College of the Holy Names card players

College of the Holy Names card players

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College of the Holy Names new campus in the Oakland hills

College of the Holy Names new campus in the Oakland hills

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Color photo of College of the Holy Names at Lake Merritt

College of the Holy Names old campus

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Mr Raskob walks with alumnae

Mr Raskob walks with alumnae

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College of the Holy Names dorm room, 1964

College of the Holy Names dorm room, 1964

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College of the Holy Names post, Lake Merritt

College of the Holy Names post, Lake Merritt

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In honor of Presidents’ Day

College of the Holy Names Alumna with President John F. Kennedy

Next time you visit Cushing Library on the Holy Names campus, look for the display case in tribute to HNU alumna Margaret Mealey, Class of 1933. Above, she is pictured (in the white hat) with President John F. Kennedy at the 1963 signing of the Equal Pay Bill for Women.

Ms. Mealy worked as the Executive Director for National Council of Catholic Women in Washington, DC for many years and was a member of President Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women.

From her obituary:

In 1949, Ms. Mealey was appointed executive director of the National Council of Catholic Women and moved to Washington, D.C.

The council, an umbrella group for some 5,000 Catholic women’s groups in the United States, was established in 1920 by the U.S. bishops. Ms. Mealey retired in 1977 and moved back to Oakland, settling in the family home.

During her career, Ms. Mealey served on prestigious panels and commissions. She was an observer at the Second Vatican Council, was appointed by Pope Paul VI to the Pontification Commission of the Council on the Laity and served as its delegate to meetings of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations.

In the 1960s, Ms. Mealey was a member of President Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women; she later was appointed by Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford to their respective Citizens’ Advisory Councils, and by President Carter to the National Commission on International Women’s Year.

In the early 1960s, Ms. Mealey founded and became treasurer of Women in Community Service, an amalgam of several prominent nonprofit groups trying to help the poor.

“She was very much engaged in the war on poverty during the 1960s,” said Annette Kane, who served as the NCCW’s executive director from 1985 to 2002. “The objective of WICS was to lift young women out of poverty. She was really a leading force in that.”

Ms. Mealey was also a delegate to White House conferences that studied issues dealing with children, the elderly, and food and nutrition. Later in her life, she was vice chair of the development committee at Mercy Retirement & Care Center in Oakland, where she died.

Last March, Ms. Mealy was featured in the short film, Moving the Mission Forward, created for display at HNU President Bill HynesInaugural reception, about how Holy Names University students and alumni use their belief in human equality, social justice, and civic engagement to liberate their spirits and transform our world.

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Science class

College of the Holy Names students in class

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College of the Holy Names circa 1890 and 1955

A big thanks to Lincoln Cushing, Digital Archivist – Communications Consultant, of Kaiser Permanente Heritage Resources, who sent us a couple really terrific photos originally from the Oakland Tribune. Enjoy!

College of the Holy Names graduates, 1890.
The Holy Names College graduates, 1890.

College of the Holy Names on Lake Merritt, 1955.
Holy Names College on original site, currently Kaiser Building and The Ordway. Circa 1955.

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College of the Holy Names Nuns on Lake Merritt

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