Rivier University community mourns loss of school icon Sister Adrienne Beauregard
NASHUA — Rivier University has lost a devoted sister described by others as a generous, wholesome and centered woman of faith.
Sister Adrienne Beauregard died on Saturday at the age of 101. She was the only living sister who served as a direct collaborator with Sister Madeleine of Jesus, the founder of what was once Rivier College and is now Rivier University.
“The legacy of Sister Madeleine of Jesus has been strengthened and supported through life, the witness, the work, the service, the love and the joy of Sister Adrienne,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, president of the school. Buley described Beauregard as a master builder for her decades of work for the school.
Adrienne Hall on campus was named after Beauregard, who retired more than 28 years ago and was recently living at the Provincial House of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Manchester.
She dedicated 63 years of service to the school, spending much of that time as treasurer, chief financial officer and master builder.
“Without her, the college would not have survived,” Sister Lucille Thibodeau, former president of the college, said of Beauregard during her 100th birthday celebration in 2012. “There aren’t enough words to describe how valuable she has been.”
During her birthday celebration at Rivier, about 230 of her closest friends and family gathered to toast a woman they described as charming and compassionate, adding she was as sharp as a tack despite her mature age.
“She is all about ministering to others, no matter what the connection may be,” Sister Claire Provost said at the time about her good friend. “She is a wholesome woman and always has been.”
Beauregard earned her bachelor’s degree in 1943 and worked in various finance and administration positions at the school. She previously received the Sister Madeleine of Jesus Award in 1985, the highest tribute the Alumni Association bestows on Rivier graduates, according to a release. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in 2004, and the Rivier University Inaugural Founder’s Medal in 2012.
Visiting hours will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Madeleine Hall at Rivier University, 420 South Main St., Nashua.
Her burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Kathryn’s Parish, 4 Dracut Rd., Hudson.