Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating the life and legacy of former University of Nevada, Reno, President Joe Crowley, who passed away yesterday at the age of 84:
“Paul and I are saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Joe Crowley. Joe dedicated his life to education as a professor of History, and as the longest-serving president of the University of Nevada, Reno. Joe was an institution, a model of public service and dedication to the State of Nevada, who I will miss deeply. Joe’s focused, inspired, and determined leadership has made UNR into the proud institution of higher education it is today, imbuing students with a love for the arts, sciences, and a dedication to active participation in civic life. That sense of learning and civic duty were crucial things I learned during my time at UNR under Joe’s visionary leadership. His dedication to Reno and Northern Nevada inspired generations of UNR alumni, and every Nevadan touched by his example. He was an educator and community member in every sense of the word. His legacy will live on at UNR as it grows and prospers, and in the student union lovingly dubbed “The Joe.” The name of that building stands as a testimony to his reputation among faculty and students alike, he was always available to them.
“It was a true honor to know him as a friend and I am infinitely grateful for his support and mentorship throughout the years. My family mourns his loss and we send our deepest condolences to Joe’s wife Joy, their children, and grandchildren.”