Longtime Mount faculty member passes away

Patrick DeLuca, former professor of biology and medical technology, will be missed
February 15, 2017

Patrick DeLuca of Newburgh, N.Y., a professor of biology and medical technology at Mount Saint Mary College for nearly four decades, passed away earlier this month.

DeLuca joined the Mount Saint Mary College community in 1970, barely a decade after the college was founded. He experienced the graduation of the college’s first male students in the 1970s, the birth of the Desmond Campus for adult enrichment in the early ‘90s, and the construction of Sakac Hall in 2003 before he retired from the Mount in 2007.

DeLuca remains one of the longest serving professors in the history of the college.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie.

“Pat was a best friend from our first days at the Mount,” said the college’s longest serving faculty member, James Cotter, professor of English. “I value his spiritual seriousness, his learning in the sciences, and his dedication to students. He contributed greatly to the growth of the college with his teaching and collegiality.”

Mount alumni were saddened by the news of DeLuca’s passing. Cathleen (McManus) Blair ’90, one of DeLuca’s former students, said, “Dr. DeLuca made microbiology my favorite class. He will be truly missed.”

DeLuca was a 1966 graduate of Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. with a bachelor’s in biology and a 1975 graduate of Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y. with a Ph.D. in microbiology.