USJ Remembers Alumna Ann Uccello’44, H’71, DAA’78

Ann Uccello receiving her honorary degree from USJ in 1971

“Ann Uccello was a strong, accomplished, and fearless woman who used her talents to improve the city that she loved. Throughout her life, she inspired women to believe in and pursue their potential, and she remained true to her belief that harnessing the talents of all citizens would advance the common good.
Rhona Free, President
University of Saint Joseph

Ann Uccello was elected Mayor of Hartford in 1967, becoming the first woman mayor in Connecticut, Hartford’s first Republican mayor since World War II, and the first woman in the United States to be elected as mayor of a capital city. She went on to serve as Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Transportation, thus becoming one of the highest-ranking women in the Nixon administration, and continued her national leadership in both the Ford and Carter administrations. She was a proud graduate of the then-Saint Joseph College Class of 1944, and the feeling was mutual: her alma mater presented Ann with an Honorary Degree in 1971 and a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1978.

Her obituary can be found here.

October 2019: Ann Uccello (seated) with [front row] her sister Nellie Uccello ’54, USJ President Rhona Free, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Connecticut Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz