John and Ed Houlehan and the Houlehan Clan
John J. Sullivan, Jr. Foundation Humanitarian Award
Awarded annually to an honoree(s) who exemplify the legacy of John’s ethical values, integrity, generosity and goodwill for this community and its people.
About John, Ed and the Houlehan Clan:
John and Ed Houlehan were born of immigrant parents from County Kerry, Edward Sr. and Kitty O’Shea Houlehan. John and Ed were educated at St. Francis Xavier Parish School, Rockhurst High School and Rockhurst College – all under the influence of the Jesuit order and indoctrinated in the Jesuit Mantra of “Men for Others.” All of their lives, John and Ed have supported Catholic schools, charities and missions: John, as a banker who fashioned his work ethic and philanthropic efforts after those of his mentor, John J. Sullivan, Jr., and Ed, as an attorney whose dedication to the Jesuit motto has never wavered.
As trustee of the John J. Sullivan, Jr. Charitable Foundation, John Houlehan has steered support to many Irish causes and organizations, including the Kansas City Irish Center.
As co-trustee with his brother John of the Candice M. Cooper Charitable Foundation, Ed has supported the Irish Center with multiple grants for physical improvements to the hall and office spaces, and cultural programming that furthers the Irish Center’s mission.
The brothers’ efforts have been promoted and supported by the entire Houlehan clan.