On this great day of celebration for the Irish, I am very saddened to know that the leader of one of San Francisco's great Irish families, Vivian Hallinan, passed away last night.
Vivian and her family have deep roots in San Francisco and she has contributed immensely to the fiber of our community during her 88-year lifetime. Throughout her life, Vivian was devoted intellecutally and passionately to many causes, well before they became popularly embraced. Her opposition to the war in Vietnam was an example of the courage she displayed in taking an early and fearless stand for her conscience and convictions.
Vivian was a pioneer, a mentor and a leader. Our community was blessed by her presence and will long remember her many significant contributions to improving society. I will miss my friend, Vivian.
Vivian and her husband Vincent were referred to as "the Lion and the Lioness" and their lives have left a powerful and indelible mark on San Francisco. My deepest condolences are offered to Vivian's "Wild Irish Rogues" -- Terence, Matthew, Daniel, Patrick, and Conn.
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