Pioneering Women in Philanthropy at Fordham
Mary Heyser, R.S.H.M., MC ’62
Mary Heyser, R.S.H.M., MC ’62, was the Marymount Alumnae Chaplain at Fordham University. She graduated from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York in 1962 where she received a bachelor’s degree in social studies/science and economics. Sister Mary later attended the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, also located, in Tarrytown. Sister Mary spent forty years working in ministries across the globe, from her home state to the African continent. From 2003 to 2009, she served as a provincial councillor of the Eastern American Province of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Sister Mary also worked to refine and enhance the lives of immigrants and victims of human trafficking.
Monica Kevin, O.S.U., UGE ’48, GSAS ’61, ’64
Monica Kevin, O.S.U., UGE ’48, GSAS ’61, ’64, was a biology professor and dean of summer session at Fordham University. Sister Monica was the first woman to spearhead the Faculty Senate and served as director of the pre-med/health program. Sister Monica was also the first woman to serve on Fordham’s athletic advisory board. In 1948, Sister Monica obtained her bachelor’s degree in mathematics—one of a trio of Fordham degrees. In 1961, she received a master’s degree in biology. Three years later, she earned a doctorate degree with a dissertation in cytology/cytogenetics.