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About the Laval Chair

Photo of Sr. Rosemary DonleyThe School of Nursing is pleased to announce the appointment of Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., to the newly created Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations, the ninth endowed chair to be established by Duquesne University in the past five years.

The Laval Chair is endowed through a bequest from the estate of the late Thomas F. Bogovich, a 1953 Duquesne business graduate and retired Penn Hills funeral director. It is named for a 17th-century Spiritan priest and physician who dedicated himself to caring for freed slaves on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

As holder of the Laval Chair, Sister Donley will spearhead the nursing school’s community service efforts to provide health care services to vulnerable populations, a category of people that can include the very young or very old, but also those whose access to health care is limited or, for any reason, does not meet their needs.

Sister Donley will be responsible for teaching and conducting research related to health care access and quality for underserved persons and communities.  Developing stronger community partnerships, as well as organizing academic colloquia and establishing an annual lecture series on social justice issues in health care will also be the chair holder’s responsibilities.

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The Laval Chair, Its Origins and Our Mission

Photo of Jacques LavalThe new Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations in the School of Nursing exemplifies Duquesne University’s commitment to community service and care for the underprivileged.

Born in France in 1803, the Rev. Jacques Laval, C.S.Sp., was a physician for many years before joining the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the order that founded Duquesne University.  As a Spiritan priest he volunteered for a missionary venture to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, where he dedicated himself to helping the island’s newly freed African slaves.

The chair is endowed through a bequest from the estate of the late Thomas F. Bogovich, a 1953 Duquesne business graduate and Penn Hills funeral director. His generosity helps insure that Duquesne University’s tradition of service lives on.