Gannon Pre-Law Program Named for Alumnus Charles W. Deaner, Esq.

Charles W. Deaner, Esq.Posted: January 28, 2015

Charles W. Deaner, Esq., a 1948 Gannon University alumnus, has made a generous gift of $1 million to the University. In recognition of that gift and his distinguished career in law, Gannon will name the Charles W. Deaner, Esq. Pre-Law Program on its campus.

Gannon pre-law students study a curriculum that can lead to acceptance to law school and then careers in areas including corporate practice, government, politics, private practice, public interest law, civil and criminal law or patent and copyright law. Pre-law students are challenged to think critically and objectively and encouraged to take part in internship opportunities that will prepare them for a career in law.

Deaner enrolled at Gannon University after serving as an aviator in United States Army during World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts, graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1951 and was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1953. He co-founded Deaner, Scann, Malan & Larsen in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he specialized in real estate law.

Gannon honored his illustrious law career and years of service to the University by naming him a Distinguished Alumnus in 1985. Deaner served on his Gannon 50th reunion committee in 1997 and on the steering committee for creation of Gannon's Waldron Center.

Deaner served as a member of the Clark County District Board of Health and the Tahoe Regional Planning Commission. He is a golfer, fisherman and enthusiast of baseball, history and railroads, and has traveled extensively by train in the U.S. and Europe.

Susan, his wife, recently retired from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she served as chair of the nursing department.

Gannon Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carolynn Masters, Ph.D., RN, said, "Charles Deaner is the quintessential example of what a Gannon pre-law education provides to students-a strong foundation to build a career of service and success. We are honored that this program will permanently bear his name."

There are 37 program funds at Gannon endowed by alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations totaling $5.1 million. Endowed gifts to Gannon can also help fund faculty professional development, student and faculty research, speaker series, study-abroad, mission trips, academic departments and the library. For more information on endowed program funds please contact Tony Fulgenzio, executive director of philanthropy and communications at Gannon University, at (814) 871-7786.