GMercyU celebrates naming of Frances M. Maguire Hall

May 9, 2015
Frances M. Maguire with GMercyU students

On the eve of Commencement, Gwynedd Mercy University celebrated the naming of Frances M. Maguire Hall, formerly Isabelle Keiss Center. 

The home of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions now dons the name of one of the University’s most treasured and dedicated alum, friend and benefactor. Mrs. Maguire and her husband Jim Maguire, have been instrumental in the University’s growth and success over the last few decades.

They are both two individuals who truly value education and provide philanthropic support for students and institutions at all levels throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond. Mrs. Maguire earned a medical secretary degree from Gwynedd Mercy University in 1955 and later returned to study nursing in the mid-1970s.  Later in life, she pursued her passion for painting and sculpting and took courses at several well-known fine arts institutions and supports the arts through a variety of volunteer and philanthropic efforts.  

Health care has always played an important role in Mrs. Maguire’s life.  Her father was a prominent surgeon and her mother was a nurse.  

In 2009, Mr. and Mrs. Maguire gave GMercyU a generous gift to name the School of Nursing as the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing. In 2012, the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Professions merged to become the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions. 

The gifts have not only formed an endowment for the School, but also have provided current use funding for scholarships, faculty, and best-practice technology and equipment.

Graduates of Gwynedd Mercy University’s nursing degree programs are recognized for their depth of knowledge and responsiveness to today’s critical health issues. There are more than 7,000 nursing alumni who represent the University in the community and beyond. 

It is because of the generosity, support and dedication of Mr. and Mrs. Maguire that GMercyU nurses are able to graduate with first-rate skills, kindness and compassion and make the world a better place. 

As exceptional leaders, passionate philanthropists and dedicated parents and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Maguire are among the most respected humanitarians in the Philadelphia area.