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College Community Mourns the Loss of Dear Alum and Faculty Member Virginia Marion

September 23, 2010

A beloved member of the Ursuline community for over 21 years, Virginia "Ginny" Marion ’66SJ passed away September 15 after a heroic battle with cancer. Ginny, a trusted and devoted teacher, colleague and mentor worked to empower and educate the College’s education students. She will be missed by many.

Friends and colleagues who would like to make a donation in Ginny’s name can do so by contacting the Ursuline College Development Office at 440 646 8355.

Mary Jo Cherry's memorial remarks about Ginny.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, JoAnne Podis presented the Marie LoPresti Award posthumously to Ginny

Click here to share your memories of or express your condolences for Virginia “Ginny” Marion.

Miss Marion! I learned so much, I remember her telling me I was a "natural", 13 years ago when I was I student teacher. I will always remember her kind heart and genuine ways.

I want to begin by stating that I was not a student of Virginia's, nor was I a student at Ursuline College. I do however have the privilege to have someone in my life that was both changed and inspired by the time she spent with Virginia. Virginia touched her in such a way that her recent passing has come as a shock. As someone who attended a large university and on rare occasion had a professor twice during my career, I am amazed at the connection Virginia was able to make with her students, a connection that can only come through a great level of concern for their well being and futures. I understand her to have been a teacher who took the time to impact her students’ lives in ways she may not have foreseen, ways that would mold them into the people they are today. I just got off the phone with someone who was impacted by the life that Virginia lived, and will forever be impacted by the interactions that they shared. I am moved deeply by the depth of relationship that Virginia was able to develop in her work, and pray that others will have the strength to continue in her path.

Ms. Marion was my Student Teaching advisor. She motivated me to work hardand not to give up on my dreams. Ms. Marion believed in me and my abilities when others did not. She will be deeply missed. Zelina M. Pames, M.Ed. '98 '01

Dearest Ginny: I miss you so much. Your sense of humor was something I enjoyed and looked forward to often. Working with you and knowing you was my sincere pleasure. I truly miss our talks, your friendship, and your advice. Peace be with you and yours. Most sincerely, Marilynn Butler

Dr. Marion, words cannot describe how much I miss you. I look at how I have grown as a person, student, and soon to be teacher and at every aspect of those you have helped me change for the better. Thank you so much for the smiles, the laughs, and the frustrations that were melted away by you saying raspberries. I'm sure I will realize in my future that you impacted me more than I can even recognize today. I am so glad that I had the pleasure of knowing such a remarkable and influential person; you will be greatly missed. Liz Maher 2012

Dr Marion - as I continue on this journey, and get closer to graduating (FINALLY!!), I realize how much I had come to rely on you. Your words of wisdom, your kind way of NOT giving advice, your laugh, and your ability to always listen are things that I know have impacted my life in many, many ways. You were also a fountain of knowledge to prepare me for my career! I miss you dearly, but I know that when I step in front of the classroom (my own classroom one day), you will be with me! - Angela Patterson, 2011

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