Dr. Joseph W. Ruane was presented with the Honorary Alumnus Award at University of the Sciences’ annual alumni reunion on Sept. 24, 2011. The award is bestowed annually to a non-alumnus who has shown exemplary dedication and commitment to the mission of the University.
For the past 40 years, Dr. Ruane has made a lasting impression at the University, through founding the Department of Social Science, the minors program, over 30 courses, and the psychology major. Dr. Ruane also serves on the USciences institutional review board.
Although he is a professor of sociology and health, he has exemplified great commitment to the students which includes helping to start the Black Student Union, and later the Association of Latin American Students.
In the community, he was president of Spruce Hill Community, founder and president of the West Philadelphia Community FCU, on the board of the West Philadelphia Consortium, past president and chair of the Federation of Christian Ministries, and a coordinator of CORPUS, the National Association for an Inclusive Priesthood. He is a founder and also on the advisory board of GlobalMinistriesUniversity.org, where he serves as dean of religious studies and vice president of academic affairs.
Dr. Ruane is married to Nancy DiPasquale and has a daughter Krista and son-in-law Moss Freedman, along with two grandchildren.
Caption: Siobhan Duffy P’84, BW’05, USciences Alumni Association awards committee chair; sister Joan Smith; Dr. Joseph Ruane, Honorary Alumnus Award winner; spouse Nancy DiPasquale; and Stephanie Bean MPT’89, DPT, USciences Alumni Association president.
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