LATROBE, PA – The Saint Vincent College community is mourning the sudden loss of Michael Kuhar, a faculty member in the College’s Criminology Department since its establishment in 2011.
A mainstay in the Criminology Department, Kuhar taught the first Introduction to Criminology course offered by the College in 2011. Specializing in the field of corrections, he subsequently taught courses on prison, probation and parole, helping innumerable students over his eight-plus years on the Saint Vincent faculty.
Prior to joining the SVC faculty, Kuhar was well-respected across Pennsylvania in the judicial and corrections fields. From 1975 to 1999, he was a chief juvenile and adult probation officer in Indiana County, as well as director of the Indiana County Children and Youth Agency. From 1990 until his retirement in 2011, he also served as the district court administrator of the 40th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, overseeing all agencies and personnel under the control of the Indiana County Court of Common Pleas.
Kuhar, who held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, also brought a wealth of teaching experience with him to SVC, as he taught in the IUP Department of Criminology for 22 years.
“He was one of the most respected people in the field of corrections in the Commonwealth,” said Bruce Antkowiak, Saint Vincent head legal counsel and chair of the SVC Criminology Department. “But, more than all of that, Mike was an outstanding human being who loved and cared deeply for his students. He helped many students find careers in the law and was a generous and beloved colleague. We will miss him deeply.”
Visitation will take place on Friday, Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Carson/Boyer Funeral Home, 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley, Pennsylvania, 16249.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Mary, Mother of God Church, 109 2nd Street, Yatesboro, Pennsylvania, 16263.