Thomas M. Gannon

Blue-tinted black and white portrait-style photograph of Thomas Gannon, an old, white man, clean shaven, wearing glasses, dressed in a black priest robe with a white, Roman collar.
Thomas M. Gannon, photograph taken from his obituary.
NameThomas M. GannonJesuit
Date of Birth1936 
Date of Ordination1967 
Association with LUC1972-1983 
Position at LUCProfessor of sociology, sociology-anthropology, chair of sociology department 
Date of incident, Location of Incident1961-1966St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH
 1970-1971St. Jerome Catholic Church, Chicago, IL
 1977-1978Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
 1983St. James Church, Gary, IN
 1993Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Curch, Chicago, IL
 1998Holy Family Church, Chicago, IL
Number of victims/accusationsAt least 5 
Case statusAccused 
Status of IndividualDeceased12/19/2011

Thomas Gannon was a popular college instructor and scholar of sociology. He was affiliated with the university from the late 1960s to 1983, lived in the Jesuit residence and served as chair of the department of sociology from the mid-1970s to 1983. Gannon was transferred to Georgetown University in 1983, while remaining listed at Loyola as professor of sociology and anthropology until 1985 and was subsequently listed as professor of sociology with the department of sociology until 1987.

Thomas Gannon was later in his life accused of child sexual abuse in at least six cases across the Midwest, including during his time at Loyola University Chicago.

The legal status of cases is unknown as of March 2022. Gannon died in 2011.