in memoriam

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Moriarty P’79, P’86, P’94, G’11, G’19

A portrait photograph of Virginia 'Ginny' Moriarty (P'79, P'86, P'94, G'11, G'19 - Long-standing supporter of Bucknell University) grinning in a black coat and black colored button-up dress shirt with a yellow x-crossed shaped style pattern on top of the dress shirt plus grey-tinted see through prescription glasses

Photo: Special Collections/University Archives

Long-standing supporter of Bucknell University Virginia “Ginny” Moriarty died Jan. 22, 2023.

She and her husband, Edmond N. Moriarty Jr., served as University trustees — Ed from 1984 to 1997, and Ginny from 1999 to 2002, when she was named a trustee emerita. During her years of service, Ginny provided insight and counsel as a member of trustee committees on Complementary Activities, Educational Policy, Greek Affairs and University Relations.

After she graduated from Syracuse University in 1951, Ginny worked as a home economist for General Foods. She met Ed in 1956, and they began building a life together that would include seven children, 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She and Ed were married for 41 years when he passed away in 1997.

Although neither Ginny nor Ed attended Bucknell, they developed a deep affection for the University while three of their children — Kathleen Moriarty Skiff ’79, Patricia “Trish” Moriarty Parisi ’86 and J.D. Moriarty ’94 — were students. After Ed’s passing, Ginny and her children organized a family foundation that supports charitable and academic institutions, including Bucknell.

The Moriarty Investment Center was dedicated in 2001, first residing in Taylor Hall. In 2021, the investment center found a new home with the opening of Holmes Hall, where it continues to enhance learning opportunities for all students, particularly those in the Freeman College of Management. This state-of-the-art facility provides Bucknell students in-depth experience with leading technology and software used by investment professionals.

In addition, the Moriarty family also established the Edmond N. & Virginia H. Moriarty Scholarship for students with demonstrated financial need, especially those who need assistance due to sudden financial loss.