Gerry McFaul attended Gonzaga on an athletic scholarship and received his undergraduate degree in 1949 and his Master of Arts degree in 1958. He was part of the 1942-43 championship basketball team which was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He interrupted his education to serve in the Navy during World War II. He met his wife, Marjorie, while he was attending GU. Gerry spent the majority of his career at Pullman High School as a teacher, coach and counselor.
The McFauls had ten children: Jane, Susan, Mary, Patricia, Sally, Michael, Gerald, Maureen, David, and Thomas. The McFaul family has a long and established relationship with Gonzaga, as three of their children are also alumni. One of their daughters, Jane, met her husband (Dennis Hession) while attending Gonzaga. Now, not only does Jane work at GU as a freshman advisor in the School of Business, but the oldest Hession child, Sarah, has carried on the tradition of a GU education by becoming an alumna.
Next to his family, Gonzaga was the closest thing to Gerry’s heart. Being on campus, whether at a basketball game (the proud owner of season tickets and membership in the Bulldog Club), a lecture, dinner with his many Jesuit friends, or mass, it made him very happy. He always felt like he was home at Gonzaga.
The Gerald R. McFaul Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife and children, after his death on April 30, 1997 at 74 years of age. The scholarship was endowed in 1998, meaning that the corpus of the scholarship fund will be retained at Gonzaga in perpetuity, with earnings being spent only for scholarships each year. The endowment also ensures that Gerry’s name will live on at Gonzaga for as long as the University exists. Awards are for students with financial need coming to GU from small towns in the Pacific Northwest.
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