Born on May 21, 1923
Akron, OH
August 2, 2017 in Granger, IN.
Inducted On
May 5, 1984
Location Inducted
Indianapolis, IN
Region Number
Notre Dame
Akron South
Served in US Navy 2 years, playing football at Great Lakes under Paul Brown.
Miami University, OH
Inducted into the National Footbal Foundation College Football Hall of Fame 1980; color commentator, ABC Sports 1975-1981; television commentator on NCAA College Football 1982-1988; awarded Miami U Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities 1978; active in raising research funds for multiple sclerosis after daughter Karan was diagnosed; founder of Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation 1994, for research for Niemann-Pick Type C, a disease without cure that claimed the lives of three of his grandchildren - Michael, Marcia, and Christa.
Wife, Kathleen; children Michael (Cindy), Kristan (James), and Karan (deceased) (James); 6 remaining grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. (Visit
Professional Athletic Background: Played for Cleveland Browns 1948-1949; injury halted his career.

Coaching Experience: Assistant coach under Woody Hayes at Miami 1950, then head coach 1951-1955; head coach at Northwestern University 1956-1963, then at Notre Dame 1964-1974, resigning for health reasons with a ND record of 95-17-4 (.836) and overall record of 170-58-6 (.739).

Coaching Honors: National Championships 1966, 1973; received MacArthur Bowl, symbolic of National Champions, 1964, 1966, 1973; in ND's record books as second most winning coach in history behind Knute Rockne; had victories in Cotton Bowl 1971, Sugar Bowl 1974, and Orange Bowl 1975; named College Co-Coach of the Year by American Football Coaches Assocation 1964; named Coach of the Year by the Football Writers of America, Washington Touchdown Club, Columbus Touchdown Club, Football News (twice), and New York Daily News.