Benefactor John G. Rangos, Sr. Honored

July 27, 2017 • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

President Gormley and John G. Rangos, Sr., unveiling the bust in his honorPresident Gormley and John G. Rangos, Sr., unveiling the bust in his honorA major benefactor of our seminary, John G. Rangos, Sr.—after whom the “John G. Rangos Family Building” on our campus is named—was recently honored by Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. On Thursday evening, July 27, 2017, the University’s “John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences,” along with university President Ken Gormley, hosted an 88th birthday celebration for Mr. Rangos, who is also that school’s benefactor and co-founder.

Our Executive Board Chair, Alex Machaskee, and his wife, Carol, attended the celebration, as well as a private dinner following the event. Mr. Machaskee presented Mr. Rangos with a gift on behalf of the Seminary, and a cross from Mount Athos, as a personal token of thanks.

(from left) Carol Machaskee, John G. Rangos, Sr., Alex Machaskee, Alex Rangos (son of John, Sr.), and Dean Triantafilou, at the 88th birthday celebration in honor of Mr. Rangos(from left) Carol Machaskee, John G. Rangos, Sr., Alex Machaskee, Alex Rangos (son of John, Sr.), and Dean Triantafilou, at the 88th birthday celebration in honor of Mr. RangosAs part of the celebration, a special bust that was commissioned was unveiled to honor Mr. Rangos' extensive philanthropic support of Duquesne, which includes the naming endowment for the Rangos School, an endowed chair in health science ethics, and an endowed scholarship fund assisting students. Founded in 1990, 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.

Mr. Rangos, a Greek American industrialist, has proven himself an outstanding philanthropist. In 2001 he was a lead donor in our Seminary’s campaign to construct the building on campus that bears his name and that houses our library, administrative offices, and auditorium. In 2016 the Board and Faculty of St. Vladimir’s Seminary conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa upon him, in acknowledgement of his generosity. Through his family foundation, “The John G. Rangos, Sr. Charitable Foundation,” he also supports myriad partners, associated with everything from cultural interests, to healthcare and research, to promotion of patriotic values.

Read a biography of John G. Rangos, Sr., originally printed in NEO Magazine, here.