Judge McGovern earned acclaim during her 28 years on the bench for conducting family-friendly adoption proceedings, but also was praised by colleagues for her compassion, thoroughness and patience.
A native of Cambridge, Judge McGovern earned the 1975 Alumni Award of Excellence in Public Service and served as BC Alumni Association president from 1985-86. In 1975, she became the first president of the BC Law Alumni Association.
University Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ, was the concelebrant at the funeral of Judge McGovern, which took place on Nov. 16 in St. Mary Church of Cambridge.
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