Panuska dies at 89

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Photo courtesy of the University of Scranton THE REV. Joseph Allan Panuska, S.J., died Tuesday.

The Rev. Joseph Allan Panuska, S.J., passed Tuesday in Philadelphia of natural causes.

He was the longest serving president of the University. He was 89 years old.

He graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore in 1948 and obtained a doctorate in biology from St. Louis University in 1958.

Panuska was known as “Papa Bear” during his time at the University. Panuska served as president of The University from July 1982 to 1998. He is responsible for the construction boom at The University. Fifteen buildings were planned and constructed during his presidency.

Some buildings erected during his term are the McDade Center, the Byron Center, Redington Hall, Gavigan Hall, Fitzpatrick Field and the Weinberg Memorial Library.

In 2004, Panuska returned to The University to work with Campus Ministry to guide the spiritual direction and programming of University staff.

Panuska taught biology at Georgetown University for 10 years from 1973 to 1983.

Visitation hours will be held at Manresa Hall, 261 City Ave, Merion Station on Thursday, March 2nd from 2–4:30 pm, followed by wake at 4:30pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Matthias Church, 128 Bryn Mawr Ave, Bala Cynwyd at 10:30 am. Internment will immediately at the Jesuit Cemetery, Wernersville.


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