Death of Philosophy Professor Ileana Szymanski, Ph.D.

    December 12, 2019

    The following is a note to the University community from the Office of the President.

    Dear Members of the University Community,

    I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Ileana Szymanski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University. She died earlier today.

    Dr. Szymanski joined the faculty of the University in 2008. Her academic research focused on ancient philosophy, specifically Aristotle, and the emerging field of philosophy of food. She also had an interest in feminist philosophy of science and was an associate faculty member for the University’s Latin American and Women’s and Gender Studies programs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in ancient philosophy from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

    Service to others inspired her way of life. Dr. Szymanski was greatly moved by her experience during a University immersion trip to El Salvador, as well as by her participation in the Ignatian Colleagues Program. She served on numerous committees at the University including the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, the Women’s Studies Steering Committee and the Faculty Development Board. She helped to organize the collaborative Global Tastes of Scranton series. She also served with numerous organizations in the community, including the Friends of the Poor, Breadbasket of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, among many others.

    She will be greatly missed.

    I will share with the campus community additional details regarding funeral arrangements when that information becomes available.

    Eternal life grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.


    Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S. J.



    Dec. 16 Update

    I am writing to share information about the memorial service planned for Ileana Szymanski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy at The University of Scranton, who passed away December 12.

     A Memorial Mass for Dr. Szymanski will be held on Friday, December 20, at 10:00 a.m. at Madonna della Strada Chapel.  A light brunch will follow the Mass. A Funeral Mass and celebration of life will follow in 2020.

    Her full obituary can be seen here.


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