Remembering "Scory" This Fall

A reception will be held on Wednesday, September 22 celebrating the career (1929-1959) of Professor Teresa de Escoriaza and her impact on Montclair State University. The reception will be held in the Philip Cohen Conference Room in Dickson Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by Sept. 14 to Bonita Kates at (indicate Scory Reception in the subject line) or 973-655-6792.

The event not only honors Professor de Escoriaza but also celebrates the success of the $50,000 fundraising campaign to name a room in Finley Hall in her honor. The effort is now in the home stretch, with less than a quarter of the way to go. If you haven’t made your gift yet, there is still time. An anonymous donor has agreed to match what is raised up to $25,000. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Judy Echeveria Linder ’83 at 973-655-5454 or

“Scory was someone who may have intimidated some of us at first, but we quickly came to understand that she was intent on making us something much more than just superior teachers,” according to John T. Riordan ’59. “She was helping us be better human beings, and to be more aware of our potential and of the world in which we could put it to productive use.”

She was a woman ahead of her time: a correspondent from New York for major Spanish newspapers of the day, the first woman’s voice on the new medium of radio in Spain, a battlefield reporter on the wars in Spanish Morocco, and a friend and confidante of many of the major Spanish writers and artists of her day.

Professor de Escoriaza made a lasting impact on the lives of her students, and they want to make sure that she is remembered at Montclair State. William (Bill) De Lorenzo ’59 ’64 MA, John T. Riordan ’59, and Protase E. “Woody” Woodford ’57 ’62 MA are the masterminds behind the campaign to raise funds to honor Scory.

“Scory will be recognized for all of the years she dedicated to our Spanish language and literature teacher education program, and also for the incredible individual that she was,” says De Lorenzo.

“Teresa de Escoriaza was unique,” according to Woodford. “She didn’t merely teach, she inspired. How else to explain that more than half a century after her departure from Montclair, we all still remember her vividly and continue to exchange ‘Scory Stories’?”

We want to highlight Scory’s presence at our alma mater,” shares Riordan. “We have each made leadership gifts to help bring this idea to fruition.”

“Scory should not be forgotten,” adds Woodford. “Together we can ensure that that will not happen.”