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Dr. Roger Flynn Legacy Fund

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Project ended on September 26, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Dr. Roger Flynn Legacy Fund

A Pitt Pioneer

The University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information mourns the passing of Dr. Roger FlynnAs the Founding Director of the Information Science Undergraduate Program, we wish to honor his memory in a way that he lived his life – supporting Pitt students.

Roger’s Life and Mission

In 1974, Roger and his wife, Ida Moretti Flynn, moved to Pittsburgh to pursue his Ph.D. studies, teach at the University, and eventually co-found Pitt's Undergraduate Information Science Program, serving as Director from 1979-1983. He authored the textbook An Introduction to Information Science, published in 1987, and served as editor-in-chief of a four-volume encyclopedia Computer Science published in 2002.


While he earned many awards throughout his career, Professor Flynn loved teaching the most. He found great fulfillment in guiding students in their education, including through voluntary instruction at Western Penitentiary with Pitt's information science degree program. Through his sense of humor and skillful storytelling, he readily made new friends and delighted family, and always made time to visit or write. His generosity and love for his family were unparalleled. Roger was truly committed to teaching with a particular emphasis on undergraduate students, engaging them in becoming life-long learners like himself.  


Where Your Donation Goes

Supporting The Roger Flynn Fund helps current and future undergraduate students. Your donations will be distributed in support of undergraduate Pitt SCI students with the extra costs associated with pursuing their education. Some of the various ways this funding could be used include scholarships for students, travel grants for career development site visits in other cities, and student program support in the form of conference fees. Not only does making a gift support Roger’s legacy, it will also help students embark on their educational journey. Much like Roger, your gift will give an undergrad something extra that they need. 

Join Us for a Memorial Service

August 25, 2018

11:00 a.m.

Homewood Cemetery Chapel

The Homewood Cemetery

1599 South Dallas Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217


1:30 p.m. Luncheon

Information Sciences Building, 3rd Floor

University of Pittsburgh

135 North Bellefield Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Parking is available in Soldiers and Sailors lot for $5.

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Study Group

Support the weekend study group and other learning opportunities outside of the classroom in Roger's tradition.


First Assignment

Help contribute to the cost associated with student conference attendance.


Student Organization

Help pay for a student organization professional development event.



Help support Dr. Flynn’s teaching spirit to be continued in the Pitt School of Computing and Information so that students create their own legacy.



Provide funds to promising students who run into unanticipated financial difficulties that can prevent them from finishing their education and reaching their professional goals.



Help students change their communities through volunteerism as Roger changed lives by teaching prisoners in the Allegheny County Prison.

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