Paul V. Mulkern

Paul V. Mulkern, 95, a retired Federal Labor Department official and labor economist, died at his home in Milton on July 10. He was born in Abington in 1916.  Shortly thereafter, his family moved to South Boston where he resided until he moved to Milton with his own young family in 1952.  After attending parochial school in South Boston, he graduated from Boston College High School in 1934 and from Boston College in 1938.  He then earned a Master of Social Work degree from the Boston College School of Social Work in 1940.  Always dedicated to the cause of social justice, he took many labor relations courses at the School of Social Work.  Upon his graduation, he joined the Shipbuilders Union and served as a union organizer.  He organized workers at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy and at shipyards in New York City. Upon the U.S. entry into World War II, Mr. Mulkern enlisted in the Navy.  He was nominated for OCS training by the captain of the ship upon which he served. Following his graduation from OCS school at Princeton, he was assigned to service in the Pacific and ended the war with the rank of Lieutenant and was commanding officer of an LCI in the South Pacific.  Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he returned to South Boston where he met his wife, Phyllis, in 1947.  They had six children who, along with Phyllis, were the focus of his life. After jobs with the U.S. Department of Labor, Lever Brothers and several years on the faculty at Boston College, Mr. Mulkern took a position with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor in 1954.  He worked there until his retirement in 1982 when he was serving as Regional Commissioner.  Among his many awards, he was the 1972 recipient of the Cushing Award for Excellence in Labor Management Relations, and received the Commissioner’s Award for Eminent Achievement from the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1982. In addition to his full-time position with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, he taught nights at Boston College, Northeastern University, and Babson Institute. Mr. Mulkern was very involved with St. Elizabeth’s Church and served as a member of the Parish Council and as a lector.  Mr. Mulkern also served as a member of the Milton Warrant  [Finance] Committee and was active with the Catholic Labor Guild.  As a “triple eagle,” Mr. Mulkern was devoted to Boston College. Paul was the beloved husband of Phyllis M. (Connelly) Mulkern for 64 years.  He was the loving father of Paul V. Mulkern Jr. and his wife Diane of Milton, Virginia Mulkern and her husband John Oldham of Holliston, Elizabeth Coghlan and her husband Robert of Milton, John Mulkern and his husband John Lee of NY, NY, Anne Mulkern and her husband Lawrence Raines of Chapel Hill, NC, and Joseph Mulkern and his wife Paula of Marshfield.  He was also the proud grandfather of Jamie and Michael Oldham, Nicole, Lucas, and Alexandra Mulkern, Elizabeth and Sam Raines, and Victoria Mulkern. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Elizabeth Church, Milton, on Friday July 13 at 10:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited.  Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, MILTON Thursday from 4 – 8 p.m.  Interment Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Father Bill’s Place, 442 Washington Street, Quincy, MA 20169.