Sister Patrick Joseph Cahill, RSHM, died at the Marymount Convent in Tarrytown, New York, on Wednesday, January 27, 2010. She was 70 years old and had been a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for 50 years. Born Frances Mary Cahill in Richmond Hill, New York, on June 7, 1939, to Joseph F. and Mary M. Cahill, she entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary on February 2, 1958. She made her first vows on August 23, 1959, and her final vows on June 29, 1965.
Sister Cahill earned a bachelor's degree in History at Marymount College in Tarrytown and an M.B.A. from Duquesne University. She came to Marymount in Arlington in 1963, initially working in the Business Office. In 1970, she became a member of the faculty; over the next 30 years, she witnessed Marymount's growth from a two-year college for women into a omprehensive coeducational university.
Known as Sister P.J. to generations of Marymount students, she taught financial and managerial accounting and was part of a core group that worked toward the School of Business Administration's accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. In addition, Sister Cahill served as chair of the University's Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. She also helped establish Marymount's Delta Mu Epsilon Chapter of Delta Mu Delta, a national honor society for business schools. Later in her career, she served as freshman advisor for the University's School of Business Administration and helped train other faculty to be effective advisors. Sister Cahill was a longtime member of the American Management Association, the American Accounting Association, and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
In 2001, Sister Cahill retired and moved to Tarrytown, New York, where she worked in the Marymount Convent Business Office and volunteered at the Fordham University School of Social Services.
Sister Cahill came back to Arlington for Marymount University's 2007 Commencement exercises, where she was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters, in recognition of her outstanding commitment to Marymount's mission and students.
Sister Patrick Joseph Cahill is survived by two brothers, Joseph F. Cahill of Gregory, Michigan, and Richard M. Cahill of Parlin, New Jersey, and a sister, Patricia Pugliese, of East Meadow, New York. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Sister Cahill's name may be made to the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, 50 Wilson Park Drive, Tarrytown, NY 10591.
Sr. Patrick Joseph Cahill, RSHM, receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Marymount President James E. Bundschuh at the University's 2007 Commencement ceremonies.