|Name||Donal Neil "Mike" O'Callaghan|
, Nevada , United States
|| September 10, 1929
|Died||March 05, 2004
|Last Modifed||User 13|
Mar 15, 2004 11:29am
|Info||Donal Neil "Mike" O'Callaghan |
Mike O'Callaghan was born and raised in Wisconsin where he attended a one-room schoolhouse run by his mother during the 1930's. He attended high school in Winona, Minnesota, and joined the U.S. Marines at age 16. Discharged as Sergeant O'Callaghan in 1948, he continued his studies and worked as an ironworker until 1950. His distinguished career in the 1950's included service as an intelligence officer in the Aleutians and military honors which included two purple hearts, a bronze star, and a silver star. The O'Callaghan Regimental Rifle Range carries his name as an additional tribute.
Mr. O'Callaghan graduated among the top ten graduates earning both his B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Idaho. His post-graduate work continued at Georgetown University, Claremont Graduate School, Colorado State, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 1974, Time Magazine named him among the "Promising 200 Young Americans."
At Basic High School, Mr. O'Callaghan taught government and history for five years. He served as the Las Vegas Chief Probation Officer in 1961-62. Mr. O'Callaghan was the first Director of Health and Welfare in Nevada in 1963-64 after which he served as Director of the Job Corps Conservation Centers Program in Washington, D.C. until 1966. From 1967 to 1969, he was the regional director for the office of Emergency Preparedness for Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Pacific Trust Territory. One of five, two-term governors in Nevada history, Mr. O'Callaghan was prominent from 1971 to 1978, chairing the Western Governors' Conference. His efforts in developing Presidential Reorganization Plan 1 resulted in the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Mr. O'Callaghan, his wife Carolyn, and five children are long-time members of the Nevada family. He presently holds the position of Executive Vice-President of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. His tireless involvement with education and community issues is as evident in his journalism as it was from the governor's chair more than a decade ago.