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SpongeBob SquarePants creator dead at 57

<em>SpongeBob SquarePants</em> creator dead at 57

11/28/18 Josiah Martin | A&E Editor Stephen Hillenburg, best known as the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, died on Nov. 26 at age 57. He had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2017. Hillenburg’s square, yellow opus hit television screens in 1999. Inspired and informed by Hillenburg’s love for marine biology and his experiences […]

Former DU law professor Peláez passes away

Former DU law professor Peláez passes away

Hallie Lauer | Staff Writer A longtime Duquesne law professor recently passed away. On Nov. 27 Alfred S. Peláez died at age 81. He was a professor in Duquesne’s Law School for over 50 years. At Duquesne, Peláez taught classes in contract law, the federal court system and admiralty, a branch of law concerning legal […]

Slain former student honored by family, friends

Slain former student honored by family, friends

Brandon Addeo | News Editor  Twenty one year-old former Duquesne student Ryan Ramirez, who was found dead of a gunshot wound Thursday in Washington County, was a caring, generous and playful person who loved sports and working with children, according to his family and friends. Police discovered the body of Ramirez, of McKees Rocks, in […]

Professor dedicated to service dies at 70

Professor dedicated to service dies at 70

By Kaye Burnet | News Editor Thomas Mattei, former associate dean and professor of pharmacy at Duquesne, died Saturday at age 70 of complications after surgery. Mattei spent more than 40 years as a faculty member of the pharmacy school, and oversaw some of its most important projects, such as the Duquesne pharmacy in the […]

Facing cancer, Budway healed ‘by giving’

Facing cancer, Budway healed ‘by giving’

By Julian Routh | News Editor After a 13-year battle with breast cancer, adjunct voice professor Maureen Budway died Jan. 12 at age 51. Budway, who had been a faculty member at Duquesne since 1986, was a renowned singer in several different styles, including jazz and classical. She was the “perfect teacher,” effectively coaching students […]

‘Miss Pat’ remembered as loving, generous

‘Miss Pat’ remembered as loving, generous

By Brandon Addeo | The Duquesne Duke A longtime Duquesne employee who worked as a cashier in Towers dining hall died Nov. 25. Mary Patricia “Pat” Carpenter, 90, was employed by Duquesne dining services for 48 years. Hailing from Mt. Washington, Carpenter, also known by the Duquesne community as “Miss Pat,” retired in 2009. The […]

Duquesne mourns sudden death of student

Duquesne mourns sudden death of student

By Julian Routh | News Editor Nov 13, 2014 A Duquesne liberal arts student found dead Monday morning was a free-spirited stage performer with a warm personality, beautiful singing voice and passion for theater, according to friends. Sara Sawick, 20, of Philadelphia, was found dead at her residence in South Side at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, […]

Late dean pushed nursing school forward

Late dean pushed nursing school forward

By Julian Routh | News Editor Eileen Zungolo, who served as dean and professor of the Duquesne School of Nursing from 2002 to 2012, died Sept. 7 from cancer at age 73. Friends and colleagues of Zungolo described her as a visionary who was just as enthusiastic about nursing as she was teaching. In the […]

Friends remember Fleming as caring, dedicated

Friends remember Fleming as caring, dedicated

By Julian Routh | News Editor The sophomore business student who died Sunday morning was caring, hardworking and “always nice to everybody,” his friends said. Ryan Fleming, 20, of Johnstown, Pa., died in his sleep from a cardiac condition, his family said. His body was found in his room on the 12th floor in Towers […]