borkThe Honorable Robert H. Bork, 85, died in a hospital in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday, December 19, due to heart problems and complications.

Judge Bork, who was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and voted down by the Senate, was only the 12th Supreme Court nominee to be rejected in U.S. history.

Judge Bork and his wife, Mary Ellen (who serves on Christendom’s Advisory Board), have been good friends of Christendom College for many years. In February of 2001, as the college was launching a capital campaign, the Borks hosted a reception at their home in McLean, Va., to help with the campaign and to help raise awareness for the college.

College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell recalls the event with great fondness.

“The Borks opened their home to us and it was a joy to be with them and to see the judge’s love for the true, the good, and the beautiful, and the pleasure he took in meeting students from the college,” O’Donnell says. “I will remember Judge Bob Bork with great fondness.  He had a great love for our country and a deep affection for the work of Christendom College. His voice and presence will be sorely missed, and we send to his dear wife, Mary Ellen, our love and our prayers for her support and the repose of his soul.”

Eternal rest grant unto Robert Bork, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.


At the Bork’s reception in 2001, L-R: Chairman of Christendom’s Board Donna Bethell, Mary Ellen Bork, Judge Robert Bork, Tom Bethell, Cathy O’Donnell, and College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell.

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