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Passing of Jane Modry H'00, Former Athletic Director

Monday, September 8, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Graziano
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Please pray for the repose of the soul of Jane Modry, who passed away this morning.  

Jane was with St. Francis Prep since September 1974 until August 2005.  She was in our Physical Education Department, then became Girls Athletic Director and then head of Student Activities until she retired.

Funeral Mass to be held in Pennsylvania on Friday, September12th at 11:00 a.m. at:

St. Thomas More Church, 105 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, PA  (570) 698-5584


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jane’s memory to St. Francis Prep, 6100 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.

There will be a Memorial Mass for Jane here at St. Francis Prep on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Following the Mass, there will be a reception in the school cafeteria.  

If you plan on attending the reception, please call Camille McMenamin at (718) 423-8810 ext. 232 or, email her at







Jane was honored at the 2014 Red and Blue Terrier Ring of Honor on March 15, 2014.  The following biographical information on Jane appeared in the program journal:

Honorary Alumna 2000

Jane was born in Jackson Heights, attended PS 32, Bayside HS, the State University College
at New Paltz, received her Physical Education Teaching Certification from Hunter College in 1967, and later her Masters Degree in Sports Management from Adelphi University. 

She began teaching physical education at Bishop Reilly High School in March 1967, and the following year began a coaching career that spanned 24 years in the following women’s sports: varsity basketball (1968-92); varsity volleyball (1968-80); varsity softball (1968-80); and varsity women’s track (1968-70). Her varsity basketball teams amassed more than 300 victories, and she was named Coach of the Year for women’s basketball in 1980 and 1989.

Her 1980 team won both the CHSAA Downstate and City Championships, while the 1989 team was the Class “B” CHSAA Champion and the New York State Runner-Up. Her 1979 women’s softball team was diocesan champion. Jane has often been described as a pioneer in the world of women’s athletics – coach, administrator, and women’s athletic director 1984-99 - she was recognized as Administrator of the Year by the NYS CHSAA Athletic Administrators Association.

In 1999, Jane assumed the role of director of student activities and served in that capacity until her retirement in 2005, also serving as student council director from 2000-05. She continues
to serve as the Diocese of Brooklyn’s representative to the NYS Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association. In 1991 Jane was inducted into the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Hall of Fame and received the Franciscan Spirit Award in 2003.