The Notre Dame media family unexpectedly lost a great one last week. Lou Somogyi has written for Blue and Gold Illustrated since 1984. He was a terrific writer with encyclopedia knowledge of ND Football history, and was the epitome of a gentleman. I wrote this tribute for Blue and Gold Illustrated.

“GREAT and GOOD.” That is how Father Paul Doyle beautifully eulogized our colleague, Lou Somogyi, last Friday.

I did not know Lou well personally, our paths crossed maybe a couple dozen times, we had a cordial working relationship. But when you have been reading someone’s work for over 35 years, you feel a pretty strong relationship.
And for those many years, I have loved reading Lou’s work. His knowledge of Notre Dame football history had a way of putting a win, a loss, a great play or a record setting performance into context and helped me to understand what it meant and why. I always felt like I walked away from a Lou Somogyi story a little smarter.

Lou was a GREAT writer.

Humble, helpful and kind to everyone he met. Lou portrayed no ego, no attitude. Among those who worked closely with him, his grade in life has been a unanimous A plus. Lou was an exceptionally GOOD person.

A GREAT writer and a GOOD person. “GREAT and GOOD”, without a doubt. Father Doyle summed it up perfectly.

A life like Lou Somoygi’s makes you look in the mirror and want to do better in your own life. Thanks for that inspiration Lou.


Rest in Peace.

By Phil Houk

For 25 years, bringing you the glory of Notre Dame football.

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