Today Magazine/President's Report Fall 2020 - Page 10
A Lasting Legacy : Frances M . Maguire ' 55
The Gwynedd Mercy University community mourns the loss of outstanding alumna , beloved benefactor , and loving wife , mother , and grandmother Frances M . Maguire ‘ 55 , who passed away on February 12 , 2020 .
Frances , more commonly known as “ Frannie ,” is the namesake of the Frances M . Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Frances M . Maguire Hall . She has made a profound impact on generations of GMercyU nursing students .
Frannie was always drawn to health care . Her father was a prominent surgeon and her mother was a nurse . Inspired and encouraged by her parents , Frannie enrolled in the Medical Secretary Degree Program at the then Gwynedd-Mercy College and graduated in 1955 . She later returned to study nursing in the mid-1970s .
Along with her husband James J . Maguire , she has demonstrated a deep commitment to our University . The Maguires ’ contributions have paved the way for generations of GMercyU
Frannie Maguire ’ s legacy will live forever at Gwynedd Mercy University ,” said GMercyU President Deanne H . D ’ Emilio , JD . “ Her genuine interest in and care for our students and commitment to helping them succeed serves as a model for how to Make Mercy Real . She will be greatly missed but forever remembered .
students to achieve great success . To give back to her alma mater , Frannie endowed the School of Nursing and Health Professions , and the couple has