In Memoriam

    Mary Madden
    Teacher, Mentor and Friend
    Beloved retired math teacher Mary Madden passed to eternal life on August 8. Please keep the entire Madden family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. Mary was one of the first female teachers at BC High, a true pioneer, embracing the necessary hard work and tough love that teachers often mix together to educate their students.

    Mary’s time at BC High spanned almost four decades, but her commitment didn’t end on her retirement from the classroom. She worked in the Admissions office welcoming future alumni into the school and continued her dedication to BC High voluntarily in the Advancement office. Principal Steve Hughes '73 best sums up Mary’s contributions to BC High, “Mary Madden was simply the best classroom teacher at BC High. She could teach all levels of math to all levels of students, but she was always partial to those students who struggled. She never gave them a free pass, but she did whatever it took to get them to be competent in mathematics. She did it with a firm insistence on hard work and belief in their ability. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of young men owe Mary a great debt for not only getting them though high school algebra, but for teaching them the life lessons of hard work and a belief in oneself.”

    In 2012, Mary was honored with both The Shields Medal of Honor and the Paul J. Hunter '53 "Man for Others" award for her lifelong commitment to the entire BC High community.

    Madden, Mary M. In Dorchester, August 8. Beloved daughter of the late Edward G. and Mary M. (MacIsaac) Madden. Loving sister of Virginia and her husband Hugh Mullen of Marshfield, Anne Fancelli and her late husband Dario, Robert Madden, Dorothy and her husband Robert Dunford, all of Dorchester, and the late Edward and his wife Barbara Madden, and Jack Madden. Favorite aunt of Laura Ortiz, Kelly Collins, Christopher Mullen, Michael Mullen, Kevin Mullen, Julie Mullen, Beth Donovan, Dario Fancelli, Joseph Madden, Brian Dunford, Sarah Zaphiris, and Molly Murphy. Survived by many grandnieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
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