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St. Bonaventure to receive $2 million gift

A Pittsburgh attorney and member of the Pittsburgh Steeler-owning Rooney family has pledged to donate $2 million to his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University.

John R. “Jack” McGinley Jr., a 1965 graduated of St. Bonaventure, and the Rita M. McGinley Foundation are making the gift, which will be used primarily to create a renewed ministries center on campus.

McGinley’s uncle, the Rev. Silas Rooney, was a Franciscan friar and former athletic director at St. Bonaventure who arranged through his older brother, Steelers owner Arthur J. Rooney, for the NFL team to hold its training camp on campus from 1952 to 1957. McGinley’s mother, Marie, was the sister of Arthur and the Rev. Silas Rooney.

McGinley, a former St. Bonaventure trustee, made the gift in honor of family members, faculty and Franciscan friars and sisters.

“What I know best about St. Bonaventure is that the men and women of the faculty and the administration strive very hard to give students a quality education that is values based,” McGinley said in a statement. “The Franciscan presence here is one of the primary things that differentiate the university.”