A Lifelong Friendship Initiated at Seton Hall Law Gives Rise to a New Scholarship
"Though criteria may differ from one scholarship to another, they often share the desire to preserve the legacy of someone dear to you. We want to give back to Seton Hall Law School, which has given so many opportunities to deserving students." That is how Paul Deehan '85 introduced the newest Seton Hall Law scholarship, named for his beloved parents, at the reception held on April 3 for the benefit of donors of privately funded scholarships and the students who receive them. (Pictured, from left: Paul Deehan '85, Thomas McGrady '13, the inaugural Deehan Scholarship recipient; Rose Marie Deehan; and Kim Deehan, Paul's wife.)
The Professor John and Rose Marie Deehan Scholarship, endowed this year, is now available each year to a third-year student who demonstrates an interest in business and tax law. The scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the Torcivia Family Foundation, and rooted in the friendship between Paul Deehan and Joseph Torcivia ’85, formed when they both attended Seton Hall Law. They studied in London for a semester and they came to know one another’s parents.
Professor John Deehan B.S.’52/M.B.A. ’62 (1928-2004), was a bastion of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. Dean Hobbs, who graduated from SHU and took Professor Deehan’s accounting class, said of him, “I wish every professor was that good.” Paul Deehan spoke of his father’s love for Seton Hall: “It was during the years at Seton Hall Prep and the University that he met his partner for life, Rose Marie, and he discovered his unique ability: his passion for teaching and his absolute joy and love for his students. He built the accounting program into one of the finest in the country.”
As a member of the SHU Board of Regents, Joe Torcivia participated in Commencement at Seton Hall Law, greeting new graduates as they crossed the stage, and he handed them their diplomas. It reminded him of his own experience as a Seton Hall Law student: “I couldn’t be more proud of anything in my life than to have graduated from Seton Hall Law School. The friendships I made there, getting to know Paul . . . his dad’s dedication to teaching and to Seton Hall was inspirational, and it led me to help set up this scholarship fund.”
Thomas McGrady ’13 is the inaugural recipient of the Deehan Scholarship. His two older brothers, including Daniel, who graduated from Seton Hall Law in 2011, have been instrumental in Tom’s development in the securities and financial services industry. Tom’s brother helped him secure an internship in the Compliance and Legal Department of the CBG Financial Group in Boca Raton and last summer, he served as a law clerk in the Securities Litigation group of Greenberg Traurig in White Plains.
His outstanding performance in Business Associations led him to tutor other students in the subject, and he was selected to participate in the Investor Advocacy Project (IAP), which provides legal representation to investors with limited income or small dollar claims, who have a dispute with an investment professional and are unable to obtain legal counsel. Through the IAP, Tom has taken on cases and also, presented investment information seminars at local high schools and senior centers. After he graduates Tom will be working as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Anthony J. Parrillo, Presiding Judge Part A, for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
He says, “When I read the description of the scholarship, Professor Deehan seemed like someone who had given so much to Seton Hall and so much to the community. I saw that Professor Deehan had taught mainly in the corporate and tax practice areas, where I’d developed first-hand experience and it seemed to be a good fit. I knew that if I were awarded the scholarship, I’d work hard to be a great representative for the Deehan family.”
Rose Marie Deehan also attended the reception and said, “It was a pleasure to be a part of this event, both because I am honored by the scholarship that bears our family name and because I am delighted by the selection of Tom McGrady as our first recipient. His accomplishments in the business arena, especially at such a young age, are so impressive, and I’m touched by the fact that he shares the same academic interests as my husband. Our family is very grateful to the Torcivias and to Seton Hall Law School.”
Dean Hobbs concluded his thanks to the Deehan family, and spoke to all scholarship donors who celebrated with them on April 3: “Thanks to your generosity, you are carrying the name of someone very special.”