I just learned through Frank Beckwith's blog that Ralph McInerny, the great Notre Dame philosophy professor, died. I haven't read enough of his scholarly work to know what I think about it. I do know he was pretty critical of the Nouvelle Theologie. I admire him greatly and respect him as a gentleman, a Christian, and for his encyclopedic humanism (if those two terms aren't contradictory). He certainly has been influential on a lot of people I know. Notre Dame certainly could use a few hundred more like him.
I remember being at a Fellowship of Catholic Scholars convention with him a few years ago. I had just come from my hotel room. Notre Dame was ahead, I believe. He was sauntering down the hall. I stopped him and told him what was going on. His eyes lit up, and he suddenly got very animated and rushed off to watch it himself. He loved Notre Dame.