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