Robert A. Durning, CFC, '69

Recipient of the 2019 Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award
for Outstanding Achievement

Br. Durning received his BA in French from Iona College in 1969. He then began his long teaching career at Catholic Memorial High School (West Roxbury, MA) while completing graduate work at Boston College and Harvard Divinity School. After serving as a school administrator at Essex Catholic High School (Newark, N.J.), Br. Durning studied theology at the Catholic University of America and was eventually transferred to teach theology at Iona in 1980.

Br. Durning taught a wide range of classes in the Religious Studies Department as well as courses in Latin and Greek in addition to Honors Humanities. Aside from instructing students in the classroom, Br. Durning was an active professor in the Study Abroad program, teaching in Rome for 14 summers and in Paris for two summers. He also served as a moderator of the men’s water polo team for 20 years and of the Iona College rugby team for five years, as well as an advisor to many fraternities at Iona.

Br. Durning retired from his position as a professor in the Religious Studies Department at Iona at the conclusion of the spring 2012 semester. He passed away October 1, 2012.