The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery was established in 1983 to present exhibits of art that enhance the cultural, academic and spiritual life of Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. Upon its opening, Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., president emeritus of Holy Cross, said that "an undergraduate liberal arts college is academically strengthened when its students and staff are exposed to works of art . . . the presence of the gallery on campus affords the entire Holy Cross community an opportunity to experience that artistic beauty which so readily helps us attain the openness and tolerance necessary if we are to understand who we are and how we relate to one another."
It is with great sorrow that we bid farewell to our close friend Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J. Father Brooks' pioneering achievements for Holy Cross and its students and alumni will be fondly remembered. He was a committed advocate of the arts and it is his vision that made Holy Cross a place where life and art converge. He worked tirelessly to increase the appeal of Holy Cross and opened admissions to a diverse group of new students. Father Brooks' enthusiasm made him an inspiration to everyone at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation as well as to me personally. My heart goes out to those who had the pleasure of knowing Father Brooks, for I have been inspired by him in every aspect of my life. Farewell my friend.
President and Chairman
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
Iris Cantor recieved an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Holy Cross in May 2003
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Father Brooks welcomes guests attending the dedication to the Cantor Art Gallery, 1983