A Statement from the Rangos School of Health Sciences on the Passing of Mr. John G. Rangos, Sr.

All of us in the Rangos School of Health Sciences were deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and generous benefactor, Mr. John G. Rangos, Sr. Without a doubt, Mr. Rangos has left an everlasting impact on the training and development of current and future health care professionals, not only in our region, but across the country.

Mr. Rangos was resolute in establishing the Rangos School of Health Sciences as a top-tier institution that produces excellent clinicians, researchers and administrators. For more than three decades, health sciences students at Duquesne University have been taught in an atmosphere of professionalism, collaboration and innovation. Through his success in business, Mr. Rangos created numerous learning opportunities and contributed in meaningful ways to the professional development of biomedical engineers, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, speech-language pathologists, health administrators and public health officials.

In addition to his broad vision to serve thousands of health sciences students, Mr. Rangos generously provided individual scholarships, and most recently, created a University-wide competition for both students and faculty for creative projects. Many of our students participated in the competition and proposed projects that would advance individual health science disciplines, and translate into improved clinical care. Winners of the competition were awarded funding and the coveted Rangos Prize.

Throughout the years, members of the Rangos School of Health Sciences family have witnessed Mr. Rangos engaging students to learn about their individual stories, asking them about their passions for their disciplines, and inquiring about their individual future career aspirations. Getting to know the students enrolled in the Rangos School was important to Mr. Rangos. In this way, he could better appreciate how our students would collectively contribute to the advancement of the health care system and enrich patient experiences. Mr. Rangos was truly a source of inspiration to our students, faculty and staff.

Many have considered Mr. Rangos to be a great mentor and friend, and his guidance and ambition helped advance our School to become one of the top health sciences schools in the country. His ongoing support of his namesake School and his strong interest in the cooperative work we will have with the future proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine was inspiring. He was a strong believer in collaborative efforts and worked tirelessly to solidify beneficial academic partnerships.

In honor of his mother, Mr. Rangos generously established the Anna L. Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair in Health Sciences and Ethics in 2014. Through this bountiful gift, Mr. Rangos has allowed outstanding senior health sciences faculty to gain national and international recognition for their excellence in clinical instruction, research, and service in their fields. The current Anna L. Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair, Dr. Anne Burrows states: "Mr. Rangos was a generous soul who cared deeply about our students. The grace and loyalty that he showed to his mother by creating an endowed chair in her name speaks volumes to his character and principles."

The legacy of the Rangos family will live on through the impressive accomplishment of Duquesne students and alumni who are now serving others as members of the healthcare workforce. Mr. John G. Rangos, Sr., and his generous spirit will be dearly missed, but his positive influence will be celebrated through all future generations of health sciences students at Duquesne University.


Fevzi Akinci, Ph.D. MHA
Dean, John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences