The late R. Catesby Taliaferro, professor of mathematics, was an integral part of the Notre Dame community for many decades. He came to Notre Dame in 1952 to work in the Great Books Program, which is now the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). He relocated to the mathematics department in the mid-fifties and began teaching a course on rational mechanics. Talliaferro soon stood out as an educator and became known for his unique teaching style and his high standards for student performance. His rational mechanics class became so popular that he taught the course through the late 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s.