Mourning the Loss of SBU President Dr. Dennis DePerro
A Message from Trocaire College President Dr. Bassam. M. Deeb to Trocaire Faculty and Staff:
It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the passing of Dr. Dennis DePerro, president of St. Bonaventure University. Dennis was diagnosed with COVID-19 around Christmas time, and had been hospitalized since that time. While he was stable for a while, complications from the virus proved too many to overcome.
As you come to campus today and over the next couple of days, you will notice that our flag is flying at half-staff. This is to honor Dennis’ legacy as a higher education professional, and his commitment to the values of Catholic higher education. A graduate of Bishop Timon High School, Dennis was South Buffalo born and raised, with his education and outlook influenced by both the Sisters of Mercy and the Franciscan Friars. Dennis’ family members have graduated from Trocaire, and he has been a true friend to the college and to me personally.
Several local Catholic Colleges are flying their flags at half-staff to not only honor Dennis’ legacy, but also to recognize all of the lives that have been lost as a result of this pandemic. Please keep Dennis’ family in your prayers as they work through this difficult time. Also keep the St. Bonaventure community in your prayers as they struggle to overcome the loss of their campus leader.
Rest in peace, Dr. Dennis DePerro.
Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D.