It was more than just Christmas cards. It was a defining moment for Thomas Treacy '69 BS, '71 MA, EdD. As a Villanova student earning his education degree, Dr. Treacy was involved with an ad hoc student group Mail Call Vietnam that focused on service. Over several years they sent hundreds of thousands of Christmas cards to service members in Vietnam. “We just wanted to do something for Americans who were in the service of our country. Although I wasn't aware of it at the time it was a life-changing event. My grades suddenly improved. I was motivated. Doing something for others was important - big or small - it mattered,” he recalls. It mattered on a bigger stage as well. While a student, Dr. Treacy was honored in the White House Oval Office by the president for his civic activities.
Dr. Treacy went on to work in public and private education for 40 years; half of those were spent as adjunct faculty in Villanova’s Graduate Program. He is an educational consultant and licensed psychologist who recently retired as president and owner of the Antonelli Institute in Erdenheim, Pa. He lives in Naples, Fla. with wife Diane ’82 MS, a retired development professional who worked for state government and various non-profit agencies. She received national recognition for coordinating grassroots advocacy for passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
As zealous football fans and loyal alumni, the Treacys have retained strong ties to their alma mater. They have designated a testamentary gift to the College of Nursing Center for Global and Public Health. The Treacys' philanthropy will benefit the College and its students by funding program management of numerous opportunities for students to interact with underrepresented populations around the globe. Dr. Treacy says the planned giving gift was “an obvious decision” given their degrees, employment and relationships with Villanova.