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     Philip Edwin Carolan    

December 2, 1941

June 24, 2007

The fifth class member of the Unity High School Class of 1959 has passed.  Edwin was a friend of all his classmates.  He was very successful in his career as a government official.  He was also active in his community.  I think that we are all honored that he chose to return to his roots in the end.  He was buried next to his grandfather, Philip Carolan, in Bloomfield Cemetery near the old Bloomfield school.  The obituary below was taken from the Quincy Herald-Whig.


Mendon, IL -- Philip Edward Carolan, 65, a former senior executive at the U.S. Treasury Department, died Sunday (June 24, 2007) in his home in Washington, D.C.

Philip was born Dec. 2, 1941, in Quincy a son of John Marion and Catherine Heisler Carolan.

He graduated from Unity High School in Mendon in 1959.  After graduating from Illinois State University in 1965, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Iran.  He later entered the employment of the federal government in the Foreign Service at the U. S. Agency for International Development.  He served in various overseas posts in Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Afghanistan.  He returned to Washington full time in 1974 to serve as director of personnel at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.  He joined the Department of Treasury in 1975, where he spent the remainder of his career, serving for a time as director of personnel for the department.  He retired in 1994 after serving seven years as executive director of the Treasury Executives Institute.

Mr. Carolan enjoyed a life-time of volunteer service.  He served many years on the board of directors of the Treasury Department Federal Credit Union, including 14 years as chairman of the board.  He served several terms as president of the board of his housing cooperative and many other years as a board director.  In 1973 he took his mother on a trip around the world visiting numerous countries.

Survivors include three brothers, Jack Carolan of Cameron, Mo., Jerry Carolan of Greentop, Mo., and Jim Carolan of Mendon; two sisters, Ruth Ilagan of Monroe City, Mo., and Rita Carolan of Osage Beach, Mo., three god children; W. M. Neal of Washing, D.C., and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gene Carolan and Kenny Carolan; and one nephew, Kevin Hagan.

Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21 in St. Edward's Bloomfield Cemetery near Mendon.

Last edited by Larry W. Cornwell on August 12, 2009