Professor Emeritus and Former Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12 served as an adviser to economics major Bob Reynolds ’78, but it was the friendship and counsel of McGuire’s wife Sandra A. McGuire that prompted Reynolds to establish — and now endow — a scholarship in her name.
“I felt that Sandy’s love of education, her genuine caring for people and her tremendous contributions to the Colleges, especially the students, should be recognized,” says Reynolds, who retired after a successful career in investment and mortgage banking. “The scholarship is a small token of recognition for all that she does.”
The Sandra McGuire Endowed Scholarship Fund, originally established in 2010 as the Sandra McGuire Annual Fund Scholarship, and now endowed, provides assistance to students who are academically qualified and financially deserving.
McGuire earned a bachelor’s in psychology from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s in school counseling from Long Island University. She spent her career as a guidance counselor in the Geneva City School District. A devoted traveler, she and her husband have led programs off-campus and abroad, including to Ireland, London and Central Europe, as well as with Semester at Sea.
Reynolds came to know the McGuires while on campus but also socially, as the family of his close friend Michael “Max” Henry ’78 had a cottage near the McGuires on Seneca Lake. It’s a friendship that’s still going strong decades later, despite the more than 400-mile distance between them; Reynolds and his wife Jan live in Richmond, Va., while the McGuires continue to make their home in Geneva.
“Even though I graduated more than 40 years ago, the conversations I have with Sandy and Pat still challenge my critical thinking and I leave more educated than when I arrived,” says Reynolds. The Reynolds accompanied the McGuires on a trip to Ireland in 2018 and see them when they visit Geneva.
One recipient of the scholarship, Lauren Mercier ’19 also developed a friendship with McGuire when both attended Professor of History Clifton Hood’s “American Urban History” class last year. Previously, McGuire joined Mercier on a sampling trip on Seneca Lake when Mercier was conducting research for the Finger Lakes Institute. “Meeting Sandy and seeing how kind and caring she is made me really honored to receive the scholarship,” says Mercier.
“I am grateful and humbled that Bob decided to endow this scholarship that will benefit students in perpetuity,” says McGuire. “Bob is such as special person and someone Pat and I consider family. It’s so rewarding to meet students who through this scholarship are accomplishing so many things.”
For Reynolds, giving back to the Colleges was an obvious choice. “The Colleges taught me much more than what was in the textbooks and lectures,” he says. “Supporting the institution that is still excelling in developing future generations of leaders is gratifying.”