Profile ~ Mary Lydon, Massachusetts - 2002


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Mary C. Lydon received her bachelor degree from Bridgewater State College in 1955 and her doctorate from Boston University in 1978.  During her professional career, she taught Physical Education in the public schools in Chelsea (MA), Buffalo (NY), and Quincy (MA).  She also taught at Boston State College for four years.  In Quincy, Mary served as the Director of Physical Education until her retirement.  Since her retirement, she has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and at Bridgewater State College.


Mary has worked full time for the Girl Scouts, written professional articles and a chapter titled “Secondary School Programs: Diversity in Practice” in the Greta L. Cohen book Women in Sport, and has served on many boards and committees:  President of MAHPERD; President of the Hyannis-Bridgewater Physical Education Alumni Association; Member of the Board of Directors of the NEWFund of Boston; and Member of the MIAA Girls and Women in Sport Equity Committee.  She was one of the founders of the Women’s Institute at Bridgewater State. As Chair of the New Agenda: Northeast, Mary does most of the background work for the Hall of Fame and the High School Girls Sport Day at Faneuil Hall.

There are few women who are as dedicated to the promotion of women in sport as Mary.  Most often she works behind the scenes with little interest in personal recognition.  Mary was inducted into the New Agenda: Northeast Hall of Fame in 2002.  She continues to serve as the Chairperson of this organization.