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Mark Gearan and Mary Gearan in home portrait

Mary Gearan Earns Harvard Award for Advising and Support

Mary Herlihy Gearan L.H.D. ’17, P’21, an interim faculty dean of Winthrop House at Harvard University, is one of the 2020 recipients of the John R. Marquand Award for Excellence in Advising and Support.

Each year, Harvard’s Undergraduate Council, Advising Programs Office and Dean of Students Office recognize advisers who have positively shaped the Harvard experiences of those around them. The John R. Marquand Award for Excellence in Advising and Support is “awarded to a staff or faculty member who contributes to the quality of undergraduate life and education…[with a] focus on each candidate’s skills and generosity in advising, counseling and helping students.”

Gearan was recognized for her “compassion and strong desire to assist undergraduate students,” as well as her inspiration and advice to “undergraduate students in ways that have positively shaped their experiences on many levels.”

At HWS, Gearan was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of her significant service to the campus and Geneva community, where she held leadership roles on the boards of Geneva Music Festival and Happiness House-Finger Lakes Cerebral Palsy Association. After working on Capitol Hill and on Gov. Michael S. Dukakis’ presidential campaign early in her career, she served as vice president of the Wexler Group, a government and public affairs firm. She currently serves on the board of trustees for her alma mater, Emmanuel College.