In 2008, for the first time in over ten years, the University of Notre Dame opened a new residence hall on campus. Duncan Hall was made possible by a generous gift of Mr. Raymond T. Duncan, a 1952 graduate of Notre Dame, president of Duncan Oil Inc. in Denver, Colorado, and owner of Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, California. With the groundbreaking taking place on March 8th, 2007, the 68,482- square-foot, three-story building housing 232 undergraduate students took only seventeen months to complete, yet it features eye-catching architectural designs that provide optimal living space for its residents. From its spacious lounges to the panoramic views, from its bay windows to the space for prayer within its breathtaking chapel, Duncan Hall will no doubt be one of the finest residence halls on campus for many years to come.
The Duncan family has enjoyed a long and storied history with the university. Raymond’s father Walter graduated from Notre Dame in 1912 and went on to serve on the Board of Trustees. Upon graduating with a degree in philosophy, Raymond not only worked in the private sector with his father in the oil business, but he also served his alma mater both as a member of the Arts and Letters Advisory Council and as a member of the advisory council of the Snite Museum of Art. Other members of the Duncan family, including two of Raymond’s three brothers as well as two of his four sons are alumni of the university.
Duncan Hall has a variety of room configurations. Most rooms are doubles, but there are also a “six-man” (with private bathroom); a “five-man”; five “super quads” (with private bathrooms); eight quads; and numerous triples and singles.
RECTOR: MR. TERENCE FITZGIBBONS
Terry returns to the University from his most recent position as Overseas Lay Minister for the Congregation of Holy Cross in Jinja, Uganda. During this time, he served as a teacher at an undergraduate Catholic seminary and a primary school. Terry holds a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.A. from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. After completing his undergraduate degree, Terry served for four years as a Surface Warfare Division Officer on different ships in the United States Navy. During his time in the military, Terry lived in Ingleside, TX; Manama, Bahrain; and Yokosuka, Japan. As a senior, he was a Resident Assistant in Alumni Hall. Terry is Duncan's second Rector, following Rev. Tom Eckert, C.S.C.