Patricia Galvin McCafferty
Class of 1976
Patricia Galvin McCafferty, Class of 1976, excelled as a student at Chelmsford High School, as a successful journalist (Lowell Sun), a Congressional district director (U.S. Fifth District), and as a leader at UMass Lowell (Vice Chancellor). Patti was also an active volunteer in many civic and community organizations throughout the Merrimac Valley with a positive impact on countless individuals.
Patti is person who has achieved success at every opportunity because of her dedication and passion. Her establishment of the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Endowed Scholarship at UMass Lowell and support of the Academy of Notre Dame and the Merrimack Repertory Theatre are good examples.
“What sets Patti apart is her loyalty, her compassion for others and her true belief in the missions she chooses to serve. Patti is the leader and architect behind UMass Lowell’s soaring public image… and she is a major reason why we see record enrollments, unprecedented giving, the most media coverage and the highest rankings in our history.” (Jacqueline Moloney, Chancellor of UMass Lowell)
A CHS classmate and friend of 42 years states “she is a tremendous leader, clear thinker, and visionary, and has made a tremendous impact on UML and the Greater Lowell community.” He continues “and they sought out Patti’s participation because of the need for experienced, committed, and highly capable directors.” (Jack Clancy, CHS ’76)
Her involvement with the Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) and its partnership with UMass Lowell “which now flourishes, and is considered a national model” and “the Merrimack valley is a better, more vibrant, forward thinking region because it has Patti McCafferty leading the way”. (Sean Daniels, Artistic Director, MRT)
Patti’s effort in helping establish the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Endowed Scholarship at UMass Lowell to provide financial assistance to students who live in Lowell and attend UML was well received and documented. A local educator comments that “The Greater Lowell community is well served by Patti’s energy and commitment” and the scholarship “exists to keep alive forever the memory of the Sacred Heart parish. For that, I cannot thank Patti enough.” (Jim Neary, Principal F.T. Greenhalge School, Lowell, MA)
An active parent volunteer at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA, Patti was involved in numerous fundraising endeavors. She became chairperson of the Friends of Notre Dame Academy, the main fundraising group. “I could tell from our first meeting that Patti was someone that could be relied on to help the entire school community.” (Lisa M. Zappala, Academy of Notre Dame)
Support for Patti’s induction to the CHSAA Hall of Fame contained comments such as “full hearted commitment to community,” her “outstanding record of accomplishment,” “her dedication to young people,” and to sum it up “The selection committee could not make a finer choice than to honor Patti, whose life’s work has been to put the spotlight on everyone’s achievements other than her own.”