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Margaret Darmody ’58: Unstoppable Supporter Award Winner

Margaret Darmody has dedicated herself to Mount Saint Mary’s and its students for over 60 years

February 28, 2022

Margaret Darmody ’58 still remembers the very first class she attended as a new Mount Saint Mary’s student. “It was on the history of Japan, and I sat, absolutely fascinated,” she said. “That first class what just a taste of what I would experience over the next four years, and the Mount ignited my passion for languages and history.”

A lifelong connection was born, and Darmody has given her time and financial support to the Mount for over 60 years. At this year’s Scholarship Celebration, she will be honored with the Unstoppable Supporter Award for her passion and dedication to the Mount and its students. 

An official portrait yearbook photo for Margaret Darmody '58. An active participant in numerous organizations and activities, Darmody appeared in many yearbook photos. Her support enables current students the ability not only to study at the Mount but to engage in the many other opportunities that are available to them, just as they were to her.
An official portrait yearbook photo for Margaret Darmody '58. An active participant in numerous organizations and activities, Darmody appeared in many yearbook photos. Her support enables current students the ability not only to study at the Mount but to engage in the many other opportunities that are available to them, just as they were to her.

Darmody chose to major in French, hoping to one day work for the United Nations. But as a student, she worked in the Chalon library typing catalog cards, and that job changed her direction. “I had such fun working in the library and wanted to work with children, so after graduation I earned my masters of library science from USC and become a children’s librarian,” she says. Darmody worked for the Los Angeles Public Library system. “I loved every minute of my 37-year career, working mostly at the Palisades branch,” she says. “I helped children discover new worlds through books, planned enriching events, and inspired their love of reading, just like the Mount did for me.”

Darmody began giving back to the University in 1960. “I first returned as a Mount Fund volunteer, calling former students to ask for donations,” she says. “It was fun to catch up with other ‘Mounties,’ as we called ourselves at the time, because my years at the Mount were among the happiest of my life.” She later joined the planning committee for the Mount Associates, became a member of the Mount’s Regent’s Council and volunteered as a docent at the Doheny Mansion.

“I also knew I wanted to give back financially so I established two scholarships for Mount students — the Darmody Family Endowed Scholarship and the Darmody Family Expendable Scholarship — to honor my mother, aunt and cousin,” she says. “Though my family couldn’t afford my tuition, I was lucky enough to have my cousin pay my fees. However, many students don’t have that luxury. Scholarships are important because they help people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend Mount Saint Mary’s.” 

Margaret Darmody '58, the 2022 Unstoppable Supporter award winner, relaxes with a furry pal.
Margaret Darmody '58, the 2022 Unstoppable Supporter award winner, relaxes with a furry pal.

One of her favorite things is to come back to the Mount and meet current students. “They remind me of my friends and myself,” she says. “I’ve discovered that once you are in a financial situation where you can give back, it brings you great joy to do something that’s important to you. I’ve loved the Mount since my very first class and have stay connected not just to campus, but with the friends I made as well.”

Darmody is grateful to receive this award. “I am very honored, and I will support the Mount as long as I live,” she says. “It will be part of my legacy.”