As he continues to guide the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci ’58 took 30 minutes out of his extremely busy schedule on Monday, June 1 to meet virtually with Regis High School’s Class of 2020 as they prepare to graduate on Saturday, June 6. The longtime Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases answered all of the questions posed to him by his high school alma mater’s graduating seniors with his typical, as he puts it, “precision of thought and economy of expression.”
Michael Kuharski ’20, a Regis senior, moderated the conversation after a brief introduction and welcome by Regis President Rev. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ. After asking several questions, Kuharski called on a number of his fellow Regians to pose their own to the school’s most famous alumnus.
As he often does, Dr. Fauci expressed his appreciation for the excellent education he received at Regis and graciously explained that he eagerly welcomes opportunities to interact with the school and its students. “I wouldn’t miss this or not do it for anything, regardless of how busy I am,” he said. At the end of the conversation, Dr. Fauci demonstrated his Regis pride by putting on a Regis High School mask that was made and sent to him by the parent of a Regis alumnus.
"Dr. Fauci has been a remarkable voice of reassurance in very troubling times," Fr. Lahart said. "He has also been wonderfully generous with his time as he has done special graduation messages for the Jesuit high schools around the country, and then taking the time to meet with the Class of 2020 today. Regis certainly had a huge impact on his life, and he continues to impact all of us through his leadership and care for all of us."
The event with Dr. Fauci was the first in a series of virtual meetings Regis is hosting this week between the Class of 2020 and prominent Regis alumni. Regis is incredibly grateful to Dr. Fauci and the Regians who will follow him this week for helping to celebrate the 128 young men who will graduate on Saturday.