Rev. John J. Quinn, S.J., Ph.D., a native of Lansford Pa., was born in 1922. He entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of Saint Isaac Jogues, Wernersville, Pennsylvania, in 1942, after earning a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1954. He earned a bachelor of sacred theology degree from Woodstock College in 1955, a Master of Arts degree in English from Fordham University in 1959, and a doctor of philosophy degree in American studies from King's College, University of London, in 1970. He wrote his dissertation on Flannery O'Connor. While studying in London, he made the acquaintance of actresses Glenda Jackson and Judi Dench.
Rev. Quinn joined the University of Scranton's English department in 1956. Throughout more than four decades of service to the University, he served as a professor, residence hall counselor, moderator of drama, retreat leader, coordinator of the communications program and faculty editor of the University's literary magazine, Esprit. His students included Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie and the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author and actor Jason Miller. He introduced a four-course film program into the English curriculum at the University. Fr. Quinn was the first University of Scranton liaison officer with the Peace Corps in its earliest days. He conducted student tours to London and counseled students.
Alumni and former students have honored Fr. Quinn by establishing the Rev. J. J. Quinn, S.J. Scholarship. He also received the Frank J. O'Hara Award for University Service, the highest honor bestowed jointly by the University and its alumni society. Fr. Quinn died on April 12, 2004.