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MS Art Education, Buffalo State College 1985
BS Art Therapy, Buffalo State College 1983
Marijo was born in December of 1960 in the small rural town of Sherman, NY. There is one school K-12, and no stop lights in Sherman. She was very proud of her town and often shared countless stories and pictures of Sherman and kept in close contact with many friends.
After graduation from Sherman Central School, Marijo went on to college and received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Buffalo State University in Art Education with a concentration in Art Therapy. Early in her career she worked in Student Affairs at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Rivier University in Nashua, NH, before moving to New York City in 1989 to work at New York University and begin a PhD program in Higher Education Administration.
Since June 1998 Marijo served as the Associate Vice President/Dean for Students at Pace University in NY and oversaw the areas of Student Development and Campus Activities, Orientation, Housing and Residential Life counseling services, disabilities and wellness, Multicultural Affairs, the student information desk, and judicial affairs.
In 2001, she was awarded the Irish Voice, Irish Educator of the Year Award and by Pace University in 2016, the Bronze Jefferson Award, the Nobel Prize for Community & Public Service.
In March of 2019 Marijo co-authored and edited the book Crisis, Compassion and Resiliency in Student Affairs.
In 1991 Marijo married Mark O’Grady, a professor at Pratt Institute, there son James Russell O’Grady was born in 1999, and they lived, worked, and raised their family in lower Manhattan. Marijo was active in their community, serving on the board of the Downtown Little League, PS 234 Elementary School, the WTC Health Community Advisory Board, along with many other civic organizations.
She enjoyed cooking and while at Pace University she created the You Tube series Cooking With the Dean specifically for students to help them to learn to create healthy meals on a student budget. She also enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Liberty Community Gardens in lower Manhattan.
Marijo passed away after a recurrence of breast cancer in August 2020. She was a highly successful and respected Dean for Students, a devoted wife, caring mom, and true friend to all.