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Arthur J. Radcliffe Obituary
Age 93 Of St. Paul Entered eternal life, peacefully, surrounded by family on January 4, 2011. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Catherine, and son Thomas. He is survived by his children Margaret (Richard) Davern, David, Joseph (Chris), and (Leslie Radcliffe); 9 Grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and other relatives. He is also survived by many very special friends. He graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Ironwood Michigan, and St. Thomas College, magna cum laude. He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota. Arthur taught at Saint Thomas Academy (STA) in the late 40's and early 50's. Many of his students became life long friends. He left STA to become the Director of Christ Child Community Center (now Merrick Community Services). During his 11 years of leadership, the agency moved its focus from recreation to social group work and community organization. In 1960, he joined the Bureau of Catholic Charities as an assistant to Rev. Francis Curtin. In the following years additional services were added. In 1973, he was appointed executive director of Catholic Social Services and the agency was locally and nationally recognized as a family services organization. Staff provided leadership in counseling, aging programs, and other services reflecting the changes in the community. He laid the groundwork for the Dorothy Day Center and found a new home for the agency when the Wilder Building was replaced by the Ordway Center. In the late 70's, the Archdiocese consolidated various agencies under the corporate name of Catholic Charities. Arthur then moved to Minneapolis to organize the agency's' development and communication office. In 1959, he combined his lifelong interests in education and social work by developing the curriculum which then became the School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine in 1961. Arthur and Kay enjoyed classical music, opera, photography, reading, and tennis. Art and Kay also enjoyed winters in Arizona and traveling. Their grandchildren appreciated their presence at many family events and social gatherings. During his professional career, he served on a number of committees and boards as diverse as the National Association of Social Workers and President of the St. Paul Federation of Settlements. Awards included; Social Worker of the year from the U of M in 1971, outstanding St. Thomas College Emmet Murphy Award in 1982. Art's Catholic faith, empathy, kindness, keen intellect, memory, and gifts of helping others were the hallmarks of his life and career. He will be dearly missed. Many thanks to Art's wonderful friends especially the last few years. The family is very grateful for the staff at The Pillars for their compassionate care. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Monday at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2055 Bohland Ave, St. Paul, followed by luncheon. Visitation 9:30AM. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to Catholic Charities for direct service programs, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements O'Halloran & Murphy 651-698-0796.


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Published in Pioneer Press from Jan. 6 to Jan. 9, 2011
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