May 23, 2018—Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago inducted six women into its Hall of Honor Sunday, April 22, including Admiral at the Lake resident Joan Bransfield. Inductees into the Hall were chosen from more than 100 nominations.
Joan, who graduated from Mother McAuley in 1952, enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the Chicago Archdiocesan schools. Most notably, as principal of the School of Saint Mary in Lake Forest, Joan helped oversee a $6.1 million campaign for the construction of a new building. Under her leadership, St. Mary’s grew to become one of the 10 largest elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Joan has been recognized as a National Distinguished Principal by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Most Distinguished Catholic Principal in the Midwest by the National Catholic Education Association.
A member of The Admiral at the Lake’s Board of Directors, Joan is a volunteer with Catholic Charities and also serves as a hospice volunteer as one of The Admiral’s Harbor Mates.