John D. "Jay" Carroll III
John D. "Jay" Carroll III, a 1973 graduate of St. Xavier High School, was the son of Ann and John D. "Jack" Carroll, St. Xavier Class of 1948. Following his graduation from St. Xavier, Jay earned his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University. In 1980, after graduating from Yale Law School, he moved to Cleveland to join the prestigious law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis, and Pogue.
Jay's interest in politics began when he was in the 6th grade and met Robert F. Kennedy. Throughout his youth, Jay's interest in politics at the local, state, and national levels grew, as did his active involvement in the campaigns of several candidates. His astute political sense, personal charm and demonstrated leadership abilities were indications of a promising political career. In 1984, in his first campaign for public office, Jay was elected to the house of representatives from the 13th District, in suburban Cleveland.
On January 11, 1985, four days after being sworn in for his initial term in the Ohio legislature, Jay died suddenly of a heart ailment at the age of 29. In November 1989, the Carroll Family through The Williamson Company Foundation made a substantial grant in Jay's memory to initiate the renovation and modernization of the St. Xavier Student Library.