Written on: December 16, 2020
Sister Marian Adrian, GNSH, 90, died December 14, 2020 in the 69th year of her religious life. A lifelong educator and advocate for the poor, Sister Marian served in Albion and Buffalo for 50 years and two years at Melrose Academy in Philadelphia.
From 1954 to 1969 Sister taught at Holy Angels Academy, the high school from which she graduated. Sister Marian collaborated with those who served the needs of Orleans County migrant workers, and also taught Mathematics and Science for 22 years at the Albion High School (1969-1991). This was followed by 15 years (1991-2006) at the Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern (GOMC).
One of the founders of GOMC, whose purpose was to give people a “hand-up rather than a hand-out,” Sister assumed the responsibilities of Executive Director in 1991. She then successively served as Director of Development, Director of Communication and Director of Education until retiring in 2006. Sister continued to volunteer for another year after her retirement. She remained semi-active as she was able, in the Albion area, until moving to Philadelphia in November 2015.
Born to George C and Helen (Zeis) Adrian on January 20, 1930 in Buffalo, Marian Margaret Adrian was an only child. Sister earned her BA in Mathematics from D’Youville College (1951), received an MA in Philosophy from Catholic University in Washington, DC (1960) and took her Ed D in Science from SUNY at Buffalo (1977).
Sister held NY permanent certification in General Science and Physics as well as Mathematics. Her publications include: Raven, R. and Adrian, M. (1978). Relationships Among Science Achievement, Self-Concept, and Piaget’s Operative Comprehension, Science Education, 62 (4), 471-479.
Sister Marian is survived by her religious congregation, cousins and friends. Due to recent events, Sister’s burial will be held privately, and a memorial service will be held for Sister Marian at a later date. Donations in Sister’s memory will be gratefully received by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, 14500 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188 or online by clicking here.
Arrangements by Beck-Givnish Funeral Homes, Inc.