Bernadette Maguire to Receive Camilla Award

Bernadette Maguire '57

Bernadette Maguire ’57

Immaculata University is pleased to announce that Bernadette Maguire ’57, of Philadelphia will receive the Mother M. Camilla Maloney Award at the Immaculata Awards Gala on Friday, October 20. The Camilla Award is presented to those who demonstrate leadership and vision to sustain the future of Immaculata through service—including volunteerism, counsel and philanthropic support—to carry on the mission and vision of Mother Camilla, foundress of Immaculata University.

“My education at Immaculata prepared me to be competitive in both technical and management environments,” Maguire comments. “As a result, I have been able to support Immaculata with both my time and my treasure.”

In America, when only 1% of professional engineers were women, Maguire not only survived—she thrived in the industry. Spending 35 years as a member of the engineering and management staff of General Electric’s Aerospace Group, she rose through the engineering ranks to become manager of engineering were she had full product responsibility from concept to final design release. Prior to her retirement in 1993, Maguire was named manager of business development, which included both marketing and contract programs. She was a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and has authored/co-authored more than 30 technical papers.

Graduating from Immaculata University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Maguire continued her education earning a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Channeling the same drive and conviction toward her alma mater as to her profession, Maguire supports Immaculata University financially and has been a steady member of the Board of Trustees for nearly 20 years, serving as co-chair several times and also serving on various board committees. She currently holds the designation of Trustee Emeriti. In addition to being a frequent attendee of campus events, she also shares her business expertise on various campus initiatives and capital campaigns over the years. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Immaculata Alumni Medal.

Located on the Main Line in scenic Chester County, 20 miles west of Philadelphia, Immaculata University is a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher learning. On November 12, 1920, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted a college charter at the request of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) thus making Immaculata the first Catholic women’s college in the region. The IHM Sisters’ mission of educating women for more than 165 years has produced approximately 22,000 alumni worldwide and currently has nearly 3,000 students enrolled in 53 undergraduate majors, seven master’s degree programs, three doctoral degree programs, and over 40 additional professional endorsement, certificate and certification programs. Immaculata University contributes to the development of the whole person of any faith, fostering a commitment to truth, service, justice, and peace.

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