State Representative Sandy Hamilton (R-Springfield), sponsored and passed House Resolution 727 to honor and mourn the passing of Kay Clabaugh McGuire, who passed away on February 25, 2022. Involved in many organizations, Kay McGuire served on the board of directors at Paxton Community Hospital, Salt & Light Ministry and on committees with local Chambers of Commerce, Parkland College, the University of Illinois, and many mental health and women in business initiatives.
“Like many young women over the years, Kay McGuire was a mentor of mine through our common connection at the University of Illinois,” commented Rep. Sandy Hamilton. “I think it is fitting that we honor her good work and her impact on the community during this Women’s History Month.”
Kay McGuire began her career in social work in 1974 at the Community Resource and Counseling Center (CRCC) in Paxton where she provided counseling as well as consultant services. In 1980, she opened the Center for Creative Communication in Urbana, which evolved into a training and consulting firm emphasizing business processes, leadership development, and team building. McGuire eventually became a national public speaker and trainer.
In 1997, Kay McGuire became a civilian employee at the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Champaign where she helped with facilitation, teaming, and organizational development; she retired in 2012. Kay McGuire received a long list of awards and recognitions, including the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2000 and the Department of the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award in 2005. McGuire appeared as an expert guest on The Phil Donahue Show and Hour Magazine with Gary Collins.
Kay McGuire graduated from Champaign High School in 1959; she attended the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1974, a Master of Science in 1977, and a Master of Social Work in 1982. Kay McGuire married the Reverend Richard McGuire at the First United Methodist Church in Champaign in 1962 and together, they had one daughter, Donna McGuire Pepper.
Kay McGuire was born to Charles W. Clabaugh and Eleanor Knoll Clabaugh in Champaign in 1941. Her dad was a former State Representative, the dean of the Illinois House in the 1970s, and was known as ”Mr. Education” by his colleagues because of his interest in educational issues.
“Kay McGuire was an advocate for mental health, clergy wives such as herself, women, and especially senior citizens. She will be remembered for her work ethic, intelligence, and kindness which was felt by all who met her,” added Rep. Hamilton.