“I am in the rare position not only of being a member of the Class of 2016, but to also be a parent of a member of this class.”
Kathleen Garrity-McNulty ’16 (M.S.) and her son Michael McNulty ’16 (M.S.) come from a long line of Hawks: They are sixth and seventh in a legacy that includes grandparents, parents, children, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. The legacy began with Kathleen’s father Ed Garrity ’53 (now deceased).
“Fast Eddie” played basketball for the Hawks from 1950-53 and was the team’s leading scorer in the 1952-53 season, averaging 16.1 points for coach Bill Ferguson’s squad. He still holds the record for most points scored by a Saint Joseph’s player in a home game when he tallied 40 points against Rhode Island at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on February 4, 1953. He was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978.
More recently, he was honored for his scoring record at the SJU-Rhode Island game at Hagan Arena on February 11, 2015. “All 11 of his kids and his 14 grandchildren were there that night,” says Kathleen. “He was glowing.”
It’s no surprise, then, that Hawk pride runs strong in the family. “‘The Hawk Will Never Die’ is the mantra that represents the spirit that Saint Joseph’s has instilled in us, but its purpose is now embedded in our hearts and souls to remind us how high a Hawk can soar,” says Kathleen.
Kathleen is a middle school nurse, and with her master of science in health education, will earn permanent certification with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. With his graduate degree in education, Michael hopes to teach middle school or high school math and coach football or baseball.