Richard and Lillian Longo: Celebrating Love for Their Alma Mater
Spend some time with Richard and Lillian Longo and their love for each other-and their alma mater-quickly becomes clear.
The Longos both earned degrees in nursing from Duquesne in the mid-1970s, where they met, began dating nearly a decade later, and continue to enjoy fulfilling careers focused on helping others after recently celebrating 32 years of marriage.
Richard spent his freshman and sophomore years near his hometown at the University of Scranton before transferring to Duquesne, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1975.
Retired after more than 30 years in executive positions with health care providers and insurers in six states, Richard now works as a consultant in the Small Business Development Center at Duquesne.
Lillian earned her bachelor's degree from Duquesne in 1976, and added a master's degree in 1987. She is an adjunct faculty member in Duquesne's School of Nursing, and has worked in top positions with UPMC, Allegheny Health Network and Heritage Valley Health System.
"If it was not for Duquesne, I would not have a profession," Lillian added. "It laid the foundation for my whole life. If it wasn't for my nursing education, I would not be where I am today."
Richard explained "In the end, Duquesne gave us a career. Duquesne gave us life. We do not have a large family, so we are leaving our estate to the School of Nursing."
The endowed fund will be used to "ensure and enhance the quality of education and facilities of the School of Nursing, and to promote innovative change in the delivery of nursing education."
The income will provide scholarship support to a student pursuing a degree in the School of Nursing that has demonstrated financial need and has a 3.25 QPA or higher.
Mary Frances Dean, Esq., assistant vice president, major/planned giving and donor relations, said, "Their generous gift will not only provide scholarships to financially challenged students but also insure that the School of Nursing is positioned to be the premier institution in the region to educate nursing students with hands-on access to the newest technologies and innovations."