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Jane M. Flaherty, PAR

Jane Flaherty, Founder's Dinner, Founders

A beloved member of the extended Fordham family, Jane Marie Flaherty was a scholarship benefactor and ardent supporter of the University and the cause of Catholic education.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she attended St. Savior’s Grammar School and St. Joseph’s Commercial High School and married James P. Flaherty, FCRH ’69, a current Fordham trustee, after his graduation from the University. As her husband pursued his banking career, which took the family from Brooklyn to Connecticut and then London, she focused on raising their four children, which include two Fordham graduates: Kathleen Stimpson, LAW ’00, and Brian Flaherty, FCRH ’02.

At Fordham, she and her husband established a scholarship in honor of Roy Haviland, GABELLI ’69, a classmate of James Flaherty’s who was killed in Vietnam, and the Jane M. Flaherty Scholarship Fund, which has helped dozens of students at Fordham College at Rose Hill. She took particular joy in meeting her scholarship’s recipients, once likening it to “meeting my children.” She became an accomplished artist, opening a gallery in London, and showed unflagging devotion to her family’s well-being until her passing on February 4, 2019.