Community
placeholder

Scranton Memorial Service Set for Joseph M. McDade

A memorial service for the Hon. Joseph M. McDade, who served 18 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center on the campus of The University of Scranton. The service is open to the public.
October 17, 2017

A memorial service for the Hon. Joseph M. McDade, who served 18 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center on The University of Scranton’s campus. The service is open to the public.

Congressman McDade, who passed away Sept. 24 at the age of 85, represented Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 36 years. During his service, he was able to secure federal support for numerous projects, including the Steamtown National Historic Site. He was also influential with his support of the Tobyhanna Army Depot and other regional defense companies, as well as other institutions.

Congressman McDade was born on Sept. 29, 1931, in Scranton. He graduated from Scranton Preparatory School before earning degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Named Trustee Emeritus at The University of Scranton, Congressman McDade first served as a member of Scranton’s Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1983. He received an honorary degree from the University in 1969. He chose the University’s Weinberg Memorial Library as the repository of the Joseph M. McDade Congressional Collection, which includes his Congressional papers and other items from his 36 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1993, the University dedicated The Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts in his honor. The building houses the University’s Department of English and Theatre and its academic theatre programming and is the mainstage for the University Players.

The late congressman also has two endowed scholarships at the University: The Joseph M. McDade Scholarship and The Congressman and Mrs. McDade Program for Public Service Scholarship.

Back to Top