Hall of Fame – 2012 – Irish America https://irishamerica.com Irish America Magazine Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 82361074 Fionnula Flanagan https://irishamerica.com/2013/01/fionnula-flanagan-2/ https://irishamerica.com/2013/01/fionnula-flanagan-2/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:27:33 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=14419 Read more..]]> A star of both the screen and the stage, Fionnula Flanagan was born in Dublin in 1941. She was raised speaking English and Irish, and studied acting at the renowned Abbey Theatre. In 1968 she made her Broadway debut playing Maggie in Brian Friel’s Lovers. During the U.S. tour of Lovers she met her husband, Dublin-born psychiatrist Dr. Garrett O’Connor, and the couple has made their home in Los Angeles.

In film, Flanagan has triumphed in an abundance of scene-stealing roles, in such gems as Some Mother’s Son, The Others, Waking Ned Devine, and The Guard. A familiar face in many American television shows and series, including Star Trek, Lost, Brotherhood, and Rich Man, Poor Man (for which she won an Emmy), Flanagan has also established herself as one of the eminent portrayers of James Joyce’s female characters. She first played Gerty MacDowell in the 1967 film of Ulysses, and went on to play Molly Bloom in the 1973 Broadway production of Ulysses in Nighttown and in James Joyce’s Women, Flanagan’s one woman show which she also adapted for the screen. In February 2012, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins presented Flanagan with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs).

Flanagan has called her selection to join the Irish America Hall of Fame “a great honor.”

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Kevin Roche https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/kevin-roche/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/kevin-roche/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:41:48 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=6802 Read more..]]> Kevin Roche has established himself as one of the finest modern architects of his generation. He has shaped the American landscape with his stunningly innovative buildings – corporate, educational and residential – in areas both urban and suburban.  The visionary behind projects including the Ford Foundation building in New York, the skyscrapers of the U.N. Plaza, California’s Oakland Museum and the geometric Union Carbide Corporation headquarters in Danbury, CT, Roche was awarded the Pritzker Prize, the highest honor in his field, in 1982.

He has also completed impressive original projects such as the Conference Center on the banks of Dublin’s Liffey, the massive Santander Headquarters in Spain and the soaring glass Shiodome in Tokyo’s city center. And has worked on important renovations, most notably his ongoing work with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Roche was born in Dublin on June 22, 1922 – he attended Rockwell College in Co. Tipperary. He went to study what was then the small architecture department at University College Dublin, after which he apprenticed with Michael Scott, who was then Ireland’s leading architect. In 1941, he received his first solo commission from his father – a piggery to house 5,000 hogs. In 1948 he decided to pursue a post-graduate degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Harvard and Yale also accepted him.

His studies at the IIT were cut short when his funds ran dry. He wound up in New York, where he sought work at the massive United Nations building site. They didn’t have any openings for architects, so he worked as an office boy.

Roche hadn’t planned on staying in America long-term, but an opportunity presented itself. He heard that the famous Eero Saarinen was looking for apprentices. His work with Saarinen would be pivotal to the course of his career and to his own architectural philosophy. After becoming the firm’s senior design associate in 1954, he worked closely with Saarinen on such projects as the St. Louis Arch, Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport and the CBS headquarters in New York.

Many of those projects were still under way in 1961 when Saarinen died suddenly, and Roche and John Dinkeloo, the head of production, were named the new partners of the firm, which was in the process of relocating to the East Coast at the time. They carried on, finishing Saarinen’s remaining projects before landing their first major commission as a team, the Oakland Museum in California. They started their own firm, Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates in 1966. They worked fruitfully together on many prominent commissions until Dinkeloo’s death in 1981.

Since then, Roche has designed such buildings as the Nations Bank Plaza – the tallest building in Atlanta – the Museum of Jewish Heritage in downtown Manhattan and its moving Holocaust Memorial, and New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life. He has also overseen the intensive renovations of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Roche and his wife of 49 years, Jane (née Touhy) with whom he has five children and thirteen grandchildren, live in Connecticut, “in an old house surrounded by trees.”

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Thomas Moran https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/thomas-moran-2/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/thomas-moran-2/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:40:04 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=6797 Read more..]]> Chairman, president and CEO of Mutual of America, Tom Moran grew up in Staten Island, one of three children of an Irish-Italian-American mother and an Irish-American father, with roots in Counties Fermanagh and Tipperary.

Moran has always been a hard worker. At 14, he began his first job as a janitor at his high school. While attending Manhattan College, he drove a cab during the night shift. Through these diverse work experiences, he learned valuable lessons and developed the beliefs that continue to influence his life and work today.

After earning his degree in mathematics, Moran began working at Mutual of America in 1975. His first responsibility there was to “paperclip anything that needed to be signed” whenever a pension had been sold. He has been President and CEO since 1994, and chairman of the board since 2005.

It was at Mutual that he met his wife, Joan, in 1976. They married in 1983 and both still work for the company. They share a love of family and friends and a passion for philanthropy and volunteerism.

Moran has in the past praised Mutual of America for its atmosphere of giving, with all employees either volunteering for or donating to various causes. This is something Moran consistently demonstrates himself. He is the chairman of Concern Worldwide (US), which has programs in 28 of the world’s poorest countries and implements emergency responses to disasters, in addition to targeting poverty and hunger. With Concern, Moran has traveld to Haiti, Rwanda and the Sudan.

Moran serves on the boards of directors of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City. He has been given membership in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and Excalibur membership. He serves on the Irish Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Board and the boards of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in the USA and the Ireland-US Council for Commerce and Industry, Inc.

His first trip to Ireland in the ‘70s generated his passion for the country and its future. In his involvement with the peace process Moran worked behind the scenes, resulting in strong friendships with those on both sides of the conflict. When he was honored as Irish America’s Irish American of the Year in 2008, accolades were bestowed on him from Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and Sir Hugh Orde, then-chief Constable of the PSNI, among many others.

Moran has been awarded numerous honors, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which celebrates “remarkable Americans who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage.” It is a fitting description of Tom Moran.

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Dr. John L. Lahey https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/dr-john-l-lahey/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/dr-john-l-lahey/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:39:43 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=6792 Read more..]]> President of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut for over 25 years, Dr. John L. Lahey  is as dedicated to leadership and education as he is to his Irish ancestry. The Quinnipiac campus, its unprecedented Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, and Dr. Lahey’s work with the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee are all testaments to his exceptional commitment and vision.

Born and raised in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Dr. Lahey has roots in Co. Clare on his mother’s side of the family, and in counties Cork and Kerry on his father’s. His paternal grandfather, a stonemason, emigrated from Knockglossmore, Co. Kerry to Canada, eventually settling in New York.

At the University of Dayton in Ohio, Lahey discovered a deep interest in philosophy, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field, and met his future wife, Judy, with whom he has two sons.  Following his time at Dayton, he went on to complete a PhD in philosophy at the University of Miami.

In 1977 he returned to New York and earned a second master’s degree, in academic administration, at Columbia University. He was hired by Marist University in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he became chief operating officer and executive vice president. At only 40 years of age, he became president of Quinnipiac.

When he started at Quinnipiac in 1987, it was still Quinnipiac College – a small, quiet commuter school with one campus, an endowment of $5 million and an application pool of 1,000. Today it has a student population of over 8,000, with close to 6,000 undergrads, 2,000 graduate students, and 500 enrolled in the law school, which was established under Lahey’s lead. The university now runs three campuses, has an endowment of $277 million, and applications for the incoming class exceed 19,000. Lahey has also had a hand in the establishment of the highly regarded Quinnipiac Polling Institute, and the Frank H. Netter, MD, School of Medicine, which will open in 2013.

The accomplishment closest to his Irish roots is the creation of Quinnipiac’s Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, which seeks to commemorate the people who either died or fled Ireland during the famine, and to educate the public about An Gorta Mór.

The focal point of the museum is the extraordinary Lender Family Special Collection. Founded in 2000 following a donation from Marvin and Murray Lender, the collection contains 700 volumes, historic and contemporary texts, and an ever-growing number of works of art that portray or respond to the loss of more than 1.5 million Irish lives between 1845 and 1852. These include pieces by contemporary artists Padraic Reaney, John Behan, Rowan Gillespie, Glenna Goodacre, and period pieces by such artists as James Brenan and Jack  B. Yeats.

Away from Quinnipiac’s campus, Dr. Lahey is a director of the United Illuminating Company, Independence Holding Company, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. In addition, he is vice chairman of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Committee and has been involved with the committee for over 25 years. In 1997, he was honored with the role of Grand Marshal.

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Commissioner Ray Kelly https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/commissioner-ray-kelly/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/commissioner-ray-kelly/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:38:22 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=6786 Read more..]]> A former-marine, a beat cop and the only person ever to serve two, non-consecutive terms as New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond P. Kelly has dedicated his life to serving his country and his city.

Born in New York City, Commissioner Kelly is the youngest of the five children of James Francis Kelly and Elizabeth O’Brien, both first-generation Irish Americans. His father was a milkman and his mother worked as a coat check girl at Macy’s.

After graduating from Archbishop Malloy High School he went on to Manhattan College, graduating with honors and joining the New York City Police Department in 1963. Shortly thereafter he accepted a commission to the United States Marine Corps Officer Program. He served on active military duty for three years, including a combat tour in Vietnam. He returned to the Police Department in 1966 and entered the New York City Police Academy, graduating with the highest combined average for academics, physical achievement and marksmanship.

As the first member of his family to join the police department, Commissioner Kelly had no one to open doors for him.  He relied on his own abilities and took advantage of department scholarship programs to advance his career. While working as a uniformed officer and rising through the ranks, he earned a law degree from St. John’s University, a master of laws from New York University School of Law, and a master of public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

In 1992, Mayor David Dinkins named Kelly Police Commissioner.  One of the first tasks he undertook was the expansion of minority recruitment in the NYPD. He also reduced felony crimes by 50,000 during his first year in office.

In January 1994, following the change in mayoral administrations, Kelly retired from the NYPD. He was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Director of the International Police Monitors in Haiti, and went on to serve as Under Secretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department, and Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service. In 2000, he joined Bear Stearns and Co., Inc. as Senior Managing Director of Global Corporate Securities.

Kelly was motivated by the events of 9/11 to return to public service. He received that opportunity when Mayor Bloomberg swore him in as Police Commissioner in January 2002.

It was clear from the start that his second tenure, which began in January 2002, would be very different from his first. The NYPD found itself on the frontlines of the global fight against terrorism after the 9/11 attacks. In response, Commissioner Kelly created the first counterterrorism bureau of any municipal police department in the country. He also established a new global intelligence program and stationed New York City detectives in eleven foreign cities. Despite having 6000 fewer officers and dedicating extensive resources to preventing another terrorist attack, the NYPD has driven crime down by 34% from 2001 levels.

Commissioner Kelly has been supported at every stage of his extraordinary career by his devoted wife, Veronica, who he met on Long Island one summer when he was a young lifeguard. Together they raised two sons, James and Greg.

Ten years after returning to the role of commissioner, Kelly is still doing what he set out to do back in 1963: serving and protecting New York.

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Loretta Brennan Glucksman https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/loretta-brennan-glucksman-2/ https://irishamerica.com/2012/03/loretta-brennan-glucksman-2/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:37:19 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=6782 Read more..]]> Loretta Brennan Glucksman has worked tirelessly to promote Irish culture and to establish strong ties between America and the island of Ireland.

Loretta was raised in an Irish neighborhood in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the granddaughter of four Irish immigrants. Her maternal grandfather was a miner from Leitrim, who was involved with the first unionizing efforts there. Her father worked on the railroad during World War II before joining the Civil Service, first as a mail carrier and then as an office worker.

Loretta was an early high achiever. She earned a scholarship to Chestnut Hill College, where her aunt Sue was the mother superior. She went on to marry her high school sweetheart Jack Cooney and teach at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). The position offered her a chance to teach while enrolling her three children in the school’s early childhood program.

Loretta’s career changed in the early 1970s, when she moved to television, introducing a book program at the then new Trenton-based public television station and after that a public affairs program, The Thursday Report, which she worked on for over a decade before she moved she moved into public relations.

It was in 1984 when Loretta, now divorced from Jack,  met Lewis Glucksman, then head of the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Lew had first visited Ireland when he was in the Navy during World War II and returned as often as possible, out of a love for Irish writers. In 1987, he took Loretta to Ireland for her first visit, which left her “overwhelmed and mesmerized.” Eventually the Glucksmans bought a home in Ireland near Cobh. Sadly, Lew passed away there in 2006.

Between 1987 and 2006, the Glucksmans made many unforgettable contributions to Ireland and to the Irish-American community. In 1993, Glucksman Ireland House opened at New York University. Today, Loretta is the co-chair on Ireland House’s advisory board.

She is also Chairman of The American Ireland Fund. She has played a key role in philanthropic efforts to spread peace throughout the island of Ireland, including funding two integrated schools for Catholic and Protestant children in the North, because, as Brennan Glucksman has stated, “it’s so crucial to break down barriers by educating children together.” In total, the Funds have raised over $250 million for Ireland and Irish causes.

In addition to her work with the Fund and Glucksman Ireland House, Loretta serves on the boards of The National Gallery of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the Royal Irish Academy.

In these pivotal and difficult times for Ireland, Loretta Brennan Glucksman perseveres as a strong advocate for the country – increasing awareness and interest in Irish history and culture throughout the U.S., and rallying much-needed support. She is a steadfast champion of all things Irish and Irish American.

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