Have You Remembered UI&U?

Dr. & Mrs. P. David Finks

Dr. & Mrs. P. David Finks

Early this fall, Union Institute & University received news that alumnus Dr. P. David Finks had passed away.  During his lifetime, Finks, a 1975 graduate of Union’s Ph.D. program, built upon his studies in adult education and administration to make tangible changes within his community and to provide better lives for others.

A Rochester native, Finks served as a priest in the Rochester diocese before attending UI&U.  Under his guidance, two parishes thrived, and he is remembered for his great sense of humor and continual involvement within the community.  In his role within the Catholic Church, Finks also served as vicar of Urban Ministry and as executive director of the Office of Social Ministry; additionally, he played a key role in the U.S. Catholic Conference in Washington, where he worked closely with Saul Alinsky, an American community organizer, and helped establish the Campaign for Human Development.  The campaign would become the Catholic Church’s largest source of revenue to address issues of social justice.

After resigning from the priesthood in 1973, Finks taught at various colleges and universities, including Notre Dame University in Indiana, and completed his Ph.D. from UI&U in 1975.  He published The Radical Vision of Saul Alinksy(Paulist Press, 1984), was the founder of the Downtown Community Forum for St. Mary’s Church in Rochester, and served on countless nonprofit and charity boards.

In spite of his many commitments and the ties he had to other organizations, Dr. Finks remembered Union Institute & University—and gave back to the university that instilled in him a commitment to social justice.

With foresight and care, Dr. Finks named Union Institute & University as a beneficiary of his estate.  And now, just a year since his death, the Estate of P. David Finks has become one of the largest donors of the 2010-2011 year.

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