Stars Of The South – 2010 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Sat, 20 Jul 2019 03:40:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Betty Scott Noble & Susan Dougherty Fri, 04 May 2012 17:19:10 +0000 Read more..]]> Betty Scott Noble and Susan Dougherty are being honored jointly for their work on behalf of Agnes Scott College. Founded in 1889, Agnes Scott College educates women “to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.”

Betty is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Agnes Irvine Scott, an Irish immigrant from Northern Ireland, for whom Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia is named.

George Washington Scott, Betty’s great-great-grandfather, helped to found the school for women in 1898 and named it in honor of his mother.

Betty Scott Noble grew up in South Carolina and Alabama and was educated at Agnes Scott College, where she is now an adjunct professor. She taught elementary school for five years during the early days of integration in Alabama, which sparked interests in school, family and community. She received a PhD in counseling and school psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

In 1999, Betty’s mother, Betty Pope Scott Noble, authored a family memoir, The Story of Agnes Irvine Scott, in honor of Agnes Scott’s 200th birthday.

Taking on her mother’s passion to tell the family story, Betty visited Ireland and Pennsylvania, the places Agnes lived, to gather information from distant relatives. Susan Dougherty, a graduate of Agnes Scott and an employee of the college, began assisting Betty in 2006 and a joint endeavor emerged.

A native of Atlanta, Susan Dougherty began working at Agnes Scott College in 1998. She decided to complete her undergraduate degree in women’s studies at the college and graduated summa cum laude in 2006. Using family photographs, letters, and archival sources, Susan has presented the story of Agnes and her son George to various audiences.  As manager of faculty services, Susan is very involved in academic life at Agnes Scott and believes that no student should graduate without knowing the story of the woman behind the name! Now, thanks to the generosity of Betty’s father, Dr. J. Phillips Noble, who helped establish the Betty Pope Scott Noble College Heritage Project in honor of his wife, students and visitors wishing to research the history of the college and the Scott family will be able to do so.

In June 2008, Betty and Susan collaborated on a presentation about the project at the Ulster American Heritage Symposium in Omagh, Northern Ireland.

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Patrick J. McGahan Fri, 04 May 2012 17:18:15 +0000 Read more..]]> A U.S. Navy man with a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Indiana University, Patrick J. McGahan enjoyed a long and successful career with Cummins Engine Company, which he joined in 1958.
Patrick held various marketing positions for Cummins, including VP & General Manager, until 1975 when he purchased the Cummins distributorship based in Atlanta. He expanded operations into Chattanooga, Tennessee and throughout Georgia and served many years as chairman before his retirement in 2005.

But retirement is hardly a word that describes Patrick, who is still committed to community and business. Today, he is the chairman of PJM Investments, an investment and real estate company. He is also a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Care Foundation Board, a founding trustee of Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville, Georgia, and a long-time member of the board of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Foundation and Shamrock Society.

Patrick is a proud Irish American whose ancestors on his father’s side emigrated in the early 1800s, while his great-grandmother on his mother’s side came over in the mid 1800s.

He and his wife Barbara have four children and 13 grandchildren.

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John Maschinot Fri, 04 May 2012 17:15:49 +0000 Read more..]]> John Maschinot, a master musician who has been playing the uilleann pipes, Irish wooden flute and tin whistle for a quarter of a century, grew up in a small Kentucky town on the Ohio River with a musical father and an artistic mother whose ancestors came from Galway.

As a young man he traveled to the highlands of North Georgia where he was influenced by mountain music. Later, he encountered the great Irish uilleann piper Joe Shannon and became smitten with Irish music. He saw the kinship between Appalachian and Irish music and, over time, developed a unique style and repertoire that reflects this relationship.

John formed the “Buddy O’Reilly Band,” a seminal ensemble featuring some of the finest traditional musicians in the Southeast. The “Buddies” produced three albums. He is currently involved with  a group called A Do, a classic Irish piping and fiddling duo.

In addition, to playing music, John hosted and produced the critically acclaimed “Up in the Air” world music program on WRFG FM Atlanta. A second program, “The Celtic Show,” which he began in 1985, is still in production.

With the assistance of Dr. James Flannery of Emory University, and the W.B. Yeats Foundation, John created and produced the first Atlanta Celtic Christmas show in 1992 and serves as the musical director and creative consultant of the show, which is now in its 18th year of production. A new world music radio program is also in the works.

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Archbishop John F. Donoghue Fri, 04 May 2012 17:14:36 +0000 Read more..]]> John Francis Donoghue, who retired as Archbishop of Atlanta in 2004, was born in Washington, D.C. on August 9, 1928, the son of Daniel and Rose Ryan Donoghue. Both of his parents were Irish immigrants. His father was a government worker and his mother a domestic. He has three brothers, all of them in the Washington, D.C. area.

During his 11 years as Archbishop, Donoghue realized his dream of bringing Catholic education to more children in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He kicked off a fundraising campaign in 1997 entitled “Building the Church of Tomorrow,” and raised
millions in funds, which he directed to new schools. It was an ambitious plan, especially given that throughout the U.S. Catholic schools were closing at an alarming rate at that time.

Ultimately, Archbishop Donoghue helped raise $70 million and opened five new state-of-the-art schools: three elementary schools and two high schools. Frank Moore, founding principal of Blessed Trinity, told a writer for the Georgia Bulletin, “Those of us who work in Catholic education and all the parents involved in Catholic schools know that the gift he gave us is so extraordinary and his ongoing support is so wonderful. I’m not sure anyone else in the whole country can say as much about their bishop.”

In the same article, the Archbishop commented, “Whatever success there’s been, it is really because of our good Catholic people and good priests and good religious. Without them and their generosity in offering their lives to the church we wouldn’t have anything.”
Archbishop Donoghue was ordained to the priesthood in St. Matthew Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on June 4, 1955. He served as assistant pastor of St. Bernard’s Church, Riverdale from 1955-1961, and then as assistant pastor of the Holy Face parish, Great Mills, Maryland until 1964. He was then asked to join the staff of the Archdiocesan Chancery as Chancellor/Vicar-General and served there until his appointment as Bishop. In 1970, he was given the papal rank of Chaplain to His Holiness with the title “Monsignor.” A year later he was named a Prelate of Honor.

He was ordained bishop in 1984, becoming the second bishop of Charlotte. After nine years in Charlotte, he was named by Pope John Paul II to head the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and was installed as Archbishop on August 19, 1993.

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Joseph M. Hassett Fri, 04 May 2012 17:13:56 +0000 Read more..]]> Joseph Hassett balances his achievements in law with a passion for Irish culture and academia. He is both an accomplished lawyer and Yeats scholar. His new book, W.B. Yeats and the Muses, published by Oxford University Press, will be reviewed in our next issue.
A graduate of Canisius College, Harvard University and University College, Dublin, where he earned his MA and PhD, Joe is a member of the bar in Washington, D.C. and New York and has argued in   appellate courts all over the country and in the United States Supreme Court. He is currently with Hogan Lovells, a firm based in D.C., with offices worldwide and a long history of being committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting lawyers and others with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

A proud Irish American whose great-grandparents emigrated from counties Clare and Cork, Joe lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Carol Melton (the couple has two children) and serves as counsel to the Embassy of Ireland.

His interest in W.B. Yeats stems from the generosity of Irish Americans in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, who funded a scholarship that took him to the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo following his junior year in college in 1963.

Joe has lectured on Yeats and other Irish writers at such venues as the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, the James Joyce Summer School in Dublin, the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco, and Oxford University.

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Stephen Cross Fri, 04 May 2012 17:13:32 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr. Stephen E. Cross is the executive vice president for research of the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of America’s top research universities, which occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta and also has a base in Ireland.

Georgia Tech Ireland was officially opened in 2006 at the IDA Business and Technology Park, Athlone. Established by Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the applied research and real-world problem-solving arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology, it was GTRI’s first applied research facility outside the U.S.

Stephen, who holds faculty appointments as a professor in industrial and systems engineering and as an adjunct professor in the College of Computing and the College of Management, is one of the founders of Georgia Tech Ireland and has spent considerable time there.

He served on the advisory board at Queen’s University Belfast, as a consultant to Science Foundation Ireland, and has worked closely with IDA Ireland. He was recently asked to be a member of the advisory board of the Atlantic Corridor in Tullamore, County Offaly.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he was named a distinguished alumnus in 2002, Stephen received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as director and CEO of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, prior to joining Georgia Tech, and has published extensively on artificial intelligence and technology transition. In addition, he has led studies and organized workshops for senior industry and government leaders on topics spanning innovation, adaptable organizations, and systems engineering.

Stephen and his wife Sue have two grown children and two grandchildren.

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Steve Cahillane Fri, 04 May 2012 17:12:43 +0000 Read more..]]> Steve Cahillane has spent his entire career in the beverage industry and has more than 20 years of diverse experience. Today he is president of the North American Group for Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE).

One of four children born to a New York firefighter with roots in County Kerry and a mother who was born and raised in Donegal and immigrated to New York City at the age of 18, Steve holds a BA degree in political science from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Steve, who began his career as a sales representative for E&J Gallo Winery, held senior management        positions with Coors Distribution Company, InBev, and Labatt USA. He entered the European beverage industry in 2003, working for two years as chief executive of Interbrew UK and Ireland.  Following that, he moved to Brussels and served as chief commercial officer for InBev. In 2007, Steve was appointed president of the Europe Group for CCE, and in 2008, he was named president of CCE’s North American Group.

An avid runner, Steve has completed nine marathons as well as multiple half marathons and triathlons. He and his wife Tracy reside in Atlanta with their four children.

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Patrick Berrigan Fri, 04 May 2012 17:11:45 +0000 Read more..]]> When he isn’t involved in community work, Patrick Berrigan enjoys the outdoors. He also counts traveling to Ireland as one of his favorite pastimes.

Patrick is the city prosecutor of Slidell, Louisiana and is assistant district attorney assigned to Slidell City Court.

After graduating in the top ten percent of his class from Loyola University Law School and passing the bar, Patrick began practicing in Slidell in 1969. In 1971 he opened up his own practice to great success, and became the city attorney a year later.

As the city grew, so did Patrick’s practice. He was on the defense team in the Pan Am crash suit representing Pan Am and its insurers. He has been a prosecutor since 1970 and has served as a Special Prosecutor for the District Attorney of the 22nd Judicial District.

Currently, Patrick lectures on various topics to the Slidell, Mandeville and Covington police departments. He serves on Slidell’s Chamber of Commerce and is mayor of its Economic Development Committee. He was also a board member of Florida Parishes Human Services Authority from 2000 to 2007.

A practicing Roman Catholic, Patrick has been active in the Church community for forty years. He became a CCD Lay Teacher in 1970 and was the president of the board of directors at Slidell’s Pope John Paul II High School in 1989. He has also been an extraordinary lay minister for the Archdiocese of New Orleans since 1985. In 1996 he received the Order of St. Louis award, given to laypersons that have devoted their time to the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Patrick and his wife Barbara Ann Sedlacek, whom he met in law school, live in Slidell with their five children, Jenifer, Patrick Jr., Mary Elizabeth, Erin and Kim Theresa.

Patrick’s great-great-great-grandfather Jerimiah Berrigan left Liverpool on a ship bound for New Orleans in 1859. Like many Irish immigrants, he settled in an Irish enclave in what is now uptown New Orleans and became a tradesman. The Berrigans are from Counties Offaly and Tipperary.

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