“In my high school yearbook, I wrote that I wanted to become a teacher and travel to Europe. It is amazing that Sacred Heart made both of those dreams happen. Sacred Heart opened so many doors for me and made it all possible.”
Dr. Lynn Gorsuch ’68, a member of Sacred Heart University’s second graduating class, is thankful for SHU and proud of her accomplishments. As the first woman in her family to go to college, Lynn was, and still is, a true Pioneer.
In 1961, Lynn’s family moved from Long Island to Weston when her father was chosen to manage Dugan's Baking Company in Bridgeport. One of six children, going to college was difficult for Lynn and her siblings. She chose SHU for its Catholic roots, close location, and the numerous opportunities that it offered her. “I went to Sacred Heart for the exact reason why it was founded – To provide an opportunity for those who would not have been able to go to school anywhere else.” Lynn truly thrived at SHU and found it to be a wonderful stepping stone for the rest of her career.
As a Sacred Heart cheerleader, founding sister of Hai Adelphai sorority, and a History major, Lynn kept busy during her years at SHU. She was also one of the first Sacred Heart students to travel and study overseas. “I was one of the first four SHU students to study abroad at the University of Manchester in England. It was a History honors program and we went for the whole academic year. Our History professor at SHU, Dr. John Mahar, was very instrumental in us going abroad. It was an unbelievable experience and fulfilled my dream of traveling to Europe.” Lynn has fond memories of her Sacred Heart experience and noted the close community that existed amongst the students and administration: “The president at the time, President William Conley, came to my graduation party! Dean Raymond Hughes and Dean John Croffy were also very influential during my time at SHU.”
After graduating in 1968, Lynn moved to New York City to work in protocol at the US Mission to the United Nations. “I helped plan the Ambassador’s parties and I was selected to be a UN guide. After leaving the UN, I briefly worked for an investment banking firm and then decided to move back home. I enrolled in Fairfield University where I received my master’s degree in American Studies. Upon graduation, I started teaching at Hillcrest Junior High in Trumbull.” Lynn’s two children, Kelly (’00 MAT) and Sean, followed in their mother’s footsteps and both became teachers. Lynn went on to receive her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Bridgeport in 2010.
Going into her seventeenth year of teaching Social Studies at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Lynn enjoys reflecting back on her time at SHU. “I always believed Sacred Heart gave me a wonderful opportunity. I am very thankful for Sacred Heart.” As a former member of both SHU's and Fairfield's Alumni Association Boards, Lynn continues to stay involved with Sacred Heart. Most recently, she helped plan the 50th anniversary celebration of Beta Delta Phi sorority. “The sorority we founded, Hai Adelphai, later turned into Beta Delta Phi sorority. It was wonderful reconnecting with everyone at the reunion.” Lynn wishes the best for Sacred Heart’s future and offers up a piece of advice for the incoming class of 2019: “Take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities that are before you. Keep expanding your knowledge and get involved in activities. I had such a great time at SHU and it opened up my world. I wish the same for you.”