Dr. Paul McCauley, a 1966 graduate of the University, has found a lifelong solace in giving his time and advice to members of the Notre Dame community.“I entered ND in 1962,” McCauley said. “John Kennedy was President. I loved Mathematics. I planned to be a part of Kennedy’s space program and send men and women to the moon, Mars and beyond.”The second of seven children, McCauley continuously saw his father, a general practitioner, spend long hours working to support his family. At the time, McCauley said he thought medicine was, “one crazy, stupid way to make a living.”But, regardless of the arduous hours and his aspirations to send people to the moon, McCauley said he became aware that his father was never unhappy with his life or his career.“Witnessing the contentment and satisfaction my father displayed despite his long hours, interrupted nights and weekends … made me consider a career in medicine,” McCauley said.McCauley eventually graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1970, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. During his career, he continuously gave back. McCauley said he helped to start an annual memorial service for parents who had lost a child at, or soon after, birth.McCauley’s experience working with parents who had lost children became closely entwined with his own life. He and his wife Kathleen lost their daughter Erin Marie McCauley Tervo on Sept. 6, 2015, to Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD).Erin, who graduated from the Mendoza College of Business in 1993, was married with three daughters who were ages 7, 9 and 11 at the time of her death.“It is three years this past September [since we lost Erin],” McCauley said. “As a physician, you go back and forth between the human part of you and the doctor part of you,” he added, citing the reactionary pain of wishing he had been able to prevent his daughter’s health conflict.After losing Erin, McCauley said he was able to channel his grief, faith and profession into helping others deal with loss.Just twelve days after Erin’s funeral, McCauley returned to Notre Dame to assist with a medical ethics conference and speak with three separate groups of students about death, dying, coping and grieving.“I thought, what better person to teach than someone who is experiencing acute grief,” he said.For eight years, until last year, McCauley has returned to campus, both to help with the same medical conference, and to continue his daughter Erin’s tradition of taking her three daughters to a football game each fall. Additionally, McCauley said he has worked as a mentor for many Notre Dame graduates whom he has met over the years, using his experiences to guide students towards living meaningful lives.McCauley said he hopes students learn to look for valuable life experiences and relationships.“Choose something to do with your life that you have a passion for, even if it is difficult,” he said. “Don’t just do something that is a job because you’re wasting the rest of your life. You want to be able to look back and not just have money in the bank account, but knowing you touched people’s lives.”Tags: Alumni, class of 1966, Paul McCauley
Senior forward Leah Pruitt (center) celebrates by embracing her teammates after scoring a goal in the 2017 season. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)After their 1-0 victory on the road against UC Irvine to start the season on Aug. 16, the Women of Troy will face off against Cal Poly for the home opener on Friday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Trojans will travel to Malibu for a 1 p.m. matchup against the Pepperdine Waves.It was a hard-fought battle for the Trojans at UC Irvine, but they managed to claim the victory. UC Irvine won the Big West Conference last season, and came in ranked first in the conference during preseason. To claim this victory on the road is an impressive feat for the Women of Troy and a solid way to start the season.“Today was a really tough battle against Irvine, they played extremely well,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “It’s exactly what we needed to start the year. We showed some toughness and got the goal that we needed in front of a great crowd on the road and found a way to win.”Redshirt junior Natalie Jacobs was the key player for the Trojans against the Anteaters as she netted the only goal of the game. Jacobs recently joined the Women of Troy as a transfer student from Notre Dame, where she led her team in goals in 2017. The goal was special for Jacobs not only because it helped the team win, but also because it occurred on her birthday. “Actually, I prayed, before [the goal], I’m not even kidding!” Jacobs said. “And then Leah sends a perfect ball, and I kind of blacked out for a second, and then it went in.”The goal came off of an assist from senior forward Leah Pruitt. Pruitt will play an important role for the Trojans this season, as she has already scored 10 goals and has assisted on 12 more in her career. She was a part of the 2016 team which won the national championship, and earned All Pac-12 second team honors last season.In the team’s first game of the weekend, the Women of Troy will host Cal Poly at McAlister Field at 3 p.m. on Friday. Cal Poly, ranked eighth in the Big West preseason coaches poll, had a goalless draw against Marquette last Thursday. The Mustangs are coming off of a 7-9-3 season last year, but the Trojans have yet to beat the Mustangs in their last three matchups. Senior defender Chelsea Barry is a player to watch for Cal Poly in Friday’s game. The talented defender was named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference team, and will look to lead her team from the back this season. She will try to keep a clean sheet against the Women of Troy on Friday and stop players like Pruitt from creating any chances at goal.Following the match against Cal Poly, the Trojans will face their toughest test of this young season as they travel to Pepperdine on Sunday for a 1 p.m. game. The Waves were ranked 18th in the preseason polls after winning back-to-back WCC titles and making the second round of the NCAA tournament last year. However, Pepperdine is yet to meet its potential this season, having been shut out against both Kansas and Texas Tech.Senior Hailey Harbison is expected to lead the Waves in this game. She was named the West Coast Conference Defender of the Year last year and this season, was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious award in women’s collegiate soccer, given to the best player in the nation. Trojans will look to continue their strong start to the season as they aim for another deep postseason run.