IN MEMORIUM: Dr. Virginia McCauley

Dr. Virginia M. McCauley, 98, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Virginia was born on October 14, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in Queens. She was married to Joseph A. McCauley, Sr. with whom she had two children, Joseph and Diane. She married a second time to William Cook in 1998.

Virginia received a BA in English from Hunter College, an MA in Education from Queens College and an EdD in Education from Fordham University. She taught at Meadowbrook Elementary School on Long Island. In 1963, Virginia moved to Palisades and began teaching English at Spring Valley High School and Ramapo High School. After retiring from Ramapo High School in 1993, she taught at Fordham University and St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Virginia was a member of the Northern New Jersey German Shepherd Dog Club where she showed her prize-winning German Shepherd. She remained incredibly active in the community throughout her life. As an active honorary board member at the Palisades Community Center for over 40 years, she was a frequent volunteer at many events, most recently four years ago at the Annual Plant Sale at 94. She was also on the Library and Senior Citizens Committees in Palisades, NY.

She never lost the desire to teach and continued to tutor writing and composition into her 90’s. She was an active member at the St. John’s Church in Piermont NY, singing in the choir and participating in religious and community events.

Virginia is survived by her daughter Dr. Diane Fellows (former Superintendent of Schools in Alpine, NJ) and son-in-law George Fellows of Jupiter, FL, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Donations can be made to the St. John’s Church in Piermont for the Dr. Virginia M. McCauley Fund for Education. Her smile and her positive energy, which she had an abundance of, will be missed yet long remembered.