The faculty and staff of the Weinberg Memorial Library are deeply saddened by the passing of Matthew Reavy, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at The University of Scranton.
After earning both his bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Philosophy and master’s in English from Scranton, Dr. Reavy spent almost 25 years serving the University. An innately passionate professor, when not inspiring students or spending time with family he was acting as faculty adviser to The Aquinas, contributing to a multitude of committees, or authoring books on journalism. Dr. Reavy was an invaluable and loving husband, father, educator, and person. He will be dearly missed.
Friends and colleagues may call today, February 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main Street, Shavertown. The University will be holding a Mass tomorrow, February 9, at noon (location forthcoming).
Contributions can be made to the Matthew Reavy, Ph.D., Scholarship Fund at The University of Scranton, online at scranton.edu/makeagift or mailed to University Advancement, University of Scranton, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510.
Legendary NASA engineer and University of Scranton alumnus Glynn S. Lunney passed away on March 19th at the age of 84. Lunney was lead flight director at NASA for Apollo 1, 4, 7, and 10, and on duty as flight director during the Apollo 11 moon landing. A native of Old Forge, Lunney graduated from Scranton Prep and studied at the University until 1955 before receiving his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Detroit. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Scranton in 1971, conferred by president Rev. Dexter Hanley, S.J., who received an autographed moon landing photo from Lunney (see below). He will be remembered for his incredible contributions to US spaceflight.
The full citation for his 1971 honorary doctor of laws degree is in our digital collections. If you’re on campus, you can also browse newspaper clippings concerning his honorary degree and undergraduate commencement address.
This physical and online exhibit looks at the progression of medieval handwriting primarily in liturgical books, lay prayer books and Bibles. While not all types of medieval handwriting are in the exhibit, scripts such as Carolingian, Gothic, and Humanist among others are featured. The exhibit was curated by Casey Welby, Classical Languages and History Major ’21 as part of her Honors Project and as a student humanities fellowship at the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Humanities. Welby worked with Special Collections Librarian Prof. Michael Knies, Digital Services Librarian Prof. Colleen Farry, with the support of Digital Services Web Developer Jennifer Galas. The Heritage Room will be hosting the physical exhibit of the Sims medieval manuscript leaf collection from February 8 through May 21. However, due to COVID restrictions, the campus is closed to the general public. The online version of the exhibit can be viewed here: digitalprojects.scranton.edu/s/sims-exhibit.
For more information please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at firstname.lastname@example.org