Duquesne Mourns Passing of PA Lieutenant Governor
With the passing of Catherine Baker Knoll, the Duquesne University community recognizes a life dedicated to public service and upholding Spiritan values. Knoll, who died Wednesday at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., received two degrees from the University before becoming the first woman elected as Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor.
“Throughout her life, Catherine Baker Knoll was committed to making a difference,” said Duquesne University President Charles J. Dougherty. “She advocated for her constituents with character and spirit. The Duquesne community mourns her passing and extends thoughts and prayers to her large circle of family and friends.”
Knoll received a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne in 1952 and a master’s degree in elementary counseling from the University in 1972. She was also member of Duquesne’s Century Club and an emeritus member of the Alumni Board of Governors.
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