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2013 McAuley Hall Inductees

For more than 166 years McAuley/SXA has been preparing women to achieve, lead, and impact their communities. To date, McAuley/SXA has sent more than 25,000 alumnae into the world and they have changed it in countless ways for the better. 

In the nomination process, more than 100 nominations were received and carefully considered, each telling something about the life and accomplishments of a member of The McAuley Family. These stories were inspiring and compelling. These stories were deeply moving and reinforced the belief that McAuley gave each of its students the foundation to achieve extraordinary things. 
Congratulations to the 2013 McAuley Hall Inductees: 

Sheila Taaffe Reynolds SXA ’39 
World War II cryptographer (code breaker), gifted linguist, 37 year volunteer at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, member of the Archdiocese of Chicago Lumen Cordium  Society, champion of Catholic education, lifelong learner and mother of 12 children including five McAuley alumnae.

Sister Brian Costello, RSM 
Master English teacher, architect of the Mother McAuley liberal arts curriculum, McAuley Principal, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago and former Chief of Staff for Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.

Sharon R. Chester ’60 
Renowned author of 15 natural history books and travel guides, wildlife photographer, talented illustrator, natural history lecturer and former PanAmerican Airlines flight attendant.

Karen Murphy, MD ’68 
Overcame Polio to become a multilingual Fulbright Scholar and a family practice physician.

Nancy Cunningham Benacci ’73 
Director of Equity Research for KeyCorp, an investing group that oversees more than 500 companies; chartered financial analyst and tireless board member working on behalf of underprivileged youth and Catholic education 
Sylvia Reed Curran ‘75
American Diplomat who has served the United States of America for more than 25 years including as the Charge d'Affaires to Turkmenistan and United States Counsel General to Vladivostok, Russia.

Elizabeth Ann Doody Gorman ‘83
Cook County Board Commissioner, tax-payer advocate, representative for the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

EcoMacs: Operation Haiti 
          -Eileen O'Donnell ‘12
          -Mary O'Donnell ‘10         
          -Ana Vasquez ‘11
          -Kim Schmidt ‘11
          -Christine Schmidt ‘13
          -Jenna Krukowski ‘12
          -Christina Lopez ‘12 
          -Danielle Crispo ‘12 
          -Katherine Kezon ‘13
          -Sarah Zwickl ‘12 
          -Dr. Roz Iasillo

Visionary builders of a solar-powered biodiesel processor designed to be fueled by oil from the “McAuley Jatropha Farm” to create an economy for Pichon, Haiti (a village in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country), to enable the children of Pichon to attend school beyond the 5th grade by providing light to the village and school.

Induction into McAuley Hall is a high honor bestowed upon members of The McAuley Family.  (The McAuley Family includes alumnae of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School/St. Xavier Academy, as well as parents, faculty, staff, and all who have supported, led, or served Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School/St. Xavier Academy including the Sisters of Mercy.)
Nominate now for the 2014 McAuley Hall.

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