Mary Beaudoin Mooney taught for 27 years for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District. She was the field hockey, basketball and volleyball coach, and was instrumental in starting the Summer Recreation Program. She served as the Co-Director of Summer Recreation from 1966 through 1981, and in 1978 she won the New York State Association Health, Physical Education and Recreation Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to recreation.
Mary was also the Director of the Girls Community Soft-ball League for grades 1-5 and fostered its success. It was a huge endeavor and hundreds of children were afforded the opportunity to participate and enjoy these teams. Mary created the Adult Community Softball Team, which was a recreation class in the summer. She directed the Junior High School Rec. Night programs for many years until her retirement in 1984.
She was responsible for encouraging so many students, both male and female, to reach for new goals while providing such an inspiration to each of them to not only play the sports but become leaders and coaches themselves. Because of her leadership, many went on to have successful careers in education. Mary served as a mentor and inspiration.
Mary graduated from BH-BL as the valedictorian in 1945, and was also a class officer, in the band and tumblers club, and voted Best Athlete, Most Involved and Most Brilliant by her class. She was the Salutatorian when she graduated from Ithaca College with a BS in Physical Education in 1949, and she earned her MS in Guidance from SUNY Albany in 1961. Mary enjoyed playing with her granddaughters, gardening, fishing, hunting and traveling, and she passed away in March of 2010.