“To Give and Not to Count the Cost”: Queena Lee-Chua on Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ and the post-war Ateneo physics machine shop

From Queena Lee Chua in the Philippine Daily Inquirer:

“To Give and Not to Count the Cost” is a compendium of stories from 150 Ateneans today about their personal Ateneo heroes. Aside from Rizal, those profiled include not only textbook heroes Gregorio del Pilar (who inspired

Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo and theater icon Fr. James Reuter), Evelio Javier (who inspired Ateneo president Fr. Ben Nebres), Juan Luna (who inspired Central Bank Gov. Amando Tetangco), Ninoy and Cory Aquino, but also well-known personalities in various fields (Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Jose Avellana, Salvador Bernal, Lorenzo Tañada, Raul Manglapus, Alfredo Bengzon, Fr. Miguel Bernad, Fr. Joseph Galdon, Doreen Fernandez, Gabriel Singson, Eugenio Lopez, Sr., Manny Pangilinan, Baby Dalupan).

Then there are the people who, in their own ways, have become heroes to Ateneans. Former Sen. Mar Roxas wrote about Agrifino “Big Boy” Orduña, the Ateneo High School security guard for more than three decades. Automatic Center president Samie Lim wrote about Fr. Robert Suchan, the Rizal Library librarian who “protected the integrity of the library and demanded respect for the institution.”

I wrote about the quiet kindness of physicist Fr. Dan McNamara, who in turn wrote about Felipe Domingo, the nephew of a janitor, “who taught himself how to use the machine shop lathe in the old, post-war Ateneo machine shop housed in the physics department.”

As for my son, I reminded him that, after studying at the Ateneo and the University of Santo Tomas, Rizal continued his studies at the Universidad Central de Madrid, the University of Paris, and the University of Heidelberg. If the opportunity came his way, I urged my son not to close the doors to further learning abroad. But I know, like Rizal, he would come back.

“To Give and Not to Count the Cost: Ateneans Inspiring Ateneans 1859-2009” is available at the Ateneo de Manila University Press, tel. 4265984, and e-mail unipress@admu.edu.ph.

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