Doug Hennes ’77, died Thursday, July 19, at the age of 63. Hennes was St. Thomas vice president for government relations and special projects.
For the countless people who knew him, Hennes was the quintessential Tommie. A champion of the university as a student, as an alumnus and, for 28 years, as a staff member, he exemplified his university’s values.
“He had a real belief that there is a common good, and his vocation was to help find that, whether in the university or in the broader community,” said President Julie Sullivan. “He was a very special man, and was just so caring about others and about St. Thomas.”
“He really was one of our chief guiding spirits,” said Father Dennis Dease, president emeritus.
Gifts made in memory of Doug Hennes will support ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit program of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.