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McEvoy (Nan) collection
BANC MSS 2022/232  
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This collection documents the personal and professional life and charitable work of Nan Tucker McEvoy. There are also materials related to her mother, Phyllis de Young Tucker, her father Nion Tucker, Sr., her brother Nion Tucker, Jr., and the de Young family, as well as organizational records for the San Francisco Chronicle and the McEvoy Ranch, olive oil producers in Petaluma, California.
Nan Tucker McEvoy was a media executive, Democratic Party activist, olive oil producer, and philanthropist. She was born Phyllis Ann Tucker in San Mateo, California in 1919 to Nion Tucker and the former Phyllis de Young. Her grandfather, M.H. de Young, founded the San Francisco Chronicle with his brother in 1865. McEvoy was a reporter at the paper in her twenties, and was chair of Chronicle Publishing from 1981-1995. She left San Francisco to work as a reporter for the New York Herlad Tribune and Washington Post. She married publishing executive Dennis McEvoy in 1948 and divorced him two years later. While in Washington, D.C., McEvoy worked for the Peace Corps and was active in her close friend Adlai Stevenson's 1956 presidential campaign. In 1965, she helped open the D.C. office of the Population Council. In 1971, along with Peace Corps colleagues, she co-funded Preterm, an abortion clinic for low-income women in Washingto, D.C. McEvoy served on the board of many insitutions, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She lived in Washington, D.C. for 36 years before returning to San Francisco. In 1990, she established the McEvoy Ranch, producer of organic extra virgin olive oil, in Petaluma, California. McEvoy devoted most of her time to the ranch after she retired, and her son, Nion McEvoy, took over the operation in 2014. Nan Tucker McEvoy died in San Francisco in 2015.
approximately 133.05 linear feet (85 cartons, 2 boxes, 16 oversize boxes)
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