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Alumnae joined in an educational legacy: Elaine Gallagher and Kathleen Cartan

Educators at Chicago’s Stevenson Elementary School opening doors for future teachers

Chicago (April 20, 2005) – Elaine Gallagher and Kathleen Cartan shared more than having worked together at Chicago’s Stevenson Elementary School on the city’s southwest side. They shared a commitment and a love for learning that they sought to pass along to their students. They were also alumnae of the School of Education at Saint Xavier University, and both are making it possible for a future generation of educators to fulfill their commitment to teach others.

Gallagher graduated from Saint Xavier in 1951. A long-time science teacher at Stevenson, totaling 40 years in the Chicago Public Schools system, Gallagher had established a scholarship fund through her estate for future science teachers prior to her death in 2004. The fund now stands at $40,000 after a recent gift to the fund from Gallagher’s sister-in-law, Shirley Gallagher, who donated to the fund after seeing an announcement by Saint Xavier about the scholarship.

The first recipient of the Gallagher Scholarship will be announced this year.

Cartan, a 1935 Saint Xavier graduate, was principal at Stevenson for many years and shared Gallagher’s love for learning, said Beverly Gulley, dean of Saint Xavier’s School of Education. Cartan died this year and had endowed $25,000 to the university as part of her estate. Both educators valued the need for well-trained and prepared teachers, Gulley noted.

“The School of Education is honored by the legacy of these two women. What a fitting memorial to these fine educators that other students may follow in their footsteps,” Gulley added.