Rebecca “Becky” Driscoll Death – Michael Driscoll, president of IUP, lost his wife Rebecca “Becky” Driscoll on January 1. Her death, which was announced by email to the IUP community on January 3, was attributed to “an extended health battle.” Mrs. Driscoll was described as “a lover of the arts” in an obituary on the website of the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home. She received a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt University in 1985 and a master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2012. On April 3, 1957, in Hillsboro, Oregon, Mrs. Driscoll was born. She wed President Driscoll on September 8, 1984, and they resided in Michigan, Oregon, Alaska, and Pennsylvania together while he pursued his education and career.
In addition to leading worship at the numerous churches she had visited throughout her life, Mrs. Driscoll also participated in choirs. She oversaw religious camps and worked in administration. Starting a free supper program for homeless individuals in Beaverton, Oregon, at the church where she was baptized, was one of her proudest achievements. Mrs. Driscoll served on the boards of the Indiana Free Library and Family Promise of Indiana County locally. She also volunteered as a tutor at IUP’s Kathleen Jones White Writing Center. At home, she always enjoyed cooking things from scratch and preparing luncheons for Dr. Driscoll’s administrative assistants. Basketball, women’s volleyball, and baseball were her three favorite sports. She sang the national anthem at multiple games and was an avid supporter of all IUP Athletics.
A public memorial service was held on Saturday, January 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Downtown Indiana. Friends and family were welcomed on Friday, January 6, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home. Both programs attracted a lot of support from the IUP community and were accessible to the general public. Since the news of her death broke, various clubs and groups at IUP have shown their solidarity in a big way. The IUP Student Government Association expressed its sympathies to President Driscoll on the loss of his wife, Becky, via a post on Monday, January 2. He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers right now. On their Instagram page, the IUP College Democrats also posted a message expressing their sympathies to the family. The Family Promise of Indiana County requested donations be made in Mrs. Driscoll’s honor. Donations can be sent in by mail or made online at www.familypromiseofindianacounty.com
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