Women’s Hall of Fame

Grace Lockhart McCarthy

GRACE LOCKHART McCARTHY has been a community volunteer for 58 years, most of it in San Mateo County. She has over 50 years of volunteer service with Girl Scouts and trained the first Girl Scout on the Coastside in 1945. A member of the Pacifica branch of the American Association of University Women for more than 30 years, she was a charter member of the League of Women Voters in North San Mateo County. She is currently on the San Mateo County Planning Commission and is President of the Pacifica Historical Society. When she was elected Mayor of Pacifica in 1967, she was one of 14 women mayors if cities over 30,000 in the United States. As Mayor, in 1971, she was the only San Mateo County official to testify at the Congressional Hearing IN San Francisco in favor of establishing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, focusing on inclusion of the San Francisco Bay Discovery Site. She and her husband continued to work on Congressman Leo Ryan’s committee on Open Space. She helped found, and continues to serve on Pacificans Care, which raises and manages funds to help local nonprofit organizations meet emergencies and special needs. April 28, 1990 was “Grace Lockhart McCarthy Day” in Pacifica.
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