"Scranton has always been about its people."

Richard A. Yarmey


Arriving at Eagan Auditorium in 1966 as a first generation student from a blue-collar family in Forty Fort, PA, I soon found myself already in awe. Welcome remarks by Fathers Galvin and Rock made clear, via their eloquence, that I was "not in Kansas" anymore.

Scranton has always been about its people, people who extend themselves well beyond the classroom to enthusiastically guide and mentor students and open the doors of opportunity for those willing to walk through them. Fathers McIlhenny, Gannon, Suppe', Gavin and Thoman, Marty Appleton, Gene McGinnis, Michael DeMichelle and Dick Passon...these are people to whom I have owed a great deal.

Where else but at the "U" could I have engaged with such a range of learned people on an individual basis? Where else could a first generation student work with the administration on material changes in governance structures? Where else could that student have sat on the Search Committee for a new University President? And where else would that new President, Dexter Hanley, S.J., immediately extend himself, like his predecessors, to help a chemistry graduate get promptly accepted into law school?

Let's hope that such institutional history is not lost on those whose responsibility it is to guide the University into and through the 21st Century. This University has always been about its people, and its people have both the wonderful opportunity and enormous responsibility to carry forward that special character that has been for 125 years, The University of Scranton

– Richard A. Yarmey '70