Mary Ann Geraci Marriott Receives Angela Merici Medal
NEW ROCHELLE, NY, JULY 1, 2014 – Mary Ann Geraci Marriott of Syosset, NY, a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) class of 1959, received the Angela Merici Medal at CNR's 76th Annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June. Judith Huntington, president of the College, presented the Medal, the highest alumnae/i award given by the College.
The Angela Merici Medal is bestowed upon outstanding alumnae/i for their exceptional loyalty to the church and to the College as well as for distinctive achievement in their careers. Since its creation to mark the 50th Anniversary of the College, more than one hundred CNR alumnae/i have received this distinguished award.
After graduation, Mary Ann earned two master's degrees in elementary education and special education from St. John's University and C.W. Post College respectively. After teaching in the Syosset Public Schools for 29 years, she retired in 1998. She has participated in significant volunteer work as a baptismal parent educator, and a "mommy and me" program instructor. Shortly after retirement, Mary Ann became certified in the Wilson Reading System. She's had the opportunity to help many dyslexic children using this multi-sensory method.
Her current philanthropic activities include serving as docent at the Earl Wrightman House and training to be a docent for the Planting Fields, both in Oyster Bay. An active volunteer in her parish of St. Edward the Confessor Church, she has served as a Eucharistic Minister for the past 34 years there and at Syosset Hospital and as an RCIA team member and sponsor for ten years. In 2010 she spent a week in the Dominican Republic with other parishioners from St. Edward's participating in Mass, Baptism services, prayer services and delivering food baskets.
Mary Ann has also been an active supporter of the Class of 1959 at The College of New Rochelle. As past co-president and currently co-class fund agent, she has assisted with the last four reunions in various capacities and in 2002 organized a "Medicare Reunion" to celebrate the momentous 65th birthday with her classmates. She is presently a member of the Annual Giving Committee, and served on the committee for the 2012 Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly, OSU Women of Leadership Gala and has been a consistent participant in the Annual Fund as a leadership donor for the last 20 years.
Mary Ann has been honored by multiple organizations for her work. She was awarded both the State and Lifetime Jenkins Awards by the New York State PTA and the Pius X Award from the Diocese of Rockville Centre.