Educator, Performer, Volunteer/Fund Raiser
National and San Diego Chapter Multiple Sclerosis Society
Mavourneen O'Brien is the daughter of the late actor Pat O'Brien and
Eloise. She crowns the winner annually at the Del Mar RaceTrack,
which her father helped build for the Pat O'Brien Handicap. Betting
horses remains one of O'Brien's hobbies along with climbing the
Timpanogas Caves, Utah and Diamond Head. Hawaii; singing, creating
and directing musical programs; and exploring cave painting sites,
playing with whales, scuba diving and beach combing in Baja.
O'Brien has devoted her life to endeavors that enrich the lives of
others through education, performing arts, writing, mentoring, and
her volunteer work with social and health organizations such as the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
As a teacher of language arts for over 35 years, O'Brien has passed
on her passion for communicating through language and the arts that
extends to her work today. She is now an active volunteer member of
the Flying Samaritans and a volunteer English teacher.
Mavourneen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount College with a
B.S. in music and an M.A. in Education from Loyola University. She
holds a General Life Secondary Credential, Library Science
She ran a working ranch for many years while teaching, directing, and
singing (Mavourneen was a member of the Roger Wagner Chorale and sang
in the Town Hall, Carnegie Hall (NY.)
Her work with the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society has
resulted in more funding for San Diego based programs, research, and
a better understanding of the central nervous system disease that she
was herself diagnosed with several years ago. O'Brien is a top
fundraiser for the San Diego Area Chapter of the National MS Society.
Mavourneen currently resides near Rosarito, Mexico, where she is
Director-Diamond Chorale of Rosarito Theatre Guild for six years and
in her 'spare' time she is an active volunteer for many humanitarian
She has three grown children and five grandchildren, who can often be
seen trying keep up with their grandmother on local beaches.
Women's International Center proudly honors Mavourneen O'Brien with
the Living Legacy Award 2000. She is leaving her legacy in many ways
to many people.
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