A Man of Peace

Gordon C. Zahn, 1918–2007

On the night of John Leary’s funeral in Boston in August 1982, I ran into Gordon Zahn in Copley Square. His face was lined with tears. Young Leary, a Catholic pacifist and Harvard grad, had dropped dead a few days before while jogging along the Charles River. He was twenty-four years old.

“I’m Mike Hovey,” I said, sensing Professor Zahn didn’t recognize me. “I lived with John at Haley House [the Boston Catholic Worker].”

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Michael W. Hovey was honorably discharged by the U.S. Navy in 1976 as a conscientious objector. He is director of the Office for Catholic Social Teaching for the Archdiocese of Detroit.