WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross is saddened to learn of the loss of former Crusader Tom Hennessey, who passed away on Sunday, July 22. He was 71.
Born on Feb. 15, 1941, in Brookline, Mass., Hennessey was an all-state football player at Brookline High School and went on to attend Holy Cross, where he was a standout halfback for the Crusaders. In 1963, Hennessey won the Holy Cross Crusader of the Year award—the most prestigious student-athlete award presented by the Holy Cross Varsity Club – for his achievements in football and track and field.
Following his graduation, Hennessey played in the Atlantic Coast Football League and was named the league's top defensive back in 1964. Hennessey then joined the Boston Patriots in 1965 and played for two seasons (1965-1966), recording eight interceptions in 28 career games. Hennessey was named the Patriots Rookie of the Year in 1965.
Off the field, Hennessey served as a mentor and teacher in a variety of arenas: spending a year as a teacher and physical education instructor at the Jesuit College in Baghdad, teaching and coaching at Brighton (Mass.) High School and serving as an assistant to the Dean of Men at Holy Cross.