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Seton Hall University

A Passion for Teaching Holocaust Studies  

Mary Vasquez


The passing of Mary Vazquez is deeply mourned by the board of the Sister Rose Thering Fund at Seton Hall University, and sympathy is extended to the Vazquez family. All who knew Mary knew her passion for teaching and her mission to teach Holocaust studies.

Mary was a valued and dedicated board member of the Sister Rose Thering Fund for over a decade. Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, Mary diligently worked to see that teachers obtained scholarships to take courses in the Jewish-Christian Studies Program, so they could join in spreading knowledge and remembrance of the Holocaust, so that such hatred could be avoided in the future.

As a teacher for twenty years in the Millburn, New Jersey school district, Mary understood the need to include Holocaust studies in the curriculum. She worked tirelessly with her Millburn Middle School students to insure they would carry the lessons of the Holocaust with them in their lives as a legacy against hatred, bigotry and prejudice. When Mary’s former students got to Millburn High, they fondly and gratefully recalled her inspiration and valuable instruction in the goal to improve the world.

Former colleagues remember Mary as unfailingly optimistic, undaunted, and as a person who always carried out her job with a cheerful heart, recalling her graciousness, contagious laugh, and charming wit. Mary had a special presence and highly skilled intellect allowing her to motivate, encourage, and inspire her colleagues, friends, and students, a lasting and beautiful gift to all of them. May we continue to spread love and hope in the world to honor Mary’s life and passion.

Categories: Education , Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Marilyn Zirl
  • (973) 761-9006
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