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Dan Grady ’54 and Margaret Grady

Grady family support spans philanthropy and volunteerism

Grady family support spans philanthropy and volunteerism Based on his decades-long commitment to the University of Detroit Mercy, Dan Grady ’54 is considered to be an honorary emeritus board member. Over the years, Dan has been a member of the College of Business Administration Advisory Board, a 20-year member of the Board of Trustees, former president of the President’s Cabinet and a founding member of the Jesuit 100 (a group of lay people who provide support to the Jesuit community).

Dan, a retired Michigan Bell executive, and his wife Margaret are long-time donors who have supported efforts to upgrade the historic buildings, maintain physical facilities and add enhancements to the campus. He notes, “Tuition alone can’t begin to cover the cost of expansion and modernization of the campus.”

The Gradys have also designated UDM in their estate plans through a bequest. Both have actively sought out donations from alumni and friends over the years.

Dan would like to see all graduates contribute to the University – a point that was made clear to him by former U of D President Celestine Steiner, S.J., who noted that tuition only covers about one-half the cost of an education and generous philanthropy is essential to sustain a financially strong University.

“It’s compelling to have a Detroit university that offers a Jesuit-Mercy education and stays relevant to the needs of society and business."

—Dan Grady ’54

“Fr. Steiner asked us to make a payment on our success by giving back to the University,” he says. In doing so, it perpetuates a cycle of giving that ensures a great education for current and future students.

Dan would like to see broader philanthropic support to UDM, in addition to alumni giving. He says, “It’s compelling to have a Detroit university that offers a Jesuit-Mercy education and stays relevant to the needs of society and business.”

He notes that this Jesuit-Mercy educational model is unrivaled by
state-funded and other private universities, and is worthy of support from those who recognize that a UDM education makes a difference not only to the student but also to the community.