In 1960, James J. Maguire Sr. founded Philadelphia Insurance Companies, which went public in 1993 and now has 49 offices across the United States with 1,600 employees.
He is now chairman emeritus of the company.
A longtime friend and benefactor of Cabrini, Maguire served as the first lay Chair of Cabrini College’s Board of Trustees, and he served on the board for 14 years.
The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Trustee Emeritus status for Maguire at the Board meeting on February 16, 2013.
Maguire received the Honorary Alumnus Award in 1980; his daughter, Susan M. Maguire, earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at Cabrini; and the Maguire House residence hall is named in his honor.
A 1958 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, Maguire was honored by the University when it named its 38-acre Merion Campus after him.
Maguire lives in Chestnut Hill with his wife of 55 years, Frances. They have nine children and 21 grandchildren.
The Maguires are founders and co-principals of the Maguire Foundation, which focuses its resources on education.
In 2011, the Maguire Foundation selected Cabrini as a participant in the Maguire Scholars Program, which generously funds scholarships for graduates of Catholic high schools.
The program is designed to support undergraduate students through all four years, and encourages their participation in community engagement and extracurricular activities.