Today Magazine Winter 2020 - Page 25

In Memoriam It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to outstanding alumna and beloved benefactor Frances M. Maguire, who passed away on February 12, 2020. Frances, more commonly known as "Frannie," was always drawn to health care. Inspired and encouraged by her parents, Frances 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. Frances M. Maguire August 31, 1935 - February 12, 2020 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 students who have achieved great success. In 2012, Frances endowed the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Thanks to her generosity and Mercy spirit, they have funded numerous scholarships, faculty support, and state-of-the-art technology and facilities. Additionally, Frances is the namesake of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Frances M. Maguire Hall. She has established a lasting legacy for educating generations of nurses and health care providers. Through the work of the Maguire Foundation, Frances has supported a broad range of educational efforts throughout the region and was one of the most respected humanitarians in the Philadelphia area. She has impacted thousands of individuals by giving selflessly and showing tender courage. Nicholas E. Gannon '10, of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on July 26, 2019. Catherine Sinclair Jeffries '97, of Hatboro Pa., passed away on December 15, 2019. David A. Gordon '05, of Harleysville, Pa., passed away on September 2, 2019. Patricia Ann Rogers Mahoney '60, of Clifton Heights, Pa., passed away on September 6, 2019. Sharon Walsh Guarino '80, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., passed away on January 3, 2020. Janet Carmichael Malatesta '93, of Ventor City, N.J., passed away in September 2019. Roberta “Betty” McClements Robinson '80, of Mansfield Center, Conn., passed away on October 2, 2019. Evelyn Rapee Murphy Schmitt '73, of Peterborough, N.H., passed away on October 2, 2019. Barbara Ann Tournier '93, of Horsham, Pa., passed away on November 14, 2019. Joel Ziff’s Mercy connection spanned decades. Joel joined the Gwynedd Mercy University’s Board of Trustees in 1982, a position he held until 2002. His dear wife Roseanne graduated from GMercyU in 1955. Together, Joel and Roseanne were inducted into the University’s Founders’ Society, which honors benefactors who have donated $50,000 or more in lifetime gifts. Joel was a Retired Partner of Arthur Anderson and Company and former executive at Mercy Mid-Atlantic, where he retired from in 2012.  Joel was ordained a permanent Deacon in 1990 and his permanent Deacon assignment was at Epiphany of Our Lord Church in Plymouth Meeting and St. Titus Parish in East Norriton. He volunteered for numerous medical missions in Peru and Haiti and served on multiple advisory boards for non-profit organizations in the area. Joel Ziff October 1, 1932 - November 20, 2019 In addition to his contributions to GMercyU, Joel was a devoted supporter of his alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University. He was named to the Saint Joseph’s University Hall of Fame in 1995 and named the Ziff Carriage house at Saint Joseph’s University in 2011. TODAY 23