University philanthropists win Beacon of Mercy Award

May 8, 2015
Posted by
Kirsten Swanson
James J. Maguire and Frances M. Maguire with President Kathleen Owens

Frances M. and James J. Maguire have demonstrated their commitment to education, both in the Delaware Valley and beyond, time and again. Through the establishment of their philanthropic arm, the Maguire Foundation, in 2000, they have shown their dedication to living a life of Mercy.

Because of their commitment to education, Mr. And Mrs. Maguire were awarded the University’s Beacon of Mercy Award at commencement this year. Both were awarded honorary doctor of Humane Law Degrees by the University in 2010.

Mrs. Maguire, whose father was a prominent surgeon and whose mother was a nurse, earned her medical secretary degree from the University in 1955. She returned in the mid-1970s to study nursing. The nursing program was renamed the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions in 2009 and in May 2015, Frances M. Maguire Hall was dedicated.

Mr. Maguire earned a degree in Industrial Relations from St. Joseph’s University before becoming founder and chairman of Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corporation, a successful property and casualty underwriting company. In less than a decade, the Maguire Insurance Agency expanded to 15 offices nationally and eventually grew to employ 1,600 people in 50 offices across the country with 25,000 agents.

Mr. Maguire has authored a book called Just Show Up Every Day in which he outlines his six steps to success. Every 2015 Gwynedd Mercy University graduate received a copy of the book.