Thomas Patrick Melady (1927-2014)

Scholar, Diplomat, College President

Thomas Patrick Melady (1927-2014)

Thomas Patrick Melady (1927-2014) was an American scholar, diplomat, and college president who was regarded as an authority on emerging African independence movements.

Melady served as American ambassador to Burundi from 1969-72, Uganda from 1972-1973, and the Holy See from 1989 to 1993. He was president of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut from 1976-1986 and while on leave also served under President Reagan as the assistant secretary for post-secondary education.

Melady authored 16 books and over 180 articles. He recieved honorary doctorates from 30 universities and was honored by six countries, including two papal knighthoods and was a Knight of Malta.

Last Updated: July 10, 2017