Molly Walsh, Algonquin Township
Family: Married to Bob with two children, two grandchildren
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana 1968 Master of Science in Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Il 1989
Occupation: Molly worked for 22 years at McHenry County College in its Continuing Education Department where she organized trips and events at the college's conference center. Before that she worked three years at Harold Washington College in Chicago, formerly Loop College. She retired from MCC in 2008.
Civic involvement: Past president of Not-For-Profit Resources, founding board member of the Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute at McHenry County College, League of Women Voters of McHenry County and was instrumental in organizing the McHenry County Human Race and People In Need Forum. She got the annual Care 4 Breast Cancer 5K Walk and Run going, as well. She also serves as a trustee at McHenry County College and board member with the McHenry County Historical Society, where is the past president and current treasurer.
Molly started at the county historical society after making a birthday visit. A tradition in the Walsh family is that on your birthday, you chose the day’s activity. Walsh wanted to visit to the museum, saying it was one of the first things she did after the family moved to the county in 1981.
Soon, she became involved with the society after working with former director Nancy Fike on a couple of projects.
“Talk about volunteering, my Lord, I think we have over 300 volunteers,” the past Everyday Hero told the Northwest Herald in 2014. “As the county grows, it becomes more and more important that we preserve our history and communicate what our history is.”