“Marywood: a part of your life, all of your life.” For Patricia Kucab Horvath, that Alumni Association motto has a literal meaning—and a special depth of understanding. She grew up in Dunmore—right in Marywood’s backyard, so to speak. Her early education and religious experiences were provided by the IHM sisters who taught in the parish school. She attended Marywood Seminary, then earned her degree from Marywood College in Home Economics. The correct descriptor now, of course, would be Marywood University, College of Health and Human Services, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition—which, in itself, illustrates the old axiom that “the more things change; them more they stay the same.” Marywood has grown—but the tradition and values of its founders and the lifelong influence on its graduates are unchanging. Certainly they have been a guiding influence, lighting a path that Pat Horvath has followed faithfully—always seeking to “pay forward” what she sees as a debt of gratitude to her alma mater.
She had begun her professional career, teaching in the Edison, New Jersey, school district. Later, she enjoyed a highly successful career as a real estate sales representative with a prominent New Jersey firm. She also became a dedicated volunteer, tirelessly giving of her time and talents to assist with numerous alumni events and serving on countless committees. Since 2002, she has served the University at the national level as a member of the Marywood Alumni Association Board of Directors; then as Board President, Past President, and currently, as President Emerita.
The area in which she has perhaps taken the greatest delight is in the establishment of scholarships, perhaps because, as she says, it has given her such a personal connection to those she has been able to help—and it was a passion she shared with her late husband, Mark. In 1996, they endowed the Stephen and Elizabeth Collins Kucab Scholarship to honor Pat’s parents and to provide scholarship aid for students who were parishioners of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore.
That was only the beginning, however. In 2000, the Horvaths established an Annual Scholarship through the Thumper Foundation—a private charitable foundation they created and named in honor of their daughter, a talented runner who had been affectionately nicknamed Thumper. When Mark Horvath tragically passed away, Pat chose to honor his memory through the establishment of The Mark Horvath and Patricia Kucab Horvath ’57 Endowed Scholarship in 2008. In 2009, she added the Patricia E. Horvath Annual Scholarship to support enrollment in the University’s new School of
Today, Pat Horvath is retired and takes great joy in her family—especially her grandchildren Steven Elsinger and Olivia Horvath—and she continues her loving support for her alma mater. “Marywood has and will always remain a happy place in my life; it is the core of everlasting friendships,” she says.
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