MOBIT: Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC, president emeritus of Manhattan College passed


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Manhattan mourns the passing of Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC, president emeritus of Manhattan College. May he rest in peace.

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Good Afternoon All,

Tom Delaney shared the very sad news that our Past President, Tom Scanlan was called home today, February 10, 2018. A very sad day forour Manhattan College Community. Tom died of complications of his Open Heart Surgery about ten days ago. Details as to his wishes for Visitation and Mass Of Christian Burial are not yet available and I will share them as soon as I have them.. 

Many of us considered Tom a friend, all of us were thankful for what he accomplished for the College. He protected our Values, shared our Faith. And Beliefs and, yes, many of us feel he saved our College. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. Thank you God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Manhattan College Mourns Passing of President Emeritus, Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC
The longtime president of Manhattan College passed away at age 72.

Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC, president emeritus of Manhattan College, passed away on Sunday, February 4, at the age of 72. 

The 18th president of Manhattan College, serving from 1987 to 2009, Br. Thomas helped to navigate the College through a difficult financial period in the 1980s to become the institution it is today. During his 22-year tenure, the College’s enrollment increased by 120 percent and received accreditations by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). 

Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, said: “In the time that I have come to know Br. Thomas, I developed a deep appreciation for his visionary side … Brother’s decisions were grounded firmly in a deep faith and in the Lasallian mission. He made bold and courageous decisions grounded in that faith.”

Under Br. Thomas’ leadership, the College transformed into a largely residential campus while still preserving its commitment to serving first-generation students. The College also saw several enhancements and expansions under Br. Thomas, including the opening of Horan Hall, Lee Hall and the Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Library.

Br. Thomas came to Manhattan College from Bethlehem University in Palestine, where he served as vice chancellor and chief executive officer. Prior to that, he was director of finance and education for the New York Province of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Br. Thomas also served as a teacher, vice principal, and principal at Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington, N.J.

Born in New York City, Br. Thomas received his B.A. in physics from The Catholic University of America, his M.A. in mathematics from New York University, and his Ph.D. in business administration from Columbia University.

Br. Thomas received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal in 1986. He was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He also received the Good Scout Award from the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1995. In 1997, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He also received a Community Leadership Award from the New York City Community Board 8 in 1998 and an Interfaith Brotherhood Award from the Riverdale Jewish Community Council in 2003. In addition, Br. Thomas was a member of the Fellows of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

In 2016, Br. Thomas was awarded the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award, named in honor of the influential former Notre Dame president, and typically given to a former college president who has made outstanding contributions to Catholic higher education through service and academic work.

“Being a Catholic college president is one of the most complex and challenging roles in our nation. To succeed takes a true team effort, and my most critical ability was to say ‘I need your help.’ And I was gratified, both at Bethlehem University and at Manhattan College, by the extremely positive response of so many talented individuals,” Br. Thomas said upon receiving the Hesburgh Award.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Wilfrid Auger; niece Pamela Auger-Thornton, and nephews Peter Auger, Vincent Auger, and his wife Karen. Additionally, Br. Thomas is survived by great nieces Christelle Auger and Cassandra Thornton, and nephew Evan Thornton, as well as many beloved cousins and friends. 

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

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Good Evening All,

You have received the sad news of the passing of Brother Thomas. The Link below is the statement and Obituary shared by President Brennan O’Donnell, Manhattan College. It speaks of Brother Thomas and his contributions not only to Manhattan College but to the Lasallian Tradition at large and the many that he touched in his lifetime. 

Brother Thomas was a Friend, a Mentor, an Educator, an Administrator and wherever he went, a hard act to follow. He will be missed. 

Brother Thomas was asked a few years back by a school mate of his, a Fellow Jasper and member of the Manhattan College Retreat Team, Don Bane, if he would be willing to join us as a speaker at our Retreat and to our good fortune, he said yes. Many of us consider him to have been one of our best speakers throught the 26 years we have celebrated our Manhattan College and Friends Retreat. I don’t recall him using notes, he was entirely extempore and totally well prepared and held our attention. At some point during his witness, it became evident that we, the attendees at that Retreat, were impressed and all wanted to hear more about his successes. He shared some more of his witness with us and in wrapping up he said, ” ……..I am just an Administrator.” One thing that his Friends, Family, colleagues and Community will agree with, Just is not a word that would be used to describe Brother Thomas. He will be missed and not forgotten. God Speed.

We pray for the repose of Brother Thomas, his Sister and Brother-in-Law, Helen and Wilfred Auger and their Family, Brother Thomas’s Friends and Community as they mourn the loss of their loved one. Brother Thomas was predeceased by his Parents, Thomas and Anna Scanlan and his Brother, John.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

In case you have difficulty opening the Link, Visitation will be in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers on Friday, February 9 from 3 PM to 8 PM and Saturday, February 10 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Mass of the Resurrection will be Celebrated in the Chapel on Saturday, February 10 at 11:00 AM. Following the Mass, a Buffet Lunch will be served in Smith Auditorium. Interment will be on Monday, February 12 at 10:00 AM in bate of Heaven Cemetery, located at 10 West Steve s Avenue, Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532.

Link: archive/2018/02/manhattan- college-mourns-passing- brother-thomas-scanlan.php

If you have difficulty opening the Link and would like a copy of President O’Donnell’s announcement, please  send me an email and I will send you a copy.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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