James Lanahan

Born: Fri., Jul. 2, 1943
Died: Sun., Jun. 2, 2019


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 29, 2019
Location: Mercyhurst North East Campus


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James “Jim” G. Lanahan, age 75, of North East,
passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at home, surrounded
by his family. He was born on July 2, 1943, in
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, to the late William A. and
Vivian (Nelson) Lanahan.
Jim graduated Archmere
Academy preparatory school,
where he was classmates with
former Vice President Joe Biden;
he then went onto St. Bonaventure
University. Throughout his career
in academia, Jim was formerly
employed by St. Bonaventure
University and Mercyhurst
University. Jim began his career
at Mercyhurst in 1970 as the Director of Admissions,
recruiting the first seven classes of men after
Mercyhurst established a coeducational college. In
1990, he was instrumental in establishing and opening
the Mercyhurst North East campus, where he served
as Dean of Admissions until 2011. For more than three
decades at Mercyhurst University, Jim was known
for his hard work, dedication, charm, and quick wit.
He will be missed by everyone who had the privilege
of knowing him. Jim was a member of St. Gregory
Catholic Church and the Kiwanis Club. He was a
IAABO High School Basketball Official, coached the
Mercyhurst North East girl’s basketball team, and
was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia
Phillies fan.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brothers,
Anthony and Joseph Lanahan; and a sister, Sr. Mary
Lanahan SND.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jule Pitarresi
Lanahan, whom he married on June 5, 1975; children,
Brian Lanahan of Baltimore, Md., David Lanahan
(Sherri) of North East, and Kristin Deering (Seth) of
Jasper, Ga.; a brother, Richard Lanahan (Pam) of Dallas,
Texas; a sister-in-law, Nancy Lanahan of Wayne,
Pa.; and grandchildren, Payton, Cole, Carter, Kael,
Brylee, and Teagan.
Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass
on Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m., at Mercyhurst
Chapel North East. Memorials may be made to the
Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania, 1062
Brown Ave. Suite 200B, Erie, PA 16502.

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