Gannon University Receives Major Gift from Retired Lord Corporation Executive and Wife

Posted: September 30, 2014

Tom and Mary Loftus of Erie, Pa. have made a major gift to support the Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action, the Loftus Faculty International Development Endowment and the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence at Gannon University.

In reflecting on this gift Loftus said, "A good university education requires more than the mastery of classroom work. We support the opportunity for Gannon faculty and students to be engaged internationally with other cultures, and for developing a more complete understanding about our Catholic heritage as well. We intend for these endowed funds to enrich the educational experience and complement student professional preparation."

The lecture series furthers the University's Mission and Catholic Identity; distinguishes the University as Catholic and Diocesan; increases the visibility of the University locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and builds community.

The international development endowment will promote globalization at Gannon and will allow faculty members to visit with potential international partners; collaborate on projects and/or research with international institutions; teach classes at partner international universities; lead students on international research, service-learning and cultural trips and attend international conferences.

Tom Loftus attended Gannon for two years of undergraduate work before transferring to the University of Detroit Mercy where he earned his engineering degree. He returned to Gannon and obtained his Master of Business Administration in 1974. He joined Lord Corporation in 1957 as a design engineer and over the years served as senior vice president and general manager of the Mechanical Division.

Loftus currently serves on Gannon's Board of Trustees and was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002.

Mary Loftus served as an educator in both the Lawrence Park and Erie school districts and spent several years teaching religious education at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Erie.

For more information on the scholarship please contact Tony Fulgenzio, executive director of philanthropy and communications at Gannon University, at 814-871-7786.