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NYU Honors Manhattanville College’s Former President Elizabeth McCormack ‘44

Elizabeth McCormack

Elizabeth McCormack ’44, former President of Manhattanville College, who currently serves on the Board of Trustees, received the Humanitarian Award at New York University’s College of Nursing graduation ceremony on May 19.

She received the honor for being the Founder and Chair of the Partnership for Palliative Care, which is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarian efforts on behalf of professional nursing.” The Partnership is a nonprofit organization that promotes and focuses on palliative care service expansion, research, education, and advocacy.

Palliative care is specialized medical care designed to relieve the symptoms and pain of serious illness, and is designed to adapt to the changing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of a person living with a wide range of issues. The goal of palliative care is to help improve the quality of life for individuals and their families. 

In addition to Manhattanville and the Partnership, McCormack also serves as chair to the Asian Cultural Council and on the boards of the Population Council, the Julliard School, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Hamilton College. She is also the philanthropic advisor for the Rockefeller family, and received the United Hospital Fund’s Distinguished Community Service Award.

McCormack served as President of Manhattanville from 1966 to 1974 and during her tenure changed it from an elite Catholic women’s institution to a nondenominational, coeducational college. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University.