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Mary Geraldine Hatt

South Bend resident Mary Geraldine Hatt, shown in this photograph, was an avid and adventurous traveler who spent much of her vacation time volunteering for international charity organizations. This 1963 picture was snapped as she held an infant during a trip to Hong Kong, where she was assisting with Project Concern’s Yauh Oi Floating Clinic to help Chinese refugees and ethnic Tanka boat people. In 1944, Miss Hatt joined the American Red Cross and staffed a field hospital for American troops in Italy. She also spent the year of 1953 on a Fulbright grant in South Africa at the height of apartheid. She worked with refugee groups in Vietnam and Cambodia and helped clear Korean babies through American immigration in Hawaii. In all, she visited over 150 countries. Born in 1911, Miss Hatt lived to be 95 years old. Highly educated, she became the first woman to head LaSalle High School’s Social Studies Department.

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