Philanthropy was woven into the lives of John and Joan Scahill. Now, their legacy of serving others will continue through a $730,000 bequest that will advance Catholic Charities’ mission.
“Their Catholic faith was very important to them,” said nephew Ed Ahlers. “They shared it by example in how they lived their lives. They knew they had been blessed, and they clearly wanted to help make a lasting difference for those less fortunate and those in need.”
Dan Sarell, director of mission advancement for Catholic Charities, said, “We are profoundly grateful. The Scahills’ bequest provides the inaugural gift to the new Perpetual Light Society of the Father Francis Gressle Guild. The Gressle Guild is a legacy giving society. Within the guild, the Perpetual Light Society recognizes legacy gifts over $250,000.”
John Scahill was a Cincinnati assistant solicitor for 20 years and represented the city’s negotiation of the sale of Crosley Field, Queensgate and the land for the development of the riverfront, particularly the Reds Cinergy ballpark. He also served as assistant attorney general of Ohio.
Joan Scahill worked as a financial analyst for General Electric Co. She was the first woman at GE to be selected for and graduate from its three-year executive financial training program. She went on to become the first woman from Evendale’s finance department to advance to management.