Eight years ago today, the man who changed my life died.
Oh, I probably should have started with a Rome Story Alert.
John Felice had been sick for a while, so I wasn’t surprised by his death. But he was the first person who was not related to me whose death truly affected me.
When I went to the Rome Center, it had the cumbersome name of “Loyola University Chicago Rome Center for the Liberal Arts”. Now it’s simply the John Felice Rome Center. The JFRC. A few years after I was a student there, it was renamed after the man who was responsible for its existence.
If it hadn’t been for John Felice, I might not have gone to Loyola. If it hadn’t been for John Felice, I most likely would never have gone to Rome. If it hadn’t been for John Felice, I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am today.
I will forever be grateful for the legacy he left.