Marguerite Mulligan McGlinn, 63, of Bryn Mawr, an English teacher and writer, died of pancreatic cancer at home Tuesday.

Mrs. McGlinn, who formerly was chairwoman of the English department at Mount St. Joseph Academy for girls in Flourtown, gave up full-time teaching in the mid-1990s to devote more attention to her writing, which included short stories, travel articles, and two unpublished novels set in Ireland.

Her short story "The Pilgrim Soul" won second place in the literary festival of the National Council of Teachers of English, and was published in the organization's English Journal. Her essay "A Braver Thing" earned honorable mention in the festival.

Mrs. McGlinn was on the editorial board of Philadelphia Stories, a journal of fiction, art and poetry, and her story "The Sphinx" appeared in the publication.

She was also affiliated with Paul Dry Books in Philadelphia, for which she edited

The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric


Three of Mrs. McGlinn's works were performed as part of the Philadelphia InterAct Theatre Company's Writing Aloud series.

Her travel articles were published in The Inquirer and other publications.

Thomas W. McGlinn, to whom she was married for almost 41 years, said that after several years away from teaching she began to miss the classroom. She started teaching again as a part-time faculty member at St. Joseph's University.

Mrs. McGlinn graduated from Immaculata College and earned a master's degree from Villanova University.

Besides her husband, she is survived by daughters Christine McGlinn and Heather McGlinn Hansma; son John McGlinn; and four grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Vianney Church, Gladwyne. Interment will be in St. Denis Cemetery, Havertown.