O'Shaughnessy Biography Published; Book Launch Event Is Nov. 4

That Great Heart, a biography of legendary St. Thomas benefactor I.A. O’Shaughnessy, has been published and will be available at three campus events the week of Nov. 3.

That Great Heart-coverThe biography chronicles O’Shaughnessy’s rise as the 13th child of a Stillwater bootmaker to become the largest independent oil refiner and largest benefactor of Catholic higher education in the United States. Four buildings at St. Thomas bear the name of the 1907 alumnus, who died in 1973.

Doug Hennes ’77, vice president for university and government relations at St. Thomas, is the author. The book is published by Beaver’s Pond Press of Edina and sponsored by the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation, which O’Shaughnessy established in 1941.

The foundation will hold a book launch event 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in OEC auditorium on the St. Paul campus. The event will include a reading, reception and book signing, and is open to the public. Other That Great Heart signings include:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, noon-1 p.m., St. Thomas bookstore, Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis campus
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Campus Way, Anderson Student Center, St. Paul campus
  • Sunday, Nov. 9, after 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 1976 Dayton Ave., St. Paul
  • Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., St. Patrick’s Guild, 1554 Randolph Ave., St. Paul
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, 7-8 p.m., Maple Island Brewing Co., 225 Main St., Stillwater (next to Valley Bookseller)