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Brian Desilets Oral History transcript

Item

interviewee

Brian Desilets

interviewer

Gus Nolan

Summary

This interview covers the life of Brian Henry Desilets, who first became a Marist
Brother in 1946, and has been associated with the Marist community for most of his life. The
interview starts with his birth, and then progresses to his beginnings as a brother. The early
years of the college are discussed, including buildings that have thus been torn down or have
become memorable sites. It also gives his opinion of the many changes that took place at Marist
over the years: the opening of the school to laymen and women, the change over of responsibility
from the brothers to a board, and the three different presidents. In addition, Dr. Desilets’ career
is documented, finishing with the future for him in the Heritage Project and beyond.

Date Created

11 October 2001

Subject Headings

Brain Desilets
Marist College History
Marist College (Poughkeepsie, New York)
Marist Brothers - United States - History