Genevieve S. “Gen” Rafferty, a longtime Loyola University Maryland administrative assistant who became something of a campus legend during her nearly four decade career, died July 11 from vascular disease at her Towson home. She was 86.
“During the eight years I was chair of the department she was truly my right hand,” said Dr. Carol Nivin Ambromaitis, a professor at Loyola since 1962.
“She knew everyone at the college. She knew the faculty and the students,” Dr. Abromaitis said. “She loved them and they loved her, and we depended on Gen.”
“She was quick-witted and very little went over her head. She knew where the bodies were buried and about future issues,” she said. “She knew about the past and the future but very much lived in the present,” she said.
The daughter of Ignace James Baginski, a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. worker, and Leonilla S. McLellan Baginski, a bank teller, the former Genevieve Susanna Baginski was born in Baltimore and raised in Parkville. She was a 1948 graduate of Towson High School.
While working at the Stebbins-Anderson Co. in Towson, she met and fell in love with Maurice Joseph Rafferty, who worked for Bendix Radio in Towson.
The couple married in 1950, and later moved to a home on Radcliffe Road in Towson. Mr. Rafferty died in 1970.
In the late 1960s, Mrs. Rafferty returned to work as a Kelly Girl, and her first assignment in 1968 was as a temporary assistant in the Loyola’s philosophy department.
She then moved to the English department on a part-time basis, where she was eventually hired, and became a college institution, who was know by both faculty and students as “Grandma-in-Residence.”
“Gen came as a secretary in those days and made the transition to administrative assistant,” Dr. Abromaitis said.
“As far as she’s concerned, the English Department is a home, and she is its housekeeper. The college professors and students that make up the department are a…