Mary O"Brien
Mary O'Brien
Yonkers, NY

Name: Mary  O'Brien
Location: New York

Continuing Education: Schools/Degrees/Years:  Rosemont College, (freshman year)   College of New Rochelle, BA: Fordham University, MsEd, Administration and Public Policy

What have been the highlights in your personal life since your Mount days? Career in education, K-8 as teacher, then administrator (youngest Lay principal in the archdiocese of NY.) Worked for 21 years before moving on to public education; taught college essay course as an adjunct at College of New Rochelle and will probably do that again once I retire at LIU .

What you like to do? Hobbies, sports, recreation, church, etc:  GOLF; I used to play tennis but I am too old for the kind of tennis I like to play. So I stick to golf, do some occasional downhill skiing, and love to travel, go to sporting events, Broadway plays and concerts.

Who would you especially like to see at the reunion?  People who look older than I do!  (Only kidding!!).

What is your first memory of Mount de Chantal? Thinking that the alcoves in the dorms were a cramped and crazy way to live. (I thought that I would have my own room)

What is your last memory of Mount de Chantal? Feeling empty and lonely and quiet as my family and I packed up my belongings to leave.  All of the cars had left the circle and I walked through the front door for the last time wondering if I would ever see anyone again…

Most memorable event:  “37 Peas in a North/ South Stew”

Favorite musical group while at the Mount: Any Motown group,

Favorite movie: The Sound of Music and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (made me homesick).  

Favorite teacher or class: World Geography with Sr. Mary Helen - Sara and I played "old maid” in the last row and never got caught.

Favorite non-classroom activities: Visiting the grotto before dinner for a smoke... study hall and trying to pretend that I was doing homework; singing with the Wheeling symphony orchestra.

Favorite locations on campus and off campus: ELBY’s and the Alpha; Sr. Aimee’s carmel kitchen; Sunday dinner at Ondrick’s or Haning’s, the senior porch!!!!

Place/space/sound that captures the Mount in memory: The “bell”; music recitals; the quiet almost eerie silence of the chapel (not knowing who was behind that curtain)

How many miles will you travel to attend this reunion?  About 950 each way.