Herman Dupré graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1953 and was honored by the College in 1998 with the conferral of an honorary Doctor of Science Degree. An inventor and entrepreneur, Mr. Dupré holds 34 U.S. patents and developed one of the largest snowmaking systems in the world at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, Pennsylvania. He is the chief engineer for Snow Economics and his system is used worldwide. Mr. Dupré served as chief executive officer of Seven Springs for 40 years prior to his retirement in 1992. The former Mary “Sis” McSwigan was originally from Pittsburgh and enjoyed an outstanding career as a teacher of English and Physical Education in the Pittsburgh City School System. The couple has nine daughters -- Denise, Laura, Rosi, Anni, Janeen, Heidi, Gretl, Michele and Reneé.
Sis and Herman Dupré have always recognized the importance of education, especially the role played by high school teachers, and have supported Saint Vincent College in this common goal. They established the College’s Great Teacher Recognition Program which recognizes the influential secondary school teachers of Saint Vincent freshmen. The Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion
, the largest building project in the College’s history, is named in honor of Sis and Herman Dupré.