Bellarmine Celebrates 80th Birthday of Chancellor

Posted: January 30, 2018

More than 1,200 well-wishers attended an event on January 27 in celebration of the 80th birthday of Reverend Gerald T. Wade, S.J., current chancellor of Bellarmine College Preparatory, its former president, and an alumnus of the all-boys Jesuit high school.

Among the guests at the on-campus celebration were many Bellarmine alumni, whose graduation years spanned eight decades, going as far back as the 1940s.

Speakers included Rev. Richard Cobb, S.J., longtime friend and colleague; Rev. Edward Reese, S.J., former principal of Bellarmine and current president of St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco; and Mr. David Romero, S.J., Jesuit novice who traveled from Boston College to entertain the crowd with his comedic impression of Rev. Wade. Chris Meyercord, Bellarmine president, introduced a tribute video that was also streamed into other campus venues to accommodate overflow crowds.

During the San Jose City Council meeting on December 12, which is Rev. Wade’s actual birthdate, he received a commendation from Mayor Sam Liccardo, a Bellarmine alumnus. The campus celebration included presentations of additional commendations from Dominic Caserta, Santa Clara City councilmember; and Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County supervisor; both of whom are also Bellarmine alumni.

In lieu of gifts, guests were encouraged to contribute to the Wade Family Financial Aid Endowment.

This year marks Rev. Wade’s 63rd anniversary as a member of the Society of Jesus, which he entered upon graduating from Bellarmine in 1955.

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