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Regan, Agnes (1869–1943)

Regan, Agnes (1869–1943)

American social worker and educator. Born Agnes Gertrude Regan, Mar 26, 1869, in San Francisco, CA; died Sept 30, 1943, in Washington, DC; dau. of James Regan and Mary Ann Morrison.

Worked for 3 decades in San Francisco school system as teacher, principal, and member and president of Board of Education; helped bring about 1st teachers' pension law in CA; was 1st executive secretary of National Council of Catholic Women in Washington, DC (1920–41); became instructor in community organization for National Catholic Service School for Women in Washington, DC (later National Catholic School of Social Service), then served as assistant director (1925–43) and acting director (1935–37); played a crucial role during the national expansion of Catholic social work and fostered leadership among Catholic women.

See also Loretto R. Lawler, Full Circle: The Story of the National Catholic School of Social Service, 1918–1947 (1951).

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