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Three Major Gifts Make a Big Difference

Three major gifts made to The University of Scranton this spring will be instrumental in supporting its mission for years to come.

cooperA $1.25 million gift from the president and CEO of The Cooper Companies, Robert Weiss ’68, and his wife, Marilyn, will benefit students across a range of majors within the Panuska College of Professional Studies.

In recognition of the generosity of Weiss, a University trustee and member of the President’s Circle and Estate Society, and Marilyn, who studied at the University through the Scranton State General Hospital School of Nursing, a suite inside Leahy Hall now bears the couple’s name: The Robert and Marilyn Weiss Pediatric Low Vision Research and Training Suite

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weissGerard R. Roche ’53, H’82, chair emeritus of the international executive-search firm Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., and Marie Terotta Roche, who has spent her life in the arts, made a significant gift to The University of Scranton’s Department of Communication.

Roche, for whom the Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development was named, is a member of the President’s Business Council and received its inaugural President’s Medal in 2002. The former chair of the University Board is also an inaugural inductee into the Kania School of Management Wall of Fame. 

The significant gift will be divided equally into segments to support endowed student scholarships, an endowed professorship and major renovations to the campus television studio.

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A loyal alumnus and his wife designated a generous $2.6 million gift for presidential priorities. The couple, who choose to remain anonymous, say they are proud to repay Scranton for profoundly changing their lives. 

“These donors have truly answered St. Ignatius’ call ‘to love and serve in all things’,” said University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. “They are servant leaders with servant hearts, and they are as humble as they are generous. We are extremely grateful for the transformations their selflessness will make possible at Scranton.”

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