Hall of Merit
These pages honour McAuliffes who have distinguished themselves in the service of their fellow men, have overcome adversity in an exceptional way, or have excelled in a particular field of endeavour, such as medicine, music, military service, sport, etc. Recognition is at two levels - the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Merit. To qualify for the Hall of Fame, most will have achieved widespread recognition at an international level. The Hall of Merit recognises those who have achieved high office or given meritorious service within their field or within their own country but may be less well-known internationally.
Prior to his retirement in March 1998, Brigadier General Donald E. McAuliffe held the position of assistant Adjutant General, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. His retirement ended a military career spanning nearly 43 years.
Donald McAuliffe was born on March 27, 1938, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Williamstown High School in 1955. He completed a bachelors degree in Personnel Administration at Elizabethtown College in 1974. He began his military career when he joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in 1955. After graduation from basic training, he served in various personnel positions. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1969, as a personnel officer and served in numerous positions within the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He has spent the major partof his career as an Air National Guard military technician.
In 1985, he entered active duty with the National Guard Bureau. He returned to the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in March 1991, as Deputy Commander, Headquarters, Pennsylvania Air National Guard and continued in that assignment until taking up the position of assistant Adjutant General in August 1992. He was promoted and federally recognised as a Brigadier General in October 1992.
General Donald McAuliffe’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal. The citation for that concludes with "The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General McAuliffe culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect the highest credit upon himself, the Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force."
Distinguished Service Medal
Brigadier General Michael A. (Mick) McAuliffe retired in March 1994 after a distinguished career in the US Air Force. At the time of his retirement he held the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Engineering, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.
Michael McAuliffe was born in 1941, in Ashland, Wisconsin and grew up in Salina, Kansas. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University in 1965 and a master of science degree in industrial management from The George Washington University in 1977. He completed Armed Forces Staff College as a distinguished graduate in 1979, Air War College in 1983, and the Harvard University Program for Defense Senior Managers in 1987. He also received the Society of American Military Engineers' Newman Medal for having made the most outstanding contribution to Air Force engineering during 1987.
Michael McAuliffe was commissioned as a regular officer in August 1965 and assigned to the Air Force Regional Civil Engineer, Portland, Oregon as a project engineer. In 1966 he transferred to the Air Force Regional Civil Engineer, San Francisco, where he was a project and construction engineer. Between 1968 and 1974 he undertook assignments in South Korea, South Vietnam and West Germany.
Returning to the United States in August 1974, Michael McAuliffe was assigned as a staff engineer and planner, and also graduated from the the Armed Forces Staff College in January 1979. After further assignments he entered the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in 1982.
In June 1983 he was reassigned to Air Force headquarters, as chief of the Housing and Services Division, Directorate of Engineering and Services. In June 1985 he was assigned as chief of the Programs Division, Directorate of Engineering and Services. He also served as chairman of the Air Staff Board Facilities Panel. After leaving the Pentagon in June 1988, he became deputy chief of staff for engineering and services, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In March 1990 he became deputy chief of staff for engineering and services, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base. He was promoted to Brigadier General in March 1991. From June 1992 until his retirement in March 1994 General Michael McAuliffe held the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Engineering, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base.
General McAuliffe's military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal.
US Air Force
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
USAF - Biography
Jack McAuliffe is generally credited with being the father of the micro-brewing movement in America. In the mid-1970's he was a U.S. sailor stationed in Scotland. He developed a liking for the hearty and robust Scottish ales. On a sailor's pay he could not afford to buy as much of the good beers as he would have liked, so he began to experiment with brewing his own. He studied the brewing methods and soon began to produce some quite acceptable results. When his service in the navy finished he returned to the United States and kept on homebrewing. Eventually he formed, with partners Suzy Stern and Jane Zimmerman, the New Albion Brewing Company in Sonoma, California in 1977. The brewery eventually failed, mostly because of under capitalisation, and ceased operations in 1983.
But Jack McAuliffe had planted the seed that was to lead to an unstoppable interest in small breweries producing craft beers. Jack McAuliffe's venture was short lived, but his New Albion Brewery became known as America's first "Micro Brewery", or "Craft Brewery", and hundreds of homebrewers were inspired by him.
Bishop Michael Francis McAuliffe. Born Kansas City, Kansas, November 22, 1920. Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City, on May 31, 1945. Engaged in pastoral and diocesan ministries. Named a Monsignor in 1957. Appointed at the age of 48 as Second Bishop of Jefferson City on July 2, 1969, by Pope Paul VI. Ordained a Bishop and installed at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City by Archbishop Luigi Raimondi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, on August 18, 1969.
His Episcopal motto was “In Truth and Charity.” Encouraged Catholic education, promoted vocations, the permanent diaconate, social concerns, established diocesan pastoral council and spiritual renewal programs for clergy and laity. He received national notoriety for his promotion of the Role of Women in the Church. He built 21 new churches and ordained 78 priests and 84 permanent deacons. Grand Prior of the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Pope John Paul II accepted his retirement on June 25, 1997, when he became Bishop Emeritus. Active in retirement until ill health. Died at 85 years old on January 9, 2006, in Kansas City, Missouri, and was buried from the Cathedral of St. Joseph by Bishop John R. Gaydos. He remains were interred, at his request, in the Priests’ lot of Resurrection Cemetery in Jefferson City. He was a priest for 60 years and a bishop 36 years.
Mary McAuliffe is an internationally recognised composer. She received her formal training at Cork's University College, and entered into a career in teaching. Her career in composition began in 1983 with The Star of Bethlehem. Composition became her full-time focus in 1993, resulting in her becoming recognized as a talented composer and lyricist. In Return to Old Ireland, she blended her own text with that of Walt Whitman and W. B. Yeats to produce a unified impression of what it meant to be an Irish immigrant in the New World. Her instrumental work is held in such high regard that in 2000 the Royal Irish Academy of Music added several of her pieces to its examination suite. Her work continues to be performed frequently in Ireland, Canada, and the United States.
She was selected as the composer for the Beatification of 17 Irish Martyrs in 1992. This is particularly significant because this beatification had been 87 years in the process; to be selected as part of the service is a high honor, indeed.
Mary McAuliffe's work spans a wide range of mediums, and as well as instrumental works and a vast body of adult choral compositions, includes soundtracks for documentary film, music for children and youth choirs, and opera.
If you know of a McAuliffe descendant whom you think deserves to be included in the Hall of Fame or the Hall of Merit contact the webmaster with details. The final decision on inclusion will be made by the webmaster.
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