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In Memoriam: Remembering Three Dedicated Faculty Members

In Memoriam

Read more about these incredibly gifted teachers: Sister Regina Foy, IHM, Frank Hartleroad and James Mooney.

Frank Hartleroad, Jr.

Sociology/criminology faculty member Frank Hartleroad, Jr., passed away on Sunday, December 6.

Arriving at Immaculata University in January 1982 as an adjunct faculty member, Hartleroad was an assistant professor of sociology. He most recently served as department chair and program director for the Civic Engagement Department at Immaculata. During his tenure, Hartleroad taught traditional undergraduate students and adult learners, and he designed new courses for sociology majors.

Beginning in the 1970s, Hartleroad taught at local universities including Villanova, Cabrini, St. Joseph and Delaware County Community College. To keep current in his field, he was a member of several professional organizations, including: the American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, American Society of Criminology, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association. Early in his career, Hartleroad consulted on several important research projects related to homicide trends. As a resident of Chester County, he served as the co-chair of the population subcommittee of the Parents Advisory Committee to the West Chester Area School District.

Hartleroad earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a minor in psychology from Villanova and continued his education, earning a Master of Arts in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded the National Institute of Mental Health fellowship his first year and the University of Pennsylvania fellowship in his second and third year.

As a major in the United States Army, Hartleroad was a member of the Army and Air National Guard Association of New Jersey and the National Guard Association of the United States.

“On our pre-COVID-19 schedule, I passed Frank’s office several times a day and we always exchanged pleasant greetings. Frank was always a very collegial person and our department will miss him very much. The Faculty Center will not be the same without him,” says William E. Watson, Ph.D., professor of history, who taught in the Civic Engagement Department with Hartleroad.

James Mooney

Long-serving English faculty member James Mooney passed away on Sunday, December 6.

In 1965, James Mooney became a faculty member in the English Department of Immaculata University. He retired 50 years later, in 2015, as chair of the English/Communication Department. Over the years, Mooney served multiple terms as chair of the department, as advisor to “Pilgrimages,” the campus literary publication and coordinator of the tutorial program. He also assisted with Immaculata’s annual St. Patrick’s Day event, where he sang “The Gypsy Rover” every year.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Mooney then completed his Master of Arts degree in English from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York.

In a 2015 story in the “Immaculata Magazine,” Mooney noted that he taught American Literature every year for 50 years and always included his favorite book, “Moby Dick.”

“We’ll remember Jim for so much, not for the things he did and for what he accomplished. We’ll remember him for the person he was,” states Sister Elaine Glanz, IHM, professor of English, who worked with Mooney and knew him for nearly 25 years.

Sister Regina Foy, IHM

Sister Regina Foy, music faculty member, died on Thursday, October 15.

For 30 years, Sister Regina Foy taught undergraduate music students, while also holding leadership positions including academic advisor, coordinator of applied music and served multiple terms as chair of the music department. In addition, she was the faculty advisor for the Immaculata Symphony and she designed and coordinated the Associate of Arts degree program in liturgical studies.

To keep current in her field, Sister Regina retained memberships in several professional organizations including the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Association of Church Musicians of Philadelphia, Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy, the Society for Catholic Liturgy and the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. In 2009, Cardinal Justin Rigali appointed Sister Regina to the Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sister Regina earned her Bachelor of Music from Immaculata University and her Master of Music from West Chester University. She earned a second master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame.

“Sister Regina was a beautiful person, fine teacher, and a true servant of Jesus,” states Sister Kathleen Doutt, IHM, professor of music. “She impacted the lives and careers of many young people and will be greatly missed by all who came into contact with her. Her discipline, drive, dedication and focus on the power of music for liturgical outreach and the professions of both music education and music therapy were outstanding.”

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