SOUTH BEND, IN – Legendary Notre Dame football head coach Ara Parseghian passed away in his Granger, Indiana home on August 2 at 1:30 a.m. He was 94.
Parseghian led Notre Dame to national championships in 1966 and 1973 and is a member of the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame. University president Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C said that along with his many athletic accomplishments, he will also be remembered as a teacher, leader and mentor.
Parseghian’s impact was not limited to the football field. During his lifetime, he, along with his son Michael and daughter-in-law Cindy, founded and raised millions of dollars for the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation. The foundation funds the study of Niemann-Pick Type C disease (NPC), a disease that took the lives of three of Parseghian’s grandchildren. NPC is a disease that usually affects school-age children and causes progressive deterioration of the nervous system by interfering with the children’s ability to metabolize cholesterol.
Notre Dame established the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund in May 2016 directed at supporting fundraising efforts to support NPC research and to raise awareness for the disease. So far, Parseghian’s foundation has raised more than $45 million dollars funneled into researching NPC.