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RMU Mourns the Passing of Dan Rooney

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University joins the entire Pittsburgh community in mourning the passing of Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, former U.S. ambassador to Ireland, whose contributions to his hometown, to his country, and to the sport he loved are incalculable.

“We have lost a titan today, a man whose impact in his field rivals that of a Carnegie or a Mellon. Dan Rooney not only transformed the Pittsburgh Steelers into the NFL’s most successful franchise, he helped transform the NFL into a sports and entertainment goliath,” said RMU President Chris Howard.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the Steelers organization and most especially the Rooney family, who have been so generous to Robert Morris University over the years, as they have to so many others in Pittsburgh and beyond,” said Howard.

Dan Rooney’s wife, Pat, is an emeritus member of the RMU Board of Trustees and a former professor at the university. The Rooneys founded and have continued to support the Rooney International Visiting Scholars Program, which brings to campus each semester accomplished scholars from around the globe. The Rooneys also supported construction of the Rooney House, where the visiting scholars stay on campus.

RMU had already planned to honor Dan and Pat Rooney at this year’s graduate commencement ceremony, set for 4 p.m. Friday, May 5, and featuring as keynote speaker Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin. The university will award the Rooneys honorary doctorates of humane letters.