In Celebration of Mary Ann O’Dougherty

In Celebration of Mary Ann O’Dougherty

Students, Faculty and Staff:

There will be a Memorial service and celebration of Mary Ann’s life Thursday, March 5th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Loring Pasta Bar: 327 – 14th Street SE, Minneapolis 55414, (612) 378-4849. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to White Earth Reservation or donor’s choice. · IPR Community Celebration – Monday, March 9th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Robinson Hall. Bring your instruments, stories and memories and share them with our IPR family.

As reported in the Minneapolis Star Tribune – 3/2/09:
O’Dougherty, Mary Ann Mary Ann O’Dougherty was born on Halloween, October 31, 1953, and grew up in South Minneapolis. She spent her early years developing her skills as a singer and musician, taking piano lessons as a child and performing in high school musicals and talent shows. She attended Regina High School and earned a BA in Music Education at the University of Minnesota. After graduating from the U in 1975, Mary Ann’s passion and drive for life launched her global travels to more than 30 countries, where she studied languages and performed. After spending time in the Middle East, Europe, and South America, she settled in Brazil for five years. There her love of food and singing intersected in a jazz nightclub she owned called Mandala. In the mid-1980s she returned to the Twin Cities, and while working in local fine restaurants joined “The Consort”, one of the first bands to bring “world music” to the Twin Cities. Mary Ann’s band, “Mandala”, highlighted her roots in Brazilian music and native-like fluency in Portuguese, her beautiful alto voice and incredible stage presence that captured the hearts of thousands. From in the mid-1980s onward Mary Ann used her true gift of teaching that combined her love of singing, culture, art and music. She created an artist-in-residence curriculum that was offered in local and statewide elementary schools. In 1991 she started teaching music for the St. Paul Public Schools, first at Cherokee Heights Elementary and later at Eastern Heights Elementary. She completed a Masters Degree at the University of Minnesota. Mary Ann began teaching at the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis in 2005. Mary Ann and her husband Steven Alm met in 1990 and were married in 1993. They were the very best of friends and spent time traveling, camping and sailing together. Mary Ann had a rare capacity to connect deeply with people. All who knew her will remember her open, genuine, buoyant spirit, intensity and infectious vitality. She loved to hear everyone’s stories and tell her own. She was an avid chef and talented party giver, was passionate about her close friendships and loved her family dearly. Mary Ann was an ardent supporter of social justice and put her values into everyday practice. As singer/performer, teacher, colleague, friend, “tia” (aunt) and family member, she touched the lives of many, many people in a profound way. Mary Ann O’Dougherty, of Minneapolis, passed away on February 25, 2009. Preceded in death by her father, James Aquinas O’Dougherty. Survived by husband, Steven Alm; mother, Patricia O’Dougherty Kast; aunts, Donna Rajkowski, Eileen O’Dougherty; siblings, Patrick, Michael (Nelly), Margaret Wright (Frank), Maureen (Michel Ravaz); nieces and nephews, Sean, Megan, Stefan, LemLem, Mihretu, Hannah, Sam, Josh, Elli, Lexi, and Griffin; and many cousins.

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