A Campus Reconnection with Lasell

Dr. Deborah Lind Mahony '67

Photo by Barbara Banks Photography

Some 51 years after her graduation, a single campus visit for her 50th reunion altered alumna Debby Mahony's relationship with Lasell, rekindling her affinity for the institution where she received the first of many degrees.

Mahony, a nurse practitioner and educator of more than 30 years, has committed to creating an institutional legacy with a planned gift that lists Lasell as the  beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

Mahony lost touch with the college after graduation, and, despite living in Massachusetts for the majority of her career, only returned in 2017 for her milestone reunion at the insistence of her sister-in-law, who was also Mahony's roommate at Lasell. Mahony describes her time at the former junior college for women as one of  constant transition. Social and political shifts impacted her experience as her studies coincided with the Vietnam War and evolving stances on women in the  workplace. Her campus visit of a year ago exposed her to a world of change at Lasell, and she found the transformation "striking."

"It is wonderful and essential to see the institution offer the liberal arts so that students can learn to think critically," said Mahony, "and on the other hand, it is also nice to know that students get through with [industry-specific] vocational skills they can use."

Mahony was particularly impressed by the number of majors offered on campus, and the extent to which each offers hands-on experiences to students. She is now a  member of the college's Board of Overseers and has made several donations to support scholarships, the recent capital campaign, and the Donahue Center for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion. She hopes to ensure that issues of diversity are addressed on campus with both a physical space for students and a comprehensive educational program on the subject.

"It is a great feeling to have the ability to help students," said Mahony. And, after earning her associate's degree at Lasell and later pursuing two bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and a doctorate in maternal child health, she believes it is her duty to pass on the gift of education to others.

"It is a nice feeling to know that I'll be remembered," she said, "but I also know that something good will happen with my gift since Lasell spends their money well."

For information on how to make a planned gift to Lasell College, please contact Rebecca Brenner, advancement officer, at or at 617-243-2152.

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