Jean O’Neil McAuliffe (Geneo), who has died aged 91, was a championship amateur golfer and a Commissioner of the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project. She was known for her enthusiastic personality and competitive spirit.
Geneo McAuliffe was born in Boston, MA on October 8, 1927 and raised in West Roxbury, MA and Brookline, MA. She died peacefully on June 20, 2019 where she lived in Falmouth, MA. Previously, she made a home and raised a family in Wellesley, MA.
She was the daughter of the late Eugene Everett O’Neil a surgeon and Alice Reardon O’Neil an equestrian.She is predeceased by her husband Edward Joseph McAuliffe, her sister Nancy O’Neil Sachtjen and her grand daughter Casey Toolin McAuliffe. She is survived by her sister Alice Reardon O’Neil of Boston, her sons Edward Anthony of Brookline, MA, Eugene Everett of Beverly, MA and Mark James of Falmouth, MA and her grand daughters Erin Lynn, Katherine Marie, Lindsay Toolin and Darcy Caroline.
Geneo McAuliffe graduated from House in the Pines secondary school, in Norton, MA in 1946 and received a BFA from Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education in Boston, MA in 1950. Early in her career she taught physical education at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Geneo McAuliffe was a life-long passionate athlete, excelling in several sports, especially golf. She competed in the US Women’s Open Golf Championship at Salem Country Club in 1954, the year Babe Zaharias won, she prevailed in a three-way playoff to win the US Women’s Eastern Amateur Championship at Baltimore Country Club in 1959, and she held numerous other amateur championship titles. She was actively involved in all aspects of golfAs a Commissioner of the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project from 1980 to 2009 and Chair 1988-2009, Geneo McAuliffe trekked tirelessly through countless acres of marshlands to lead the effort to manage the mosquito population below a nuisance level on behalf of the citizens of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 pm, Thursday, June 27 at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday, June 28 at Saint Joseph Church, 33 Millfield Street, Woods Hole, MA. Burial will follow at 12:30 pm at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.
In lieu of flowers please make gifts in memory of Geneo McAuliffe to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, www.ouimet.org . For the online guest book, obituary and directions, please visit ccgfuneralhome.com , Chapman, Cole & Gleason, Falmouth, MA