2008 Distinguished Alumna

The Mercy High gymnasium was transformed into a tea parlor for over 200 women at the 4th Annual Tea for Tuition and presentation of the 2008 Distinguished Alumna Award held April 27th.

The Distinguished Alumna Award presentation was given by Mercy High School President Sr. Regina Marie Doelker, RSM to Mary Pat McDougall from the Class of 1956. With over 13,000 Mercy alumnae making a difference in the world, Mary Pat distinguished herself with her outstanding talents and passion to serve and heal others while exemplifying the Mercy values and mission.

Mary Pat McDougall currently serves as the President of Operation ABLE in Southfield, an organization she has been with since it was founded in 1986. The Operation ABLE mission is to provide personalized, high-quality training and career transition services for mature individuals. She lives in the same house in which she grew up in Northwest Detroit and has been a life-long member of St. Scholastica Parish where she has served as President of the Parish Council.

Nominated by her classmates,“We applaud her perseverance and devotion to the ideals of service, justice, and human dignity. Her generosity and kindness are legend in both the neighborhood and parish.”

Mary Pat also worked at Children’s Hospital of Michigan for 25 years as a valued pediatric nurse whose compassion and extraordinary skills helped in the wellness of countless children. She holds two master’s degrees in counseling and nursing as well as a Ph.D in Counselor Education from Wayne State University and even served as President of the Ronald McDonald House.

Mary Pat graciously accepted her award stating,“Distinguished service is what all of us do everyday as we live out our lives, trying to make a difference for others in whatever our particular circumstances are. So this award could have gone to any alum who is carrying out the Mercy tradition. I am simply a representative of that entire group of women.”