Boston College, where O'Malley was a dean early in his career and had taught for the past decade, announced his death Thursday. The school said he died suddenly Wednesday of a suspected heart attack.
O'Malley was president of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles from 1991 to 1999. He led John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1980 to 1988.
The Milton, Mass., native was ordained as a priest in 1961. He had degrees from Boston College and Fordham University and had a doctorate in early Christian literature and theology from Nijmegan University in the Netherlands.
O'Malley is survived by two brothers and a sister. A funeral Mass is planned on Tuesday.
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