Mary Callanan, 1931-2017

09/16/17 - posted by Frank Dunnigan - dunnigan<at>

Mary Callanan, a 3rd generation San Franciscan and San Francisco’s first female City Treasurer, died this week at age 86. She was first appointed Treasurer by Mayor Dianne Feinstein in 1980 after serving as Chief Financial Officer of the Airport Commission, and was then elected Treasurer 4 times—1981, 1985, 1989, 1993—including twice unopposed. Long before many other women became active in political life, Mary went back to college, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and later earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in order to make herself the best qualified person for the jobs she sought. A life-long Mission District resident (still living in her grandparents’ old home), she was active in civic life, serving in several social and charitable organizations, including YLI (Young Ladies’ Institute, a Catholic charity), President of the Irish-Israeli-Italian Society, and Ancient Order of Hibernians. She was also involved in many groups in the western neighborhoods: United Irish Cultural Center, Board of Regents of St. Ignatius College Prep, and Alumnae of the Year at USF. The Chronicle printed a paid family death notice, but has not yet acknowledged the passing of this dedicated civil servant with a news story.

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