Mary Bea Lingane

Mary Bea Lingane died on November 12, 2015 at age 70. Mary Bea was a long time supporter of classical music and public radio. A memorial gift may be sent to WGBH Radio by using her name at this link: . To leave a condolence or share a memory, click below.


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  1. Ruthann Stiles on November 16, 2015 at 12:34 am

    We will never forget Mary Bea – bright, gifted, hardworking, loyal to family and friends. Her love for travel, music, family, and friends filled her life and ours. May God grant peace and strength to all who mourn her loss.

  2. Carol Najarian on November 16, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Mary Bea was a true professional and friend. I knew her for many years at Northeastern University, where she assisted all of us with wonderful grace. Her strength of character was an example for us as well.
    Wishing a measure of peace to her family and friends. We’ll surely miss Mary Bea.

  3. Jim Sarazen on November 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I was privileged to have worked with Mary Bea for nearly 30 years. She was a great friend and colleague. All who knew her will miss her terribly. My deepest condolences to her family.

    Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. – Robert Louis Stevenson

  4. Gail Leclerc on November 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Mary Bea and I worked together for many years in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was a wonderful colleague and friend;I remember fondly many conversations about work, her family members, especially her nieces and nephews of whom she was so proud, and her travel adventures.
    My deepest sympathy to her family.

  5. Seamus Gallagher on November 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Mary Bea and I were colleagues at Northeastern University. She was a very warm and caring person and I was always impressed by her spirit of adventure. She traveled all over the world and always had great stories to tell. She was a good friend to me and I am very sad to hear of her passing. Rest in Peace.

  6. Nancy Galindo on November 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Mary Bea – Your vibrant smile will surely be missed by all who had the pleasure to know you. My deepest sympathy to family and friends.

  7. Christine Willis on November 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I worked for Mary Bea for 10 years at Northeastern University. She was an excellent, savvy manager who truly cared about the welfare and growth of her staff. She was smart, lively, fun, unique and authentic with a fierce heart. I counted her as a great friend. My deepest sympathy to her family and other friends. You are not alone in your sorrow. May peace be with you.

  8. David Hall on November 18, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Mary Bea was my Executive Assistant when I served as Provost and Senior Vice President of Northeastern University. I was so fortunate and blessed to have her by my side. She knew more about what needed to be done and did it with such professionalism and joy. She was bright, energetic and had such a beautiful soul. When my daughters came to visit the office she made them feel like family. I was so moved when she came to my inaguration when I became President of the University of the Virgin Islands. I will miss her so much even though we did not communicate that often. Some people are just special gifts to the universe and they carry out thier calling in a quiet and selfless manner. Mary Bea was one of those special persons and I feel blessed to have known her. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends. When I think of her I can only smile, because she brought only joy to my life and to the world. May her spirit rest in peace.

  9. Michael Baer on November 18, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Mary Bea was a special person. I worked closely with her in the provost’s office. She arrived with tremendous knowledge of the University from her years in the College of Arts and Sciences. But more importantly she cared about the people at Northeastern and worked hard to help faculty, staff, and students accomplish their goals and fulfill the institutions mission of educating students from all walks of life and background so that they could live a fulfilling life. I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends that Mary Bea leaves behind. Our memories of her will, I hope, comfort all who knew her.

  10. Halee Burg on November 18, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    During my many years as Special Assistant to the Provost at Northeastern, I had the honor and privilege of working closely alongside Mary Bea, and was so saddened to hear the news of Mary Bea’s recent passing. Mary Bea’s spirit and endless energy always belied her age. I remember taking a walk with her at a Provost’s Office retreat in Ogunquit early one Fall, and no matter how hard I tried to keep up, Mary Bea was always one step ahead. Her institutional memory was immense – she held a reservoir of knowledge about the culture, values, needs, people, and processes across the University’s many and varied units – the kind of information that is of infinite value in academic governance. Most important, Mary Bea made time for people – she listened openly, kindly, and compassionately, whatever the situation, and with whomever she was speaking. It was all that and more that made Mary Bea so effective in the many roles she served at NU and so treasured by those who were fortunate to know and work with her. She will be missed by many. My deepest sympathies extend to all Mary Bea’s family and friends, and I hope that memories of special times with Mary Bea bring comfort at this difficult time.

  11. Ahmed Abdelal & Mary Trahan on November 18, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Ahmed worked with Mary Bea during his tenure as Provost at Northeastern (2002-2008). Mary Bea was very friendly, highly intelligent and highly capable professional. She managed the Provost Offfice efficiently and with grace and warmth. She was well liked by both the staff and the faculty. She was a great caring person and a top professional.Condolences to her family and friends.

  12. Kevin Coombs on November 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I worked with Mary Bea at Northeastern University for many years. She was part of a very special group of colleagues, and it was her collegiality and respect that made our workplace special. She showed a genuine interest in all her coworkers; she had a quick wit and a wonderful way of sharing insights. She shaped how I aspire to treat my coworkers — everyone, really — and will be dearly missed.

  13. Alan Zaremba on November 20, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    This is sobering news. Mary Bea was a colleague at Northeastern for close to thirty years. She was a smiling presence to all of us who worked with her: extraordinarily dependable, efficient, and friendly.

    She made a positive contribution to our world. My condolences to her family and loved ones.

  14. John Hart on November 22, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I worked for Mary Bea at Northeastern and we were also classmates one summer. From the day I met her when she interviewed me, she was so inspirational and I could see how she would always bring out the best in people. She was so caring and kind, intelligent and witty. As many others whose lives she touched, I will miss her and never forget her.

  15. Barbara Poole on November 22, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Mary Bea and I first met ca. 1955 when I moved into 2 houses away from her in Lexington. We became best friends for many years. One of my fondest memories was when she and I walked 8 miles to Harvard University to surprise her dad. We were in girl scouts together and did other fun things. After school, we saw each other often, but not within the past 15 years. I treasured her friendship and am just heartbroken about her death. My sincere condolences to her three siblings.

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