Posted on December 13, 2016

GSMP Dedicates its Training Room to Benefactors Kay and Paul McClenon

At its Holiday Open House on December 12, 2016, the Good Shepherd Mediation Program training room was dedicated to benefactors Kay and Paul McClenon, the parents of Sr. Mary Carol McClenon. 

Paul McClenon was born in 1921 in Washington, D.C. Kay Barker, was also born in 1921 and raised in the DC area from the age of two. 

Kay and Paul first met in college only once on a double date for a bridge game.  Paul was drafted shortly after the United States entered WW II. Meanwhile, Kay finished college and joined the Navy.  When Paul returned from the Army in the fall of 1945, he claims that he picked up his "little black book" of girls' names and called Kay Barker since she was near the beginning of the book and he remembered that she seemed smart.  

They got married on June 1, 1946 and then immediately enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania for Master's Degrees on the GI Bill.  Paul became a CPA.  During his career, he worked for several different Federal agencies and for a couple of non-profit "think tanks" (including the Rand Corporation during the Daniel Ellsberg era).  

Kay got a Master's in Education.  She spent most of her life as a full-time mother and was also a very active volunteer in Home & School Associations, church functions, community organizing, Girl Scouts and adult literacy programs.

Kay and Paul -- and then their three children -- took a lively interest in a wide variety of political and social issues and the McClenon home was notable for an eclectic program of reading aloud from an endless supply of both conventional and quirky magazines.  They were always interested in "progressive" causes. 

Kay and Paul became acquainted with the Good Shepherd Mediation Program through their daughter Carol -- Sr. Mary Carol -- who was sent by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd to be on the staff there from 1991 through 1996 and later became a Board Member in 2008.

Kay McClenon died in 2004 and Paul died in 2014.  

The Mediation Program has been a frequent recipient of grants from the Walter H. McClenon Fund.  In addition to the grants from the McClenon Fund, the Mediation Program was the beneficiary of a legacy from Kay's sister Ruth Barker through the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and a legacy from Paul McClenon also through the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

Photo (L-R): Cheryl Cutrona, Executive Director; Sr. Mary Carol McClenon, and Lee McClenon in front of the nameplate dedicating the training room to the memory of Kay and Paul McClenon.