We received the sad news that Mary McGowan, long-time purchasing officer here at St. John’s, passed away on January 19, 2012.

Mary was born in 1945, in Dublin, Ireland. She came to St. John’s in 1989 and stayed with us till her retirement in the summer of 2010.

We all knew Mary as a person who lived intensely, had a tremendous sense of humour, and a big heart. Not only was she dedicated to her work but she was a person many turned to for advice, for help, or for a laugh. Mary volunteered at numerous school events, helped in the cafeteria with the Elementary School lunches for many years, and supported alumni.

Shortly after her retirement, Mary was diagnosed with cancer. She put up a valiant fight, entirely in line with her spirited personality.

She will be remembered as a respected colleague but more so as our friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

The family requests privacy in this very difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be communicated as they become available.

May she rest in peace.

Dr. Marjan Blok – Deputy Director