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    Death of Professor Matthew Reavy, Ph.D.

    February 7, 2022

    The following notes about the death of Matthew Reavy, Ph.D., were sent to the University community from the Office of the President. Information about the viewing is included below.


    Feb. 3

    Dear Friends,

    I am saddened to inform you that Matthew Reavy, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at the University, passed away yesterday.

    A graduate of The University of Scranton, Dr. Reavy earned his bachelor’s degree in 1984 and his master’s degree in 1992 from Scranton. He earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He returned to his alma mater to join the faculty in 1998, having previously served as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University. He also worked as a journalist for the Scranton Tribune, the Hometown Publications chain of weekly newspapers and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.

    During his nearly 25-year tenure at the University, he served on numerous committees and governance bodies, as department chair and as the faculty adviser to The Aquinas. His areas of teaching and research include journalism and ethics. Through his teaching, participation in panel discussions, scholarly work and opinion pieces he kept a critical eye on the profession he loved, holding journalists and the news industry to the highest standards. He will be greatly missed.

    He is survived by his wife, Susan, and sons, Declan, Samuel and Benjamin. Benjamin is currently a student at the University.

    While I regret being away from campus on University business at this time, I know that my brother Jesuits, Campus Ministries and the Counseling Center are offering their support to our students and faculty.

    We will share more details regarding funeral arrangements when that information becomes available. In the meantime, please join me in remembering Dr. Reavy and his family in your prayers.

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

    Yours faithfully, 

     

    Joseph G. Marina, S. J.

    President 


    Feb. 7 

    Dear Friends,

    I am writing to share information about the viewing planned for Matthew Reavy, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media, who passed away February 2. 

    Friends and colleagues may call Tuesday, February 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main Street, Shavertown. 

    A funeral service will be held later for family, close friends and colleagues. Matt’s full obituary can be seen here. 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. 

    This, of course, is a very difficult time for the Reavy family. Please join me in remembering Dr. Reavy and his family in your prayers.

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

    Yours faithfully, 

     

    Joseph G. Marina, S. J.

    President 

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