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Duquesne University to Recognize McGinley for Philanthropy

Duquesne University will present John R. McGinley, Jr., with the Spiritus Award at its President's Scholarship Dinner on Thursday, April 21, at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

McGinley is the second recipient of the annual Spiritus Award, which recognizes individuals, couples and organizations for exceptional philanthropic service to Duquesne University and its students.

McGinley established an endowment in 2012 to support public service fellowships for students in Duquesne University's School of Law. The McGinley Fellows receive valuable academic and professional experience in legislative, executive and judicial branch positions, and in non-governmental service agencies, both across the United States and around the world.

In addition, as chair of the Rita M. McGinley Foundation, McGinley has facilitated support for an annual national symposium hosted by the Duquesne University School of Nursing that explores issues of health care and public policy related to vulnerable populations. The McGinley family has also funded improvements to the University Psychology Clinic's facilities and the renovation of the choir loft in Duquesne's Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

McGinley graduated from Duquesne's law school in 1968 after earning his undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University in 1965. Currently a member of the board of directors and chair of the executive committee of the firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, his 45 years of legal experience also includes service as an assistant district attorney for Allegheny County and as co-founder of the firm Grogan Graffam McGinley, P.C. McGinley's current practice focuses in the areas of corporate, business, real estate and professional liability law.

McGinley is also chair and president of Ballymoney & Company, a real estate development and management firm, and formerly was chair of the Rockwood Casualty Insurance Company. He has also served as a director of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club and Wilson McGinley, Inc.

A member of Duquesne University's board of directors and an emeritus trustee at St. Bonaventure, McGinley previously served as chair of the board of Pittsburgh Mercy Hospital.

Individual tickets and tables for the President's Scholarship Dinner are available, and proceeds will benefit Duquesne University's general scholarship fund. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, contact Cindy Ross in Duquesne's Office of Corporate Relations at 412-396-2630.

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