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Mary O'Rourke Procopio Papers

Identifier: M.9

Scope and Contents

This collection covers Mary O'Rourke Procopio's year as a Fulbright scholar in Pakistan. It contains correspondence with her family, information about the educational workshops she helped set up in Pakistan and education in Pakistan in general. It also contains material about her travels to and from Pakistan and photographs from her time there.


  • 1955-1956


Biographical / Historical

Mary A. O'Rourke Procopio was born in Cambridge, MA. She earned her B.A. from Salem State College and her M.A. and doctorate from Harvard University.

She began her teaching career in the Hanover and Cambridge public schools. From 1942 to 1945, she was a professor and supervisor of teacher education at Fitchburg State College; from 1945 to 1950 she was a professor at Lowell State College. From 1950 to 1954, she served as state superisor for elementary education at the Massachusetts Department of Education.

In 1955, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to join a team of American scholars under the auspices of the United State Educational Foundation in Pakistan. The team spent a year there developing teacher training programs.

She was a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Salem State College from 1956 to 1975. During that time, she initiated and coordinated the undergraduate and graduate programs in early childhood education at the college. In 1970, her "Percept Program" was selected as an exemplary program in early childhood education by the American Council on Teacher Training. Her program, which was implemented in Peabody, integrated bilingual and special needs children into regular school programs as well as trained paretns as teachers aides.

At the time of her death, she was involved in a federally funded marine life education project developed by Salem State and the Merrimack Education Center in ANdover. She ran workshops and gathered teaching materials on New England fisheries and marine life for the project.

She died in 1985 at the age of 70.


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Part of the Salem State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Archivist
352 Lafayette St.
Salem MA 01970 United States