Sister Kathleen (Sr. de Bon Conseil) Fagan, RSHM, died peacefully at Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, NY, on Wednesday, September 25, 2023. She was 82 years of age and had been a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for 62 years.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY, on July 12, 1941, the last of five children born to Thomas F. and Helen Dowd Fagan.
After graduating from Marymount School of New York, New York City, she entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary at the RSHM Novitiate in Tarrytown, NY, on September 8, 1959. She made her first vows on June 29, 1961, in Tarrytown, where she also made her final vows on June 29, 1966.
Sister Kathleen remained in Tarrytown at Marymount College, after making her first vows, to complete her BA in English.
Her first ministry was in England, teaching elementary school students at Marymount International School, London (1963-1965). Her next assignment was to Sag Harbor, NY, where she taught in the high school at the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary (1965-1968).
She studied at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, where she earned an MA in English (1968-1969).
Sister Kathleen taught English at Marymount School of New York (1969-1972) before becoming head of the Upper School (1972-1976). She was named Headmistress in 1976, a position she held for 28 years (1976-2004).
During her time as Headmistress, the school experienced extensive expansion in size and program. A rooftop gymnasium was added, one of many renovations to the original 5th Avenue building. These included new science laboratories, art rooms, and technology laboratories. Sister Kathleen spearheaded the school’s expansion to the 82nd Street campus, to accommodate the growing student body and academic program. After leaving the school, Sister Kathleen remained deeply connected to Marymount School of New York as Trustee Emerita and a mentor for trustees and administrators.
Sister Kathleen returned to Marymount International School, London, England where she had begun her lifelong ministry in education. She was Headmistress of the school from 2005 to 2009.
She moved back to New York when she was appointed Provincial Superior of the Eastern American Province (2009-2015).
Sister Kathleen’s commitment to education extended beyond the school building. She was a member of the Fordham University Board of Trustees and served on the Marymount-Fordham consolidation board. She was a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools Accreditation Commission and active in many organizations that promoted education.
Sister Kathleen moved to Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, NY in 2018 and was a member of the Convent community at the time of her death.
Sister Kathleen is predeceased by her parents and her brothers, Monsignor R. Emmet Fagan and Msgr. John T. Fagan,and her sister, Helen Marie Fagan Murphy. She is survived by her sister, Jane Fagan Fucigna, and her nieces and nephews, and by the members of her religious family.
Services are at Marymount Convent, 32 Warren Avenue, Tarrytown, NY. Visiting is on Monday, October 2, 2023, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm with the Vigil Service at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial is on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at 10:30 am—burial at Mount Calvary Cemetery, White Plains.
We invite you to join us for the Vigil Service and Mass at Marymount Convent or by live-stream on our website (www.rshm-east.org), where they will be archived.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in her name may be made to Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, 50 Wilson Park Drive, Tarrytown, NY, 10591.