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2013 Alumna of the Year
2013 Alumna of the Year Shirley Connolly '58 with Marisa Mizono '68, 2011-13 Board President and Mary Magnano Smith '65, 2012 Alumna of the Year.
Lillian Schwarz Corriea '38 celebrates
Lillian Schwarz Corriea '38 celebrates her 75th Lone Mountain reunion with daughters Barbara Schwarz Mellin '68 and Florence "Nini" Schwarz Cardoza '65.
Eileen Emerson Boles
Eileen Emerson Boles, 2013 recipient of the Lone Mountain Legacy Scholarship.
Members of the Class of 1953 celebrate their 60th reunion
Members of the Class of 1953 celebrate their 60th reunion.
Members of the Class of 1948 celebrate their 65th reunion with their daughters
Members of the Class of 1948 celebrate their 65th reunion with their daughters.
Members of the Class of 1963 celebrate their 50th reunion
Members of the Class of 1963 celebrate their 50th reunion.
Members of the Class of 1973 celebrate their 40th reunion
Members of the Class of 1973 celebrate their 40th reunion.
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Shirley Connolly – 2013 Alumna of the Year

The Alumnae of the Sacred Heart were pleased to recognize Shirley G. Connolly, Class of 1958, as 2013 Alumna of the Year at the annual reunion on the Lone Mountain campus of the University of San Francisco.  She was honored for her tireless dedication over decades to education, volunteer work and as a leader of our Alumnae Association.

Shirley was born in Helena, Montana and moved with her family to San Francisco at the age of seven. She is a graduate of the San Francisco College for Women, with a bachelor of arts degree in history and world literature. She went on to complete graduate course work at Boston University and Harvard.

Shirley began her teaching career at St Joseph’s School of the Sacred Heart in Atherton. She then moved to San Francisco where she served as a teacher, then dean of students and director of studies at Convent of the Sacred Heart, Broadway. After a short stint at Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Massachusetts, Shirley again returned to San Francisco. One of her main tasks as a member of the RSCJ California Province was to educate teachers, a task at which she excelled.  She served as principal of the Sacred Heart High School in Menlo Park until 1975.

Shirley began a new path in 1976, joining Catholic Telemedia Network in Menlo Park.  She remained there, rising through several positions to become general manager for her last 10 years before retiring in 2002.  Since retirement, she has been very involved with the Oakwood community on a volunteer basis, serving on their advisory board, providing transportation for retired and sometimes very frail retired sisters, and performing “other duties as specified”.

We in the Alumnae Association are most grateful to Shirley for her role in keeping alive our association after the closure of SFCW/Lone Mountain College in 1978.  With other dedicated alumnae, she kept the spirit and enthusiasm alive. She continues to serve us in this role today.

We honor Shirley Connolly, for her clarity, wisdom, diplomacy, humility and kindness.  She truly exemplifies attributes that we all aspire to.