Kevin Joseph Sheehan, CCAS BA ’91, passed away on Nov. 26, 2012 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. A devout Christian, Sheehan relied on his faith throughout the duration of his illness. Born in Framingham, MA, Sheehan graduated from Massachusetts Bay Community College with a business administration degree. He continued his studies at GW and obtained a bachelor of arts in political science. Sheehan was the State Student Association vice president of legislative affairs and lobbied for two interest groups on Capitol Hill, testified at hearings, planned and implemented a statewide voter registration drive. He worked in various large law firms in the ensuing years as a paralegal.
As an intern and graduate of the Helping Up Mission, Sheehan was the Assistant to the Director of Development. He created, planned, implemented and supported strategies related to raising money and support for the Mission. He oversaw special events, coordinated volunteer programs, appealed to and collaborated with public officials, community organizations, churches and school districts. He worked with all levels of society, from the homeless to government officials. Sheehan also worked at The Family Tree, Maryland’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to improving community by providing families with proven solutions to prevent child abuse and neglect. As the Assistant Director of Development, Kevin’s responsibilities included raising public awareness and education about child abuse and neglect as well as fund raising. He increased money surplus to over $300,000 above budget thereby providing programs, events and activities in congruence with the goals of the organization to decrease child abuse.
Sheehan was a sports enthusiast and played on the Boston Red Sox minor league team until a back injury stopped his baseball career. He was avid Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan throughout his life.
Sheehan is survived by a son, Joshua David Krauss, and a daughter, Julia.