Mary Cunningham Agee


Mary Cunningham Agee : biography

1951 –

Agee was an early advocate of establishing a common ground in the debate over abortion.Mary Cunningham Agee, Pro-LIfe Christians, Joe Gulotta, Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., Rockford, IL, 1992, p 77Celebrating Two Decades of Compassion in Action, John Hardham, Light Wave Communications, Underwood, WA, July 2005"Arms Unfolded", Todd David Whitmore, The Notre Dame Magazine, Summer 2005 Peter Jennings noted Agee’s common ground position in his report, "The Next Civil War" on ABC News Forum.The Next Civil War, ABC News Forum, Peter Jennings, November 1, 1990

Agee’s book Compassion in Action presents her story of the Network’s program over 20 years. Her work has been featuredPowerplay: What Really Happened at Bendix, Mary Cunningham Agee, Simon Schuster, 1984, pp 11-12 in publications such as the Wall Street Journal,"Attacking Abortion in a Positive Way", Joseph G. Maty, The Wall Street Journal, September 18, 1990 Reader’s Digest,US News and World Report,"Mary Agee", US News and World Report, February 20, 2005, printed, February 28, 2005 The Washington Post,“Pro-Nurturing Alternative to Abortion,” Washington Post, July 1994 and Good Housekeeping,“The Nurturing Network,” Good Housekeeping, November 1991”Building a Culture of Life.” The Human Life Review, The Human Life Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, Vol. XXVIII, Nos.1 & 2, Winter / Spring 2002"Whole Lotta Love for Moms & Babies", Business: Mary Cunningham Agee, Pro-Family Profile, Gina Giambrone, National Catholic Register, January 14–20, 2007, B2-B2 and she has been profiled on American radio and television programs such as CBS’s 48 Hours,"CBS 48 Hours Special", August 11, 1993 and James Dobson’s Focus on the Family."Mary Cunningham Agee with Dr. James Dobson", Focus on the Family Radio, July 30–31, 1992


Agee has served on the boards of First Women’s Bank of New York, the Catholic Schools Foundation in Boston, the Gregorian Foundation, The Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin, the prolife Culture of Life Foundation, the prolife Thomas More Law Center’s advisory board, Loyola College in Maryland, the Hoffman Institute and the National Council for Adoption. She is a founding member of the Napa Valley Chapter of Legatus. Agee currently serves on the board of overseers for the Aquinas House at Dartmouth College and the board of directors for Clinia Verde. She is a member of the advisory council of the Hoover Institution and a fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.Cambridge Who’s Who Registry – Executive & Professional Biographies, 2009 Edition

Awards and honors

Agee has received honorary doctorates from Franciscan University, Loyola College, Stonehill College, Franklin Pierce College, Chestnut Hill College, Notre Dame College and the Dominican School of Philosphy and Theology at Berkeley.

In the 1980s, Good Housekeeping voted Agee in their 100th Anniversary Edition as one of "100 Young Women of Promise" and she was included among the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers., Colleen Sullivan, New York Times, November 20, 1980 Her business awards include the inaugural Ambassador of the Year Award from Legatus,"Ambassador of the Year", Legatus, Vol.7, No.7, March 1994 the ITV Woman of the Year Award from the Archdiocese of New York, the John Paul II Award from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, the Ex corde Ecclesiae Award from the Cardinal Newman Society,."Mary Cunningham Agee 2001 Ex corde Ecclesiae Award Recipient," The Turnaround, The Cardinal Newman Society, Fall 2001

Agee also received the Economic Equity Award from the Women’s Equity Action League, the Centennial Medal of Honor from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America, and a national award by Childhelp USA.


Cunningham was employed on Wall Street in the Corporate Banking Department of the Chase Manhattan Bank and in the Corporate Finance Department of Salomon Brothers. On graduation from Harvard Business School, she accepted a management position as Executive Assistant to the CEO of the Bendix Corporation, William Agee.Mary Agee, USNews & World Report, Megan Barnett, February 28, 2005

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Following her departure from Bendix, Cunningham accepted the position of Vice President of Strategic Planning at Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, where she reported to both President Phil Beekman, and CEO Edgar Bronfman Sr. Within a year, she was promoted to Executive Vice President of the newly formed Seagram Wine Company, overseeing the development and implementation of Seagram’s worldwide wine strategy.Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases, Manuel G. Velasquez, Prentis Hall, 1982 In June 1982, nearly two years after leaving Bendix, Cunningham married William Agee.