Heritage Honor Roll

Every individual, group and business has a story worth telling. A legacy story can be presented in text and through photographs, home movies and other video and audio mediums. It can also be published in multiple languages and include hyperlinks to other Web sites important to the honoree. The Heritage Honor Roll may contain more than one legacy story for an individual or a group—or the legacy story may appear in more than one language—because members have opted to recognize different contributions of the same individual or group or wanted to share the story in their native language.

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About the Heritage Honor Roll

Within the Heritage Honor Roll, individual honorees are listed alphabetically by last name. If included, maiden names appear between parentheses and nicknames appear between quotation marks (but are not picked up by the Search Engine). Group honorees are listed by the first letter of the group’s name. If the name starts with the word “The,” such as “The Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “T.” If the group is commonly called “Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “A.” The name of the sponsor appears in square brackets following the honoree’s name.

If an exact date of birth or death—or formation or disbandment—is not known, we add “c.” to indicate it is an approximation. If the individual is still alive or the group is still active, we leave the field blank. The honoree’s occupation, field, industry or profession is listed last.

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To enable users to view all legacy stories, we preset the “Language” field to “-Any-.” To view all legacy stories on a specific honoree, add the honoree’s name in the appropriate field—individual or group– and click “Apply.” All legacy stories on that honoree will appear.

To find a legacy story about an individual or a group on our Website, type "www.americansall.org/node/" followed by its six-digit identification number as shown here: www.americansall.org/node/566231 or insert the name of the individual or group in the "Search" box at the top of each page and click on Search.

Last Name of Individual
First Name of Individual
Group Name
Language
State

Honorable John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy: Presidential Years Massachusetts (May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963) Irish, Catholic, Ireland, Politician, War Hero, Author, Member of Congress, President of the U.S.

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK was an American War hero, served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House and Senate and then elected as the 35th president of the United States, serving from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He was the author of three books, A Nation of Immigrants, Profiles in Courage and Why England Slept.

Donald "Ducky" Klein California (January 19, 1958 - August 27, 2015) Jewish, Hungary, Massage Therapist

Ducky's life spread coast to coast. Born in New York, moved to California to start his adult life, and went back east to be a Dad. 30 years later, after some life-changing events, returned to California to resume and, sadly, end his west coast existence. He touched the heart of everyone along the way. 

Donald Sandor "Duck" Klein California (January 19, 1958 - August 27, 2015) Jewish, Hungary, Massage Therapist

Don opened my heart in ways words cannot express. This writing will have to serve, or fill the (ducky) bill, as they say . . .

 

Albert "Chew" Kullen Maryland (December 27, 1909 - July 30, 1966) יידיש, פוילן, ביזנעסמאן

אַלבערט "טשו" קולען איז געבױרן געװאָרן אין באַלטימאָר, מערילענד.  ער איז געװען דער עלטסטער פֿון פֿיר קינדער.  די עלטערן, סעם און מערי קולטשיסקי, זענען געװען ייִדישע אימיגראַנטן פֿון רוסלאַנד.  אין צוגאָב צו אַ רײַכער אָפּשאַצונג פֿון זײער ירושה האָבן זײ געשאָנקען די קינדער אַן אױסצײכענונג װאָס איז יחיד־בנימו.  כאָטש 

Albert "Chew" Kullen Maryland (December 27, 1909 - July 30, 1966) Jewish, Poland, Businessman

Albert “Chew” Kullen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest of four children. His parents, Sam and Mary Kulchinsky, were Jewish immigrants from Russia and, in addition to a rich appreciation for their heritage, they afforded their children a unique distinction.

Allan S. Kullen Maryland (February 20, 1942 - ?) Jewish, Poland, Businessman, Inventor, Social Entrepreneur

“Her name is Ester Baumgartner. Do you know her? She's a pretty Swiss gril who sings beautifully, and I think she lives near here." Allan had posed the question in a broken mixture of Hebrew and English to whoever would listen and could understand him. Allan had met Ester while on an archaeological dig at Masada in the Negev, Israel. All he knew by the time they parted ways was her name and that she was staying in Tel Aviv.

Title First Middle Nickname Maiden Last MBA Arizona (? - ?) Spanish, Bolivia, Farmer, Class Valedictorian, Spanish, Bolivia, Farmer, Class Valedictorian

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Emma Lazarus New York (July 22, 1849 - November 19, 1887) Jewish, Spain, Portugal, Zionist, Poetess

Emma Lazarus wrote the poem “The New Colossus” in 1883 to inspire public support for the Statue of Liberty, which she called the “Mother of Exiles.” The poem was solicited by William Maxwell Evarts as a donation to an auction that helped raise funds for the construction of the Statue’s pedestal.

Senator Joseph Raymond McCarthy Wisconsin (November 14, 1908 - May 2, 1957) Irish, Catholic, Ireland, Politician, U.S. Senator

Early summer, 1954, was a heady time in Washington D.C. In the weeks following the historic Supreme Court ruling against segregation in public schools, the anti-communism crusade of Irish American Senator Joseph Raymond McCarthy began to unravel. Ten days after the dramatic humiliation of McCarthy on national television, U.S. Senator Lester C. Hunt shot himself—one victim of McCarthy’s witch-hunt.

Senator Joseph Raymond McCarthy: Appleton's Hometown (Anti) Hero Wisconsin (November 14, 1908 - May 2, 1957) U.S. Senator

Jerald Podair, professor of history and the Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University, became interested in Joseph McCarthy in 1998 when he moved to McCarthy’s hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin. His views McCarthy’s story as a paradoxical mix of American triumph and tragedy began at that point. This presentation, titled  Joseph McCarthy: Appleton's Hometown (Anti) Hero, was made to the Appleton Historical Society, September 12, 2018.

Mike McCormack New York (June 8, 1938 - ?) Irish, Ireland, Author, Musician, Historian, AOH

Mike McCormack is a former columnist for the Irish Echo and feature writer for the Arizona Desert Shamrock, San Francisco Gael, Florida Irish American, Hibernian Digest, as well as St Patrick’s Monthly and Ireland’s Eye magazines in Ireland. He helped organize a Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and served as Secretary, Vice President, and President before his knowledge of Irish history earned him the post of Division Historian.

Robert S. McNamara District of Columbia (June 9, 1916 - July 6, 2009) Irish, Ireland, Businessman, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Defense issues, including the missile gap, played a prominent role in the campaign of 1960. President-elect John F. Kennedy, very much concerned with defense matters although lacking former President Dwight D. Eisenhower's mastery of the issues, first offered the post of secretary of defense to former secretary Robert A. Lovett. When Lovett declined, Kennedy chose Robert S. McNamara on Lovett's recommendation.