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Brother Harrigan; Cardinal Mooney principal

Brother Aubert Harrigan, who was principal of the former Cardinal Mooney High School in Rochester from 1971 to 1978, died on Oct. 16, 2006, at St. Joseph Center, Valatie, N.Y. He was 79.

Born John Harrigan in Taunton, Mass., he took the name Brother Aubert when he entered the Congregation of Holy Cross. He professed perpetual vows in 1949 at Sacred Heart Basilica in Notre Dame, Ind. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. Following graduate work at Fordham University, he earned his master’s degree in religious education from the Toronto School of Theology in Toronto, Canada.

After serving in teaching and administrative positions at several schools operated by the congregation, he was principal of Holy Cross High School in Queens, N.Y., prior to his assignment as principal of Cardinal Mooney.

He served on the Provincial Council of the Eastern Province of Holy Cross Brothers. Following his move to St. Joseph Center as its director of development, he was its administrator from 1985 until his retirement in 1993. During his tenure at St. Joseph’s, he was active in the local Catholic Charities and in adolescent pregnancy prevention and crisis-pregnancy services.

Brother Harrigan is survived by his sister, Virginia Paquette of Taunton, Mass.; several nieces and nephews; and the Congregation of the Holy Cross. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Center on Oct. 21, 2006, followed by interment in Holy Cross Community Cemetery at the center.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Center, 495 Maple Lane, Valatie, NY 12184.

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