Thomas J. Quinn, Ph.D., 54, of Elmhurst, passed on to eternal life on Friday morning at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia following an illness. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Scranton, son of Jane O’Malley Quinn of Dunmore and the late Thomas P. Quinn, Tom was a member of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow. He was a 1980 graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and a 1984 graduate of College of the Holy Cross, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Tom earned Master of Science degrees from both Wilkes University and The University of Scranton as well as a Doctorate in Human Development from Marywood University.
Dedicated to education in the truest sense, Tom’s career began at his Alma Mater Scranton Prep where he taught both chemistry and computer science from 1985-1998. He also served as Director of Scranton Prep’s Higher Achievement Program for many years. Tom moved on to become Assistant Principal of Delaware Valley High School and Principal of Delaware Valley Middle School, serving in the district from 1998-2006. He then became Assistant Superintendent of Abington Heights School District, where he led for ten years before being appointed Superintendent of Valley View School District in July. It did not take long for Tom to establish himself as a highly-respected, student-centered leader and a trusted colleague. Throughout his career, Tom had high aspirations in each of his roles; he challenged students to set their own high bar, had impressive vision for district goals and a constant flow of innovative ideas for curricula.
A true family man, Tom’s greatest joy was spending time with his beloved wife of 17 years, Amy, and children Tommy, Abby and Aleah, all of whom Tom commonly referred to as “my gang.” He particularly enjoyed coaching his children’s sports teams and attending their events; he was their biggest fan in the stands. He had great affection for his sister Kathleen Quinn Walsh and brother-in-law Jerry, of Dunmore, sister Maura K. Quinn and partner Kelly A. Peterson of Philadelphia, and nephews Jerry, Timmy, Conor, Daniel and Kevin as well as niece Taryn Walsh. Tom was also the cherished son-in-law of Robert and Sheila Hochlander of Fleetville as well as William and Mary Therrien of Califon, NJ. Tom’s large extended family includes numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, all of whom he loved dearly and with whom he was known to enjoy an Irish “hooley in the kitchen.”
The Quinn family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the compassionate care that Tom received both at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena, 220 Church St. Moscow. Friends may call at the Church on Thursday, May 18th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Quinn Children Scholarship Fund c/o Peoples Security Bank and Trust P.O. Box 777, Moscow, PA 18444.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton.