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Brief Biographical Sketch

Mary Jo Moriarty was born in Boston and received her bachelor’s degree in history from Villa Maria College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Boston University School of Education. Moriarty worked as a health and physical education teacher at Hyannis State Teachers College from 1937 until the school’s closing in 1944. She moved with the college’s health and physical education program to Bridgewater State Teachers College when the two merged. She taught as a professor in the Physical Education Department, and later served as chairwoman of the Physical Education Major and the Department of Health and Physical Education. Moriarty retired in 1970 and was made a professor emerita.

Scope and Content Note:

The Moriarty Collection contains important information on the merger between the Hyannis State Teachers College and the Bridgewater State Teachers College Health and Physical Education Programs. Information on the 25th and 50th anniversaries of the Hyannis-Bridgewater Physical Education Major are included in this collection as well. Photographs include subject matter such as the Hyannis State Teachers College and Camp Howes in scrapbooks dating from the 1930s and 1940s, photos of Mary Jo Moriarty throughout her life, and photos from the 50th anniversary celebration of the Physical Education Major. This collection contains a flag from the Bridgewater State College Health and Physical Education Department with the Hyannis school motto, “We Learn By Doing.” Newspaper articles, bulletins, announcements, letters, cards, and other paperwork make up other material in this collection.



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