In Memory

Mary Ann Leonard (Dolan)

Mary Ann (Leonard) Dolan died November 1, 2002, in Needham, Massachusetts, after a long battle with colon cancer. She was born in Utica; the daughter of Harold R. and Mary Brown Leonard. Mary Ann graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Emmitsburg, Maryland and earned her M.Ed. at Boston University. She taught for several years in the Social Studies department of Sauquoit Valley Central School before moving to Needham High School in 1969. Mary Ann loved teaching and would have continued teaching for years to come, had it not been for her illness. She was devoted, innovative and committed to preparing students to become responsible young adults in the larger, changing world. Always a leader and risk-taker, Mary Ann’s students were the first high school class to use Faneuil Hall to re-enact a colonial town meeting of 1775. She also organized an assembly to recognize the 50th anniversary of the ending of WWII, and encouraged students to honor the commitment and sacrifices of those who have served their country. She also implemented a number of programs focusing on careers and life after high school. Mary Ann was a past director of Adult Education for the town of Needham and she co-chaired the steering committee of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Team for Needham High School. She is survived by her husband, James Q. Dolan formerly of Rumford, RI, her son, James L. Dolan of Needham, her sister, Patricia B. Leonard of Needham and her brother, John G. Leonard of Margate, FL. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Joan L. Starsiak.