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Portraits of Presidents Past

Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Oil portraits of Marymount’s first four presidents now hang in the Main House, as an ongoing reminder of their contributions and the University’s heritage. The portraits were painted by Chris Haggerty, professor of Fine and Applied Arts, who has taught at Marymount since 1984.

Ms. Haggerty says, “Being asked to do the portraits was very gratifying. I’ve been at Marymount for over two decades and am so happy to have this opportunity to contribute something lasting to the University.”

For the portrait of Marymount’s first president, Sister Elizabeth Gallagher, Professor Haggerty had to work from a single black-and-white photo. For the second president, Sister Berchmans Walsh, at least the one available photo was in color! Haggerty notes, “I was grateful when some of the Sisters who knew these two women saw the paintings and said that I had captured them!” She adds, “I had the advantage of knowing both Sister Majella Berg and Sister Eymard Gallagher personally. Having a first-hand sense of their respective personalities definitely helped me create their images.”