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MULLIN, Patricia

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MULLIN, Patricia. (Dubuque, IA, Aug. 13, 1926--Dubuque, IA, Apr. 4, 2017). After graduating from the ACADEMY OF THE VISITATION (THE), Mullin earned her BA with a major in biology and minors in chemistry, education, and philosophy from CLARKE COLLEGE. She completed her internship in medical technology at Leila Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan and then returned to Dubuque where she was the first technician for the Dubuque Blood Bank Association. After several years, she became interested in a law degree and worked full-time at St. Anne's Hospital in Chicago as the head of the blood bank while earning her Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University.

After earning her law degree, she began working for the John D. McArthur Company in Chicago. Beginning her career in the Legal Claim Department, she was transferred after eighteen months to the Corporate Legal Department. She then completed the work to receive her C.L.U degree (Chartered Life Underwriter), F.L.M.I. (Fellowship in Life Insurance with a specialty in pension planning), and the Ch.F.C. (Charterer Financial Consultant. She became vice president of the Corporate Legal Department, Corporate Secretary of Bankers Life.

Mullin was elected president of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois (1970-1971), Women's Bar Association of Illinois Foundation beginning in 1963 where she served as director from 1963 to 2012, and was licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. In June 1960 she was the only woman to sit for the Iowa Bar Exam. She was appointed chairman of the Committee to Select the Outstanding Supervisory Employee of 1971 for the Chicago Federal Executive Board. She served as a commissioner of the Illinois Supreme Court--Character and Fitness Committee and was elected as the first woman chairman of the Equal Employment Advisory Council, Washington, D C. (1986-1987). After retiring from Bankers Life in 1994, she became an arbitrator and served from 1994 to 2013.



Obituaries. Telegraph Herald, April 9, 2017, p. 22