In Memoriam: Mercyhurst mourns passing of Heidi Hosey-McGurk With great sadness, Mercyhurst University mourns the death of Heidi Hosey-McGurk, Ph.D., dean of the Walker College of Business and a much-loved professor of English who was deeply devoted to the university and its mission. She died on April 12. Among her most important contributions was establishing the Office of International Programs and Experiential Learning, for which she served as dean and created the signature study-abroad program in Dungarvan, Ireland.
Despite her many and varied contributions to Mercyhurst, it was not the sum of her life. She was most defined by the love of her wife, Mercyhurst Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joanne Hosey-McGurk. She also was deeply devoted to her parents, siblings, and her extended family, particularly her niece, Violette Hosey, a 2022 Mercyhurst graduate.
In almost 30 years at Mercyhurst, Heidi had a hand in just about every aspect of campus. A scholar of feminist theory, she was an exemplary teacher and a recipient of Mercyhurst’s Teaching Excellence Award. She was generous in her service to the university, and whenever there was a need, she rose to meet it.
The ’80s Pamela (Scandarito) Distefano ‘82
Christian Gandolfo ‘07 ( son of Tammy Gandolfo ‘76 and grandson of Bernadette Metzner Roche ‘54) married Beth Dragone ‘08 on May 22, 2021, in Erie. Christian is director of hotel operations at the Tysons Corner Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, and Beth is the assistant director of admissions at American University in Washington, D.C. Zachary Huber ‘07 was awarded the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. Elyse (Lagana) Jones ‘08 and Al Jones ‘09 welcomed son Dean Philip Jones on April 7. Dean joins older brother Emerson. Charles Revett, CPA ‘08 was named manager with the client accounting and advisory services team at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP. The ’10s Sarah Herhal ‘10 and husband Mike Herhal ‘12 welcomed their third child, Charlotte Elizabeth, on Dec. 30, 2021. David Swickline ‘10 and wife Leanne announce the birth of twin boys, Salvatore David and Joseph Daniel, born Sept. 27, 2021, in New Bern, North Carolina. Erin Tracy ‘10 was named practice manager and nurse practitioner at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Wellsboro. Alicia Rossi Carney ‘13 and Shaun
released her book “Razel Dazel and the Lost Ornament,” the first in a series of children’s books. The book is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. The ’90s Andy De Lancey ‘93 was recently promoted to purchasing manager of Allegheny County Department of Public Works in Pittsburgh. The ’00s Marie (Watt) Palano ‘01 was recently promoted to assistant superintendent for curriculum and assessment for the Seneca Valley School District. Bradley Sage ‘03 received his doctorate in higher education from Indiana University on Dec. 19, 2020, and was promoted to clinical associate professor in the School of Public Health at Indiana University. Brian Cagle ‘04 was promoted to chief operating officer of Commonwealth Heritage Group Inc., a cultural and environmental resource consulting firm with locations in 14 states. Carla (Okorn) Wyrsch ‘05 and Ben Vanhook ‘21 coauthored the article “Embracing Autism, Moving Beyond Awareness.”
Carney ‘13 welcomed a baby boy, Rory Oscar, on Feb. 23. He joins older brothers Killian and Cormac. The Carneys reside in Columbia, South Carolina.
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