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Catherine Moloney was a graduate of St. Marys of Notre Dame in Indiana. She received her professional social work education at the University of Chicago and Tulane University Schools of Social Work, being awarded the MSW from the latter institution.
Ms. Moloney had a record of service in Alabama spanning a 40-year period. She retired from the State Department at the end of December 1975. Beginning in Tuscaloosa County when the agency was the Department of Public Welfare, Ms. Moloney also worked in Walker County before joining the State staff in 1945. During World War II, she served for more than two years with the American Red Cross.
Because she was a truly conscientious "grass roots" child welfare worker herself for several years, she brought a background of personal experience to the State Department as she assumed supervisory and training responsibilities relative to work with children in their own homes, with children in foster care, and in the development and strengthening of protective services.
Her work was statewide, as she headed the Division of County Consultant Service, and her leadership was a strong factor in the development of sound child welfare practices. Ms. Moloneys positive contributions in the whole area of services to children, thousands of Alabama boys and girls were helped toward a normal adulthood.
As a child welfare training supervisor, Ms. Moloney imparted information and understanding to young workers and helped them to grow on the job. She was also able to determine areas where staff were proficient and those where they needed future help and study.
In addition to her agency responsibilities, Ms. Moloney had been active in numerous professional organizations, among them NASW, ACSW, the American Public Welfare Association, the Alabama Council on Crime and Delinquency as past president, the Alabama Conferences of Social Work and of Child Care, and the Child Welfare League of America.
After retirement, she took advantage of travel opportunities, continued to participate in church and community activities, and to enjoy association with her many friends.