Patrick J. Heneghan ’88 “crushes the pool” to make way for a new era in Rambler aquatics
Letting go of the past isn't easy—even when there are better things to come. So when the time came to “crush” the pool that had served Loyola’s aquatic athletes for 61 years, the school community took some comfort in knowing that the man behind the wrecking ball was Loyola alumnus and benefactor Patrick J. Heneghan ’88, the president of Heneghan Wrecking Company, Inc.
At Loyola’s Crush the Pool party in June, the Heneghan Wrecking Company demolition team took several ceremonial swipes at the aging natatorium’s south wall (see photo at right, sixth from top), leaving a hole big enough to drive a truck through. The following morning, Heneghan’s crew arrived with a wrecking ball and, within days, the natatorium was leveled.
In the months to come, the new John D. Norcross ’54 Aquatic Center will rise from the rubble, and Ramblers of all abilities will have the facilities they need to learn how to swim, experience aquatic sports and enjoy aquatic fitness.
“This project has great personal meaning for me,” says Heneghan, who has supported Loyola generously over the years with significant contributions to the Ramble and a major gift to help fund a Class of 1988 Scholarship benefiting the children of Loyola classmates who have passed away.
“The new aquatic center will bring world-class swimming, diving and water polo facilities to Loyola and give every Rambler new opportunities to engage in aquatic sports and fitness activities. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of that process.”