Eugenie Josephine O'Hagan

March 19, 1930May 9, 2018

Mimi O ‘Hagan Communications Professional, Humanitarian, Philanthropist Mimi O’Hagan, 88, resident of New York City for 65 years until 2016, and the philanthropist who spearheaded building schools and health clinics in Ethiopia over the past decade, died on May 9 in Washington DC. Ms. O’Hagan had a highly impactful, nearly 50 years long career in communications, with positions ranging from working on General Eisenhower’s Presidential campaign to public relations at Schweppes. In 1966 Ms. O’Hagan founded her own firm, Murphy O’Hagan, with Claire Murphy, specializing in working with non-profits, including Orbus, Project Hope, The Freedom Institute, Oxford University Press and the American Association of Publishers. Educated at Convent of the Sacred Heart schools, including Eden Hall (1947) and Newton College (1951), Ms. O’Hagan had a close association with the Sacred Heart worldwide network. Her relationship included a decades long association with Convent of the Sacred school on 91st Street, in New York City, where until recently Ms. O’Hagan was a Trustee Emeritus. Though Ms. O’Hagan retired from corporate life in 2000, her most meaningful work had yet to begin. After several years of traveling the world, featuring such service activities as teaching English to monks in Thailand, and assisting with a micro-finance initiative in Tanzania. Ms. O’Hagan visited Ethiopia in 2006. While building mud-based housing there at age 76, Ms. O’Hagan witnessed the pervasiveness of highly impoverished communities. There and then she decided to dedicate all her energies to helping those Ethiopians most in need. Ms. O’Hagan founded Mimi’s Building Block’s and formed a venture with Save the Children to build schools. Mimi’s Building Blocks subsequently sponsored five educational centers, complete with fresh water systems and health clinics. In honor of Ms. O’Hagan’s decades long work with the poor and impoverished around the world, culminating in Mimi’s Building Blocks, Ms. O’Hagan was awarded with the highest honor – the Cor Unum Award – by the Associated Alumni of the Sacred Heart. She was also profiled in the Wall Street Journal and other periodicals. Ms. O’Hagan is survived by four nephews (Sean Murphy, Drew Murphy, Byrne Murphy, Clarke Murphy) and a niece (Chrystal Murphy), and sixteen grand nephews and nieces. In lieu of flowers, it is kindly requested that donations be made in Mimi O’Hagan’s name to: Mimi’s Building Blocks, c/o Save the Children ( ). A memorial service shall be held on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 5 PM in the Chapel at the Convent of the Sacred Heart school, located at 1 East 91st Street, New York, NY, 10128.


  • Memeorial Service Friday, June 1, 2018

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Leslie Miklus

May 27, 2018

I got to know Mimi while volunteering together in South Africa. Just knowing her was a blessing. She loved life and found wonder in everything. She was a compassionate loving person and spread joy in everything she did. She will be missed by many but will remain forever in our hearts.

Drew Fox

May 25, 2018

Mimi was one of life's great cheerleaders. Unending curiosity and wonder translated into infectious enthusiasm for everything and everyone around Mimi. A great friend to Mary Ellen Fox!
Anne Hamilton and I will miss Mimi


May 23, 2018

Fond memories of Mimi go back to Eden Hall, my visits to her home in Virginia in the 1940's; reuniting in New York City, Eden Hall reunions in the city at her apartment.
My love and prayers to her family.

Mimi Lyddane

May 16, 2018

Mimi and I would often go for a little walk after eating dinner with my father at Grand Oaks. She was always so sweet - interesting, easy to talk to and full of positive thoughts. She was like an angel sent my way after my mother died. I am very sorry she got so sick. She is in Heaven now...