The Cardinal Newman Society is mourning the death of Peter Flanigan, a generous donor to the Society and a leading advocate of school choice.
Flanigan was born in 1923, served as a Navy pilot in World War II, graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1947, and began working for President Richard Nixon in 1969 as an economics assistant and director of the Council of International Economic Policy, according to Legacy.com. Most of his career was devoted to Dillon Read as a managing partner.
As described in The Wall Street Journal, Flanigan founded the Student-Sponsor Partners, a voucher program dedicated to financially helping children who wished to attend Catholic schools but were financially unable. Since 1985, the program has helped more than 5,000 inner-city high school students with vouchers and mentoring.
An advocate of Catholic education, Flanigan also founded the Patron program to raise funds for inner-city Catholic grade schools. He was a board member of St. Ann's School in Harlem, as well as The Catholic University of America, which is recommended as a faithful Catholic college in The Newman Guide.
Flanigan was also very active in the Alliance for School Choice.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York celebrated his funeral mass, according to The National Catholic Register.
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