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Newburgh School Names New Wing After Ossining Nun

A new wing of the Bishop Dunn Memorial School was named after Sister Frances Irene Fair of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, based in Ossining.
A new wing of the Bishop Dunn Memorial School was named after Sister Frances Irene Fair of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, based in Ossining. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dominican Sisters of Hope
Sister Frances Irene Fair stands in front of the new wing at Bishop Dunn school that was named after her.
Sister Frances Irene Fair stands in front of the new wing at Bishop Dunn school that was named after her. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dominican Sisters of Hope

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Bishop Dunn School community on the Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh recently dedicated its newest wing to Sister Frances Irene Fair of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, based in Ossining.

Fair had been the school’s development director in raising the funds to construct the new wing.  In 1970, she came to Bishop Dunn to teach special education and a year later, she took over the direction of the special education program.  The program integrated students in the special education program into regular classes with the assistance of an aide – something that is now a mandated practice.

Before her retirement, Fair established the Development Office at the school.  “Each day she was at the door to greet all the children as they arrived and to bid them farewell as they left.  All the BDM students knew her office had treats for them so they stopped by often,” a press release said.

Bishop Dunn Memorial School was founded in 1883 as a Catholic school for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

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