Duquesne receives $7.5 million in pledges for new medical college

Duquesne receives $7.5 million in pledges for new medical college

Duquesne University in Pittsburgh has announced commitments totaling more than $7.5 million from three donors in support of a proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The donors, John G. Rangos, Sr., John R. McGinley, Jr., and Rhodora Donahue, widow of the late John F. Donahue, each made a seven-figure pledge toward the $50 million medical college, which was  scheduled to open in the fall of  2023 but has been delayed a year due to COVID-related disruptions. The second medical school in Pittsburgh and the first Catholic osteopathic school in Pennsylvania will be housed in a new 80,000-square-foot facility and serve as the hub for integrative health initiatives encompassing all of Duquesne's schools, including programs in health sciences, nursing, and pharmacy.

The former chairman of Chambers Development Co. and vice chair of USA Waste, Rangos made a gift nearly three decades ago to establish the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences and has since funded renovations to a number of Duquense facilities, endowed a chair in health sciences and ethics and scholarships for students in the school's professional-phase programs, and helped support the establishment of the Rangos Prizes, which encourage faculty and students to develop innovative classes and learning materials that help address pressing social and environmental problems. 

A 1968 graduate of Duquesne's law school and trustee of the Rita M. McGinley Foundation, McGinley serves as chair of the Duquesne board and has supported scholarships, a public service fellowship and building improvements in the law school, a nursing school symposium series on healthcare justice for vulnerable populations, renovations to the psychology clinic, and the refurbishing of the pipe organ in the university's Chapel of the Holy Spirit. 

Donahue, for whom Duquesne's Graduate School of Business Administration is named, established a chair in investment management at the school before passing away in 2017. His widow, their thirteen children, and their family foundation have continued to support Duquesne, as well as other Catholic causes, arts and culture organizations, and agencies serving youth and the visually impaired.

"In an age where we battle health crises like the coronavirus pandemic, the need is greatly accentuated, especially in urban areas, which are hardest hit, and in rural areas, which have fewer physicians per capita," said John M. Kauffman, the school's founding dean. "Our new medical school will train the next generation of primary care and front-line emergency physicians using the latest cutting-edge technology. These physicians will meet the needs in our state, our region, and the nation, as well as the healthcare challenges of the future."

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