John DeVoy ’55, D.D.S.

John DeVoy ’55, D.D.S.

Ensuring the education of tomorrow’s seminarians

Safeguarding the future of the priesthood was a passion for John DeVoy ’55, D.D.S. The oral surgeon and part-time anatomy professor regularly supported the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. When he died in 2005, DeVoy’s generosity continued through a $1.25 million bequest—one of the largest ever made to Seton Hall.

DeVoy’s interest in the seminary led him to join Serra of the Oranges, a group that supports people who are considering religious vocations. He befriended several Seton Hall and seminary instructors, alumni and friends who were also members. Most notably, he developed a close friendship with Monsignor Robert F. Coleman, the seminary’s rector and dean.

With guidance from his longtime friend and estate attorney, Vincent D. Manahan III, DeVoy established his bequest. In it, he stipulated that Monsignor Coleman direct the funds to an area where the need was greatest.

“Like many of my clients, John wanted to help his favorite charities while reducing his potential estate tax liability,” Manahan said. “John was always generous and charitable. He had a unique view of life, which he expressed humorously. At the same time, he was deeply intellectual and philosophical.”

Two years after DeVoy’s death, the seminary named a reading room in his honor. Those who knew him said the ceremony was perfectly suited to this warm and erudite man of letters, who would have been pleased to see his gift advance the formation of priests now and in the future.

At a Glance: Bequests

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