“Andrean Grad Martin Mulloy Key Role in Steering Ford!”
Martin Mulloy, AHS ‘75 Alumni Profile
By Lori Dobis-Misher
One of Ford Motor Company’s taglines is “Ford, Built for the Road Ahead” and this marketing slogan certainly describes Andrean’s own Martin “Marty” Mulloy. Mulloy, AHS Class of 1975, credits that Andrean significantly helped build him for his career road ahead.
Spending his entire professional career with Ford Motor Company, Mulloy was named as Vice President Global Labor Affairs in 2005. He held this post until his retirement last year. As part of Ford’s senior leadership team, Mulloy played an instrumental role in saving the auto giant in 2009 thus steering the way for current successes today.
As Ford VP Global Labor Affairs, Mulloy was responsible for negotiating all union labor contracts and had a direct line to Bill Ford (grandson of founder Henry Ford) and Ford Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally. With a global labor workforce estimated to be around 200,000 union auto workers, Mulloy found himself at times right in the line of fire.
While at Andrean Mulloy was involved with Student Council and was a class officer, treasurer and then student body president his senior year. “Along with family, Andrean helped shape me” Mulloy said. “I learned about taking on added responsibilities, honoring commitments and saw firsthand what good leadership meant.”
When the economy was in the midst of a deep recession in 2009, Ford was the only one of the Big Three U.S. automakers who did not have to take any of the $90 billion auto bailout money from the federal government. After the auto bailout, Ford was looked upon very favorably by the American public for not needing any government money. Without Mulloy’s involvement, that might not have been the case. With Mulloy leading the charge, Marty was responsible for working directly with the United Auto Workers to help navigate Ford’s big comeback success.
“We recognized much earlier on that Ford had to make substantial changes to its manufacturing footprint or we were headed for trouble” Mulloy explained. “Starting back as early as in 2006, Ford recognized that we had too much capacity. We had to close plants and make layoffs. That meant making some tough decisions and then moving on them. But I’m proud to say that by working closely with the UAW, Ford was able to do it without one involuntary layoff.” That cooperative working relationship between Ford and the UAW fell on Mulloy’s shoulders.
As it’s been reported on 60 Minutes, in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and other top media across the globe, Ford offered generous packages and had all voluntary layoffs. Throughout the ordeal Ford was always respectful of its auto workers and had the full cooperation of the UAW. Ford credits Mulloy for making that cooperation happen. When the recession became full blown in 2009 and the world watched, the other U.S. auto manufacturers found themselves in enormous trouble while Ford stood tall and strong.
“Going through this was a once in a lifetime experience” Mulloy reflected. “I had a lot of sleepless nights, stress and was working non-stop. However I have the best wife and family (Janet Komisarcik-Mulloy AHS ’75). Janet was my rock and supported me throughout my entire career at Ford.”
Marty and Janet met their junior year at Andrean in Mrs. Mary Anne Mestrich’s Algebra I class and have been together for 43 years ever since. “Andrean gave me the greatest gift of all” Marty said. “I met the love of my life at Andrean”. Married 36 years now, Marty and Janet have two grown daughters Eileen and Julie.
“Geography didn’t allow for us to send our daughters to Andrean but they went through all Catholic schooling even when we lived in Australia for a while” Mulloy said. Eileen graduated from Ladywood Catholic High School in Livonia, MI and then earned an economics degree from the University of Michigan. She now lives in Chicago. Julie was valedictorian at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, MI and then graduated from the University of Notre Dame. She now lives in New York City. Although he has a long list of his own professional accomplishments, Mulloy is most proud about the achievements of his wife and daughters.
Besides being involved in student council, Marty was also on the Andrean tennis team and was in the National Honor Society. “I was by no means one of the elite students in my class” Mulloy humbly says. “I did well and was probably in the top 20% but there were a lot of very smart people. That encouraged me and the teachers motivated me to work harder, reach for more. There were other good public schools in the area but Andrean was different. You formed greater allegiances” Mulloy explained.
Best friend Tim Sheeran (AHS ’75) recalls “looking back at it now, Marty was always a great leader. He has an unbelievable ability to motivate others and he’s always positive, never has a bad word to say about anyone.” Sheeran has known Mulloy since second grade at Saints Peter and Paul. Senior year they were tennis partners and took the Sectional doubles champ title. “It does not surprise me at all to see what Marty has accomplished with his career at Ford. And if you ask Marty, he is the first one to tell you that Janet deserves a lot of the credit too and he could not have done it without her. Janet is also pretty darn amazing” Sheeran said. Both were the best man at each other’s weddings.
After graduating from Andrean Mulloy went to Purdue University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration. He received his job offer and was part of the prestigious two-year Ford management trainee program. After the two years Ford would grade these employees and assess for future leadership potential. If you did well Ford would then fast track the best of the best moving them up quickly. Mulloy was fast tracked and went on to earn his Master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
“Looking back at what we (Ford) did in 2006, I believe that growing up in Northwest Indiana gave me a much better understanding of the situation” Mulloy reflected. “My father James worked as a laborer for 45 years at United States Steel Gary Works. All of my older brothers had summer jobs in the Mill. I understood firsthand what the union meant and the impacts that layoffs brought to a community” Mulloy explained.
Mulloy grew up in Merrillville where he was the youngest son of James and Geraldine Mulloy. All four Mulloy brothers Pat (AHS ’67), Father Jim (AHS ’70) Tom (’70) and Marty attended SSPP. They grew up watching their dad serve on several parish committees giving back to the Catholic Church whatever time and treasure that he could. Mr. Mulloy passed away in 2003.
When Marty was in first grade his mother tragically passed away at the young age of 42 from complications from the scarlet fever that she contracted as a child. While a high school freshman, Mulloy’s dad remarried the widow Joan Nault. The Mulloy-Nault household suddenly grew from four to nine sons! Four of the Nault brothers (Bob ’67, Jerry ‘71, Tom ’75 and John ‘81) also graduated from Andrean. Mrs. Nault-Mulloy is currently 92-years young, doing well and still resides in the Region.
“Losing my mother when I was so young was very hard” Mulloy recalls. “But I truly believe that going to Catholic schools really helped. The nuns really looked out for my brothers and I. They knew we lost our mother so they took a bigger interest in us. That had a lasting impact on me”.
Mulloy is semi-retired now and co-writing a book with the former UAW co-lead Dan Brooks and University of Illinois professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld on his experiences with Ford’s big turnaround. The book is titled “Inside the Ford UAW Transformation” and will soon be published by MIT Press. Mulloy now has a consulting business and is a frequent guest lecturer on many college campuses talking about his labor affairs experiences.
For the last ten years Mulloy has also been heavily involved with Detroit Loyola Jesuit High School. Deeply committed to Catholic education he sits on the board at this all male high school located in the inner-city. Mulloy and the board fundraise to come up with the financial aid and scholarship money that pays the vast majority (approximately 80% every year) of tuitions that keeps this school open. More importantly without this dedicated board’s fundraising efforts these inner-city youths might not otherwise be afforded such hope and opportunity.
This past November Mulloy and his brothers took a road trip to Indianapolis to watch the Fighting Fifty-Niners play in the State title football game at Lucas Oil Field. It wasn’t the first time that Mulloy took a long road trip to watch Andrean play. Back in March of 1980 when Mulloy was living in the Albany, New York area he drove all night to get to Indy and watch Andrean play in the State basketball game at the old Market Square Arena. “Janet thought I was crazy” Mulloy laughed. “I drove all night through a snowstorm but I was not going to miss watching Andrean play in its first appearance at the State level”. Mulloy was part of Father Eckert’s construction crew in the mid-70’s that built Andrean’s own football house.
Marty and Janet Mulloy’s Class of 1975 will celebrate its 40th reunion this year and they are looking forward to it. With all these classmates approaching the age of 59 this year, upon his birthday Marty will officially join the Fifty-Niner for Life ranks. Marty Mulloy achieved that status a long time ago. He’s built for the road ahead.
“Andrean Had a Hand in Creating World’s Tallest Building”
Raymond Clark Alumni Profile
By Lori Dobis-Misher
When Ray Clark, Andrean Class of 1969 was a junior walking the halls of 5959 he really had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. So like all juniors he met with his AHS guidance counselor Father Richard Kinsky. Father Kinsky asked Ray what his plans were after graduation and Ray told him that he was not really sure. Father Kinsky then asked Ray what subjects he liked best and what was he good at. After Ray replied math and science, Father told him ‘well you should go into engineering and Purdue has a very strong program.’
“It really was as simple as that” Clark recalls. “I took Father’s advice, found my niche and never looked back”. The global skyline now has some of the most significant pieces of architecture and engineering including the World’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa as a result of the career of one Andrean alum Raymond Clark.
Clark who grew up in Gary and attended St. Luke’s Grade School, would go on to receive both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Upon graduation in 1975 Clark received multiple job offers and took a position with the prestigious Skidmore, Owings and Merrill architectural and engineering firm in Chicago. One of the world’s most elite firms, SOM is responsible for both the John Hancock (1969) and Sears Tower (1973). This helped persuade Clark with his decision.
Since 2010 the Burj Khalifa has stood 2,724 feet tall with 160 stories and is the centerpiece of Dubai, United Arab Emerites. When Clark started on the project it was called Burj Dubai. Burj means “tower” in Arabic. In 2010 the name was changed to Burj Khalifa in honor of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan the president of the UAE. It was built to be the world’s tallest by one-third more stories. Clark says that the Burj should stay the tallest for a while yet.
Clark was the lead engineer on the Burj Khalifa and oversaw 80+ people on the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill team. It took two years in the drawing phase with approximately 10,000 drawings, four years to construct, another two years to complete the interior and cost $200 billion to create. Once the Burj Khalifa was done it began the construction boom and a luxurious new more tolerant westernized city was born in the Middle East. Its significance is far more than just the bragging rights to being the World’s tallest building and Dubai has become a major global tourist destination.
Clark quickly moved through the ranks at SOM and fifteen years in he was named a Partner. His 30-year career at SOM saw him direct the engineering design of numerous significant projects. He is known in the architecture and design field for his renowned expertise on skyscrapers and energy efficient, sustainable designs. Clark retired from SOM a few years ago. He now has RJC Engineering and continues to consult around the globe and is highly sought after. He spent the bulk of his career working on projects in the Middle East and in Asia.
Besides the Burj Khalifa Clark was also the lead engineer on the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China (was the world’s tallest, now the fifth tallest, 88-stories), Tower Palace III in Seoul, Korea (tallest building in South Korea, 4th tallest residential building in world, 73-stories), Korea World Trade Center (41-stories), Canary Wharf London, Hong Kong Convention and Exposition Center, GM World Headquarters Detroit Renovation (from Renaissance Center mixed-use to full corporate occupancy in 2003) and the Hajj Tents- King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Hajj Tents is another one of Clark’s most prized professional accomplishments. When the airport was completed it was one of the first sustainable projects worldwide. It incorporated 260,000 square meters of fabric tent structures to temper the environment below (dessert). In 2010 Clark and SOM was honored by receiving the prestigious American Institute of Architects award for sustainability of a structure 25-years old. This AIA award is to the architecture and engineering field what the Oscars are to Hollywood!
After college Clark married his wife Gailee, a Lew Wallace High School grad and they settled in Chicago. They eventually moved back to the Region to Valparaiso. Ray’s older sister Dorothy (AHS ’66) married her Andrean sweetheart Dr. Darrell Graden (AHS ’66) and they too settled in Valpo. At the time their mother Anne Clark was still alive. Although traveling the globe, Ray and Gailee wanted to live closer to their family and lifelong friends.
Mrs. Anne Clark has since passed away but she taught for many years at St. Luke’s after Ray and Dorothy’s father John passed away tragically young when Ray was only 7-years old. “My mother was a pioneer. While she worked full-time with two children to raise she also put herself through school earning a teaching degree at Indiana University Northwest” Ray proudly says. “That set a great example for Dorothy and me”.
While at Andrean Clark admits that he was a solid A-B student but it was always the math and science that he excelled in. He was also on the track and wrestling teams and as a freshman he was the first one in his class to earn a varsity letter for wrestling.
“My good friend and classmate Carlos Mateo (AHS ’69) says that I was the first one in our class to earn the varsity letter but I still think it was Carlos in cross-country” Clark laughs.
Ray has completed work projects in 30 countries. Because of this he has many interesting stories to tell. One story that stands out is when Ray was in the Philippines in 2002 working on the Rockwell Center. Clark was the victim of a failed kidnap attempt. “I was attacked by four men in Manila but was able to escape due to a fair amount of luck and wrestling skills taught to me by Andrean Coach Bennett (Jack Bennett, retired Andrean faculty)” Clark recalls. “Another time I was in the Essex Hotel in New York City for a work trip and saved a woman from choking to death. I used the Heimlich procedure to save her life. Again, I would bet that I learned this from Coach Bennett in Andrean Health class”. Ray said.
With a love for exploring and experiencing new cultures, Ray and Gailee continue to travel the globe and have been to 65 countries including the ones for Ray’s work. “Every year now we pick a different place where we have never been and travel to it” Clark says. Now that Ray is semi-retired he can enjoy the leisure trips with Gailee. Together they raised two grown children Kristine (27-years) and Jonathon (26-years). Kristine is following in her father’s big shoes and works in interior architectural design in Chicago. Jonathon has a chemistry degree and is getting his master’s in business education in California. Both children received their undergraduate degrees from Purdue.
Right now Ray’s consulting work has him involved on some projects in Doha, Qatar. Doha is up and coming and being called the “next Dubai” although it is more conservative. Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, Doha is quickly being developed and is at the economic center of the oil driven country. Besides his consulting work Clark has taught at Valparaiso University and is now on the faculty of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
“It’s very ironic how a simple conversation, one or two sentences really can change someone’s life” Clark said. “From that meeting with Father Kinsky I found my career path and built a life. I loved my time at Andrean and still keep in touch with classmates. Regrettably I never got to talk to Father Kinsky again after graduation so I never got to tell him how he and Andrean impacted my life”. Father Kinsky passed away five years ago. “Andrean is a great school. Attending Catholic schools, St. Luke’s too made all the difference.”
So if you happen to travel to Dubai, take an extra minute to admire the Burj Khalifa. Look up in the sky at this momentous piece of art and think of Ray Clark sitting with Father Kinsky back at 5959. And even if you are not in Dubai, remember and tell others too that the World’s tallest building would not be possible as it is today without Andrean grad Raymond Clark.
To see pictures and learn more about some of Clark’s masterpieces, go to Ray’s website at www.rjcengineering.net and click on his SOM portfolio.
Judy Shepherd (Class of 1969) has been teaching social work to university students in remote locations for over 20 years. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Earlham College, she went on to receive her masters in social work at West Virginia University, and a PhD. in social work from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
After graduation and with three children (Kit, Joey and Sam Fielding), Judy moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she taught social work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for 18 years. While at UAF, Judy chaired the social work department and started a cohort program for Alaska Native students living in remote locations. That job allowed Judy the opportunity to visit Alaska Native villages, which are not on the road system, in order to meet with her students and community leaders.
In 2006, after her children all moved on to college and careers, Judy received a US State department J. William Fulbright Award to teach in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. She taught at the University of the West Indies for three years, before returning to Alaska. In 2012, Judy received a second Fulbright Award, this time to assist a newer university in Mukono, Uganda to develop its social work program. For Judy, the position in Uganda was both eye opening and life changing. She fell in love with the country, termed “the pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, and loved teaching the students, even though she often has classes of 120 to 150 students (with 4 copies of textbooks) and unreliable Internet.
Her students come from all over East Africa, and so she has learned much, not only about the politics and social service needs in Uganda, but also about the situation in South Sudan, Congo and Rwanda. Judy was able to renew her Fulbright Award for a second year, and will be returning to Uganda for a third year of work this September in order to help her host university, Uganda Christian University, establish a PhD. program in the social sciences.
In addition to her university teaching, Judy has assisted one of her former students with the establishment of a community-based organization in Western Uganda, Widows and Orphans Support Organization (WOSO). This organization serves widows and orphans in a region very hard hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and severe drought. Currently, WOSO sponsors 46 critically vulnerable orphans in primary school, provides worming, and AIDS testing for all the children, plus WOSO runs a small micro lending program for widows in the region (which allows them to start small businesses to help feed their families). WOSO is also planning to build a secondary school in Lwengo District, Western Uganda, for the children, since the nearest secondary school is over 4 miles away, and there is no bus or car transportation. Most children can’t make this walk due to distance and home responsibilities, and thus almost all drop out of school after primary 6. The community is very supportive of the school initiative, since it offers the hope of a high school education for their children. The guardians of the children in the WOSO project have come together to help clear the land and take down large anthills to make bricks for the school….the ultimate in school involvement.
Judy feels her work in Uganda has been the most fulfilling work she’s ever done. She says it’s so amazing to see the students after one term in school (where they receive breakfast and lunch, health care, and school materials), become healthy and self-confident. Clearly, Judy’s education at St. Mark’s and Andrean High School instilled in her the importance of service and outreach to vulnerable persons.
Anyone wanting to learn more about the education project Judy works within Uganda, can visit the Widows and Orphans Support Organization website at,
You are welcome to contact Judy Shepherd at, firstname.lastname@example.org.