Family first and Fairfield’s influence
Today, Marianne (née Maguire) Kahn ’99 is a stay-at-home mother raising three children: Katherine (6), Grace (4) and Michael (2). It was a decision she didn’t take lightly and made with her husband, Gary.
“Our children are most important, we’re shaping their lives, the people that they will become — it’s a privilege to be home with them,” she said.
“It’s definitely a mind, body, spirit thing,” she said with a laugh, thinking of how her Fairfield education comes into play. “It takes everything you’ve got and even more patience.” Though, what’s most important she said is to “enjoy the moment” and instill in her children the notion of giving back to their community.
After graduating from Fairfield, Kahn worked at The Bank of New York in private client services. At the time, she was also volunteering at Little Sisters of the Assumption (LSA), a social services agency in East Harlem. Since Kahn found the work at LSA so meaningful and rewarding, she moved into the non-profit sector, and took on a development role with the Archdiocese of New York.
Her love of ideas, the importance of compassion and skill at putting it all into words were encouraged and developed at Fairfield. Inspired to be an English major by her father, Kahn connected with the Writing Center as an undergraduate and found a mentor in Dr. Elizabeth Boquet.
“Dr. Boquet was warm, enthusiastic and always made time for her students,” Kahn said. She added that English turned out to be a great choice for her since a strong communications foundation was key to her post-collegiate work. Kahn also volunteered as a literacy aid in Bridgeport schools and participated in many student-life events.
“The gift of faith from my parents, coupled with the Jesuit philosophy of service to others instilled at Fairfield, led me to a fulfilling career and life as a parent,” she said.
Why give to Fairfield?
“Both my parents made tremendous sacrifices to give my sisters (Katherine Maguire ’05 and Emily Maguire ’07) and me the outstanding education we received. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity.”
Kahn and her family believe supporting The President’s Circle keeps Fairfield competitive. Their first gift to Fairfield started at the Gold Circle level and has grown over the years.
“In the spirit of the Jesuits, I want to be able to help a student that may not have the financial means to attend Fairfield. My husband Gary and I hope that our gifts will allow a student to experience all that Fairfield has to offer.”
Fairfield continues to be a big part of Kahn’s life. Her children love attending shows at the Regina A. Quick Center, taking walks on the campus and visiting their cousins who are currently part of the first-year class.
“As a member of The President’s Circle, my family and I are included in special events and receptions. It’s a rewarding and meaningful way of staying connected to the University.”
Kahn serves on the Advisory Board of the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport, Conn., a non-profit agency that offers a soup kitchen, a food pantry and various social services to the community.