Sister Margherita Marchione Honored by Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison, NJ (September 30, 2004) — In ceremonies on September 29, 2004, Fairleigh Dickinson University conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on Sister Margherita Marchione, professor emerita of languages at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a member of the Religious Teachers Filippini.
Sister Margherita was honored for her academic and humanitarian achievements and for her support and counsel to the founders of Fairleigh Dickinson, Peter and Sally Sammartino.
In this, the centennial year of Peter Sammartino’s birth, Sister Margherita was cited for her dedicated efforts to preserve the legacy of the Sammartinos and forward the mission of the university they founded.
In conferring the degree, University President J. Michael Adams said “You are the keeper of the flame for the work and vision of Peter and Sally Sammartino, even entrusted by them to chronicle their lives as their official biographer.”
The Sammartinos dreamed of a university where students of all ages, from every corner of the globe, could receive an education “of and for the world.” Adams said, “A dear and trusted friend to them both, your life, Sister Margherita Marchione, has luminously embodied the essence of those ideals.”
A Fulbright Scholar, a Columbia University Garibaldi Scholar, a member of the World Who’s Who of Women and a prodigious author, Sister Margherita has won countless awards, including induction into the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame. The author of more than 50 books, she wrote “Yours Is a Precious Witness: Memoirs of Jews and Catholics in Wartime Italy” and “Shepherd of Souls: a Pictorial Life of Pius XII."