Alumna Exemplifies Commitment to Community, Church and College
As a student at Marymount's Weekend College, now part of Fordham College of Liberal Studies, Gladys Ferguson Gress would spend one weekend each month immersed in her courses, away from her husband, son and full-time job.
Soon after she graduated in 1978, Gress created a scholarship for other Marymount students because she "wanted to give something back." Anyone familiar with her knows that, in the decades since, she's never stopped giving back.
The recipient of the 2003 Gloria Gaines Award, Gress was honored at Reunion on June 7 for her commitment to her community, church and school.
"It's a very distinct honor," she said. "I know they could have chosen so many other graduates."
Gress serves on the Salvation Army Emergency Response Team in Fairfield, Conn., and created a fund to provide holiday meals to families. She also supports a program created by her late husband, Larry, which provides clothing for needy newborns at a Bridgeport, Conn., hospital. In February, she received the United Way of Fairfield County Community Builders Award.
Gress was the first Weekend College graduate to serve on the Marymount Alumnae Board and is a charter member of the Butler Council.
She earned an M.B.A. from Fordham University and her doctorate from the University of Bridgeport. She recently retired after 32 years at Southern New England Telephone and five years of teaching at Sacred Heart University.