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The St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Society

The legacy of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys is also alive and well the school would not be open without the support of the Congregation of Notre Dame, our Alumnae, Students, and our generous donors.
Your Gift Matters!
When you include St. Jean's in your estate plan, you are ensuring an excellent education of our next generation. Thank you for believing in St. Jean's, but more importantly thank you for believing in our Jeanites!
At St. Jean's, we created the St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Society to recognize alumnae and friends who have made the visionary decision to include us in their estate plans. The most common way to be inducted into the society is by including St. Jean's in your will, but their are also ways for donors to make gifts that allows them to see the benefit of their gift during their lifetimes.
These legacy gifts help ensure the future of SJB and fuel the excellent education of our Jeanites!
Other ways to give a include appreciated securities, retirement plan assets, life insurance, real estate, and donor advised funds.
Catherine Joan Loftus '49
Catherine Loftus '49
Catherine Loftus, who died on October 24, 2022, was a deeply committed alumna throughout her life. The youngest daughter of immigrant parents from Ireland, Catherine was born during the Great Depression. Growing up in that era, she developed a thirst for knowledge and a motivation to succeed and provide for herself. She put herself through Hunter College, after which she landed a job at Texaco where she would spend her entire career despite having to move to Dallas which she grew to love, but initially disliked. “Everything is in slow motion here!” Her work took her to many parts of the globe including Indonesia and Iran. “Aunt Catherine” was the intellectual aunt, “the city slicker,” her nieces and nephews would say. She took them to museums, gallery exhibits, and other cultural opportunities. The Frick was her favorite. Catherine walked like she was 18 years old until she was ninety. A true New Yorker, she was a jay walker until the end and taught exercise
classes in her building into her eighties.

Catherine was the sister-in-law of the late Dorothy Loftus (née McCarthy) ‘49 whom Catherine introduced to her older brother, David Loftus, while the girls were students at St. Jean’s. SJB was honored to host several members of the Loftus, Mathews, and Stewart families recently to explore the school their mother and aunt–or grandmother and great aunt as the case may be–first entered as Jeanites almost 70 years ago. “The girls at St. Jean’s are so articulate and empowered!” Kathleen Loftus Stewart noted. “I am proud that Aunt C could contribute to the mission.”
JOHN COLEMAN Obituary (2023) - Belmont, MA - Boston Globe
John "Jack" Coleman
Beloved husband of the late Margaret “Marge” M. (McKeon) Coleman ’50, John Coleman died on February 21, 2023. A 1953 graduate of Boston College, he was employed as a manager with IBM for 30 years in such places as Paris,
Frankfurt, Washington, D.C., and
San Diego, California. He was also an accomplished artist known for his personality portraits, sports cartoons, and illustrations. For many years, he was very actively involved in supporting parish activities and teaching CCD at St. Camillus Church in Arlington, Massachusetts.
John met and married Margaret while they were both on active duty in the U.S. Navy. After her military service, Marge became an elementary school teacher, CCD teacher, and guidance counselor practicing for over 40 years and earning two master’s degrees along the way. During her later years Margaret developed dementia. John was her loving caregiver until her death in 2018.

The couple prioritized philanthropy throughout their lives annually supporting 62 nonprofits, including St. Jean’s. In 2020, during the most difficult days of Covid, Jack made a transformative gift to the school. He explained at the time that he and Marge were married for 61 years and that it was the best decision he ever made. He added, “I can’t help but think that a little bit of who she was had to do with her foundation at St. Jean’s.”
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Already included St. Jean's in your Estate Plans or have any questions, please contact:
Kathryn Collins
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