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John Joyce Gilligan, American former governor. Decorated Silver Star; named Outstanding Catholic Layman of Year, National Association Catholic Colleges & Universities, 1979; recipient Reinhold Niebuhr award, University Notre Dame, 1990; fellow Adlai Stevenson Institute, 1967, John F. Kennedy School Government, 1969.


Gilligan, John Joyce was born on March 22, 1921 in Cincinnati. Son of Harry J. and Blanche Joyce Gilligan.


Bachelor of Arts Notre Dame, 1943. Master of Arts, University Cincinnati, 1947.


Literature instructor Xavier University, Cincinnati, 1948—1953. Member Cincinnati City Council, 1953—1963, United States Congress from 1st Ohio district, 1965—1966. Governor State of Ohio, 1971—1975.

Administrator United States Agency International Development, 1977—1979. Director Institute Public Policy, 1979—1986. Director Institute International Peace Studies University Notre Dame, 1986—1992.

Director civic issues forum University Cincinnati School Law. Board education Cincinnati Public Schools, 1999—2007. Destroyer gunnery officer United States Navy, Atlantic, Mediterranean & Pacific Theaters.


Married Mary Kathryn Dixon, 1945 (deceased). 4 children.

Harry J.

Blanche Joyce Gilligan

Mary Kathryn Dixon