The Seton Hall University community commemorates the passing of Joseph A. Unanue, a former member of the Board of Regents and a dedicated supporter of the University, who passed away on June 12 at the age of 88. Mr. Unanue grew a small company founded by his father into the largest Hispanic food business in the United States – Goya Foods, Inc.
Mr. Unanue served on the University’s Board of Regents from 1982 to 1988, and along with his beloved wife, Carmen Ana Casal de Unanue, remained an active and committed friend and philanthropist to the University, both personally and through the C&J Foundation, which funds the Joseph A. Unanue Institute for Latin American Studies at Seton Hall. Established through a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Unanue, the Unanue Institute is the premier site for Latino studies in the tri-state area, providing a forum for dialogue and research involving the study of the Latino experience in the United States. Mrs. Unanue remains an active member on the Institute’s advisory board.
Lovingly referred to throughout campus as “Papa Joe,” Mr. Unanue and his wife cared deeply for Seton Hall students and established an endowed scholarship fund to support servant leadership and the University’s mission of service and scholarship. He and his wife often participated in Unanue Institute and scholarship programs. Because of his extensive community service, Mr. Unanue has been honored repeatedly by a number of community groups. The National Conference of Christians and Jews has twice named Mr. Unanue as “Man of the Year.”
The Unanue legacy will remain an important part of Seton Hall, and our thoughts and prayers go out Mr. Unanue’s wife, Carmen Ana, and their children, grandchildren and extended family.
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