Established in 2003, the purpose of the McQuaid Jesuit Knights of the Round Table is to recognize individuals, living or deceased, who have distinguished themselves in their personal lives and careers, thereby reflecting credit upon the school's educational efforts, moral principles and philosophical tenets. Candidates for the Knights of the Round Table include alumni, members of the McQuaid Jesuit faculty, administration and staff, coaches and non-alumni.

This year, Gerard Farrell, McQuaid's director of Guidance for 15 years before his passing in 2003, will posthumously be honored for his work and contributions to the students he taught, mentored, and helped.  Also being honored is Peter Rodgers who joined McQuaid Jesuit's Board of Trustees in 2003 and served as its Chairman from 2010-16.

Both will formally be recognized during McQuaid's Hall of Fame dinner Saturday, September 16 at the school.

For more on each inductee, click his name below.

Farrell

Gerard Farrell
(Posthumously)

Peter Rodgers Head Shot

Peter Rodgers, H '16, P '98, '03

Farrell“What was special about Jerry was how he connected to people. Kids trusted him because he was interested in them and valued them.”

These words are from one of the countless tributes expressed on the occasion of Jerry Farrell’s death in 2003. He had served McQuaid Jesuit as Director of Guidance and Counseling for 15 years.

Students and faculty alike had a special fondness for Jerry. His office was welcoming and his presence conveyed caring and genuineness. He was a sensitive listener and his understated but astute manner was enlivened by a gentle wry humor that calmed anxiety or anger and encouraged an open, helping relationship.

Jerry Farrell lived cura personalis through all the many ways he worked with students in counseling. And, in areas of college guidance, Jerry’s familiarity with post-secondary institutions and programs and especially their admissions procedures and personnel gave him a wealth of knowledge for advising students on choices and options.

From his prior teaching experience Jerry had gained understanding of classroom dynamics and adolescent development. His pleasant approach and his interest in serving students, faculty, staff and parents were always directed by his faith and by his strong sense of social justice manifested in sensitivity to human needs through his involvement in neighborhood and parish. Jerry’s faith was clearly evident as he encountered and accepted several difficult challenges to his health. None of them diminished his cheerful and caring demeanor. He was a source of insight and practical wisdom.

Peter Rodgers Head ShotJesuit education has played an important role in the life of Peter Rodgers for more than 50 years. Rooted firmly in his parents’ desire for and commitment to a quality education for their children, Peter entered Canisius High School in 1967.  Like so many young men who through the years have experienced the challenges of Latin, the companionship of friends, the deepening of faith, and the correction of Jug, Peter emerged prepared for success in college and in life.  After his high school years, he continued his Jesuit education at Fordham University.

Peter’s relationship with Jesuit education began again when he and his wife, Pam, chose McQuaid Jesuit for their two sons, Stephen, ’98, and John, ’03.  For more than a decade, Peter and Pam threw themselves into their sons’ experiences by supporting athletic events, homework sessions, Kairos retreats, and other social events, including BASH which they co-chaired in 1999.

In 2003, Peter joined the McQuaid Jesuit Board of Trustees and became its chair in 2010.  His tenure on the board revealed steady leadership as the school went through the expansion of a sixth grade, renovation of the school cafeteria, and the transition of two presidents.

Peter’s latest, but probably not last, relationship with Jesuit education occurred when he was awarded a McQuaid Jesuit diploma and made an “Honorary Member” of the Class of 2016 at that class’ Commencement Exercises last year.

The value of a quality education was instilled in Peter Rodgers as a young man.  For more than 50 years, through his own experience and by his commitment to his sons and their classmates, Peter has ensured the mission of Jesuit education has remained strong.