Remembering Mary E. McKeown

Late last week, American School received word that Mary E. McKeown passed away.  Mary devoted her entire adult life to American School and our students and held a variety of responsbilities during her 75 years of service.  Those roles included instructor, study guide author, principal, educational director, executive vice-president and, finally, trustee, a position she still held at the time of her death.  At last year's annual meeting, American School's trustees and corporate members unanimously voted to rename our library as the Mary E. McKeown Library, and Mary was thrilled to receive a duplicate of the plaque that now resides in the library that bears her name.  It is quite possible that no American School employee has helped–or will ever help–more students than Mary did.  Those of us who knew her and worked with her are grateful to have had her influence our lives and work.  We'd also be remiss if we didn't mention how happy we were for her that she lived to see her beloved Chicago Cubs win the World Series last year.  Please keep Mary and her family and friends in your thoughts in the coming days.  She leaves a legacy that is unmatched.