A new endowed student resource fund for graduate students studying international affairs has been created to honor a beloved former professor and expert in the international security community.

The Dennis M. Gormley Endowed Student Resource Fund was created in June 2021 by his wife Sonia Gormley. It celebrates the life and legacy of Dennis Gormley, a prominent figure in the defense intelligence community for nearly 50 years, a beloved professor and mentor for countless students and security analysts.

Dennis joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2003 as a part-time faculty member and Senior Research Fellow at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. As a professor, he was admired by his students for his vast knowledge of security issues, and loved for his kindness. He saw the best in his students and encouraged them to achieve excellence. For his work at the University of Pittsburgh, he received an award for teaching excellence.

“Dennis’ legacy lives on at GSPIA and this fund, in his honor, will provide such impactful support for students working to transform the field of international affairs,” shared Dean Carissa Slotterback. “We thank Sonia for her generous and thoughtful support in honor of Dennis.”

Preference for awards given from the fund will be given to students who are doing research in the field of international security and intelligence, with a focus in one of the following sub-fields: proliferation of ballistic and cruise missiles and their technologies, proliferation of armed drones, WMD intelligence, and nuclear weapons abolition/deep reduction.

Alumni, family or friends that would like to contribute to the fund can visit the GSPIA giving page for the University of Pittsburgh. Please note in Other designation that you’re directing your gift to the Dennis M. Gormley Endowed Student Resource Fund.