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About Mary C. Furlong

Induction Class of 2018

Mary C. Furlong is woman whose influence is truly felt on a global scale. She was an English and social studies teacher and forensics coach at Delone Catholic from 1965-2000, where her work in and out of the classroom inspired students to find ways to make a positive difference wherever they could.

At Delone Catholic, Ms. Furlong was a co-founder of the Mock Political Convention, which began in 1968 and has continued every four years since. Ms. Furlong initiated and coordinated the school's human rights assembly for 15 years, served on the faculty advisory committee, and was a three-term faculty representative on the Board of Directors. She initiated a mock trial team which placed second in the state twice. Ms. Furlong revived the forensics team, which placed third nationally, won two state championships and finished second in the state three times under her guidance. She is a member of the Pennsylvania High School Speech League Hall of Fame.

By itself, Ms. Furlong's work directly to the benefit of Delone Catholic and its students has cemented her legacy. However, she has never been satisfied to sit by if she can make a difference, whether it be locally, nationally or internationally. She has been awarded two Fulbright Grants on Islam in Malaysia and Ghana. Her areas of interest and service have been varied, ranging from diversity initiatives, interfaith activities, and civil and human rights efforts to voter registration and election work, health care and education activities. Though retired from teaching at Delone Catholic for nearly 20 years, Ms. Furlong continues to volunteer at Delone Catholic and challenge alumni and current students and faculty members to venture outside their comfort zone and see the world differently. She is an invaluable resource to the school due to her vast network of relationships with alumni and their families.