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Rev. Fr. Daniel  G.
Gambet, OSFS

June 9, 1929 – February 28, 2022

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Obituary for Rev. Fr. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS

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Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS, professed member of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales for 73 years, died February 28, 2022.

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Father Gambet was born June 9, 1929, to the late Irving and Katherine Glanville Gambet. He attended Blessed Sacrament grade school and Central Catholic High School in Toledo, graduating in 1947.

After graduation, Father Gambet entered the Oblates and made his first profession of vows September 8, 1948, made perpetual profession October 8, 1951, and was ordained a priest on June 8, 1957. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Niagara University, a Master of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America, and a Doctorate in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania

From 1957 to 1958, Father Gambet taught Latin, French, and religion at Father Judge High School, Philadelphia and from 1958 until 1963, he taught Latin and French at Salesianum School in Wilmington, DE, where he also served as prefect of discipline.

In 1965, Father Gambet began his career at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (De Sales University) serving as Academic Dean and a teacher of History and Latin. From 1972 until 1978, he was Provincial of the Wilmington/Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

In 1978, Father Gambet was named second president of DeSales University, serving until his retirement in 1999. Under his leadership, the University recorded tremendous growth in academic reputation as well as enrollment. The student body grew from 850 to 2,300; graduate education was introduced as well as a broad spectrum of undergraduate majors. The budget was balanced in each of the 20 years of Father Gambet’s tenure.

During his years as President of the University, Fr. Gambet served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities, CICU, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, and Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was also a director at the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. In retirement, as President Emeritus, Father Gambet maintained an office at the University and assisted with fundraising and community relations. He was active in local and regional organizations, including the Harry C. Trexler Trust and Channel 39, Lehigh Valley PBS. He was also a board member of the Executive Service Corps of the Lehigh Valley, a trustee of the Keystone Nazareth Charitable Foundation, and an executive board member of the Minsi Trails Council, BSA. An in-demand public speaker in the Lehigh Valley and beyond, Father Gambet presented at nearly every local community group, diocesan function, and parish event.

Among the many honors he received were the Distinguished Citizen Award, Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts, the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Lehigh County Senior Citizens’ Center, the Greater Northeastern Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives Outstanding Fund-Raising Executive Award, the Francis J. Michelini Award for Outstanding Service in Pennsylvania private higher education in 2000, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eastern PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Raoul W. Wallenberg Award from the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College. He also received honorary degrees from Lehigh University, Lafayette, Moravian, and Muhlenberg Colleges.

Fr. Gambet is survived by his niece, Kathy Normandy.

Visitation will be from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM, Monday, March 14, Connelly Chapel at De Sales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034. Mass of Christian Burial begins at 7:00 PM. - JAMES FUNERAL HOME, Bethlehem, is assisting the HICKS HOME FOR FUNERALS of Elkton MD, with the local arrangements.

Due to covid restrictions, visitation and Mass on March 16 at Our Lady of Light Chapel, will be limited to Oblates only. Interment at the Oblate Cemetery (1120 Blue Ball Road, Childs, MD 21916) - open to the public – will take place at 12:00 noon.

The legacy of Fr. Gambet will live in perpetuity in the lives of all who knew him. In honor of Fr. Gambet’s decades of service to DeSales University and the Lehigh Valley community, The Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS Endowed Scholarship was recently established at DeSales University to honor his many contributions to the region and to make a lasting impact on future generations of Lehigh Valley students.

Contributions in Fr. Gambet's memory may be made to DeSales University 2755 Station Avenue Center Valley, PA 18034. All gifts in his honor will be directed to The Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS Endowed Scholarship. alumni.desales.edu/gambet

Visitation

When Monday, March 14th, 2022 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Location
Connelly Chapel of DeSales University
Address
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 18034

Service Information

When
Monday, March 14th, 2022 7:00pm
Location
Connelly Chapel of DeSales University
Address
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 18034
Service Extra Info
Additional Service: Due to covid restrictions, visitation and Funeral Mass on March 16th at Our Lady of Light Chapel at the Oblate Community of Childs Maryland, will be limited to Oblates only. Interment at the Oblate Cemetery (1120 Blue Ball Road, Childs, MD 21916) - open to the public – will take place at 12:00 noon.

Interment Information

Interment Extra Info
Interment at the Oblate Cemetery (1120 Blue Ball Road, Childs, MD 21916) - open to the public – will take place at 12:00 noon Wednesday, March 16th.
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