Mary O’Brien Tyrrell, MPH, BSN, founded Memoirs, Inc. in 1994, designing an innovative and professionally sound model for honoring older people by preserving and sharing their memories in written form. She has since helped hundreds of elders publish their life stories in hardcover books that are distributed at family book-signing parties.
Her company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, and she was the first to publish articles in the gerontological literature on the value and ethical issues of this new industry.
Mary is mentioned in the New York Times article “Have a Story to Tell? Your Personal Memoirist Is Here” in September, 2016.
Always concerned about her clients, on March 13, 2013, reporter J. Peder Zane of The New York Times quoted Mary’s description of the origins of personal histories and the outcomes for the narrator in his article, “Hey, at Least You Can Be Virtually Immortal.”
A past president of the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review, she has also been an associate director of the Minnesota Board of Nursing, coordinated health care research, and is a Vietnam veteran.
Click here to read the article “Care In Combat” featured in the June 2016 Military Officers of America magazine.
2015 The Cape Cod Times
2013 The New York Times
1996 Highland Villager