Funeral Wednesday for Penn College's Legislative Architect

Published 02.13.2017


In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.Former State Rep. Alvin C. Bush, the indomitable patriarch of Pennsylvania College of Technology and chairman of the institution's board of directors for its first decade, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the age of 93. The Muncy area Republican served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1961-70 and from 1985-94, sponsoring the groundbreaking (and bipartisan) legislation that gave birth to Penn College as a special mission affiliate of Penn State. “It was the crowning achievement for me,” Bush said, when interviewed as part of the college's oral-history project. “It was unique – and it still is. At the time Penn College was created, I don’t think there was anything like it in the country. And I’m not sure that isn’t still true.” Accorded "chairman emeritus" status when he left the board, his guiding presence remained: the Bush Campus Center bears his name, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, established the Alvin Bush Family Scholarship to benefit business administration students at the college. An obituary was published in Monday's Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and colleagues reminisced in a weekend PennLive article. The funeral will be at noon Wednesday in Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport, preceded by an hourlong visitation.