Patrick Joseph Cahill, RSHM, receives an honorary Doctor of
Humane Letters from Marymount President James E. Bundschuh
at the University's 2007 Commencement ceremonies. Click
on photo for high
Sister Patrick Joseph Cahill, RSHM, died at the Marymount Convent
in Tarrytown, New York, on Wednesday, January 27, 2010. She was
70 years old and had been a member of the Religious of the Sacred
Heart of Mary for 50 years. Born Frances Mary Cahill in Richmond
Hill, New York, on June 7, 1939, to Joseph F. and Mary M. Cahill,
she entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary on February
2, 1958. She made her first vows on August 23, 1959, and her final
vows on June 29, 1965.
Sister Cahill earned a bachelor's degree in History at Marymount
College in Tarrytown and an M.B.A. from Duquesne University. She
came to Marymount in Arlington in 1963, initially working in the
Business Office. In 1970, she became a member of the faculty; over
the next 30 years, she witnessed Marymount's growth from a two-year
college for women into a omprehensive coeducational university.
Known as Sister P.J. to generations of Marymount students, she
taught financial and managerial accounting and was part of a core
group that worked toward the School of Business Administration's
accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools
and Programs. In addition, Sister Cahill served as chair of the
University's Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. She also
helped establish Marymount's Delta Mu Epsilon Chapter of Delta Mu
Delta, a national honor society for business schools. Later in her
career, she served as freshman advisor for the University's School
of Business Administration and helped train other faculty to be
effective advisors. Sister Cahill was a longtime member of the American
Management Association, the American Accounting Association, and
the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
In 2001, Sister Cahill retired and moved to Tarrytown, New York,
where she worked in the Marymount Convent Business Office and volunteered
at the Fordham University School of Social Services.
Sister Cahill came back to Arlington for Marymount University's
2007 Commencement exercises, where she was awarded the honorary
degree Doctor of Humane Letters, in recognition of her outstanding
commitment to Marymount's mission and students.
Sister Patrick Joseph Cahill is survived by two brothers, Joseph
F. Cahill of Gregory, Michigan, and Richard M. Cahill of Parlin,
New Jersey, and a sister, Patricia Pugliese, of East Meadow, New
York. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Sister Cahill's name may be made
to the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, 50 Wilson Park Drive,
Tarrytown, NY 10591.