Christendom mourns the loss of Patrick Duffy, who died February 10 at the age of 63. Duffy taught Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and even Sanscrit at Christendom for fifteen years. The founding chairman of the college’s classical and early Christian studies department, Duffy kept the classics alive on campus with his joyful spirit and love for teaching. Duffy fought a long battle with regulatory arthritis, emphysema, and chronic obstruction pulmonary disease.
Duffy earned degrees from Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, and was a respected and published scholar of Indo-European linguistics. Duffy taught at Christendom from fall 1988 through spring 2004, impacting students both in and outside the classroom through his love of languages and of people. His impact led to the creation of the college’s Patrick J. Duffy Scholarship, awarded to a Classics major or minor who displays qualities of excellence exemplified by Duffy himself: breadth of human learning, understanding of and commitment to the place of the classical tradition in the Catholic Church, academic excellence, and a good nature and sense of humor.
After his time at Christendom, Duffy became the founding Latin teaching at Seacrest County Day in Naples, Florida, where he also announced games for their basketball and baseball programs.
Duffy is survived by his mother, Phyllis Duffy, two sisters, his wife, Erin, his three daughters, and three grandchildren. Duffy is also survived by the hundreds of students who found wisdom and humor in his classroom.
Duffy’s family will receive friends on Monday, February 12 from 5-9:00 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Home in Naples, Florida, and the funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 13, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Church.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Patrick’s name to Seacrest Country Day School Naples, Florida, or to the Patrick Duffy Classics Scholarship at Christendom College.