Hillie Mahoney: Journey Interrupted

Mrs. Mahoney, will be speaking about her book "Journey Interrupted". She was born in Hamburg, Germany, came to the United States when she was two months old. She attended schools in New York City and Yokohama Japan - where she and her family spent six years. In 2008 she was the executive producer of a documentary entitled "Journey Interrupted", which described her family's experiences while stranded in Japan during WWII. In early 2016 she completed a book, by the same name, in which she expanded on those experiences in more detail.

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Hillie Mahoney, a co-founder and chairman of The Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute in Cambridge, MA. and The David Mahoney Institute of Brain Initiatives in Washington, D.C., is a Trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, a Director of The Mahoney Institute of Neurological Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, a Director of the Charles A. Dana Foundation and a former director of The Neurosciences Institute of New York, now located in La Jolla, CA.

Mrs. Mahoney is also a Life Trustee on the National Board of The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is on the Honorary Board of the Boys' Club of New York where she was Executive Vice President of the Woman's Board for 11 years before serving as President from 1976 - 1980. In Palm Beach, she is on the Board of Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc., and The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and is Chairman of DanceSport Academy Inc., which she founded in 2007. In 1982, Mrs. Mahoney was honored with the Bronze Keystone Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and that same year received the "Woman of Distinction Award" from Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, where in 1987 she was given an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In 1992 she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and in 1998, was given the "Woman of Distinction" Award from the Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition, she was honored by the American Ireland Fund in 2005 for her many contributions to the community and in May 2015 received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Mrs. Mahoney, who was born in Hamburg, Germany, came to the United States when she was two months old. She attended schools in New York City, Yokohama Japan - where she and her family spent six years - and in Germany, learning Japanese, German and French along the way. Upon returning to the United States, she began her career at Time, Inc., where she worked, until she retired to raise two sons. During that time, she studied voice and drama and appeared on television shows. Using her professional name of Hillie Merritt she was elected "Miss Rheingold of 1956" representing the Liebman Breweries on both the east and west coasts. In the years that followed, she appeared on commercial television as spokeswoman for corporations such as Colgate-Palmolive, Eastman Kodak, the Ford Motor Company, the New York Telephone Company, and the Washington Gas Company, among others. In addition, she studied art and interior design, a field in which she worked in the 1960's.

In the 1970's, Mrs. Mahoney traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East with her husband, the late David Mahoney, before becoming involved - together with him - in the relatively young field of neuroscience. She became an active participant in preventive medicine, social welfare, health and educational organizations as well as public broadcasting, where she first broadcast "Hillie's Health Hints," the weekly health program and later, the "Health" section of the Sunday Magazine, both on National Public Radio.  In 2008 she was the executive producer of a documentary entitled "Journey Interrupted", which described her family's experiences while stranded in Japan during WWII. In early 2016 she completed a book, by the same name, in which she expanded on those experiences in more detail. The book was published on April 5th, 2016, almost 75 years after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

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Her interests include the brain-body connection, immunology, integrative medicine - including nutrition and physical fitness. An amateur, competitive ballroom dancer, she also enjoys music, painting and writing.  Her late husband, David, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Norton Simon, Inc., Chairman of the Charles A. Dana Foundation and the Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust, was according to the New York Times, the "leading layman in neuroscience."

In addition to two married sons, a stepdaughter and nine grandchildren, Mrs. Mahoney has three great granddaughters.

Date: 22 June 2016

Time: 6:30 p.m.

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