Dr. Harry B. Strickland

Dr. Harry B. Strickland, of Hawley, died January 31, 2021 following a brief illness. His wife of 28 years is the former Paulette Ruby. 

Born December 28, 1928 in Shamokin, Pa, he was the son of the late Joseph and Etta Strickland. He was a graduate of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa and received his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. Harry was a United States Army Veteran. 

During his 62 year career, he worked at Merrill Lynch as a security analyst. In 1962, he joined the University of Scranton where he served as a Professor, Dean of the Graduate School, and a liaison for International Governmental Relations. His career continued for 26 years at La Roche College in Pittsburgh where he served as Administrative Manager in the Finance Department until his retirement in 2018.

Harry received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. In retirement, he remained a Trustee at Bloomsburg University and two other corporate boards. 

Also surviving are his sons Dr. Joseph Strickland and his wife Kim and Harry B. Strickland, Jr and his wife Sheila; a daughter Elizabeth Elick and her husband Charles; his former wife Elizabeth Strickland; brother James Strickland and his wife Linda; stepsons Thomas Regenski and his wife Kathy, Paul Regenski and his wife Missy, and Joseph Regenski and his wife Randy; 13 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild. 

Preceded in death by his brother Joseph Strickland and grandson Caleb J. Regenski.

Due to the current health crisis, services will be private at the convenience of the family. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Caleb J. RegenskiMemorial Foundation, 1114 Dewberry Dr. Hawley, Pa 18428.


  1. Dave McCormick

    Harry Strickland was one of the best professors I ever had. He taught “financial institutions” using the text of each day’s Wall Street Journal–no textbook other than the day’s Journal. He brought finance to life. His own story with Merrill Lynch was insightful. I would like to think my ten-year post-retirement collegiate teaching brought even a smidgen of the learning to my students that Dr. Strickland brought to us at Scranton.

  2. sam amico

    nothing but total respect for harry a great man he allways wished me a positive day rip my freind

  3. Gary Propersi

    Paulette and family, so sad to hear of the passing of Harry. My deepest sympathy and prayers for you.

  4. Christopher Burns

    Deepest sympathy at your loss. Harry is a legend – he’s been a friend of the family for years. RIP Harry.

  5. Elaine Halloran Morrell

    Paulette & Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family.


    Harry,Sheila, and Family,
    I am so sorry about the passing of your Dad. Sending hugs and condolences
    to all of your beautiful family.

  7. Dr. Richard Fitzsimmons

    Harry’s ‘Wall Street Journal’ textbook teaching was an inspiration and brought financial numbers and statistics to real life, along with his occasional, off-campus breakfast/student apartment classes! His post-baccalaureate financial guidance and investment strategy worked well for me. I treasure the years of gracious hospitality and lodging he an Paulette extended to me on Grandview Avenue in Pittsburgh, the annual birthday calls, and Harry’s closing comments: “Keep your socks dry,” and “Have yourself a positive day.” R.I.P.

  8. Nan and Grace Zandarski

    Harry was a good and caring friend of many years. He and my husband were colleagues at the University of Scranton. I treasure the fond times we shared when he was at the U of S, and send heartfelt condolences at his passing. I will miss him.

  9. Harry,
    Please accept ny Heartfelt Condolences upon learning of the passing of your Loving Dad… I often think about the times we shared with your Dad, most recently over this past weekend of the University of Scranton’s Super Bowl Party in 1979 before i moved to Sarasota Fl… My Thoughts and Prayers continue with you, Sheila and extended Strickland Family at this most difficult time… Please take comfort knowing you Dad is Securely resting comfortably in the Arms of our Lord… May God Bless the great Dr and all he touched…

  10. Chris Holland

    Rest in Peace Harry the Horse!
    I will always cherish my Holiday and Birthday calls.
    On behalf of the Holland Family, please accept our heart felt condolences to the entire family.
    Keep your sock dry Uncle Harry!

    Your God son
    Chris “Dutch” Holland
    University of Scranton 1990

  11. Paul Sable

    Dr Strickland was one of my best professors at “da U” and I respect him highly.
    He was a great teacher, had super sense of humor, and helped me get through to graduate.
    Actually I then spent 50 years in higher education in senior administration (23 years) and then full
    time teaching for 27. Dr Strickland in many ways was a model for me in both areas.
    I recall glancing at his outside office window each day where he would hang newspapers articles and add a humorous bent. As an administrator he got things and as a teacher he created curiosity
    and a good way of teaching.
    Dr Paul Sable Class of 66 and 72

  12. Mary Frances and Joe Cimini

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Paulette, Dr. Joe, Harry, Jr., Elizabeth, Betty and the rest of Dr. Harry B. Strickland’s family on his recent passing . He was a long time colleague and close friend of our late father, Professor Frank A. Cimini, going back many years to Dr. Harry’s earliest days at The University of Scranton. We recall him as one of the most respected and well-liked members of the faculty, so popular that the Class of 1970 dedicated their Windhover yearbook to him. Even after his move to Pittsburgh, where he continued his outstanding academic career, “Dr. Harry S” never forgot us Ciminis. He not only was particularly loyal to Frank throughout our father’s final days but he also kept current with us, right to the end, on a weekly basis. Every Sunday at around 7:15 p.m. we could count on his call. We very much looked forward to it. We do miss it now. Always a great teacher, it was from Dr. Harry Strickland that we have learned the meaning of “friendship” and the true value of what that word entails. May he Rest in Peace!

  13. Marita Wojdak

    Dear Joe, Harry and Elizabeth,

    There are no words. A piece of us is gone. So many memories from when you were kids and beyond.

    Love, hugs and prayers to each of you and your Mom from Marita, Joe, Lisa and Joseph.

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