The article below is for the benefit of not only our new
members, but serves as a reminder for all our members as to Legacy
of Dr. Thomas A. Dooley
He looked like the
ninety-seven pound weakling. He was always around, hitting the books
and content to be a student at Notre Dame and surrounded by good
company. He was in pre-med, a young kid, but so serious, so
thoughtful. His name was Tom Dooley. He died of cancer the day after
his 34th birthday. By that Dr. Tom Dooley was internationally famous
as the medical missionary in Southeast Asia.
This was the
inspiration, this was the challenge, this was the man for whom the
new Assembly was named, Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Assembly Fourth Degree
Knights of Columbus.
Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Assembly was formed
June 24th , 1962, from a group of councils that included Father
McDonald of Elmhurst, Mayslake of Hinsdale, St. John of Downers
Grove/Westmont, Father Gaffney of West Chicago, and Wheaton.
Ron T. Tallon was Master of the Northern
Illinois District at the time. He called together Fourth Degree
members from the above councils for the purpose of electing officers
for the new assembly. Charter Officers were installed by Master
Tallon on Monday, July 9, 1962 with Sir Knight Leon Heidgen of
Elmhurst being selected as the Charter Faithful Navigator.
Dr. Dooley Assembly has grown from 6 councils in 1962 to 23 councils
in 2012 with a total membership of 864 Sir Knights. Over the years
Dr. Dooley Assembly has had a program of moral and financial support
for seminarians. Currently, we are providing support for a
seminarian with a modest stipend, which can be used to pay part of
his personal expenses. Dr. Dooley Assembly also has supported the
Joliet Diocese Chapter as a leading contributor each to the
Chapter's seminarian purse program for the Joliet Diocese.
Dr. Thomas A Dooley with one of his first patients in Viet Nam.