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Statement from President Ken Gormley on the Passing of Long-time Board Member John McGonigle

John McGonigleIt is with deep sadness that I inform the campus community of the passing of long-time Board member, John McGonigle. John was the Vice Chairman of Federated Investors, where he worked for 51 years, and earned both his bachelor's and law degrees from Duquesne. He was inducted into the Duquesne University Century Club of Distinguished Alumni in 1993. John was a member of the University Board of Directors from 2008 to 2017, serving with distinction as a member of the Executive Committee and as chairman of the Mission and Identity Committee. John was an extraordinarily generous philanthropist who supported many Catholic organizations of which he was an integral part. In 2010, he and his wife Mary Ita established the John and Mary Ita McGonigle Endowed Scholarship Fund at Duquesne, which has provided valuable support to our students.

John was a close friend and advisor to me going back to my earliest days as Interim Dean of the Law School. When I organized a program in the Vatican for the 100th anniversary of the Law School back in 2011, John was an enthusiastic contributor and an inspirational presenter. He shared stories with students and fellow alums about the exciting opportunities that existed in global law and business, while emphasizing the overriding importance of adhering to the highest standards of ethics in all endeavors big and small. That, of course, was how John lived his own life, as was evident in the great works he accomplished in every aspect of his extraordinary career at Federated. Last year, as I assumed the presidency, John was someone I could always count on for wise counsel. He was a loyal alum of Duquesne, and devoted himself to service to his alma mater throughout his adult life.

John's contagious love for life was surpassed only by his deep love for his family. His beloved wife of 54 years, Mary Ita, their three children and eleven grandchildren were his greatest source of joy. John will be deeply missed by his family, and by all of us privileged to have known him.

Please join me and Laura as we keep John, Mary Ita and the entire McGonigle family in our prayers. May he rest in peace.

President Ken Gormley

Duquesne University

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