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Mary Kay Tracy Farley `57

MaryKayTracyMary Kay Tracy Farley, Class of 1957
February 7, 1935 – July 29, 2014

It is with our deepest condolences that we announce the passing of Mary Kay Tracy Farley, Class of 1957, on July 29, 2014 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Mrs. Farley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Manhattanville and her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago in 1959. In 2013, the Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart [AASH] honored Mrs. Farley at the 25th Annual Sacred Heart Luncheon. As noted by the AASH, “Her business card reads Mary Kay is a ‘Wife, Mother, Sportswoman and Philanthropist’ but most of all she has a passion for life and giving back to causes that are near and dear to her.” The Manhattanville Community has been privileged to have her unwavering support through the years.

Mrs. Farley was President of the Manhattanville College Alumni Association from 1973-1976. She received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Manhattanville in 1983 and the Outstanding Alumna Service Award in 2012 at her 55th Class Reunion.

However, it was her dedication to the Class of 1957 that has been most inspiring. Mrs. Farley has always been a leader amongst her class, and upon graduating, made it her mission to ensure that she and her classmates remained connected to the College. Sister Mary T. Clark was the Class of 1957 Warden, and the relationship between the members of the class and Sister Clark remains strong to this day. Mrs. Farley and her classmates are primarily responsible for the establishment of the Mary T. Clark Chair in Christian Philosophy at Manhattanville College.

As Mrs. Farley states in her 45th Reunion booklet, “Looking back, my best and most vivid memory from Mville was being with friends, moving chairs, going to Chapel, keeping people off the grass, reviewing dress standards at the door to the dining room, classes with Mr. Mirra, playing hockey and driving to West Point, etc. Sister Clark, for her loving vigilance for our class, Sister Cavanagh for her classes on Christian morality, and Mr. Mirra for his knowledge of mathematical concepts, are the persons who most influenced me.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mary Kay Tracy Farley, as well as her friends and classmates from the Class of 1957. We are so grateful to have had the pleasure of working closely with Mrs. Farley and will cherish the memories of her time at Manhattanville.


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