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Gallagher, Breda O’Connell, sister of the late Elizabeth (Betty) O’Connell DeBickero ’55 and the late Mary O’Connell Frey ’55.
Posted: April 27, 2020

Earley, Mary Delaney

Posted: July 16, 2019

Clark, Alice Dargan, daughter of the late Sarah Byrne Dargan ’13

Posted: November 18, 2017

Geary, Marie Hurley

Posted: February 24, 2017
Hoffman, Colletta A. Lilly
Posted: October 1, 2016

Stapleton, Winifred T. Manning

Posted: September 21, 2015

Relos, Janet

Posted: February 6, 2014

Scales, Barbara Franke

Posted: January 27, 2014

Gehrman, Mary Carol O’Brien, sister-in-law of Patricia Kelly O’Brien ’53 and Marilyn Burchett O’Brien ’56

Posted: January 27, 2014

Witry, Catherine E. Sweeney

Posted: August 21, 2012

Wisniewski, Mildred Ann McCue

Posted: August 21, 2012

Trout, Diane Markey

Posted: August 21, 2012

Thulis, Virginia L. Grady

Posted: August 21, 2012

Sweeney, Jeanne A.

Posted: August 21, 2012

Slovey, Helen Ruth Havey

Posted: August 21, 2012

Ryan, Joan M. Eber

Posted: August 21, 2012

Reidy, Mary T.

Posted: August 21, 2012

Pressley, Beatrice Marie Moran

Posted: August 21, 2012

Post, Marie Antoinette D’Andrea

Posted: August 21, 2012

O’Donoghue, Kathleen M.

Posted: August 21, 2012

O’Connell, Mary C. Connolly

Posted: August 21, 2012

Noble, Marilyn Ruth Gilmore

Posted: August 21, 2012

McMahon, Mary Kay Westhoven

Posted: August 21, 2012

McIlvain, Marlene R. Schmitz

Posted: August 21, 2012

McHugh, Marylyn Jane Hagen

Posted: August 21, 2012

Marion, Jeanne P.

Posted: August 21, 2012

Mangin, Marilyn C.

Posted: August 21, 2012

Kowalewska, Diane G. Gaspszewicz

Posted: August 21, 2012

Koelikamp, Betty Lee Erickson

Posted: August 21, 2012

King, Jacquelyn Fay Vinlove

Posted: August 21, 2012

Kilbane, Mary Patricia Burke

Posted: August 21, 2012

Johnson, Mary Alice Wallace

Posted: August 21, 2012

Jaffray, Patricia Smith

Posted: August 21, 2012

Hunt, Catherine M. McCarthy

Posted: August 21, 2012

Hoyt, Ann Hynes

Posted: August 21, 2012

Hornett, Lolita Jean Kornmayer

Posted: August 21, 2012

Healy, Duanne J. Graver

Posted: August 21, 2012

Halaburt, Mary Louise

Posted: August 21, 2012

Garvin, Marjorie C. Unger

Posted: August 21, 2012

Flohr, Beverly Ellen Shapiro

Posted: August 21, 2012

Edman, Marianne E. O’Brien

Posted: August 21, 2012

Earley, Mary Rita Donohue

Posted: August 21, 2012

Dunning, Donna Jean McMahon

Posted: August 21, 2012

Dunne, Kathleen Mary Henry

Posted: August 21, 2012

Dorini, Jeane Marie Olson

Posted: August 21, 2012

Conway, Mary Catherine Cavaney

Posted: August 21, 2012

Chorley, Virginia C. Wiley

Posted: August 21, 2012

Carballo, Patricia Jule Daly

Posted: August 21, 2012

Burdette, Marceline May Greenawalt

Posted: August 21, 2012

Brown, Bobbi Byrne

Posted: August 21, 2012

Brady, Coletta M. Evans

Posted: August 21, 2012

Anderson, Colette Agnes McMahon

Posted: August 21, 2012

Alley, Mary Frances Lane

Posted: August 21, 2012

Ahern, Margaret Ann McGuire

Posted: August 21, 2012

Carole R. Nolan ’50, ‘founding mother’ of WBEZ-FM, loved A.O.L. and S.S.N.D.

 

Carole R. Nolan ’50, was certain about who had provided the foundation of knowledge she later built upon during her early career as an educator and later as a public radio pioneer with station WBEZ (91.5 FM) in Chicago. Carole praised her teachers at the Academy of Our Lady for their career-shaping guidance.

 

In accepting an achievement award in 2006 from the School Sisters of Notre Dame Chicago Province, Carole recalled: “Sister Aventine and Sister Josephine awakened my interest in science. Sister Cortona put the fear of God in me as I learned Latin, and Sister Charlette helped me develop study habits in my quest for knowledge. Sister Eudocia developed my interest in ancient history and probably influenced my travel. I loved Longwood and the beautiful campus. I can still remember the fun we had at the Mission parties. [They were] probably my introduction to fundraising, which later helped me raise money for public radio.”

 

Carole, who was 80, died July 5 in hospice care from the effects of muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease. Tributes posted within hours of her death on WBEZ’s website illustrated how very well Carole had learned her Longwood teachers’ lessons. One former colleague lauded her as the “founding mother” of WBEZ in the early 1970s. Another praised her leadership over the years in transforming the station from an underused instructional outlet owned by the Chicago Board of Education to that of the independent, not-for-profit entity Chicago Public Radio (now Chicago Public Media). Among Carole’s accomplishments mentioned on WBEZ’s website and in her Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune obituaries were her improvement of the station’s broadcasting capabilities, programming and audience share; linking WBEZ with National Public Radio; and–in 1995–moving the station from its Loop location to state-of-the-art facilities at Navy Pier. The Tribune quoted Torey Malatia, Chicago Public Media’s current CEO, in describing Carole’s talent for overcoming challenges: “She was an incisive business professional who let no obstacle, no matter how formidable, stop her.”

 

And although she was a role model for aspiring women executives, Carole—still a teacher in some respects–also was known for her compassion in developing young talent.

 

To prepare for her life’s journey, Carole earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at DePaul University and then a teaching degree from Chicago Musical College, where she studied piano. Prior to her radio career, she taught science and music in the Chicago Public School system, wrote science curricula and developed television production classes for high school students.

 

At her retirement in the mid-1990s, Carole had served for 25 years as WBEZ/Chicago Public Media’s general manager and chief executive, and she had won many awards. Her love of travel had taken her to every continent. Several years ago she moved from her north suburban home to a senior living community in Arlington Heights. Recently she had been writing a book about her years with the radio station.

 

Survivors include Jane Marie Smith, a friend of 53 years, and several cousins.

Posted: July 9, 2012

Rauen, Beverly Eckert, sister-in-law of Mary Lou Streff Eckert ’40 and Mary Clare Bialecke Eckert ’59

Posted: May 9, 2012

Desidero, Eileen Tatro

Posted: October 25, 2011

Cramsie, Jeriann Clare O’Melia

Posted: July 1, 2011

Puschak, Donna (Madonna) McMullen, sister of Genevieve McMullen Schaefer ’49

Posted: April 6, 2011

McGeehan, Patricia Murphy, sister of Marguerite Murphy Altenbach ’40

Posted: December 6, 2010

Murray, Mary Camille, sister of Marita Murray ’53

Posted: July 8, 2010

Noble, Marilyn Gilmore

Posted: March 29, 2010

O’Connell, Mary Connelly

Posted: March 29, 2010

Kilbane, Mary Patricia Burke, sister of Rita Burke Carr ’48

Posted: March 29, 2010