The People Who Make it Possible

Without people like Margaret C. Perez, the involved, well-rounded education we are able to provide our students with would not be possible.
Margaret C. Perez, Bethlehem, had known Edward R. Leahy, J.D. ’68, H’01, for more than 60 years. She knew his wife, Patricia, and their late son, Edward Jr. She also knew of the work of The University of Scranton’s Leahy Community Health and Family Center and Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured housed in the Panuska College of Professional Studies, and was so impressed by its mission that she bequeathed a portion of her estate to the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Endowment at the University – a gift of nearly $1 million.

“Margaret, or Marge as we called her, was a good soul and a life-long friend. She never said an unkind word to anyone and went to church nearly every day,” said Edward Leahy. “She had no children or living relatives and when she passed away at the age of 88, she gave her entire estate to charities, including a portion to the Leahy Endowment at the University.”

Leahy said Perez visited the Leahy Community Health and Family Center years ago and was deeply moved by the compassionate service shown to people with disabilities. Shortly after her visit, she told Leahy of her intent to bequeath a portion of her estate to the endowment at the University.

The Edward R. Leahy Jr. Endowment was founded by Edward and Patricia Leahy to honor the life and memory of their son, Edward R. Leahy, Jr., whose personal disabilities were attended to with compassion and skill by many health professionals over the course of his life. The endowment provides financial resources to support theoretical and applied research, faculty development, and support for programs that advance the cause of disabled persons who need long-term assistance.

The Panuska College of Professional Studies houses occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology, counseling and human services, health administration and human resources, nursing and education. Every graduate of PCPS completes a community-based learning requirement for service.  In addition, PCPS houses the Leahy Community Health and Family Center with four clinics in medicine, physical therapy, counseling and low vision, and the Alice V. Leahy Food pantry, University of Success program and the new center of Autism.

Perez was born in 1930 in Allentown to the late Manuel and Terrsa (Yllanes-Lugris) Perez. She worked for 47 years with Western Electric, Bell Laboratories and Lucent, before retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Bethlehem. She died in March of 2018.


Learn more about the Panuska College of Professional Studies.

Occupational Therapy in Practice

What sets our graduate degree in Occupational Therapy apart? Our state-of-the-art Leahy Community Health and Family Center allows students to get hands-on, irreplaceable experience in the field.

The Leahy Community Health and Family Center (LCHFC), located in McGurrin Hall, was completed in the spring of 2003 and was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The spring 2003 dedication ceremony put forth the promise of innovative opportunities for faculty, students, and community to work together to fill gaps in health, wellness, and educational services to marginalized and underserved populations. Since this time, the LCHFC has actively sought to uncover gaps in services and work with community agencies and individuals to develop meaningful and sustainable responses to these needs.

The center is located on The University of Scranton campus, just two blocks from the main campus hub.

Mission:
Integral to the Panuska College of Professional Studies’ mission is the belief that all disciplines should be taught and understood through a balance of theory and practice in the context of a Jesuit tradition and spirit. The Leahy Community Health and Family Center is designed with this focus in mind. The Center is dedicated to the dual purpose of identifying and meeting the health and wellness needs of underserved individuals in the greater Scranton community while providing a place where faculty guide students in a practical educational experience.

Vision:
The Leahy Community Health and Family Center envisions a community where all individuals have access to those services that help them achieve, improve, or maintain a quality of life that is consistent with optimal health and wellness. It is intended that the collaborative partnership between the community and the Leahy Community Health and Family Center will provide the resources necessary to support high quality service provision and applied learning.


Purpose:

The Leahy Community Health and Family Center will strive to fulfill its Mission and Vision Statements while using the following Value Statements as a guide:

  • We value the Jesuit philosophy that understanding the importance of educating men and women for others within a context that addresses the whole person (cura personalis).
  • We value the significance of striking a balance between theory and practice, knowledge and application, learning and service.
  • We value the creation of sustainable service and learning experiences that are embedded in the curriculum and that meet the needs of the students and community.
  • We value the cultivation of community partnerships that help identify health and wellness needs, develop bridges for collaboration and access, and provide reciprocal learning experiences.

Click here to learn about the Leahy Center – and more about how these hands on experiences makes our OT program great!
Check out this page to learn more about the design of Leahy Hall!