Duquesne University: The Rangos School of Health Sciences

A Holistic Approach to Improving Healthcare

The John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University was founded in 1990. Its objective is to train and produce qualified healthcare professionals who respect the uniqueness of their patients/clients.

The Rangos School offers undergraduate degrees in athletic training and health management, and graduate degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, physician assistant studies, and a doctorate in rehabilitation science physical therapy. Programs emphasize both scientific and interpersonal aspects of clinical practice, and Rangos School students are exposed to a broad liberal arts education which emphasizes understanding the world’s scientific, theoretical and theological constructs. They learn to hone their clinical skills in state-of-the-art labs, and they get to enjoy diverse internship and clinical placements throughout western Pennsylvania.

Commencement Challenge

Mr. Rangos was the commencement speaker for the Duquesne Class of 2000 graduation. He challenged graduates to combine compassion with expertise to bring efficiency and order to the current healthcare market, especially as it pertains to rising costs. His deep and abiding concern for healthcare not only in the region, but also throughout the country, has been a guiding force for the Duquesne community.

Honoring his Mother’s Legacy

To honor the memory of his beloved mother, Anna Rizakus, Mr. Rangos also established the Anna Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair in Health Science & Ethics at Duquesne. The university installed Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy, as the first Rizakus chair holder in 2004. Dr. Turocy’s areas of specialty include athletic training, nutrition, exercise physiology, health promotion and conditions of the spine. In 2009, the university appointed Dr. David Somers to the chair. Dr. Somers had been serving as chairman of the Rangos School’s department of physical therapy. He was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina, and was previously a staff therapist at Physical Rehabilitation Services in Charleston.


In Memory of Dr. John E. Murray, Jr.

“Duquesne – and Pittsburgh – lost an incredibly talented leader, teacher, scholar, author and lawyer today,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “His contributions here at Duquesne, as well as his service on numerous government, charitable and legal boards and committees have improved the lives of many over the course of his remarkable career.”

Dr. Murray was Chancellor and professor of law at Duquesne University. He died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, while still actively engaged as a teacher and scholar of Contracts law. Murray served as Duquesne’s 11th president from 1988 through 2001.

Law school dean, Ken Gormley, who was hired for his first teaching job at Pitt Law School by Murray in 1982, and then worked closely with Murray at Duquesne for the past 20 years, stated: “Chancellor Murray was still the best teacher in the building. He was a brilliant instructor who cared deeply for his students. He had a great sense of humor and a deep commitment to using the law for the good of others. He was also one of the greatest Contracts scholars in the world. It will be impossible to duplicate or replace him.”

Murray, who was Duquesne’s first lay president, brought a tradition of service to Duquesne and led the University during a period of sustained growth and progress, including new schools and programs. As a law professor, Murray won numerous teaching awards and wrote 26 books, several articles and won the 2013 lifetime achievement award from the International Conference of Professors of Contract Law for his life’s work. The hallmark of his scholarship is his renowned Murray on Contracts and Murray, Cases and Materials on Contracts. These books are used regularly in every law school in the United States; they are cited as an authority in federal and state court cases throughout America, including the United States Supreme Court.

In 2014, Pittsburgh Magazine named Murray as one of the eight leading professors among all universities in the Pittsburgh region. In addition to being named Man of the Year in Pittsburgh, Murray also was honored as a History Maker in Pittsburgh and one of the 100 Pittsburgh Citizens of the Century. Before coming to Duquesne, he served as dean of the University of Pittsburgh and Villanova University Schools of Law. Murray served as chairman of ComPAC 21, the committee to Prepare Allegheny County for the 21st century and chairman of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.

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