Michael B. O'Neil Sr. (1932-2016)
Dean of Students, 1968-1970
Michael B. O'Neil Sr. died on Sept. 25, 2016, at 74. Mr. O’Neil was the assistant dean of students at Holy Cross from 1968-1970, and his nickname was “Doc.” He spent five years as a Marist brother and later earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. In addition to his post as assistant dean at Holy Cross, he also served as dean of students at Mount St. Mary's College in Newburgh, New York, before starting his own businesses. He founded The O'Neil Group, a management consulting firm specializing in team building and leadership development, and Real Estate Training Center, a multi-state real estate licensing business. He coached leaders at work and also volunteered as a basketball coach at local schools and the Newburgh Jewish Community Center.
Though his time at Holy Cross was short, Mr. O’Neil enjoyed it immensely, writing in a farewell letter on behalf of himself and his wife: “We have been trying to think of some way to say thanks. It has been a hectic, but beautiful, 26 months at Holy Cross. We have established lasting friendships, been deeply affected by events and people, begun a family … discovered many quotes, loved and been loved in return. We have learned that a man can love his work and the place of his toil, [and] he can also share this love with his family.”
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, five children, 12 grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters. ■