Eileen Meagher was born in Ireland into a large family of nine children. From her earliest years, her life’s purpose was clear: to serve humanity. The head of her class at every level of education, she surprised her caring parents, teachers and friends when she decided at the tender age of 18 to give her all to her life’s purpose by entering a religious order in the United States. She taught at all levels of formal education while excelling in her studies at the graduate and post graduate levels, earning her PhD with high honors in an interdisciplinary program emphasizing Language, Rhetoric and Communication Theory.
As a Professor of Rhetoric at a State University in the USA, Eileen was renowned for her passion for inspiring her students to investigate ceaselessly not only the thoughts of scholars but also their own unquestioned assumptions. She had a reputation for pushing students hard while at the same time compassionately taking into account their individual life contexts. She pushed herself hardest of all. Creating new curricula and courses, administering academic programs, organizing workshops for faculty colleagues, conducting seminars for faculty in elementary schools, high schools and colleges, teaching upper division undergraduate and graduate students, mentoring graduate students and presenting scholarly papers at numerous academic conventions nationwide, she was the recipient of several awards.