Sen. Eagleton Earns SLU Honor

Saint Louis University presented the Sword of Ignatius Loyola to former U.S. Senator Thomas Eagleton on Sunday, Dec. 3. The sword-SLU’s highest honor for individual achievement-was presented to Eagleton at the University’s DuBourg Society Recognition Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis.

University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. stated that Eagleton “has exemplified the Ignatian ideals and spirit of service,” demonstrating his commitment to citizens.

The Sword of Ignatius Loyola is named for the founder of the Society of Jesus, Inigo Lopez de Loyola. A symbol of the Ignatian vision of service, the sword is presented to those who have given themselves to humankind for the greater glory of God.

Eagleton, a native St. Louisan, was elected St. Louis circuit attorney in 1956.

He was elected later to his first statewide office, attorney general and lieutenant governor between 1960 and 1964. He won the first of three terms in the U.S. Senate in 1968.

Eagleton was known for his work in the areas of foreign relations, intelligence, defense, education, health care, the environment and campaign-finance reform.

After leaving the Senate, Eagleton became a partner in the law firm of Thompson Coburn, LLP, a professor of public affairs at Washington University, a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, president of the Truman Library Institute and president of FANS, Inc., the civic group that brought the NFL Rams to St. Louis.

Eagleton is the author of three books and the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Terence Eagleton and Christy Eagleton Fleming, and two grandchildren, Barbara Ellen Fleming and James Eagleton Fleming.