In Memory of Terry Connors

It is with great sorrow that we announce the loss of Terry Connors, University of Scranton photographer of nearly four decades. At once both an omnipresent and unobtrusive figure on campus and in the greater community, Terry documented almost every major activity and accomplishment of the University while serving under five different administrations. Not only did Terry fastidiously record history in conventional fashion but showcased a knack, undoubtedly aided by his geniality, for capturing candid moments. He also documented the many distinguished visitors to the region, including politicians, religious figures, actors, musicians, and many other celebrities, Nobel Prize winners, military officials and international dignitaries. In addition to work on campus, Terry provided services to such clients as the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the Lackawanna Bar Association, Moses Taylor Hospital and the Diocese of Scranton. His photographs are therefore an invaluable asset not only to the University but the greater Scranton area, constituting a survey of its events and people dating back to 1976. He will be deeply missed. 

Donated in 2008, the Terry and Paula Connors Collection contains thousands of negatives, prints, and born digital photographs spanning much of his impactful career. Selected negatives and prints (1976-2005) can be viewed in Digital Collections.

University of Scranton President J. A. Panuska, S.J., on the roof of the newly constructed Weinberg Memorial Library (1992)


Loyola Hall on the University of Scranton campus (ca. 1978)
Two students walking up a hill by the Long Center after a snowfall, with the city of Scranton behind them (ca. late 1970s) 
Architectural model of the University of Scranton’s planned University Commons. From left to right, Ralph Mancuso, executive vice president, S. G. Mastriani Construction Corp., Rev. Bernard McIlhenney, Robert Ryder, John Flanagan, and Marilyn Coar (ca. 1979 or 1980)
Mother Teresa receiving an honorary degree from University of Scranton President Rev. Joseph A. Panuska. In the background is Marilyn Coar (August 16, 1987)
Students having a snowball fight outside of Alumni Memorial Hall after a snowfall (1994)

Passionist “Lift High the Cross” Exhibit Now Open!

Aware that so many of us carry everyday crosses in life, Italian St. Paul of Cross (1694-1775) founded the Passionist Congregation in 1720. This exhibit shows how Passionist priests, brothers, sisters, nuns and the peoples of the world have found compassion through the wisdom of Jesus on the Cross. See how sacred Passionist relics and inspirational art invites us to meditate on contemporary faith and healings and how artifacts and photos offer an understanding of Passionist monastic traditions and Scranton’s devotion to Good St. Ann.  The diversity of Passionist ministry is represented by scholars, various media and a commitment to peace and justice.   

On April 1, Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Scranton and Passionist historian will offer a free public lecture entitled “Our Modern Quest for Compassion of the Mind and Heart: Reflection on the Passionist Tradition, 1720 to 2020.”   

The Heritage Room exhibit will run through April 19. For more information please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.

Happy Halloween from McHugh Special Collections!

Today is the perfect time to remember William Friedkin’s classic 1973 horror film, The Exorcist. Featuring a Jesuit priest’s battle against a demonic possession, the film stars alumnus Jason Miller, ’61, H’73 and is based on the novel by William Peter Blatty. The film would earn Jason Miller an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and Blatty a win for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Exorcist was largely inspired by The Earling Possession Case of 1928, an exorcism conducted by Father Theophilus Riesinger in Earling, Iowa and detailed in 1932 by Rev. F.J. Bunse, S.J. Although copies are extremely scarce, one of two is preserved here at the University.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Photograph Signed by Glynn S. Lunney for Rev. Dexter Hanley, S.J.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we are honoring Glynn S. Lunney H’71. Lunney was a flight director for NASA and was on duty during the Apollo 11 moon landing. A native of Old Forge, Lunney graduated from Scranton Prep and studied at the University of Scranton from 1951 to 1953 before receiving his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Detroit.

He autographed this moon landing photograph, probably in 1971, for Rev. Dexter Hanley, S.J., president of the University of Scranton from 1970-1975.

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.