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In a school full of great teachers, Mrs. Madden was one of the best. Smart, kind, and totally in command of the room. I had her junior year, and she was especially amazing at looking out for a classmate and friend who was battling cancer.

Loved her class, and there she was remembering lots of us at our tenth reunion. She was the soul of teaching.

--Tom Sullivan '94

Posted by: Thomas Sullivan - GREENWICH, CT - Student   Sep 03, 2016

My sincerest condolences to the entire Madden family. I didn't have the privilege of meeting Ms. Madden but I believe that I may know her brother-in-law Hugh Mullen who was my teacher at the William E. Russell Jr. High School from 1968-1969. He was the BEST! ! I will ALWAYS remember him fondly.
If I have the wrong "Mr. Mullen", please accept my apologies.

May God bless Ms. Madden and keep her and her entire family in his care.

Sandy Baker

Posted by: Sandy (Santamarie) Listro - Dorchester, MA   Aug 26, 2016

We were so saddened to hear of Mary's passing. She was such a wonderful, funloving lady. She had an infectious smile. It was a blessing that she did not suffer any longer, she is in a better place.

Posted by: Judy and Dick Fraser - Bradenton, FL   Aug 22, 2016

Mary was an exceptional human being. She silently stood by and smiled while I, unaware of her profession, berated Math teachers like only an ignorant 11-year-old can. She immediately changed my perception. She was so good for my Uncle Jack McGrath and brought out the best in him. We always did and still do consider her family. She is greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss, for it is a huge loss. Love, Kara McGillicuddy

Posted by: Kara McGillicuddy - Winchester, MA - Friend   Aug 21, 2016

We have been blessed to know Mary and to have her as part of our lives. Our deepest sympathy to all. Love the Winchester McGillicuddys

Posted by: Mary McGrath McGillicuddy - Winchester, MA - Friend   Aug 21, 2016

I was always a pretty good student and did fairly well with my grades, but math was my weakness and algebra was the toughest struggle of all. I remember feeling so frustrated and upset over the work... until I entered Mrs. Madden's class. She was a gifted teacher in so many ways. Yes, she had great command of the content, but she also had that unique touch. She could push you and motivate you, make you work harder than you

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Posted by: Mark McNulty - Pembroke, MA - Student   Aug 15, 2016

I loved my cousin Mary. Today I had the privilege of attending a gathering of her friends and family to celebrate her life. Just as she set the bar high for her students in the classroom,she set the bar high for all of us on how to live life to the fullest.Mary was the embodiment of the BC High motto: she was "a women for others". She spent her life doing God's work. Someone once said 'you only live once' . Well if you live your life like my cousin Mary once is enough ! Frank Madden

Posted by: Frank Madden - Quincy, MA - Family   Aug 12, 2016

Mary was a dear friend and colleague. She was loved by all. She embodied the Jesuit spirit and motto for she truly was a "woman for others".
To all her family and all of us who are part of the B C High family a great void has been created boy we all know Mary will always be in each of our hearts and minds

Posted by: Michael Moschella - BOSTON, MA - Coworker   Aug 12, 2016

Dear Anne,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear sister. I am so impressed with the heartfelt messages from her former students. What a wonderful tribute for a teacher to be remembered so fondly by so many.
Your sister Mary must have been a very special person and a gifted teacher. Needless to say, she will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.

Posted by: Ellen Ahearn - Family Friend   Aug 11, 2016

Our deepest sympathy Madden Family. Mary's picture captures her bubbly personality..a warm smile which was followed a kind word. May she RIP

Posted by: Jean and Jim Hunt - Dorchester, MA - Neighbor   Aug 11, 2016