Former Principal of Holy Angels Academy Dies
North Tonawanda Native Was Also Professor of English and Archivist at D’Youville College
Buffalo, New York – November 16, 2016 – Sister Mary Kathleen Duggan, Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart, died on November 15, 2016 at Lafayette Redeemer, an assisted living facility in Philadelphia, in the 67th year of her religious life.
Born to John and Marguerita (Frisbee) Duggan in North Tonawanda, NY, Sister Mary Kathleen had a distinguished career in education.
She graduated from North Tonawanda High School and earned a BA in English from D’Youville. Her MA in English Language and Literature and PhD in English Language and Literature were received from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
Prior to entering the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in 1949 she taught English and Latin at Holy Angels Academy (HAA) for two years after graduating from D’Youville College.
She returned to HAA again as teacher in 1973, and later as assistant principal in 1981. Two years later she began twelve years as principal. She was also an instructor at D’Youville College in the 1950’s and professor of English from 1962 to 1973.
Sister Mary Kathleen returned once more to D’Youville as archivist in 1996, a position she held through 2007.
Additional assignments include ten years at Melrose Academy in Philadelphia, inclusive of three as principal. She served as assistant superior general for the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart from 1975-1979.
She is predeceased by her parents, brothers, Msgr. Robert D, Rev. Daniel G, Msgr. John M and James E Duggan and a sister, Lucille M Breier. In addition to her religious congregation, she is survived by her sister, Sister Margaret Mary Duggan, SSMN and several nieces and nephews.
The viewing will be at 9:00 AM on Friday, November 18th followed by the Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM at the Provincialate of the Holy Redeemer Sisters, 541 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery.
After internment at Resurrection Cemetery, a funeral luncheon will be held at La Casa di Lucia, 15525 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19116.
Arrangements by Beck-Givnish Funeral Homes, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, 14500 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188.
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