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boston college summer 2011

MAGAZINE

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Educated in the history of totalitarian empires and the themes of psychotherapy, Americans are finding it understandably difficult to comprehend our newest political foes By Alan Wolfe


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Table of Contents 1

Alumni News & Notes

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Class Notes

Alumni Profile: Sr. Ellen Leddy ’57, MEd ’60

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 Alumni Profile: Anne Botica ’05 and Monique Moore ’05

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 Alumni Profile: Paul Daigneault ’87

Obituaries

Light the World Campaign News

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News & Notes ROSE LINCOLN

Baldwin wants YOU! YOU ARE the Boston College alumni community! When you contribute your time to your university, BC thrives. Got an hour? That can be all it takes. Volunteering lets you use your talents and interests in service to your BC family. Thanks to your participation, we are 90 percent of the way toward our ambitious Light the World campaign goal of doubling volunteer service to BC! You can put BC over the top. Get involved by visiting www.bc.edu/alumni/volunteer. Baldwin recruits Charles P. Mooney, Jr. ’81 P’09, ’12, during Reunion Weekend

FanFest is Coming!

BCAA Dates to Note

Get your maroon and gold on—FanFest is tailgating fun for the entire family! Join us before every game for food, music, games, and special guests. On Alumni Day, Sept. 24, we’ve planned extra-special events and discounted tickets (just $15 when purchased with code ALUMNI) for our VIPs: YOU! Watch your email for more about Alumni Day, and visit www.bc.edu/fanfest for FanFest schedules and details.

11/19 Alumni Tailgating: BC at Notre Dame

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 ops on the Heights Scholarship Gala P raises more than $2 million for financial aid

GARY GILBERT

november < Alumni Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding alumni

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11/6 Alumni Memorial Mass, Trinity Chapel

bc alumni association year in review

september

> FanFest takes tailgating to new heights

9/30 Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala, Conte Forum

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9/24 BC Alumni Day: BC vs. University of Massachusetts

 nnual Alumni Memorial A Mass honors the memories of alumni and friends

Your Alumni Association can help you expand your mind, refresh your spirit, find your long-lost roommate, network for career opportunities, and watch an Eagles game with fellow Superfans. Find out more at www.bc.edu/alumni. 1 alumni news

Winter Wonderland transforms the Heights with holiday magic

> Service projects by chapters everywhere make Christmas brighter for those in need


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Reunion Weekend CHANNING JOHNSON

More than 5,000 alumni and their guests returned to Chestnut Hill for a glorious Reunion Weekend. And all across the Heights, old friends reconnected. Are you celebrating your reunion this year. Mark your calendar for Reunion Weekend 2012, June 1–3.

JUSTIN KNIGHT

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CHANNING JOHNSON

Help plan the best Reunion Weekend yet! To volunteer for your reunion committee, contact alumni.classes@bc.edu.

Clockwise from bottom left: Nydjie Payas ’06 (left) and Corina Wilshire ’06; Golden Eagle Jim Carr ’61 with a friend; University President William P. Leahy, S.J., with Newton College alumnae; Lt. Col. Gary Soldato and Capt. Melissa Parrish, GSAS, at the Veterans Reception.

2011 march ROSE LINCOLN

> JOHN RAIOLA/SCOTT WYNN

JAMES VYNER

 istinguished Volunteer D Tribute Dinner honors alumni who are true “men and women for others” Laetare Sunday gives a respite in the Lenten season

june Reunion Weekend brings Eagles home to the Heights, including Carrie Klemovitch ’01 with daughter Anna

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 xcelling at Sustainability: E Leadership for Others conference engages alumni around environmental issues

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Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo visits alumni chapters in England and Ireland

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 C National Day of Service B unites alumni in rebuilding and revitalizing local communities

< Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner raises more than $1.6 million for scholarships; Presidential Scholar Leon Ratz ’11 inspires guests

www.bc.edu/alumni

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Boston College Alumni Association bcaacomm@bc.edu 825 Centre Street Newton, MA 02458 be

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1933

Correspondent: William M. Hogan Jr. Brookhaven, A-305 Lexington, MA 02421; 781-863-1998 be

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1939

Correspondent: John D. Donovan jddboppa@graber.org 12 Wessonville Way Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-4782 Hi there! Not surprisingly, up-to-date and upbeat class news is in short supply. Sad news, however, is still with us in the death of Walter Grady in November 2010. Walter was a Marlborough native, a top-flight student, and one of our few resident boarders. He enjoyed a successful career in the luggage industry in Ohio. Our sympathy and prayers are extended to his family. • Now, on the positive side, let’s remember (remember— what is that?) that our Class of 1939 has been connected to Boston College for just over 75 years—that’s 50 percent of the number of years BC will be marking on the 150th anniversary of its founding, coming up in 2013. On a side note, the changes at BC during these years are dramatically proved in the fact that we numbered 370 graduates in 1939 while in 2011 there were 3,700. Wow! But who are we Class of ’39 survivors, and where do we hang out? With the help of the Alumni Office, I’ve learned that among the 370 who graduated in 1939, 18 of us are, we believe, still alive and kicking. There are 8 in Massachusetts and 10 outside the Bay State. Alphabetically, we are—by name and residence—Thomas Bradley, San Diego, CA; Joseph Casey, SJ, PhL’43, Weston; Herbert Chernack, Ogunquit, ME; Benjamin Chiampa MSSW’41, Boca Raton, FL; Francis Costello, Belfast, Ireland; Gerard Coughlin, El Salvador; Fred DeGregorio MS’41, South Deerfield; John Donovan MA’41, Westborough; David Hurley MSSW’41, Drexel Hill, PA; Paul Keefe, Pompano Beach, FL; Daniel Keyes, Springfield; Edward Kilduff MSSW’41, Madison, NJ; Ralph Maglio, South Boston; Francis O’Malley, Falls Church, VA;

Msgr. Alfonso Palladino MA’46, Melrose; Joseph Sammartino MEd’40, Scituate; Rev. James Sullivan, San Diego, CA; and Jerome Troy, North Mansfield. ’Nuff said. OK, we are not kids anymore, but let’s hang in there. Prayer will be helpful lifewise, but if you are still active, say, in golf, prayer may also help— maybe not in getting a hole-in-one but at least in getting three or four pars. Peace! be

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1940

Correspondent: Sherman Rogan 34 Oak Street Reading, MA 01867

Tufts. In his early career Joe helped establish a dental clinic at St. Coletta’s School for “exceptional” children. I was able to attend his wake and to extend the sympathy of the class to his family. Joe and his four brothers, three nieces, and three nephews are all BC alumni. May he rest in the peace of Christ. • As I write, I look forward to the memorial Mass for the Classes of 1940–1944 and 1946–1949 at Alumni House on May 26 and hope to see you there. I just received a call from Charles Sullivan. He will not be with us. He now lives in Peabody and doesn’t feel comfortable driving that distance. He was a regular attendee in years past. Also Charlie reported that Bob Attridge is at an assisted living facility in Dover, NH. • Any news you have is welcome. be

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1941

reunion year

Correspondent: John M. Callahan 3 Preacher Road Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-2082 be

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1942

Correspondent: John C. Fitzgerald johnfitz85@verizon.net 22 Joyce Road Hyde Park, MA 02136-3807; 617-364-2309 As I begin to prepare the few items that I have, I am feeling blessed to be part of our Alumni Association. On April 3, over 500 alumni and friends gathered for the celebration of our 60th annual Laetare Sunday Mass—a truly joyful experience. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, was the presider, with a number of the Jesuit faculty concelebrating. Charlie Ahern, John Fitzgerald, Gerry Joyce, and Frank Mahoney MEd’54 represented our class. After Mass, we moved to Conte Forum, where we were served a fine brunch. In his greeting, John Feudo ’82, associate VP for alumni relations, reminded all that this celebration is unique among Catholic universities. Fr. Leahy gave us a brief outline of the present plans for the University’s physical extension. Fr. Michael Himes, a professor of theology at Boston College, was our featured speaker. His delivery reflected a happy love of a dedication to his life as a believer and teacher of the Gospel message. The lesson that I took with me is that the reality of a loving and listening God should give us hope. Fr. Himes closed with the proclamation that hopeful people can move forward with joy. • Going from the joyful to the sad, I must report the passing of our classmate Joseph E. Kelly. After his discharge from the U.S. Army Air Corps as a major, Joe entered Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, earning his degree in 1954 and a Certificate of Orthodontics in 1959. He was a part-time faculty member at 43 class class notes notes

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1943

Correspondent: Ernest E. Santosuosso 73 Waldron Road Braintree, MA 02184; 781-848-3730 During a parochial get-together held during late spring, the class sadly acknowledged additional obits. Members wish to offer condolences on the passing of ’43-ers. One of the college’s exceedingly bright lights, Joe Hurley, JD’49, passed away on May 6. An outstanding attorney, professor, and imposing academician, Joe succumbed to a long illness. I recall that Joe was a popular employee of the Supreme Market on Gallivan Blvd. in Dorchester. After serving in World War II, Joe undertook law studies and earned a degree from Boston College Law School, then located at 18 Tremont St. in Boston. Joe served as the longtime first assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth. His father was a member of the Law School’s first faculty. Also, Tom Keady of Franklin, formerly of Roslindale, who garnered plaudits as a middle-distance runner at Boston English High School and continued his studies at BC, died on April 2. • On a cheerier note is the news that Frank Hill continues to joust with the greens at his local golf course. (His eyes are on the Eagles!) • During a celebration honoring a Braintree pastor in June, your scribe enjoyed a long chat with the Holmes family. While not a BC grad, Mr. Holmes was a close friend to several Maroon and Gold loyalists: among them from the Class of 1943 were the late Pat Herlihy and Ed McGilvery. be

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1944

Correspondent: Gerard L. Kirby kirbyjerry@aol.com PO Box 1493 Duxbury, MA 02331; 781-934-0229 The luncheon at Alumni House in May was, I’m told, not to be missed. Unfortunately, I had a doctor’s appointment of long standing so had to miss the event. You will know that


these days it is easier to change your religion than it is to change a doctor’s appointment, so I missed seeing Bob O’Leary JD’49, Don White H’94, Tino Spatola, Joe Delaney, Ed Thomas, and Msgr. Joe Alves MSW’48. Msgr. Alves was also a concelebrant of the Mass that preceded the luncheon. Bob O’Leary, who knows a good meal when he sees one, said that the food at the luncheon, really a dinner, was as delicious a meal as he has ever had, particularly the steak. It seems that the Alumni Association really went all out, pleasing everyone—another reason why I was sorry to have missed it. And there are cheers to go all around. First off, we want to wish Harry Roberts a happy birthday. Harry will be 90 years old on June 26. Three generations of his family—five children, several grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren—are planning a very special celebration appropriate for such a terrific guy and for such a notable occasion. Harry and his wife live in a senior community in Middleborough. And justifiably proud grandfather Tino Spatola is  celebrating the remarkable achievements of his grandson John Spatola ’10. John, who was captain of the BC baseball team last year, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, and is currently with their single-A minor league team in Kannapolis, NC. Congratulations and good luck to John! • You won’t be surprised to learn that Don White has received yet another honor: a citation from the National Academy of Arbitrators for 50 years of distinctive service. Don joined the academy at about the same time that he joined the faculty of Boston College. • And if I may immodestly inject myself in here for a minute, I was welcomed into the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement circle of members who will celebrate their 90th birthday this year. My day is in August. • Sadly, in the midst of all this cheer, we have a celebration of a distinctively different kind. We join the family of our dear friend Tom Donelan of Weymouth in the celebration of Tom’s life. Tom was a frequent member of the lunch group led by Fr. Bill McInnes, MA’51, STL’58, and will be missed by all of us. • And so it goes. Peace.  be

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1945

Correspondent: Louis V. Sorgi louissorgi@comcast.net 5 Augusta Road Milton, MA 02186 Yours truly and Lillian attended the Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Dinner in March. This affair is held to “celebrate the dedication and generosity of individuals who have distinguished themselves in working to advance their alma mater,” as Fr. Leahy stated. • Also, last November, it was my privilege to attend the Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony for Boston College veterans. I stood for all our BC World War II veterans when the BC cadet called for the person to stand and represent the group. There were also representatives of World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The guest speaker was Col. Darlene MacIsaac Hinojosa ’86 of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. It was a very moving event, sponsored by the Alumni Association,

the Human Resources Department, and BC’s Army ROTC unit. I would recommend that you attend the 2011 event in November. • Tom Moran has written a very interesting autobiography. After BC, he started his career in the oil industry, working at several companies in various functions, first as a representative; then as a district manager, sales manager, and VP of chemicals; and finally as president of Charter International Oil Co. Fr. Monan invited Tom to be a trustee of the University, and Tom served in that role for eight years and then as a trustee associate for several more years. His Navy career in World War II included participation in two invasions, one at Okinawa and the other at Iwo Jima, leading 11 landing craft on D-day. After the war, he earned a BS in chemistry from BC and an MBA from the University of Michigan. This short note concerning his life does not do him justice, but suffice to say that Tom Moran is a great member of our class, and we wish him and his wife, Mary Nell, many more years of good health. • I talked with Charlie Rogers, the actor of our class, who has moved from Maryland to Delaware. He was very active in theater at BC with Fr. Bonn. • Not much else is going on. Bill Cornyn is back from Florida. Paul Paget, MSW’49, has put the swan boats in the water and is hoping that the weather cooperates this year. • As always, please send me updates on your family activities. It’s very difficult to write these notes without input from you. be

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1947

Correspondent: Richard J. Fitzgerald PO Box 171 North Falmouth, MA 02556; 508-563-6168 Ruth Farrey, widow of Fred Farrey, called to report the death of Lawrence (Ben) Byron, CAES’71. Ben taught in the Woburn school system for 39 years, retiring as assistant superintendent for curriculum. He traveled extensively after retirement with his wife of 59 years. He also spent much time at his vacation home in York, ME, appropriately named Eagle’s Nest. be

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1948

Correspondent: Timothy C. Buckley tcbuckley@yahoo.com 46 Woodridge Road Wayland, MA 01778 The annual memorial Mass and luncheon was held at Alumni House on May 26. This included all the classes of the 1940s. The concelebrants of the Mass were Fr. Bill Burckhart ’49; Msgr. Joseph Alves ’44, MSW’48; and Fr. Bob Costello. Among the classmates, spouses, and guests were Fr. Bob Costello, Al DeVito, Jeanne Costello, Mildred and Bob Foy, Bill Noonan, Tim Buckley MBA’62 and Suzanne Kearney, Eileen Nee, and Pat Shea. • A number of brief notes follow to keep you up-to-date on many of our classmates. • Bill Noonan and his wife, Barbara, are in good health. • The first great-grandchild of Eileen and Al DeVito has www.bc.edu/alumni

arrived. • Irene and Bill Melville’s grandson, Michael, JD’11, has been elevated from the Middlesex County DA’s Office to assistant chief justice for the Commonwealth of Virginia. • Francis Cassani, MA’53, is now at home after being in the hospital with a heart condition. • Julio Contrada entered BC at the age of 16. He is in good health, but he retired from golf after he could no longer shoot in the 70s and 80s. • I am sad to report, Robert K. Houlihan, MS’50, died on November 14, 2010. • Your correspondent’s grandson Jeffrey, who is a junior at Bowdoin College, took his second semester at Trinity College in Dublin and received high honors. He has been elected captain of the sailing team at Bowdoin. be

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1949

Correspondent: John J. Carney JJC1949@bc.edu 227 Savin Hill Avenue Dorchester, MA 02125; 617-825-8283 Fr. Bill Burckhart and Msgr. Joseph Alves ’44, MSW’48, were the concelebrants of our 10th memorial Mass for deceased members of the class on May 26 at Alumni House in Newton, which was followed by a lunch and reception in the library. Jack McQuillan initiated this inspiring tradition when he was president of the class for our 50th—Golden Eagle—reunion. Ernie Ciampa, Jack Waite MA’51, and Sahag Dakesian MS’51 served on the Planning Committee. Ernie and Sahag were present, but Jack was unable to attend for medical reasons. This year we extended an invitation to members of other classes from the 1940s era, and several of them expressed their appreciation. Among those attending were Bill McCool, Louise (Mahoney) MA’56 and Jim Whelton, Carol and Don McA’Nulty, Hank Barry MEd’56 from New Hampshire, Al Cass from Connecticut, Anne Ashur, Margaret and Sahag Dakesian, Paula and Peter Rogerson, and John Prince MEd’51. Bill Cohan, MS’51, had made arrangements to come but was unable to do so. I called him, and his son said he was OK but just not up for the trip. I’m sure I left out some of those attending (42 in all), and for that, I apologize. • I got a note from John Geaghan, telling us of the award he had received last year from the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy: “for outstanding heroism during World War II, the French Legion of Honor.” The award named him a chevalier of the Legion of Honor and was presented to him by the consul general of France at a San Francisco ceremony and reception. Good luck to you, John. It is our honor to have you as a ’49-er. • AMDG. be

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1950

Correspondent: John A. Dewire 15 Chester Street, No. 31 Cambridge, MA 02140; 617-876-1461 Very sadly, I must report the passing of a number of our classmates. Edward Bryant of Brewster died on February 17, 2011, at age 90.


class notes He was formerly of Wellesley Hills and Naples, FL. He leaves his wife of 62 years, Jean ’54, as well as 6 children, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. Ed graduated from Boston Latin School and served in the Navy in the South Pacific before attending Boston College, where he met Jean in Fr. Harney’s history class. After 39 years with the Telephone Company (now Verizon), he enjoyed many years of retirement in Naples. Our condolences to Jean and the Bryant family. • John F.X. Kinnaly of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, formerly of Norwood, died on April 6 at age 85. He leaves many dear friends, among them Boston Mayor Tom Menino and his wife, Angela; John’s wife, Louise, and brother Dan had predeceased him. John was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. After he graduated from Boston College, he worked for the FBI; he also served as a Norwood selectman from 1980 to 1995. • Eugene J. Ratto, JD’51, of Wellesley and Harwichport, formerly of Westwood and Chestnut Hill, died on January 28. Gene grew up in Dorchester, served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, and went on to have a long career with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance before retiring as a VP in the real-estate law department. A tennis and golf enthusiast, he belonged to the Cranberry Valley Golf Course and was a past president of the Longwood Cricket Club. • Robert J. Pink Sr. of Marshfield died on November 1, 2010. Bob was also a graduate of BC High, as were several of his children. He was a very active alumnus, especially during our class’s 25th anniversary year, and he and the late Larry Coen were largely responsible for the large gift our class was able to make to Boston College. • Last year, we also lost John S. Allison Jr. of Dedham on November 6, Paul D. Kearns of West Stockbridge on September 23, and Richard A. Mason of New York City on November 6. In 2009, Samuel F. Gilman of Lancaster, PA, passed away on July 17. • Please write or call me so we may have some happier news for the next issue! I look forward to hearing from you! be

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Correspondent: Ann Fulton Coté NC’53 11 Prospect Street Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-8512 Alas, I have no news to report. But I can tell you that the Coté family is going to Ireland in June. I have long wanted to take everyone to the land of their ancestors, particularly my nine-year-old granddaughter, who loves horseback riding and fishing. You will hear more later. Meanwhile, please send me some news to report. be

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1951

reunion year

Correspondent: James Derba jjderba@aol.com 10640 Seaholly Terrace Boynton Beach, FL 33436; 561-734-6082

Attending our 60th reunion luncheon were Wilfred Baranick JD’56, MBA’70; Fr. James Bertelli MA’52; Robert Carmichael; Arthur Casavant; Jack Casey; Fr. Vincent Daily MA’54; Jim Derba; George Desmond; Fr. Henry Doherty; Leonard Donadio; Arnold Fiascone; Kevin Flanagan; John Holland; Robert Jepsen MBA’70; Marty Joyce; Irving Kane JD’54; William Kennedy; Col. Edward Kirby; Raymond Martin; Leo McCabe; Thomas Moore; Robert O’Leary; Paul Phelan; Stephen Ryan; Robert Sacco; Paul Stamatos; Vincent Stanton; Lou Tessier; James Timmons; and Edmond White. The pleasure of meeting classmates and recalling undergraduate years increases with each reunion. Fr. Leahy welcomed the class and presided at the Mass at St. Ignatius. • The Class of ’51 set a record this year for most money raised by a reunion class, with nearly $16 million total and 54 percent participation. Special thanks to our classmate Pat Roche, H’01, for his leadership and commitment. • Our class is proud that honorary degrees have been bestowed on two classmates: Pat Roche and the late Tom Durant, H’01. We were all amazed and proud to see all the changes that have been made at Boston College since our days at the Heights. • If you have info about classmates, please send it along. • See you at our 65th. be

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1952

Correspondent: Frank McGee fjamesmcgee@gmail.com 1952 Ocean Street Marshfield, MA 02050; 781-834-4690 By now, you have probably heard that the class party held in Naples, FL, at the Royal Golf & Country Club was a resounding success. Once again, Jim Callahan was host and chairman. Twelve classmates and nine wives attended. • In June, our class reunion was held at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH. Forty-two classmates gathered for the three-day gala. Needless to say, Roger Connor once again brought the group together with his usual efficiency. Some of those who attended were Lex Blood, George Gallant, Charlie Barrett LLD’55, Jim Callahan, Frank Canning, Joe Chisholm, Frank McDermott, Barry Driscoll, and Dick McBride. My apologies to those who attended and are not listed here. • Our next gathering was the annual memorial Mass and luncheon on October 6. • Roger Connor advises that a class trip is being organized for May 2, 2012. It is a 13-day excursion, beginning in Hamburg, Germany, and cruising the Elbe River with stops in Berlin and Prague. All classmates will receive details from Roger. • Regina and Tom McElroy have announced that the annual Tom McElroy Golf Classic (in memory of their son Tom ’80) will be retired. The amazing thing about this event is that more than $1,000,500 has been raised for financial aid to soccer athletes at Boston College. Tom was an All-American soccer player at the Heights and died of cancer shortly after his graduation in 1981. • Sadly, I report the death of Paul Stanton. Paul was a successful real-estate broker in Dorchester for many years. He and his family maintained a summer home in the 5 class notes

Ocean Bluff section of Marshfield. • With the start of the school year in September, we will begin our 60th anniversary year. In this regard, while writing this column I had a great telephone conversation with Jim Callahan. One hour later, we had completed a truly enjoyable recollection of our days at the Heights. be

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1953

Correspondent: Jim Willwerth jammw19@verizon.net 19 Sheffield Way Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-5400 The Wayland Country Club was the site of our 17th annual class golf tournament on June 8. The format was the usual Florida-type scramble. I will have a full report in the next issue. • Class President Bob Willis reports that Trinity Chapel on the Newton Campus will be the site of this year’s annual memorial Mass on Saturday, October 8, at 4 p.m. Following Mass, a reception will be held in Barat House, located next to the chapel. • In May, Dick Horan reported that he and Joan were off on a two-week cruise on the Rhine and Danube Rivers. • Mark Coughlin, son of our classmate and past president Paul Coughlin, reported that his mother, Maryanne, died peacefully at home on March 13, surrounded by family. A funeral Mass was said the following weekend at Holy Trinity Church in West Harwich. • Jack Lynch sent a note following the passing of his wife, Christine, in March: “Thanks to the Class of ’53 for the beautiful spray of flowers and for the support of so many classmates. Thanks for helping us through the immeasurable loss of our gentle and caring Christine.” • Nancy Zirkel wrote in February to tell me about the death on January 13 of her husband, Bill Zirkel, who passed away peacefully with family around him at the Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehab Facility where he had been for five months. Bob Zirkel, Bill’s twin brother and also our classmate, had passed away in 1994 in Florida. • Msgr. Paul Ryan wrote to tell me that he had had a fall at Mass on February 20 and has been out of action since then. Father went on to say, “I have been getting along OK for the past 10 days—the only swing left in me now is out in the backyard.” • With a lot of humility I write to tell you that I have been selected to serve as grand marshal of the Town of Westborough’s 2011 Memorial Day parade. I began my military service while still a student at BC, enlisting in the Marine Corps Platoon Leader program during my junior year. After graduation, I completed my training and joined the USMC Reserves. By the time I left military service, I had achieved the rank of first lieutenant and had earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. be

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1954

Correspondent: John Ford jrfeagle@verizon.net 45 Waterford Drive Worcester, MA 01602; 508-755-3615


On May 19, 53 of us congregated for a spring luncheon at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. Lenny Matthews and Gerard Natoli arranged the event with the aid of the Alumni Association and support from Lou Totino, MBA’65, and your correspondent. In attendance were June Baron Tinney; Charles Hurley; Caroline Donovan; Nancy and Tom Murphy; June and Don Preskenis; Alberta and Gerard Natoli; Mary Jean and Jim Coughlin; Fr. Stephen Koen MEd’60; Rose and Lenny Matthews; Marilyn and Don MacLellan; Frank Spellman; Lori and Lou Totino; Janet and Paul McKenna; Doug MacMillan and Fran De Luca; Tom O’Connell; Jim Flynn MA’55; Dot and Jim Sullivan; Elaine and Dick Donahue; Mary and Murray Regan; Helenjean and Jack Parker CAES’79; Margaret (Molloy) ’58 and Pete Vasaturo; Dalia (Skudzinskaite) NC’55, MEd’67, and Ray Ivaska JD’59; Lou Maloof; Dick Maloney and Dianne Lynch; Joe Skerry; Pat (Quigley) Kodzis MEd’58; Charley Pelczarski; Bill Hunter; Linda and Dave Pierre; Joan Mulligan Nickell; John and Mary Healy Nackley; and Jane and John Ford MSW’61. A great time was had by all. • Just days before the luncheon, Jody Bonarrigo, wife of our classmate Frank Bonarrigo, died suddenly. I had spoken to Jody just a few days before, and she was looking forward to attending. As the years have passed, the distinction between classmate and spouse has disappeared for those of us who have had the good fortune to see one another often. We are just old friends, and every once in a while we are joined by classmates we have not seen for a long time, and that makes the occasion sweeter. Also, Dan Burns, one of our basketball stars, died on June 13. Dan’s family requested that memorial gifts be dedicated to the Burns Library at BC. • Tom O’Connell has written his 10th book, a novel, Deviant Shelter: Year Three of the New Social System. Tom describes this work as “Kafkaesque.” If interested, you can find excerpts on his website: www.sanctuary777.com. • Frank Flannery has officially retired from Suffolk University, where he was the treasurer and a trustee of the school for many years and also served as acting president. Honoring his service to Suffolk, the trustees made Frank a trustee for life. He will continue to serve on the university’s audit and finance committees. Congratulations, Frank, on a career well spent! • Our annual memorial Mass and brunch will take place on Sunday, October 23, at 10:30 a.m. in Trinity Chapel on the Newton Campus. Look for the invitation in the fall. Lou Totino arranges this event; you can reach Lou at 781-329-9612 if you have any questions or suggestions. be

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Correspondent: Mary Helen FitzGerald Daly 700 Laurel Avenue Wilmette, IL 60091; 847-251-3837 Mary Evans Bapst emailed from Geneva, Switzerland, that she had just finished planting flowers on her balcony garden and was looking forward to summer. Mary is very involved in activities in her parish and again gave the doctrinal teaching on the Eucharist to the first communicants’ parents. When

teaching, she quotes from St. Thomas Aquinas, using her Summa, which she keeps handy. • In talking to Helen Ward Sperry Mannix in Connecticut, we discovered that we had both ended our indoor tennis seasons and were ready for golf after a long winter and a chilly, wet spring! • Helen Badenhausen Danforth planned to spend two weeks in Maine in July. • Lucille Joy Becker can’t believe she is a great-grandmother! She has one great-grandchild, and two more are due this summer. • Enjoy the summer, and please send news for the Fall issue. be

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Correspondent: Marie Kelleher mjk55@bc.edu 12 Tappan Street Melrose, MA 02176; 781-665-2669 Paul Fallon reports that he went to the Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Dinner with Bruno Ciani. While there, they met Alice and Dick Drew, Mary and Greg Plunkett, and Mary and John Johnson JD’60. • Stephanie Coffey Cooper-Clarke is keeping very busy since she retired. She is consulting on a volunteer basis for two theater companies—a small off-Broadway company and the La Jolla Playhouse in California—where she is involved in fundraising. She also stays active professionally by serving on the Yale School of Nursing’s advisory board. And now, instead of commuting to the Cape, she and John go to their home in Rowayton, CT, when they want to get away. Her children are all very successful, and she has six grandchildren. • We have our very own cover girl: Jean O’Neil, MS’63, made the cover of a recent edition of Alpha Chi News. Alpha Chi celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010, and Jean is a past president. Also, Jean attended Laetare Sunday, where she met Paul Croke, MBA’62. I have since been in contact with Paul. He is a full-time member of the faculty of Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. His specialty is leadership skill development, and he teaches full-time MBA and executive MBA students. Paul also teaches at Dublin City University in Ireland, where he has replicated the program that he teaches at Northeastern. He goes to Dublin in the fall and the spring, using distance learning to work with his students in between meetings. This past spring, Paul also visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, and this summer, he plans to go to Medjugorje. Paul also shared the news that his wife, Doreen, died on January 15 after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. They had made four pilgrimages to Medjugorje together, so I’m sure this next trip will be difficult. Even in death, Doreen is still giving to others: On May 23, Paul sponsored a golf tournament in her memory. The proceeds will go to assist high school students who aspire to become nurses and will be divided between Archbishop Williams High School, where Doreen went to school, and Scituate High School, where she was the school nurse for nearly 30 years. • I am sad to report the deaths of three classmates: Charles McCollam died on January 12. He had spent much of his professional life in politics and also enjoyed all things Irish. Veronica (Byrne) Henaghan began her eternal life on April 7. After retiring from the Medford VNA, she became actively involved in Mystic Valley Elder Services. I would like to send www.bc.edu/alumni

my sympathy to their families. • John Boland joined his son Stephen, his sister, and his parents in the Community of Saints in time for Easter by beginning his eternal life on April 6. John sang with the Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus in Nashua, NH, for 31 years and was a thirddegree member of the Knights of Columbus. My heart and sympathy go out to his wife, Jane; daughter, Kelly; brother, Arthur; and other family members. When I learned of John’s death, the scripture readings were about the Good Shepherd, so I’d like to close by paraphrasing a line from the song “Like a Shepherd”: “holding them carefully close to His heart, He has led them home.” And finally, the last line of John Boland’s obituary notice: “One memory lights another.” be

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Correspondent: Jane Quigley Hone janeqhone@msn.com 207 Miro Place Port Washington, NY 11050; 516-627-0973 We send condolences to Mary Nolan Hanlon on the death of her husband, Jim ’51, on May 6 in Marblehead. Frank and I had visited Mary in May when we went to the Boston College graduation of our granddaughter, Marissa Hone ’11, daughter of our son Frank ’80. Marissa is working in Boston, using her biology major for research. She will be near her brother Brendan, who is starting at Tufts University this fall. We also spent time in Wellesley with our second son, Andy ’84; his wife, Allison ’85; and their three girls, Caroline, Natalie, and Grace. Caroline is in the Class of 2012 at Newton Country Day School. • In March, Frank and I visited our son Frank and his wife, Chris, in Naples. While we were in Florida, we had dinner with Ed and Winnie Weber Hicks in Venice, and on another day, we had lunch with Joe and Dorothy Dienhart Rotolo NC’53, who live in Bonita Springs. Dorothy and I had worked together in the adoption department at Catholic Charities in Boston after graduation from Newton. • In April, I heard from Yasuko Ohashi, RSCJ, who would be glad to receive email messages from classmates. Her address is ohashirscj@yahoo.co.jp. • Please send me your news about family, job, or travel—or about your memories of Newton. be

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Correspondent: Steve Barry sdmjbarry@verizon.net 102 Brooksby Village Drive, Unit 304 Peabody, MA 01960; 978-587-3626 We had 47 classmates, spouses, and friends on our 55th anniversary Bermuda cruise. We sailed on the Norwegian Dawn, a huge ship with 14 decks, many restaurants, numerous shows, and more than 2,200 passengers. The weather was beautiful, and the sea was generally calm. Bea Colleary ’62 handled all the arrangements for the trip—a major task. The travel agency was able to schedule two cocktail parties and a dinner, where the headwaiter stopped at every


class notes table to comment on how dressed up we were. Carolyn Kenney Foley arranged for people to get together in smaller groups for meals in several restaurants. Marie and I had one lunch with Kathleen Donovan Goudie, another with Leo WCAS’58 and Claire Hoban McCormack, and a dinner with Gene and Miriam O’Toole Dessereau. • We returned the day before Reunion Weekend, and on Saturday, we had more than 140 at our Mass and dinner at the Connor Family Retreat and Convention Center in Dover. Fr. Dave Gill, MA’60, came from California to be the celebrant, and Marie’s brother, Fr. Ray Helmick, and the alumni chaplain, Fr. Anthony Penna ’70, MDiv’74, MEd’75, were at the altar. Bishop Frank Irwin, MSW’70, was not able to attend the Mass but came for the dinner.  Carolyn had invited Fr. Monan to join us; he had intended to be present for the entire evening to honor the class but had been ill with pneumonia, so he visited only briefly. Bill Bulger ’58, JD’61, who started with our class but graduated after returning from military service, also joined us that evening. Charlie Laverty and Owen Lynch, JD’59, co-chairmen, lauded the efforts of the Class Gift Committee. The final total was $3,400,470, with 49 percent of the class contributing. As the third class to reach the goal, we will have a $100,000 scholarship named for the class. • Frank Odlum retired in July after 51 years as a dentist. • Marge Callahan was inducted into St. Mary’s High School’s Hall of Fame in Lynn. • Our Laetare Sunday Mass and breakfast drew 27 classmates. Marie and I sat with Joe Connors, Diane and Joseph Desmond, and Janet (Page) ’58 and George Cartier. We also saw Carolyn, Betty Casey, Bea ’62 and Peter Colleary, Carol Hines Gleason, Leo and Claire McCormack, Mary Fraser Pizzelli, Connie Regolino MEd’61, and Mary Walsh MS’58. University President Leahy came over to greet Carolyn and the class after the breakfast. • Marie, MS’55, and I sat with Natalie and Fred Hickey and Pat MEd’69 and Frank Furey at the annual Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Dinner at the Copley Plaza Hotel. Carolyn managed to visit all the ’56 tables. We also saw Leo and Claire McCormack, Betty Casey, Margie Murphy, and Carol Gleason. • Sadly we have several deaths to report: The Alumni Office sent a notice that Walter J. Eaton Jr. died in Switzerland in 2009. Carolyn emailed that Anne Hosie Golden died in Georgia in March. Charlie Laverty heard from Maureen McInerney that her husband, John McInerney, died in April. Mary Ann Tierney Woodward emailed news of Eddie Nazzaro’s death in May. Col. Clovis Proulx died in April in Niceville, FL. Please remember them, their families, and any classmates who are ill in your prayers. • Thanks to all who sent news. A reminder: you can log in to the alumni online community to read and post news of accomplishments, travel, and other items. be

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Correspondent: Patricia Leary Dowling pandsdowling@comcast.net 39 Woodside Drive Milton, MA 02186; 617-696-0163 Our 55th reunion was a wonderful day! Shirley Spencer Duggan (who came the farthest—

from Texas!), Aileen Mannix Schaefer, Marion Linehan Kraemer, Ellie McSally Taft, Sheila McCarthy Higgins, Ursula Cahalan Connors, and Patricia Leary Dowling, were in attendance. We met at the Museum of Fine Arts, where we enjoyed the “Highlights of the Art of the Americas” tour! It was the best, given by Ellen Donovan Fallon NC’64, who shared her knowledge and expertise with us. We chatted with Paul Revere, visited with the Boit sisters, and saw George Washington in many action poses! After enlightening our minds, we had a lovely lunch at the new café under the beautiful glass tree by Chihuly, and after lunch we all visited the exhibit Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass. • On Sunday, Ursula, Sheila, Ellie, Shirley with daughter Cheryl, and Pat attended Mass at Trinity Chapel on the Newton Campus. William Neenan, SJ, celebrated Mass in memory of Sr. Gabrielle Husson, MA’51. The deceased from our class—Mary Ellen Garrity, Jean O’Donoghue Connor, and Margaret Doyle—were also remembered at the Mass, which was followed by a brunch at Stuart Commons. • I heard from Margot Bourgois Miller; Mary Ellen McKeon Harvey; Jan Murphy Hannah MA’69, PhD’76; and Gail O’Donnell MDiv’80 (who was giving a retreat in Canada): they were unable to join us but wanted to be remembered. • See you in five years! be

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Correspondent: Francis E. Lynch flynch@maritime.edu 27 Arbutus Lane West Dennis, MA 02670 Bill Donlan, MA’60, continues to reside in Spiddal, County Galway, with his wife, Carmel, and daughters Claire and Eileen. Carmel teaches science, Claire is in medical school, and Eileen is a university student. Bill uses a tall walker to get around, and his speech is very limited. His family is working diligently to help him make progress with his mobility and speech. We always knew about Bill’s academic and athletic accomplishments, but we didn’t know he played the piano and loved to sing. Pictures of Bill and his family were taken on his birthday in April, and Bill looks great! Please remember him and his family in your daily prayers. • Jim and Betty (Scanlon) Turley foiled a robbery on April 9 by calling 911. The Braintree police apprehended a North Carolina pair who were wanted for robbing homes all over the country. • Joan Driscoll Lynch recently authored a novel, Women of the Passion (ACTA Publication). Best of luck, Joan, with this great undertaking! • Paul McAdams recently had lung surgery and is now on the mend. • Paul O’Leary’s eldest granddaughter, Courtney, will soon be a member of the Class of 2015 at the Carroll School of Management. • James McIntyre, MEd’61, DEd’67, received an honorary doctorate at BC’s Commencement in May. He is a senior VP at the University. • In May, the late Bernie Teliszewski was elected to the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame for baseball and football. • Jim Devlin will soon be providing the results of the class golf outing at Sandy Burr on May 24. • All best 7 class notes

wishes to Sr. Ellen Leddy, MEd’60, who celebrated her 100th birthday on April 9! • The class extends its sincere sympathy to the families of the following departed: We lost Willam R. Kane on September 18, 2010; and this year, John T. Conway on January 21; James H. Cronin on March 26; Anne McKenney Green, MS’59, on April 1; and John D. Trasatti on January 5. Also, Sr. Paula, sister of Jim Kelly, MBA’61, passed away on March 31. • Class dues in the amount of $25 should be submitted to Bill Tobin, MBA’70, 181 Central St., Holliston, MA 01746. • Best wishes for a very happy and safe summer. “Fair winds and following seas.” be

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Correspondent: Connie Weldon LeMaitre lemaitre.cornelia@gmail.com Correspondent: Connie Hanley Smith cosmith35@hotmail.com This winter, a minireunion took place in Naples, FL. George ’55 and Connie Weldon LeMaitre, Neil and Joan Hanlon Curley, longtime class friend Bob Murphy and wife Miriam, Dick and Peg McMurrer Haberlin, and Bill and Bonnie Walsh Stoloski NC’59 all got together for various dinner parties. Bob had just celebrated his 80th birthday. We wish him well. • Back in the Northeast, Liz Doyle Eckl writes that she and Chris traveled to France to cruise the Saône and Rhône Rivers. They visited several castles, ruins, and cathedrals, and the cities of Arles, Lyon, Beaune, Viviers, and Avignon. Liz was delighted to have a chance to resuscitate her French! Back in the United States, Liz had a grand celebration with her two sisters in honor of all their birthdays and anniversaries. The ladies stayed at the Willard Hotel in DC and had their own “pajama party”—so much for “putting away the things of childhood”! • Yours truly, Connie Hanley Smith, took an excellent course in botanical Latin at the New York Botanical Garden. Unfortunately, the study of Caesar’s Gallic wars and liturgical Latin in school was of no use in identifying plants in the garden. I also help out at the local hospital and am a docent at the Katonah Museum of Art. • Thanks to you all for keeping in touch. be

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Correspondent: David Rafferty bcbusa58@bc.edu 2296 Ashton Oakes Lane, No. 101 Stonebridge Country Club Naples, FL 34109; 239-596-0290 June and Bill O’Rourke recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by taking their family to Bermuda. • Carol and Tom Kurey are enjoying their retirement, spending six months in Belleair, FL, and six months in Brookfield, WI. They recently welcomed their first grandchild when daughter Mary Louise and her husband adopted a baby boy. Their other daughter, Elizabeth, is finishing her third year of residency in family practice as an


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Boston College Alumni Association bcaacomm@bc.edu 825 Centre Street Newton, MA 02458 As you probably know, Jo Cleary, our correspondent for the Newton College Class of ’58, retired her pen—better said, her computer keyboard—with the Spring issue. We would like to thank Jo for her excellent service during the past three years and for helping to keep Newton College alumnae connected to one another and to Boston College. To continue her good work, and that of her predecessor, Sheila Hurley Canty, we now seek a new correspondent for this column. If you would like to write for Class Notes, please contact Betsy McLain, Class Notes editor, at bcaacomm@bc.edu. be

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Correspondent: George Holland bmw0324@msn.com 244 Hawthorne Street Malden, MA 02148; 781-321-4217 I was not able to get to campus for Laetare Sunday, but Bill Appleyard reports that the

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ister Ellen Leddy ’57, MEd’60, of the Sisters of Providence, is not your typical Boston College alumna. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday, joking, “I was 100 years 100 times; I had so many cakes. I can’t party every day for the whole year!” Since her birth on Palm Sunday in April 1911, Sister Ellen’s destiny has been entwined with the Catholic Church. Growing up in Harvard, Mass., the only child of working-class parents, she often heard her father’s story of the first time he saw her: he gave her a palm branch from that day’s Mass, a symbol of triumph because she was his little victory. In 1929, at the age of 19, she joined the Sisters of Providence, based in Holyoke, Mass. Years later, Sister Ellen Sr. Ellen Leddy ’57, MEd ’60, recently found herself at what is now BC’s celebrated both her 100th birthday and her 81st Lynch School of Education. “I never year as a member of the Sisters of Providence. thought of going to BC because it was all boys,” she recalls. “But the community sent me there because there were many sisters studying nursing at the University as well. It ended up a good fit.” Sister Ellen’s eight-decade-long career has taken her from working as a medical laboratory technologist at three Sisters of Providence-sponsored Massachusetts hospitals, to serving as local superior for sisters attending BC, to directing formation for her community’s newest members. She has been a social worker, coordinator of the motherhouse, and a community historian. Sister Ellen says there is no secret to her longevity and success. It has always been about trust. “You take what comes,” she says. “And somehow, the good Lord takes care of you. He knows what he’s doing, even if we don’t.” what is the most satisfying moment in your professional life?

once locked myself out of the house and had to sneak back in—while wearing my habit.

Once, when I was on night call as a medical laboratory technologist—which wasn’t very common—I processed someone’s lab work and saved that person’s life.

how much can you sing of the bc fight song?

in your personal life? To feel you’ve saved somebody is a big thing.

what is your fondest bc memory?

[laughs] Not much. I was once told, “Keep quiet. You don’t keep on key.” That kept me from wanting to learn any song really!

how have you changed since graduation?

There was a big snowstorm, and since we lived across the street from the University, some boys came over to shovel our sidewalks. The sisters living with me were from Worcester, Mass., and they told those boys that they were Holy Cross fans. The BC boys threw their shovels down on the sidewalk and left. It was so funny to see.

I don’t think I have changed all that much.

what is something your friends don’t know about you?

what is the secret to success?

Something I never told anyone was when I

what would you do if you were bc president for a day? When I was there, I probably would have allowed women into schools other than nursing and education. Just keep going. God will take care of the rest.

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Air Force doctor. • Joan Driscoll Lynch ’57, wife of Tom Lynch, has published a new novel, Women of the Passion, exploring the feelings and thoughts of Mary Magdalene, Susanna, Joanna, and other women who followed the travels of Jesus. • Mike Grady reports that his 11-year-old grandson, John, plays for the junior BC Eagles hockey team. • Marilyn and Leo McCarthy certainly enjoyed the annual ’58 Naples class luncheon held at the Stonebridge Country Club in March. It gave them a chance to dine with the (Bill) Sweeneys, (John) Dooleys, and (Frank) Meissners, along with sharing old stories about their years at BC. Again we had great attendance at this yearly class event. • Ann and Bill McGurk are spending winters in Sarasota and summers at their 210-year-old farm on Prince Edward Island, Canada. They have been married for 53 years and have six grandchildren ranging in age from 9 to 17. • John ’55 and Barbara Cuneo O’Connell are enjoying retirement, traveling to Palm Springs in February and Marco Island in March. • Paul Doherty, MBA’71, a Double Eagle, is living in Deerfield Beach, FL. Paul retired in 1996 after 23 years in financial management with Nypro Inc., headquartered in Clinton. • The class extends its sympathy and prayers to the families of the following classmates who recently passed away: James R. Collins of Polson, MT, formerly of Farmington Hills, MI; Aaron B. Coville Jr. of Framingham; Edward A. Densmore of Lanham, MD; Dennis F. Griffin of Hingham; and Rita Loretta Stumpf, SGM, MS’68, of Orlando, FL. • Again, let me hear from you—I need news! Don’t forget your class dues. Please send $25 to our class treasurer, Jack “Mucca” McDevitt, at 28 Cedar Road, Medford, MA 02155.


class notes Class of 1959 was well represented with two tables of classmates. • We send our condolences to the family of Mary (Demeo) McGoldrick, who passed away on March 18 of this year. Mary taught elementary school in Honolulu. She is survived by her husband, Harold McGoldrick Jr., son Harold, and daughters Malia McGoldrick and Brenna Cregge of Hawaii. • Dana and Bea Rae Love’s son John died on June 4 due to the apparent rejection of a bilateral lung transplant. Our hearts go out to the Love family at this very sad time. • We also send our condolences to the family of Richard T. Whelan of Windham, NH, who passed away on April 13. be

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Correspondents: Maryjane Mulvanity Casey and Patty O’Neill pattyoneill@verizon.net 75 Savoy Road Needham, MA 02492; 781-400-5405 In February, our NC’59 “snowbirds” gathered at Bill and Bonnie (Walsh) Stoloski’s Naples, FL, home for a delightful dinner party. Included were Janet Chartier O’Hanley, Al and Sandy (Sestito) Pistocchi, and Jack and Jane (Gillespie) Steinthal. There was much animated conversation that evening, we’re sure! • At our May tea at Alumni House, Patty O’Neill and Nancy Maslin Burkholder were seen enjoying the afternoon festivities with other Newtonites. • Ellie Carr Hanlon reports that she has had a very busy and exciting year. She and husband Bill celebrated his 75th birthday with a Caribbean cruise in February and then in April went to the Riviera Maya with their entire family—their three children with their spouses, five grandsons, and two granddaughters—a great early celebration for their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Ellie’s eldest granddaughter, Elizabeth, is headed to Tulane. • KC Conway Morrish enjoyed a great reunion at Sacred Heart in Greenwich with several Newton ’59 classmates. Jack and Jane Steinthal hosted a dinner attended by Meg Dealy Ackerman, Sheila Lane Malafronte, and Sue Sughrue Carrington and their husbands. Sheila’s son was about to get married. Meg and Jane have many grandchildren, and Sue has two “fairly new” grandsons. KC continues to enjoy her work with the Guardian ad Litem for Children Program in Florida and has taken up bridge. She was looking forward to seeing Meg in Marion, MA, and Pat Sweeney Sheehy on Cape Cod on her trip from Florida to Maine for the summer. • Janet Chartier O’Hanley’s move from Rhode Island to Naples, FL, has been a spectacular success. She writes: “I love the blue sky and the sunny weather and spend most days outdoors. ... My new home is wonderful and very Floridian.” She swims several times a day in her enclosed pool with a lanai or in the Gulf of Mexico. The garden around the pool sounds like a tropical paradise with a confetti lantana that attracts all types of butterflies; many varieties of fruit trees and palm trees; and bougainvilleas, birds of paradise, and other flowering plants. “I am so happy I made the move to Naples,” she writes. “It’s peaceful and beautiful. I feel very blessed.” • Joan Coniglio O’Donnell has

been busy caring for her grandchildren. She chauffeured her three grandsons in Needham to various activities while her son Tony, a tax lawyer for a biotech company in Rockland, and daughter-in-law Luisa went to California for a long weekend. Another son, Chris, lives in Wellesley and works at the Framingham Heart Study. His wife, Kim, teaches biology at Wellesley College. Their eldest daughter, Lindsey, is a sophomore at Holy Cross; Adrienne, a very good field hockey player, will go to Bowdoin in September; and Kylie is in the sixth grade. Joan’s daughter, Carrie, lives in Stamford, CT, and has a textbook marketing and production business. Carrie and her husband, Dave Gurney, have two sons: Matt, a junior at Franklin & Marshall, and Stephen, who will enter Loyola in New Orleans this fall. Joan’s third son, Jeffrey, a social worker, and his wife, Antoinette, live in Baltimore with their three children: Ailish, Kyra, and Conor. Joan and Larry spend much time with their three Vietnamese foster sons and their families, who live near them. Joan remains active, despite having Parkinson’s, and continues to play tennis. • We also have sad news to report. Our classmate Alice (Cooke) Crowley died on April 3 in Durham, NH. She was a talented and vivacious class member and will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family. • Any recent news updates from our class would be most welcome! be

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Correspondent: Joseph R. Carty jrcarty1@gmail.com 253 River Street Norwell, MA 02061 A few classmates have moved on in their journey among us: Henry McCarthy of Wakefield and Rockport passed away in April; he had lost his wife, Dee, in September 2010. Earlier this year, we also lost Paul Neary of Hyannis, Jim Rush of West Roxbury, and James O’Donnell of Dover, NH, and Mary Helen Johnson Terrell of Lincoln passed away in November 2010. • Although retired, Fr. Leo Shea, has been appointed to head the 100th anniversary celebration of the Maryknoll. He is responsible for the full event. • Some interesting information for you: as of September 2010, Boston College enrollment totaled 14,720, with 9,100 undergraduate students, 4,900 graduate and professional students, and 720 undergraduates in the Woods College of Advancing Studies. • Pauline LeBlanc Doherty has spent many hours editing and invested much time and effort to complete a DVD of last year’s class event in to Naples, FL. We thank her for her wonderful work on this project! • Dick Toran, who is a veterinarian, took an extended trip to Vail. Sandra and Tom Kelly accompanied the Torans for part of the skiing vacation. • Coley Foley MBA’70, Pauline LeBlanc Doherty, and Bobby O’Leary reported that Florida’s weather was better this year compared with that of the past few years. • John Remondi is the No. 3 employee at Fidelity. He is also a trustee of Cathedral High School, where he was instrumental in fundraising for the school’s new gymnasium. • Last winter, Fred O’Neill and his wife skied at Loon Mountain 9 class notes

and also at Telluride, CO, with their son Brian, who lives in the area. • Charlie Petrie is living near his family in Cary, NC. • Sheila and Real Roy have started a new business, Boston Consignment, in Needham Heights, just off Route 128. They are doing well. • H. Jeffrey Davis has come out of retirement. He is joining his son at Morgan Stanley as a VP. Last month, Jeff, Real Roy, and Fr. Bianton had lunch together in Rhode Island. • Hope you’re having a great summer! be

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Correspondent: Sally O’Connell Healy kmhealy@cox.net 218 Corey Lane Middletown, RI; 491-862-7338 Berenice Hackett Davis, Brenda Koehler Laundry, Blanche Hunnewell, and I attended the AASH National Conference in Miami in April. The biggest thrill for us was meeting up with our classmate Ann Taylor, RSCJ. We had a wonderful reunion and celebrated at the “Evening Under the Stars” at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. Ann was headmistress of Carrollton for 20 years. She now heads the commission on goals for the U.S. Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart, overseeing the various Sacred Heart schools. We hope to catch her on her next trip to the Boston area and have a class get-together. • Mary Lou Foster Ryan, MSW’85, has retired from social work but keeps very busy as development coordinator of the Rhode Island Horticultural Society (RIHS) and as its newsletter editor. She has also attained her Master Gardener certificate from the University of Rhode Island. Husband Maury is director of the RIHS. He still organizes the Rhode Island spring flower show and both a spring and a fall beer fest. Mary Lou helps with all these endeavors and is also an involved grandmother with her two-year-old grandsons Logan (Hillary’s child) and Liam (son of Sara ’90), who live in Rhode Island. • Debbie Fitzgerald Bourke passes along greetings from Grosse Pointe. She and her husband have 11 grandchildren, the eldest of whom will enter college in the fall. • Dick and Pat Winkler Browne were in Boston in April for the BC Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Dinner hosted by University President William P. Leahy, SJ. • Berenice Davis stopped in the DC area en route to Rhode Island and had lunch with Grace Tamm Escudero, whose five daughters and grandchildren visit her regularly. • Before we left Punta Gorda, Kev and I had dinner with Paul and Gaby Gyorky Mackey. Gaby is in treatment, but keeps busy and is in good spirits. • John and Kathy McDermott Kelsh are planning to attend a family gathering at a château in the Loire valley this summer. The Kelshes welcomed twin granddaughters in April: Margaret Eileen and Ella Tobin Rogers. • Berenice Davis has twin grandsons, Blanche Hunnewell has triplet grandsons, and I have triplet granddaughters. If you have multiple-birth children or grandchildren and would like them mentioned in the newsletter, let me know. • Every day at 3 p.m. EST, Sacred Heart alumnae are encouraged to say a prayer for each other and on first Fridays


to pray for those who are hungry and to fast and/or give alms. If you have lost your EdeM medal or would like a très bien or Sacred Heart medal, they are available through Villa Duchesne: email mhyde6@hotmail.com. For a 50-year Newton alumna pin, contact the BC Alumni Association. • The next AASH conference will be in Omaha in April 2013, and the next international AASH conference will be in Montreal in 2014. Perhaps a group of us will go to celebrate our 75th birthdays. • Keep the news coming. Happy summer! be

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Correspondents: Dave and Joan Angino Melville davemelville@winterwyman.com 3 Earl Road Bedford, MA 01730; 781-275-6334 Our 50th reunion has just gone by, and all who attended would agree it was a resounding success. Thanks to our wonderful committee for having put this all together. It is impossible to recount the three days of festivities or mention all our classmates who were able to attend. There were many memories of happy times, and time was also taken to bless our many classmates who have passed away. We feel on reflection it was a solemn time but a time for which to be thankful. • For Dave and Joan Angino Melville, it is time to pass the mantle. We have been your class correspondents for five years, and now John Ahearn, MA’66, has offered to take our place. It has been a blast. Special thanks to Nancy Magri Dubin, who has contributed to almost all our columns. She has made the job so much easier. The next issue will be written by John. Please write to him at jjaeagle@hotmail.com. • God bless. be

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Correspondent: Missy Clancy Rudman newtonmiz@aol.com 1428 Primrose Lane Franklin, TN 37064 We did it! Hard to believe how quickly our 50th Reunion Weekend flew by. In all, at various functions, 45 members of NC’61 attended—51 percent of our class. First, a big thank-you to Brigid O’Sullivan Sheehan for all her efforts to organize us, and to all her committees that helped make the weekend a success. Kudos to Joan Donohoe O’Neil, MAT’90, and Ellen MacDonald Carbone for our questionnaire, which was published as “Newton Reflections.” • Friday at the investiture and luncheon, where we received our pins, saw us greeting one another as we came into McElroy. At one event or another we saw Susie Ahern, Missy Clancy Rudman, Alo Coleman Riley, Margo Dineen Muccia, Joan Donohoe O’Neil, Sallie Ann Dow Casey, Alice Dresser Pusateri, Kathy Dwyer Clarke, Betsy Eads Thomas, Barbara Feely O’Brien, Sheila Flaherty Comerford, Mary Sue Flanagan, Elaine Fitzgerald Shea, Julie Fazakerly Gilheany, Beth Good Wadden, Linda Gray MacKay MA’04, Kathy Hall

Hunter, Rosie Hanley Cloran, Betty Hitchins Wilson, Nancy Huff, Babs Kager, Sissy Kane Sullivan, Paula Keane Teeling, Patsy Keating, Joyce Laiosa Caldarone, Ellie Maher Collins, Ellen Mahony King, Ellen MacDonald Carbone, Mary Ann McDonald Barry, Carol McGee Gardenier, Mickey McQueeny Matthews, Faith Mead Bertrand, Janet Miele, Maryann Morrissey Curtin, Gloria Novella DeUrruela, Ruthie O’Neil Kenney, Nancy O’Neill MA’67, Brigid O’Sullivan Sheehan, Karen Schaumber Ferguson, Mookie Stehling Kamps, Judy Thompson Collins, Sr. Judy Vollbrecht, and Mary Walsh. (I hope I did not leave anyone out!) Friday evening found many of us under the tent on Shea Field for a lobster bake. • Saturday we gathered at Alumni House (the library, to us) near Duchesne for lunch and a panel discussion chaired by Babs Kager. Nancy Huff discussed freshman year, and Judy Collins took us from 1957 to graduation in June 1961. Linda MacKay commented on “who we were as seniors,” Julie Gilheany gave us a timeline of changes from when we graduated to the present day, and Babs—who has a PhD in gerontology—projected us into the future and what we can anticipate. After lunch, Sr. Judy gave us a description of Haiti’s history, its culture, its people, and what life is like there. Mookie presented Sr. Judy with an apron with her name in bold letters with checks (from NC’61) in the big pocket! This will be used for her Apron Pocket fund. • Dinner at Barat House was exquisite. We gathered in the halls for drinks, appetizers, and loads of talking—still. We sat down to a delicious dinner organized by Maryann Morrissey, and we had our picture taken in front of the chapel. • On Sunday, we attended Mass in the chapel along with other anniversary classes, and we remembered our classmates who have died. Our thanks to Boston College for hosting us; Newton graduates are most appreciative. be

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Correspondents: Frank and Eileen (Trish) Faggiano frank@faggianoconsulting.com 33 Gleason Road Reading, MA 01867; 781-944-0720 I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Comeau. When he called, he was helping his 18-year-old grandson, Ryan, with calculus and admitted to being a little rusty. He is enjoying his retirement from teaching and coaching and reports that his wife, Cindy, continues to work part-time. They reside in Hollywood, FL, and make frequent trips to Castlerea, County Roscommon, Ireland, to visit their daughter, son-in-law, and five-yearold grandson, Sean Kelly. When I asked Paul about his health, he reported that his doctor doesn’t say much except that he “looks good on paper.” • Eileen and Bill Novelline are back in North Andover and doing well. They were planning to travel to Chicago in the next few weeks for their granddaughter Lila’s fifth birthday. Bill says, “She never stops talking, she loves clothes, and we are crazy about her.” • Gene Guerrera wrote that he is recovering from open-heart surgery performed in www.bc.edu/alumni

January. He and his wife are now looking forward to our 50th reunion. They live in Barnstable. • By the time you read these notes, you will have been invited to the kick-off event for our 50th reunion: BC’s Academic Convocation for incoming freshmen in September. • The Lynch School of Education and the Class of ’62 recently lost one of its legendary teachers, John Travers ’50, MEd’52, DEd’60, who was 83 and had taught at BC for almost 50 years. After graduating from BC High in 1945, Professor Travers enlisted in the Navy at the end of World War II. He then enrolled at Boston College, where he became a rare Quadruple Eagle by earning a bachelor’s as a premed student and a master’s and a doctorate in education. While Professor Travers was known as a great teacher, Dr. J. Kevin Nugent ’76, MEd’76, PhD’80, director of the Brazelton Institute at Children’s Hospital (quoted in the Boston Globe on June 1, 2011) perhaps described him best: “It was his virtues as a person I will never forget. He was spectacularly decent.” Our condolences to the Travers family and also to the family of Sr. Mary Eileen Foley, MEd’66, CAES’79, of Marlborough, who passed away on January 30, 2011. • Best wishes to all and remember we’d love to hear from you. be

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Correspondent: Mary Ann Brennan Keyes makmad@comcast.net 26 Ridgewood Crossing Hingham, MA 02043 Barbara Fortunato Hurley and Kitsy Cavanaugh Fogarty are hoping to get a group from the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area together for a luncheon. I’m sure they would appreciate any help or suggestions. Let me know if you are interested. Also, Marsha Whelan is starting to work on a website for our class in anticipation of our 50th. If any of you are skilled at this process, let me know, and I’ll pass your name on. • Helen Bill Casey dropped me a note enclosing a copy of a beautiful landscape painting by Sally McManamy Baker. Helen is very involved in volunteering for the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group seeking further investigation of the causes of the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11. • In following up on bounced emails, I called Barbara Keane Blais, and she emailed me some great pictures, which I’ll save for our reunion. She writes: “My thing is swimming, as you can see. I do open water swims in the summer and even made it down to South Boston on New Year’s Day and up to Gloucester (quick dips) this year—something I’ve always wanted to do. The swim of ’09 was a mother-daughter event. Annie and I. That was really fun. Of course, Annie came in way ahead of me, but she was glad to see me getting back to shore!” In describing her swim in Gloucester, Barbara said: “I have gotten the award the last four years for being the oldest swimmer to complete the course of this swim (but not the last one back to the finish line). The woman who started it all was our age, swimming it from the end of the breakwater at Eastern Point over to Rocky Neck.” For anyone familiar with


class notes this area, what Barbara did is quite an accomplishment. When she isn’t in the ocean, Barbara practices at Walden Pond, swimming the length and back. The pictures are amazing, and Barbara looks as youthful as she sounds! • It was just a year ago in June that Mary Corbett, one of my college roommates, and I celebrated our milestone birthdays and went to Russia, Finland, Lapland, and Norway. Then, just a few weeks ago, we spent a lovely week in Newport Beach, CA. I asked Mary if I could write about this and she said “please do”: Mary is battling lung cancer, having been diagnosed in October 2010, and would love your prayers as she journeys through all those endless treatments. • I got a frantic email from Kathy Mahoney Guilmette saying they sold their house in five days and had to be out in four weeks. When I called to see how the move was going, she didn’t seem too stressed—she was shopping and having lunch with Anne Gallagher Murphy. Her plan is to go back to Florida and to return to Rhode Island in September. • I just learned that Kathy Jacobi Boehm passed away in April 2010. After her marriage in 1963, Kathy lived in St. Louis while her husband, Bill, completed his medical training. They later moved to Louisiana, and in 1973 the family settled in Alamogordo, NM. Kathy is survived by Bill and two brothers, five children, and six grandchildren. Kathy will always be remembered as a fun and caring person. • This weekend is the 50th reunion for the class ahead of us at Newton. Several of us are going to the Mass and brunch on Sunday to see those “old” ladies and get some ideas for our 50th! I hope we’ll have some local luncheons for our class this summer and fall as we plan for our 50th next June. be

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Correspondent: Matthew J. McDonnell matthew.mcdonnell.esq@gmail.com 121 Shore Avenue Quincy, MA 02169; 617-479-1714 Doug MacQuarrie reports that in April, he and his wife, Rosemary, attended the 25th New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame Dinner during which Larry Rawson became an inductee. We all remember Larry as an impressive track star at BC, recording a best mile time of 4:07. Larry has been the voice of track and field at ESPN for many of years. He is gifted with an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport, and the character of his commentary stands alone. Among the over 400 people attending the dinner were teammates and classmates, including Alyce and Larry Flynn, Carolyn and Tom Paone MA’65, and Ann Marie and Bob Reardon MS’66. • Tom McCabe convened another successful 50th Reunion Committee meeting on May 4. Also attending were Dianne Duffin, Gene Durgin, Paul Hardiman, Joe Horan, Peter Jengo, Dave Kelley, Jim McGahay, Doug MacQuarrie, Ed O’Donoghue, Tom Quirk, Ed Rae, Tom Ryan, Brooks Sullivan, and your faithful scribe. Among the reunion events being planned are a Boston Harbor dinner cruise on September 16, 2011, the night before the BC–Duke football game; a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Naples, FL, on Saturday, March 17, 2012, with lunch, etc., to follow; a cruise from Boston to

Bermuda on the Norwegian Cruise Line during the week of May 11, and a football game in the fall, with our class celebrating the 50th anniversary of our football team members. Stay tuned for further details. • I am sad to report a number of deaths this year: Kathleen Rahaim Perez of Quincy passed away on January 13. She was the director of nurses at Quincy Mental Health Center and the Longwood Hospital. Walter E. Erwin Jr. of Falmouth died on February 15. Walter was a CPA, most recently with his own firm, but he was known in CPA circles as having the distinction of having worked at one time or another during his career with three of the Big Four major accounting firms. Joan Cardiff Eckweiler, a former nurse and a retired bank administrator, died on March 5 in Syracuse, NY, and Diane (MacDonald) Rocheleau of Millbury, a former administrative secretary at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, died on March 24. Also, on April 1, we lost George J. Fitzgerald of Wilmington, DE. George was a longtime accounting manager for DuPont Company. Class condolences to their families. • Send your class news along. Enjoy your summer! be

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Correspondent: Colette Koechley McCarty ckm2@mindspring.com 106 Woodhue Lane Cary, NC 27518; 919-233-0563 Carolyn McInerney McGrath and Marj Dever Shea put together a day at the MFA in April. They planned to see the American Wing and the Chihuly exhibit, followed by lunch. Sounds like a great day! Susan Frisbee couldn’t make it because she had a class that day—she teaches a GED course. She hopes for more events like this. • Patty Lyster Vitty also responded to the invitation: she and her husband, Vince, stay at Treasure Cay, the Bahamas, through early May and had to miss the gathering. She did mention running into Marie Craigin Wilson and her husband and touring their new boat. • Maureen Meehan O’Leary gets to Washington regularly with her work on the Bread for the World board of directors. While there, she sees Penny Brennan Conaway and Barbara Jones NC’62. Thus is virtue rewarded! • Tom and Colette Koechley McCarty and Maureen O’Leary are going to visit Turkey and the Turquoise Coast this fall—SWC lives on! (There will be a test: multiple choice, of course.) • Please send any news to me—I’d love to include you in the next class notes. • Remember it’s only two short years until our 50th! be

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Correspondent: John Moynihan moynihan_john@hotmail.com 27 Rockland Street Swampscott, MA 01907 Steve Duffy is in Tanzania with daughter Ellen, teaching English for tourism at Saint Augustine University of Tanzania in a new tourism management program established by Dean Jim 11 class notes

Spillane, SJ, MA’68, MDiv’76. “Not sure how long I’ll stay beyond a year—it depends on whether it’s a good fit on both sides. Ellen will be studying at Isamilo International School in Mwanza during the fall term and coming back in the spring so she can graduate with her high school class in June.” • In March, BC honored Chuck Clough with the James F. Cleary ’50, H’93, Master’s Award, recognizing him for “distinguished service” to the University, including co-chairing the Light the World campaign. In June, he was a panelist at the annual finance conference sponsored by the Carroll School’s Center for Asset Management. • In April, Catherine and Terry Dunn purchased Environics, a world leader in computerized gas flow instrumentation, headquartered in Tolland, CT. • D.H. Carroll is in Deerfield, IL, running Pro Equine Group, a rodeo supply business. Among the recent acquisitions of his company is Stetson hats, a brand dating back to 1865. • John Kelly is chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael and at Yale–New Haven Hospital. Among his patients are the Boston Bruins. • Bob Scavullo was recently featured in the Spring issue of Genesis, the alumni magazine of St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco (www.siprep.org/genesis/, page 39). Bob is a full-time mentor at the school. • Jim Hughes and Lloyd Doughty “had a great time marching in the Naples, FL, St. Patrick’s Day parade with the BC Club of Naples.” • Jim Whittaker is a professor emeritus at the University of Washington and recently received a lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers for his scholarly contributions in the area of children’s mental health. • Marvin Stick, PhD’80, has been a math professor at UMass Lowell since the early 1980s. In addition to teaching and coordinating math management courses at UML, he leads professional development sessions for math teachers in the Lawrence school district. • Ursula Lyons writes: “The 22-year tradition of having a women’s luncheon for the Lynch School of Education’s Class of ’64 lives on. Fourteen of our class members attended. It was especially interesting to hear about Dr. Theresa McLoud’s work at Mass. General Hospital.” • Mary Lucid Riley is selling real estate in Boston’s historic neighborhoods. • The class extends its sympathy and prayers to the families of the following classmates who have recently passed away: Kenneth Bissett of Fall River, formerly of Andover, on October 25, 2010; Richard Doyle of Manchester, NJ, formerly of Wall Township, NJ, on April 10, 2011; Joseph Hand of Charleston, SC, on May 19, 2010; Robert McGinnis of Worcester on March 6, 2011; William Monahan of Arlington on February 27, 2011; Vincent Puglielli of Madison, WI, on March 11, 2011; Joseph Snow of Leavenworth, KS, on February 14, 2011; and Michael Valeriani of Newburyport on December 8, 2010. Visit the BC alumni online community for links to their obituaries: www. bc.edu/alumni/association/community.html. be

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Correspondent: Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb agneau76@optonline.net 125 Elizabeth Road New Rochelle, NY 10804; 914-636-0214


I’m writing this in late May, you’re reading it in September, and I’m reporting on a 50th high school reunion that took place last year. Are you with me? Alice O’Connor Josephs and Sheila Lawlor Moore had their 50th reunion from Andover (MA) High School in the Andover Town Hall. Alice said, “Sheila looks great—you would have known her in a minute.” Sheila and husband Tom have four children and live in Arlington, VA. • Carol Sorace Whalen and her husband, Tom, were recently in the ticket line for the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. A woman in front of them turned around, and Carol said “it was a second or two before our brains processed what we saw.” The woman was Rita Garbarini Nugent, who was there with her husband, Bill, and their son David and his wife. Carol said that she and Rita behaved appropriately— “didn’t bellow”—and describes their reaction as “subdued astonishment.” Admirable restraint, I’d say. David lives in Manhattan, and Rita and Bill were visiting from their home in Maine. • More on Alice O’Connor Josephs, who called me from Sunapee, NH, this past spring. She said she couldn’t look at one more flake of snow, and could she please come visit—immediately! Since she had just been speaking with Eileen O’Connor McMorran, they did a very spur-of-the-moment trip to New York, and we spent a great afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art. I hadn’t been there since its renovation (of course not, I’m from New York, right?), and the new building is wonderful. I had forgotten how extraordinary the permanent collection is. If you’re in New York, I strongly recommend that you pay MoMA a visit. We also saw the orchid exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Alice said that she went home with renewed hope that spring would eventually come to still-snow-covered Sunapee. • Well, it seems I’ll be talking to you for some time to come, if my mail-order pharmacy plan has anything to say about it. They’ve just notified me (I’m not making this up) that a recent prescription renewal for unlimited refills is effective until December 31, 9999. • I’ll keep in touch. be

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Correspondent: Patricia McNulty Harte patriciaharte@me.com 83 Church Street, No. 1 Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-1187 Spring brings classmates together for the Commencement eve dinner in May. My husband, Neal Harte, and I were seated with Mary Margaret and John Griffin, Sarah Ann and Jim Mahoney, and Ellen and Frank Previte. At the next table, Jack ’62 and Rosemary Thomas MacKinnon were sitting with Jack’s class. We also had a minireunion at the Matignon High School graduation, where we were honored as 50-year graduates. Rosemary Thomas MacKinnon, Rena Hayes Walker, Patricia McNulty Harte, Donna Doyle Sutton, and John Griffin were among the classmates honored. • An email from Peter Olivieri, MBA’66, informs us that he and his wife, Rita ’77, MS’78, PhD’88, plan to retire from Boston College in June. Peter taught at

BC for 42 years and had over 10,000 students. Rita was on the Connell School of Nursing faculty for 33 years. They recently worked together on a nationwide project for the VA hospital system that focused on improving patient safety in the hospitals. Peter is still working on the awardwinning EagleEyes system that allows severely handicapped children to move the cursor on the computer screen with their eyes. Their son, Scott ’90, is a Web support manager for the University, and their daughter, Julie ’93, is the director of computer and training services for Information Technology. Peter also spent more than 20 years as director of the Conte Forum Control Room, supervising the production unit that provided video and animations for BC football, hockey, and basketball games. This fall, he will be inducted into the Boston College Varsity Hall of Fame. Peter would love to hear from you at olivieri@bc.edu. be

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Correspondent: Linda Mason Crimmins mason65@bc.edu 3902 MacGregor Drive Columbia, SC 29206 Kelley Burg returned to Minneapolis to help her mother clean out her house and in the process found some great pictures of our days at Newton. Five of us were pictured wearing trench coats over shorts; remember, shorts were not permitted to be worn on campus. Lisa Pustorino Edmiston and P-J Mikita McGlynn were doing their best Jackie Kennedy impression complete with head scarves and glasses. • Arno and Margaret Schmitt Schmidt hosted a gala in Manhattan for 125 friends and family to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Congratulations! So far this year they have visited China and South Korea and have traveled to Delhi, NY, where Arno lectured at the SUNY Delhi, and to Williamsburg, VA, to judge a culinary competition. • Donna Cianelli, Joan Walsh Rossi MA’66, and Barbara Sweeney Kenny attended a Boston spring tea sponsored jointly by the Newton College alumnae from New England and the Boston College Alumni Association. • Thanks to Mary Hoogland Noon, who sent the following news: she and Dottie O’Connell Cherry attended their 50th high school reunion at Georgetown Visitation in Washington, and Eileen Fitzsimmons Zazzali attended her 50th at 91st Street. • Susan Shea Lindley, who transferred to Georgetown after freshman year, was ordained a minister in the Episcopal Church in 2007. Susan is also an attorney in Duncan, OK. • Condolences to the family of Rita “Kiki” Scotti, who passed away in February. Kiki also left Newton after freshman year and eventually worked at 91st Street in New York City. She was an author who wrote under the name R.A. Scotti and published The Hammer’s Eye, The Kiss of Judas, The Devil’s Own, and Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938. • Lisa Vaughan von Schwarz, who transferred to USC after our sophomore year, and her husband are the parents of three children. • Ann Heaton MacMillan now lives in Victoria, BC; she has four children and three grandchildren. • In May, BC’s McMullen Museum of Art hosted a private tour of the exhibit Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity. The tour was in apprewww.bc.edu/alumni

ciation of our class’s generosity to the museum in celebration of our 45th reunion. • Your reporter traveled to Switzerland in February, enjoying the great train system to visit several historical cities. By coincidence I was in Lucerne for their Fasnacht party, the largest Mardi Gras–type gathering in Switzerland. What a party! • Send news! be

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Correspondent: Dane Baird dane@danebaird.org 104 Seven Iron Court Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082; 904-373-0982 The 45th 1966 reunion was a resounding success! Saturday night’s affair at Bapst was resurgent glory with Jim Lucie ’65, MEd’67, and the Heightsmen. His music moved the soul and quickened the feet. Friday’s inaugural clambake saw Michael Quirke consume three lobsters and anything else in sight. He claims a claws absence in Houston’s markets. Mike and lovely wife Georgene abundantly shared their Texas charm with dorm suitemates, Joella and Dane Baird, and Roni and Walter Casey and omnipresent Denise ’67 and Paul Delaney. Dori and Lee Marchildon also stayed in the dorms and participated in every event. • Saturday morning’s Veterans Remembrance Ceremony was poetically hosted by Fr. Donald Monan, H’96. Strikingly remembered by his classmates was Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Joseph Grant ’61. Both the setting of Bapst lawn and the nearby Memorial Wall framed this stunningly attended event. • Meanwhile in Sudbury, Kathy and Paul Marshall’s generous open house drew Barbara and Frank Pados, Jo and Jim Lennertz, Carol and Michael Lahan, Mary Ellen and Dave Calchera, Eleanor and Fred Sabini MAT’68, Frank and Eugene Porcaro, Ann Marie and Tom McDermott, Peggy and Steve Reilly, Kevin Weidling, Rod Dwyer, Charlie Heffernan, and John MaGilligan. • University President William P. Leahy, SJ, served Mass at St. Ignatius to standing room only and subsequently hosted a warm reception prior to our Bapst venue class party. • Among Saturday night’s throng at Bapst were Greenleaf Hallers Bill McDonald, Bill Hurley, Bill Krackeler, and Mike Kelly. Dancing were Mary Shann MEd’68, PhD’69; Bitsy ’67 and Charlie Smith; Jean Holland MS’73; Pat O’Grady; and a coterie of classmates. Some 100 attended. This was a special time with friends of nearly 50 years. Hail, Alma Mater! be

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Correspondent: Catherine Beyer Hurst catherine.b.hurst@gmail.com 333 Atwells Avenue, #211 Providence RI 02903 June 3–5 was the occasion of our 45th reunion—and the consensus is that it was the best reunion ever. Forty-nine classmates attended at least one of the weekend’s events, which included the Friday afternoon tour of


class notes North End Italian markets, the Friday evening cocktail party at Ros Moore’s, the Saturday discussion group and lunch, the Saturday night class party, and Mass and brunch on Sunday. Here are a few quotes (from Facebook posts) by some of the attendees: “The depth and candor of the thoughts expressed were very moving. I am grateful to all.” “I think the honest emotions released brought us closer together. The overall reunion was terrific—a lovely way to rebond and catch up.” “To our classmates who couldn’t be there—it was wonderful! Over 40 beautiful, smart, accomplished, interesting women gathered to reminisce, share, laugh, and celebrate.” • I have only received class notes forms from 20 of you, but it’s not too late to get yours in— send them to my address above, or just email me. • Medora “Dodie” Burnett Houston wrote to say that she was sorry she could not attend the event but wants classmates to stay in touch at MedoraBH@tx.rr.com. • Mary Pat Baxter is the principal and a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at a small, independent, traditional Catholic school. She writes: “It is a wonderful retirement gig, and my 14-year-old grandson is my star student. My husband is the math teacher!” Mary Pat and George are both retired lawyers, and “it’s a fabulous opportunity to put some zest into grammar school!” Their daughter Jane teaches English there as well. Their son Matthew has pervasive development disorder and lives in a “lifesharing” community in Great Barrington. Mary Pat writes, “He has had a long, difficult journey but seems to be settled in his life.” Andrew works for a private investigation firm in New York, George works for an investment firm in Boston and will finish law school next year, Michael works for a law firm in New York, and Dan works for Dick’s Sporting Goods at its Pittsburgh headquarters. The Baxters are also the proud grandparents of nine. • Bob and Nancy Haas Dreyer have lived in southwest Florida for the past 25 years. Nancy is a retired social worker, now volunteering as needed in her community and in a local hospital. Nancy had started at Newton as a full-time student in 1955 and then became a part-time student in the 1960s, graduating with our class as an RSCJ. She writes: “My experiences and my memories of those years remain with me as well as lessons learned. But names and faces changed too often for me as a part-time student!” • Barbara Kodesh Eboli is “a happy housewife with three wonderful boys (my jewels) and happily married for 44 years.” She lives with her husband in San Juan, PR, and they are now experiencing empty-nest syndrome. Their third child got married two years ago and is now doing his residency at Boston Medical Center. Babbie has two grandchildren—her eldest granddaughter just turned 15. be

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Correspondents: Charles and Mary-Anne Benedict chasbenedict@aol.com 84 Rockland Place Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 We note with sadness the passing of our classmates Kathryn J. “Kate” Gallagher Briggs and

William M. Bale. Kate, originally from Beverly, was living in Clewiston, FL, at the time of her death in October 2010. She was president of the Class of 1967, School of Nursing. We send our condolences to her husband, Peter; her sons, Christopher of Leesburg, VA, and Jonathan of Toronto; and her siblings, Maryann Comeau and Thomas Poor, both of Massachusetts. Kate also leaves 10 grandchildren. Bill Bale was originally from Elmira, NY. An economics major at BC, he was a sales rep for Holophane in Ohio and also worked for Philips Electronics for many years. He was living in Wall Township, NJ, at the time of his death. The class offers it condolences to Bill’s family and friends. • On a happier note, the world welcomed Caylen St. George, the newest granddaughter of Nell and John St. George. John is with Hewlett-Packard as a senior business analyst. Caylen is the daughter of Meredith (Malek) ’03 and Tom St. George ’03. • It was good to hear from George McDonough, who writes that he is splitting his retirement (from UMass Boston) between West Palm Beach, FL, in the winter and Narragansett, RI, in the summer. He hopes to attend a few hockey games with Pete Marto and Len Doherty MBA’71. • Charles, MBA’70, and Mary-Anne Woodward Benedict have a new granddaughter, Lucia, born to their daughter Laura Barnatt and her husband, Josh. She joins her brother, Benedict. • Your 45th Reunion Committee has had a very productive initial meeting. We meet again in June, prior to your receiving this issue. We have always been a well-organized class, and by then we hope to have a full schedule of events planned to take place throughout our reunion year. The class party on Reunion Weekend 2012 will take a lot more input and planning, so please forward your suggestions. The Reunion Committee approved a dues fee of $25 to help offset expenses incurred throughout the year. Please make your checks payable to the Class of 1967, Boston College, and mail to the BC Alumni Association, 825 Centre St., Newton, MA 02458. Thank you! The members of your 45th Reunion Committee are Charles and Mary-Anne Woodward Benedict, Cindy Rae and Al Butters, Bob Galibois, Jack Keating, John P. Keenan, Don MacDonald, Leo McHugh, Marty Paul, Bill Risio, and John St. George. This represents the “social” portion of the Reunion Committee. The portion devoted to the class gift is not complete as we write this in May but will be listed in another issue. Please plan ahead for 2012. A list of events will be provided in the future so that you can “save the date.” • Meanwhile, your class correspondents were happy to see the following at Laetare Sunday: Jerry Baker, Tom Reilly, Kathleen Bell, Joyce and Marty Paul (chair), Leo McHugh, Jack Keating, Dick Martin, and Cindy and Al Butters. be

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Correspondent: M. Adrienne Tarr Free thefrees@cox.net 3627 Great Laurel Lane Fairfax, VA 22033-1212; 703-709-0896 An FYI, classmates: It pays to be on my NC’67 email list. For about three weeks in March and April, we followed the exciting news that Noreen 13 class notes

Connolly was a semifinalist in the annual search by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for adventure-seekers who could write about a trip he would take them on to developing countries. One would be a university student, and this year Kristof was including a “60+ citizen” too. Noreen won and is the latter! She was selected from among a large array of candidates that was first narrowed to five and then to one! She was scheduled to leave in mid-June for 10 days visiting three to five countries in western and sub-Saharan Africa, somewhere where there’ll be news to report. More details will come in another column, and possibly an email in between. (If I didn’t have your contact information before, be sure to send it so you can keep posted with other breaking class news in the future. I have a strict “do not share” policy; your information is confidential.) Noreen still teaches writing and journalism in an inner-city boys’ high school in Newark, NJ. Her students are excited about her venture as well, even if at least one said in the video she submitted with her application essay that he thought she was “80 years old”! We know better: she is NC’67— always “Young with All of Our Might,” to quote Junior Weekend 1966. • I would like to thank Deborah Carr and Nancy Birdsall. Each contacted me with the news about Noreen’s entry in the Win-a-Trip contest, and then informed me that she had won. From this and other news I’ve received over the years, it is apparent that many of us remain in contact with our Newton friends. I hope this bodes well for our next reunion in about nine months. Don’t wait for the formal invitations; plan with your friends to come back to visit with your classmates. You might be surprised after all these years to discover something in common with another gal who’d previously lived down the hall from you. I’ve heard that one of our overseas alums hopes to return to visit this time. After 45 years, we all have changed, but we all shared some wonderful experiences at 885. Won’t you come back and share some more? • Meanwhile, please send news for another column. Enjoy the fall season! be

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Correspondent: Judith Anderson Day jnjday@aol.com The Brentwood 323 11500 San Vicente Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049 National sportswriter Bob Ryan continues to receive the highest of honors in the sportswriting world, and quite deservedly so. Along with Brent Musburger and Bob Uecker, in May Bob was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame. Described as “the quintessential American sportswriter” and consummate basketball guru, Bob was named the AP National Sportswriter of the Year in 2000 as well as NSSA’s National Sportswriter of the Year four times. He also received the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism in 2006. High praise indeed for our former Heights sports reporter. • Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Nat Caruso of Winchester, who passed away in January. Nat was an alumnus of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a former president of the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, a


member of Woodland Golf Club, and the proudest of Eagles. He leaves behind his wife, Sheila, and sons Kevin ’99 of Boston and Brian ’01 of Los Angeles. • We need some more news here! Please share with us the happiness of your family’s graduations, weddings, retirement doings, and the arrival of new, beloved grandbabies. • As always, go Eagles! Ever to Excel!  be

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Correspondent: James R. Littleton jim.littleton@gmail.com 39 Dale Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 In April, attorney Jim O’Reilly joined the customs and international trade law firm of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg as of counsel. An expert on food law, Jim concentrates his practice in the area of life sciences, including biotechnology, FDA, and EPA regulatory matters. Jim, who previously served as the principal regulatory counsel for Procter & Gamble, is the author of several books including Food and Drug Administration, a comprehensive guide to food and drug law. Most recently, he is the coauthor of The Executive’s Guide to New Food Safety Laws: How the Food Safety Modernization Act Impacts Your Business (West, Aspatore Books, 2011). Jim, who earned his JD from the University of Virginia, is also a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. be

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Correspondent: Mary Gabel Costello mgc1029@aol.com 4088 Meadowcreek Lane Copley, OH 44321 Unfortunately, I have sad news again. Our classmate Mary Ellen Murphy Costello passed away on February 16 in Broken Arrow, OK. She worked as an elementary school teacher and as an employee in the food service industry. Three sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren survive her. • Condolences also go out to Polly Glynn Kerrigan on the death of her mother. On a happier note, though, Polly and Bob’s daughter Kate was married to Tim Petty on May 20. • I recently heard from Cammie Warner Ayotte, who was a member of our class our first two years. A friend who graduated from BC recently lent her a copy of Boston College Magazine, and after reading our column and remembering the women mentioned, she contacted me. Presently she lives in British Columbia just outside Vancouver. She is married and has two daughters. Cammie enjoyed a career in customer

service at Xerox in Toronto for several years and then, after 12 years at home, she reentered the workforce, working with special-needs kids in the local high schools. She was the only Canadian at Newton until Colleen Hill NC’70 came. Cammie mentioned that Colleen has passed away. • Now I’ll continue my news about June King Davison from our last issue. June worked for more than 33 years as a secondary school English teacher in Connecticut. She spent 20 of those years as the department chair. She was granted two sabbaticals, one of which allowed her to finish her PhD in rhetoric and composition at the University of Connecticut. Five years ago, June took early retirement and moved to North Carolina, where she lives close to the beach, and enjoys flowers, old houses, and the arts in the historic district of Wilmington. She loves the South and believes God made the sky Carolina blue! Soon after her move, she missed the classroom, so she began to teach adjunct at a local community college. Three years ago, she was hired fulltime. She is still researching and giving papers in her field, Irish studies. She is grateful to Newton College for how it taught her to think. Aren’t we all? She is also grateful for the friendships she developed with Mothers Husson, MA’51, and Quinlan. While both were living at Kenwood, June became reacquainted with them. She reminisced about the lovely Christmas cards she always received from Mother Husson. I imagine the community college is grateful to have you, June, as a member of its faculty. • That’s all for now. Please email me some news, as I have none in reserve. Thanks. be

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Correspondent: Dennis Razz Berry mazzrazz1@aol.com Hi, gang. I’ll start this time with a couple of our better-known classmates. • Former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci, JD’73, has gone public in his personal struggle with ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Paul, who is active and working regularly, has started the UMass ALS Champions Fund to raise money for the UMass Medical School to study the disease. The fund had a rousing kickoff in center field at Fenway Park on May 19, which was declared Paul Cellucci/ALS Champion Day in Massachusetts. What a great way to turn a personal difficulty into hope for others. • It’s taken a while but social media worked its way into the column when I received some great pictures from Janet Cavalen Cornella of her daughter Jen’s recent wedding in Florida. Have to say, Jan, you looked great; except for the white dress, it’s hard to tell who was the bride and who was the mom. Jan also sent some pictures of a visit with Virginia Romano McCourt, MEd’74, at Ginger’s vacation home on St. Maarten. I think of Ginger twice every day in my commute on Route 128 when I pass by a small army of McCourt Construction vehicles employed in widening the southern part of the highway. • Jim Kreidler recently self-published a novel, Zack’s Daughters. In 30 years as a consultant, Jim says, he “wrote many www.bc.edu/alumni

technical reports and always tried to tell his clients the truth, whatever that might be.” Now retired, he has written a first novel that is neither technical nor autobiographical but still aims for the truth. He describes the book as “the story of a ‘perfect’ family’s tragedies and how those tragedies are finally resolved through religion, storytelling, and music. The surface is what you see; the reality is something else.” Jim, a Maryland native, now lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Mary. • In a bit of self-promotion I’m happy to report that last spring your favorite columnist was elected Wayland Town Meeting moderator. I’m not sure if this could be taken as an honor, or if it’s just my penchant for taking on unpaid jobs. We’ll see. But the next time you’re at the Wayland Town Meeting, you’d better be on your best behavior! be

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Correspondent: Fran Dubrowski dubrowski@aol.com Summer is arriving and classmates are traveling! • Jane McMahon writes that she “spent a wonderful day exploring the Fechin/Taos Art Museum, following it up with a margarita at the Sabroso bar in Arroyo Seco, NM. This is life as I like to live it!” • Harriet Mullaney plans to revisit her old stomping grounds in Missoula, MT, midsummer; she welcomes anyone who wants to reconnect in “Big Sky” country. • Liz Scannell Burke tacked a safari onto a South African business trip. Far off the beaten path at a small, rural inn used to backpacker clientele, her hosts were “storage challenged” when she and her companions arrived at the tree house with western, business-style luggage. Liz reports being especially delighted by the sight of free-roaming giraffes! • Lynne McCarthy spent spring break on Key West, her annual trek. She bought her twin goddaughters—both high school seniors— “Spring Break 2011” T-shirts, but added to the logo, “This is as close as you will ever get.” She warned them if they ever participated to watch out for the potted palm following them; she’d be behind it. Lynne moved her retirement date ahead to March 31, 2014, and is excited to relocate then. She is buying a condo outside Orlando: new construction, in a gated community, with an ideal floor plan and a good friend 20 minutes away to watch over the property until Lynne resettles. Another mortgage means “living a little more frugally for a while,” a trade-off she eagerly embraces. Lynne, joined by Anne McDermott, will head to Los Angeles for the wedding of Nancy Riley Kriz’s youngest daughter, Patty, in July. They hope to see Meryl Ronnenberg Baxter and Tec Manalac Jose on the West Coast. • I traveled to Dublin and Belfast this past spring on behalf of BC’s Irish Institute to meet with environmental professionals. • Barbara Coveney Harkins moved across Needham to a house on May Street since last we heard from her—with thanks to Patti Bruni Keefe for the update. Patti gets the time management award for the season: she is planning three weddings (Molly, Betsy, and James) and three graduations for other Keefes! She still had time to squeeze in an overnight in New York City with Anne McDermott


class notes recently. • Keep us posted on your travels— sights seen, books devoured, adventures survived, new foods tasted. I ate bird’s nest soup and dried fallopian frog tubes in China. Both were yummy. Can you top that? be

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Correspondent: James R. Macho jmacho71@bc.edu I did not attend our 40th reunion because I just could not miss the 2011 commencement ceremony at Stanford University. On that fine day, my daughter Jenny ’09 received her MA in education. She completed the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), an intensive program designed to train leaders in teaching who will revitalize the profession and develop curricula that stress inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving. On the weekend before the commencement, we attended a full-day STEP presentation put on by the graduates. After hearing about their plans and innovations, we came away with the feeling that there is great hope for the future! Jenny is planning to teach English in a northern California high school in the fall. • Susan (Boehler) Montanaro sends her first class note! She lives in Malibu, CA. Susan regrets that she was unable to attend the reunion but her reason was the joyous occasion of the marriage of her son, Jon. On a sad note, Susan writes that her daughter Kimberly passed away unexpectedly a year ago. Kim was a lawyer and an artist. She was a beautiful woman and a beautiful person. Susan wishes that everyone had a grand time at the reunion, and she hopes to be at the next one. • Gary Metzger reports that he has retired from the Travelers Insurance Company after serving for 30 years as their technical director in database administration. He had spent his first 10 years after BC as a high school science teacher and coach. Gary has two children: daughter Kirsten is married and directs her own speech-language pathology business in Washington DC, and son Erik is a chef in Lincoln. Gary and his wife recently purchased a condominium in Naples, FL, so they can now escape the New England winters. Gary is filling his time in retirement with golfing, reading, and participating in local volunteer activities. In addition, he is following all the Eagles sporting events. • If you would like to see some photos from the reunion, be sure to find “Boston College Class of 1971” on Facebook. I hope someone will “tag” the reunion photos so we can know who’s who! • That’s all for now. I hope to provide a full report on the reunion in my next column after I have heard from all my reliable sources. In the meantime, please continue to send news of your accomplishments and milestones. be

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Correspondent: Melissa Robbins melrob49@sbcglobal.net The Newton Class of ’71 was well represented at our 40th reunion. Fifteen classmates and a few spouses attended our class dinner at

Alumni House on June 4. People came from near and far—from New England to New Mexico and Utah. Participating were Mary Lou Duddy DeLong, Anne Duffey Phelan, and Kathy McGillycuddy from the Newton/ Wellesley area. Mary Lou is VP and university secretary at Boston College. If any of you plan to visit BC, perhaps with a prospective applicant, please let her know. Mary Lou and her husband, Jeff, also enjoy a vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. Anne shared that it’s been nine years since she retired from her position at BC, but she is still active with the Council for Women of Boston College. Anne is the proud grandmother of four. She and her husband enjoy summers on Cape Cod. The really big news is that our own Kathy McGillycuddy is being named chairman of the Board of Trustees of Boston College. She spoke to our group of the wonderful foundation she received at Newton College, which helped all of us grow into the strong women we have become. • Others coming from parts of Massachusetts were Theresa Concannon Trapilo, Eileen McIntyre, Christine Seelig Waindle, and Kathleen Torrance Burgess. Theresa works at Children’s Hospital and has taken on the task of creating copies of memorabilia for us. Eileen and her husband, Roy Harris, live in Hingham. Eileen is senior director for corporate communications with Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Since the youngest of their three sons left the nest last fall, Eileen and Roy are beginning to think about retiring. Eileen and Theresa are also exploring the possibility that they may be related. Eileen’s mother attended our brunch on Sunday, telling us that she was a Concannon with ties in Dorchester. Small world! Christine and her husband, Roger, are from Burlington. They are in preretirement, have five children and seven grandchildren, and are hoping to move to Punta Gorda, FL. They’ll be summer “dock rats” in the North. Kathy lives with her husband, Chris, in Hanover, and they have two children and five grandchildren. Kathy wants you to know that she’s “at home,” relaxing, doing as little as possible! • From greater distances in the Northeast we were joined by Mary Jo Dolliver Taddie from Old Town, ME; Susan Killory Lea from Poland, ME; Cathy Brienza from New York City; Linda Wertheim Graydon MBA’77, from Farmington, CT; and your correspondent, Melissa Robbins, from Stonington, CT. Mary Jo is summering in Maine but recently purchased a home in Largo, FL, and plans to head south in the fall. Susan is teaching. Cathy is also representing Newton College as a trustee of Boston College. She is still working but looking forward to retirement when she’ll travel more and visit friends. Linda has a 16-year-old daughter attending Miss Porter’s School and a 20-year-old son at BC. Hailing from the “Heartland” was Madeline Finnerty of Ashland, OH. Madeline has “gone to the dogs”: Her passion is springer spaniel rescue. In the last year, she has been able to find foster homes for 100 dogs. • Completing our trip across the continent are Dorothy Houlihan Soklaski from Sandy, UT, outside Salt Lake City, and Stephanie Burns from Tesuque, NM, just north of Santa Fe. Dorothy’s family landed in Utah due to her husband’s position with Chevron. She has written a math curriculum and taught it for the past 10 years at the school her three sons attended. They are now ages 20, 23, and 26. Stephanie made the decision to move west 12 years ago and loves life in New 16 15 class class notes notes

Mexico. She’s involved in horticulture and graphic design. • Conversations were lively as we reminisced, sharing memories of professors, classes, outings, drastic changes in rules and regulations, and student demonstrations. After all, it was the 1960s! be

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Correspondent: Lawrence Edgar ledgar72@gmail.com I think our class may have a unique distinction: During our years at the Heights, BC athletes faced opponents who went on to be the two leading coaches in career wins, both in basketball and in football. In basketball, the Eagles faced Coach Bob Knight and player Mike Krzyzewski of West Point in 1969. In football, BC opposed Joe Paterno of Penn State from 1968 to 1970 and Bobby Bowden of West Virginia in 1971. • This is one more column in which I’m saluting the medical doctors in our class. Among them are three Gold Key Society members: Vice President John Zelem is a general surgeon who practices both in Milford, CT, and in Booneville, MS. He is a graduate of Boston University Medical School. John Wiles, husband of Sue Casioppo Wiles, is a general surgeon in Cheektowaga, NY, and a graduate of SUNY Buffalo Medical School. Joe Stankaitis is an internist in Rochester, NY. • There are two classmates who practice medicine in Puerto Rico: Luis Hernandez-Cott is an ophthalmologist in Bayamon, and Henry Rodriguez Ginorio is an obstetrician-gynecologist in San Juan. • Brian Van Linda is a gastroenterologist in Avon, CT. A graduate of Georgetown Medical School, he also holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Kenneth Vito is an anesthesiologist in Arvada and Lakewood, CO. He went to medical school at Boston University. Charles Wolf practices family medicine in Tacoma, WA. He is a graduate of Temple Medical School. Nicholas Spirito is a general surgeon in Lowell, MA. He attended medical school in Padua, Italy. Robert Rzewnicki practices rheumatology and internal medicine in Cleveland. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut Medical School. • I met another Gold Key Society member who works in the field of medicine: Jim Fallon ’73, the president of Apnea Sciences Corp. in Laguna Niguel, CA. His company makes products for those afflicted with sleep apnea. He stays in touch with our classmate Bob Mandell, who is a periodontist in Tyngsborough and a resident of Reading. Bob has a daughter who attends Boston University Dental School and a son who is back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. • There are no recent obituaries for our class, thank God, but I was sad to learn of the passing of Joe Battipaglia ’76, who had a great career as a television commentator on investments and the economy. be

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Correspondent: Nancy Brouillard McKenzie newton885@bc.edu Our annual Newton College spring tea for alumnae in the Washington DC–Maryland–


Virginia area was held at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Georgetown. We had a wonderful time talking with each other, enjoying the food, and particularly listening to Pat Winkler Browne NC’60, our coordinator for the tea, discuss what is happening with the Newton and Boston College community. Also, congratulations, Pat, on achieving an extraordinarily high participation rate from your reunion classmates for their class gift. • After a career as an attorney, Mary Sullivan Tracy earned her master’s in theological studies from Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. Mary is now the Jesuit Initiative’s program coordinator for the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLIA) program currently operating in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Mary is responsible for curriculum and other elements such as mentoring and alumni activities, ensuring best practices in this Ignatian leadership formation program for young adults. • Let us keep in our prayers Lisa Kirby Greissing’s mother, who passed away in April. Also, please remember Meg Barres Alonso’s mother, who passed away in May. Earlier in the spring, Meg and Mario ’72 became grandparents for the first time with the birth of Trevor Matthew Alonso, son of Matt and Windy, on March 10. After finishing his first year at Georgetown Law School, their other son, Mike, is interning for a federal judge in Washington DC. Meg and Mario launched PsychDNA.com. Based on a personality test that Mario developed, the website includes the test, lots of articles, questions and answers, a human section, a pet section, and other information. It is designed to put self-knowledge and growth in the hands of individuals to help them make changes in their lives and avoid taking very expensive tests without knowing the results. • As we enjoy the summer, remember that class correspondents enjoy receiving news. be

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Correspondent: Patricia DiPillo perseus813@aol.com Hi, folks! I am looking for a new opportunity by moving into the business world with a journal publication, but this news is way better! Enjoy! • Tim Moriarty writes: “I’ve been a New York magazine editor for 35 years. I’m the co-author of a number of books on chocolate and fine desserts, and the author of two novels: Vampire Nights (Pinnacle Books, 1989) and, my new one, The Geezer Elite (CreateSpace, 2010). The Geezer Elite is a comic thriller set in the year 2041 and a satire of the baby boom generation. Surviving members of the Class of ’73 will be only about 90 at that time. What if medical procedures keep us somewhat vital, and we refuse to leave the stage in business, politics, and the arts? It’s really the story of an innocent woman on the run from assassins, a small-town thug, an intelligence agency wonk, and an aging Hollywood producer, whose fates are intertwined. But at bottom, it’s misplaced vanity, desperation, and stubbornness on the part of boomer fogies gone amok.” Tim’s book is available on Amazon.com, where you can read more about it.

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Correspondent: Joan B. Brouillard brouij2@bc.edu Sadly, Tatiana Roodkowsky died in Sturbridge on September 2, 2010, after battling breast cancer. Tatiana, who held a JD degree from Golden Gate University, was a manager, Transmission RDV New England, at National Grid. She is survived by her sisters, Mary and Alexandra. • Marianne Clarke has sold her Maryland house after 40 years, and she and her husband have relocated to Biddeford, ME, where they are building a house on the coast. Count me in as a guest! • DonnaLynn DiSpirito sent me a lovely note. She and her husband of 24 years, Michael Wise (“love of my life”), an attorney, live in Salem. They have three children: Daniel, a VP at Marquette Financial who is aiming for a Columbia MBA; Rachael, a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate who is a graphic designer; and David, a student of computer science. DonnaLynn is a quality manager for Tark Inc. and dabbles in pottery and glass fusing. She is in touch with Bob Braunreuther, SJ, ’58, STB’66, who lives in Chicago. • Suzanne Iannella hosted 70 friends in Sorrento, Italy, in June (do I have 70 friends?!). • Speaking of Italy, Stephen and Rusti Murphy Kitts visited their daughter Elizabeth in Rome while she was spending a semester abroad. Daughter Kathryn graduated from college last May and works at Credit Suisse in New York. Daughter Emilie ’06 is at Credit Suisse Private Banking. The sisters recently moved in together in the city. Finally, son Stephen has been married for six years and is dad to two little girls. Rusti and Stephen are now retired. Welcome to our club!  • On an overseas flight, I opened the May 2011 issue of Marie Claire magazine, and just as I was about to toss it, I saw a familiar face: Francesca Casciaro! The article, called “Body and Soul,” was about nutrition and other health concerns. More on Francie next time, and I’ll finally have a full report on Lynn Terry Tacher MEd’75, and her daughter’s wedding (gown shopping! Now that’s fun). • My favorite subject: me! Charlie and I went to Dublin in April to see my niece, Gabrielle McKenzie ’12, and then on to Paris for a second honeymoon. Our hotel in Dublin was across the street from BC House, so we felt right at home. And Paris was, well, Paris! Everything about our trip was grand and romantic, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. • Thank you all for the plethora of submissions. be

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Correspondent: Patricia McNabb Evans patricia.mcnabb.evans@gmail.com Hi, everyone! I hope all’s well with you! • Congratulations to John and Maureen (Galvin) McCafferty on the birth of their new grandson! • I received a nice note from Brian “Gig” Michaud, who retired from the Navy in 2000 as a captain after serving 26 years of active duty/active reserve. Gig is now the region operations manager for First Student Inc., www.bc.edu/alumni

the largest schoolbus company in the country. His family is doing well: Son Brian Jr., who graduated from Western New England College in 2010 after earning an Army ROTC scholarship, is a 2nd lieutenant in the Army, training in tanks, while daughter Alissa just completed her sophomore year at Regis College, where she is a nursing student. Gig’s stepson, Owen Becker, is entering his junior year at Thomas College in Maine, and his stepdaughter, Claudia, is a senior at Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Hathorne. Gig and Gia Page make their home in Rowley, MA. Thanks, Gig! • I also heard from Jane (Mackin) Norris. I first met Jane when we were 11 years old! OK, now that was a long time ago! Jane’s daughter Bridget had a great freshman year at BC, where she is a communication major. • Jim and I and the kids are all doing well. With the end of the school year, I have left my position at St. Mary’s in Foxborough to return to college counseling and tutoring. I have always been very fortunate to work with wonderful people. • Take care and take a minute or two to let me know how you are doing.   be

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Correspondent: Hellas M. Assad hellasdamas@hotmail.com Hello, everyone! After working for Merrill Lynch’s real-estate group for over 20 years, Thomas Cannon purchased his commercial real-estate company from Merrill in 1999. He is currently doing pro-bono legal work for disadvantaged children from his office in New York City. • Joan Luise Hill is the coauthor of The Miracle Chase: Three Women, Three Miracles, and a Ten Year Journey of Discovery and Friendship (Sterling, 2010). On her book tour, Joan has been having fun connecting with classmates. According to Booklist, The Miracle Chase “illustrates the awe-inspiring power of friendship and spiritual connection and offers a precious new way of regarding the opportunities and challenges of life.” Read more about it at www.themiraclechase.com. • Heidi Schwarzbauer Steiger has joined the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank in a newly created role as Atlantic region president. She works in their New York City and West Palm Beach, FL, offices. Heidi previously served as an advisory director of Berkshire Capital Securities, managing partner of Topridge Associates, and president of Lowenhaupt Global Advisors. In addition, she serves on several for-profit boards and is a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Whitney Museum, the board of the Women’s Forum, and the Committee of 200 and the Modern and Contemporary Art subcommittee of the MFA in Houston. • In April, Patrick Scannell joined the board of directors of Kiva Systems, a developer of mobile-robotic solutions. Pat was formerly senior


class notes VP, CFO, and treasurer of Netezza Corporation and was instrumental in its sale to IBM in 2010. He also sits on the board of GlassHouse Technologies, which provides IT infrastructure services, and serves on the East Coast Executive Committee of the BC Technology Council. • Also in April, Matthew Deane joined Lebenthal & Co. as co-head of public finance. He began his career in 1975 on the municipal trading desk at L.F. Rothschild & Co., a New York–based brokerage firm, where he became a partner; most recently he was a banker at Hapoalim Securities. • In February, William Grieco, JD’81, was appointed to the board of directors of Echo Therapeutics, a company developing technology for diabetes patients and topical pharmaceuticals. Currently managing director of Arcadia Stategies, he has worked in the health-care industry for 30 years. • I hope you all will enjoy the rest of the summer and the fall months ahead. be

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Correspondent: Gerald B. Shea gerbs54@hotmail.com Our 35th reunion was a very enjoyable weekend. The weather was windy but agreeable. About 230 people attended, and it was good to see among them some ’76-ers who had never attended a reunion before. A Saturday picnic on Shea Field was well attended, and it was great to see little kids playing and having their pictures taken with Baldwin, the Eagles’ mascot. The Saturday evening bash was held at the former cardinal’s residence, a large building that left us plenty of room to mingle and chat. It would be nice to hear from any attendees with a story to tell! The Saturday memorial Mass for deceased alums was jam-packed, and many of our classmates were remembered. • Some classmates in attendance have health woes, so please remember them in your prayers. • Here’s hoping you all enjoy the summer. God bless. be

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Correspondent: Julie Butler Evans JulieButlerEvans@gmail.com It’s been a very slow “news day” for the Class of ’78—but thank you to the two classmates who did send updates! • First to my inbox was Peter Ohanian, a first-time contributor to this

column, who reveals that for the past 10 years he has been working for Philips Healthcare as the VP of quality assurance and regulatory affairs. Besides lighting and electronics, Philips provides a wide array of health-care products and services across the globe. Peter says that he has been working with various medical device manufacturers since graduating from BC. He lives in Windham, NH, with his wife, Suzan, and son Tyler (4). • Eileen Carney also checked in. She works at the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment and also dons another hat as a freelancer in subtitling and closed captioning with Line21 Captioning, 3B Media, and Moody Street Pictures in Waltham. Her two children are at UMass Amherst, where they both are studying Russian. Eileen reports that her daughter will spend next semester at the University of Hawaii and that both kids sing in the University Chorale, which “brings back memories of my four wonderful years of singing with the University Chorale” under the direction of Dr. Peloquin at BC. • And while we’re talking of spring, I will share that my daughter, Jess, graduated from New Canaan High School here in Connecticut in June. Directly thereafter, she traveled to Los Angeles to begin her studies (two days after graduation!) at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she hopes to receive her BFA in acting in less than three years; the school has a year-round curriculum, enabling students to curtail the time needed to earn their degree. • I close with a shout out to classmate Tim Stack, currently one of the producers/writers of Raising Hope on NBC. Tim wrote a wonderful recommendation for Jess to AMDA. Love ya, Tim! • Ready, set, go, Eagles: Email me your news! be

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Correspondent: Peter J. Bagley Peter@PeterBagley.com Last October, Elaine Bucci received the Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award from Rhode Island Justice Assistance. The award is presented annually to Rhode Island individuals who have demonstrated “dedicated service and citizen contribution towards the criminal justice profession and the public interest.” Elaine is an associate judge in the Rhode Island District Court. • In April, BNY Mellon Asset Servicing named Michael McAuley to the newly created position of managing director, senior business strategist, Global Securities Lending. He is based in Boston. Michael also sits on the Risk Management Association board and serves as chairman of its Securities Lending Committee. • With great sadness, we report the passing of classmate Susan Kemper Coyne of Buckhead, GA, on November 1, 2010. A Boston native, Susan was active in many nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta area. She is survived by her two daughters, her parents, her sister, and her fiancé. be

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Spring 2011 saw several career moves for our classmates. Among them was Raymond Liguori, who was named VP, corporate development, of Campbell Soup Company in April. He is based at Campbell’s Camden, NJ, headquarters, leading a team responsible for the company’s efforts in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. • In May, Clear Channel Radio Boston promoted Mary Menna to market manager for Boston and Providence. Mary began her career at Clear Channel as a promotion assistant after graduating from Boston College with a degree in communication, and she most recently served as director of sales in Boston and Providence. For the past two years, she also has led Clear Channel Radio’s auto category initiative. • Also in May, Lisa Pagliarulo Oswald joined Travelzoo Inc., an Internet media company, as VP of customer service. In her new post, Lisa is based at the company’s headquarters on Madison Ave. • Congratulations to all! be

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Correspondent: Alison Mitchell McKee amckee81@aol.com In the emails that followed our 30th reunion, I heard things like “Wow, that was impressive. What a weekend! We’re getting really good at this—and I mean that collectively.” “I enjoyed the weekend immensely—got caught up on the laughter but not on the sleep!” So if you’re feeling bad about missing out, you should! • On Saturday afternoon of Reunion Weekend, Ellen Redmond Farrell, Sue Linko Bellavia, and I met Fr. Bill Neenan for lunch at Papa Razzi in the Chestnut Hill Mall. At the outset of lunch, Father asked us what our expectations had been when we graduated. It was not a question to which he expected an answer, but he encouraged us to reflect on this during the weekend. Of course, all of us had some specific expectations of a certain career path, of when to start a family and how big it might be, and of where we might like to live. Such expectations would have been unique to each individual in our class. But clearly the members of the Class of ’81 had at least one common expectation: to live a happy and productive life. My sense from attending our reunion, which was a spectacularly fun time of reconnecting with good friends at the University that brought us all together, is that this expectation has indeed been fulfilled! Generally, there was little talk of career advancement, high-end neighborhoods, extraordinary travel, and all of that “stuff.” The focus, rather, was on friendship, happy memories, marriage, children, and what really makes us happy in life. Yet, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge our classmates who have passed away and those who, still smiling, have endured significant tragedy in their lives— most notably the loss of a spouse or worse, a child. • Reunion Weekend was extremely well attended, and for a few hours on Saturday night at our class party, it was if time had been suspended and one of our parties in the Mods 30 years ago was moved to one of the newer venues on Lower Campus. Jamie Dahill, one of our most loyal correspondents over the years, entertained us on the dance floor with


his antics and ever-larger-than-life personality! There was a lot of laughter, merriment, and reminiscing. Eventually, smaller groups dispersed, and parties continued into the early morning hours. • To those of you who could not attend (like Dan Arkins, who was deployed, once again, to Afghanistan just days before the reunion—thank you, Dan, for your continued service to our country!), we missed you. To those of you who promised to email me, please follow through. (I was simply having too much fun to take notes!) Although so many of you kindly thanked me for my 30 years of service as your class correspondent, please know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be in contact with so many of you, and for so long. And I hope that I will be writing our column when we are Golden Eagles 20 years from now. So, until the echoes ring again ... be

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1982

Correspondent: Mary McAleer O’Brien maryobrien14@comcast.net In April, my husband, Richard J. O’Brien, received the Archdiocese of Boston’s CYO Award as a “Hall of Fame” coach. He has coached softball at Saint Brendan’s Parish and basketball at Saint Ann’s Parish for many years. On May 12, I (Mary McAleer O’Brien) was recognized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester at the New England Women’s Leadership Awards with an Outstanding Dedication Award. The award was presented to me by my daughter Caroline—and this was the first time in the 19-year history of NEWLA that a daughter had the honor of presenting to her mother. On May 13, my eldest daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Caroline appeared as Mae Peterson in the Neighborhood Children’s Theatre’s production of Bye Bye Birdie over Memorial Day weekend. Ironically, she is in theater with Professor Frank McLaughlin’s (’54, MA’57) granddaughter Kayla, who appeared as Mrs. MacAfee in the production. My dad would have been delighted to see that the McAleers and the McLaughlins have connected a generation later. Back in the 1970s when the “Complex” first opened, our families spent a lot of time there on weekends and during the summer. • In May, Julie Barron was elected to serve on the board of the nonprofit organization Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Julie is a senior VP at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in Boston. • Grace Cotter Regan, MA’08, ran the Paris Marathon on April 10. It was a great way to celebrate turning 50. Grace ran the race with her sister Kelly ’85 and friend Gayle Corcoran. • Andrew Fay, JD’87, is a partner in the Boston office of LeClairRyan. • In April, John Gargiulo was appointed president and CEO of Daiichi Sankyo Inc. The company creates and supplies innovative pharmaceutical products. • Candace Cunningham was named 2011 president of CREW CT–The Real Estate Exchange, which is the Connecticut chapter of the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network. Candace has served on various committees for the organization during the past 14 years. She is counsel at Robinson & Cole in Hartford. • The Class of 1982 would like to

express their condolences to the family of Thomas A. Salemy of Odessa, FL, who passed away on April 3, 2011. be

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1983

Correspondent: Cynthia J. Bocko cindybocko@hotmail.com Susan LaMonica Pash is the new vice chair of the Initiatives Committee of the Council for Women of Boston College. In November 2010, Susan co-chaired the council’s program Refining the Journey: A Time of Self-Discovery and Engagement. The program focuses on the opportunities and challenges facing women at midlife. • In May, Paul Burke was promoted to VP of network management for health-care provider Network Health, where he previously served as senior director of network management and earlier as director of contracting. Paul also serves as president of the HealthCare Administrative Solutions board of directors. • Julie O’Brien Petrini is VP and general counsel, operations, at Skype. She lives in Framingham with her husband, Chris, and is the proud mother of Shawn (19), who is in the Army stationed in El Paso, TX, and Tabitha (16), who is entering her senior year at Marian High School. • With sadness I report the passing of Donna K. Books on February 4. We send sincere condolences to Donna’s family. be

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1984

Correspondent: Carol A. McConnell bc84news@yahoo.com Greetings to all! I hope you are enjoying the summer. Here is the news from our classmates. • Michelle (Ahmed) Ebel and her family are living in The Woodlands, TX, just north of Houston. Michelle’s husband, Marty, JD’94, is the deputy director for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission in the Houston office. Michelle is enjoying being a full-time mom. If any BC-ers are in the area, she would love to reconnect. • Juliette (Dacey) Fay’s latest novel, Deep Down True, came out last January. Her first novel, Shelter Me (Avon, 2009), was named one of the 10 best works of fiction in Massachusetts in 2009. Visit her website at http://juliettefay.com. Juliette lives in Wayland with husband Tom Fay ’83 and their children, Brianna, Liam, Nick, and Quinn. Brianna is getting ready to apply for college, and Tom and Juliette are happy BC has so far remained on her ever-changing list! • Last April, Suzanne Nasipak was named First Niagara regional director to serve in the newly created leadership position of market executive in Rochester, NY. Suzanne has spent two decades in the insurance industry. She has served in numerous community leadership positions and currently sits on the boards of the Rochester Business Alliance, the WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, and the Lifetime Assistance Foundation. • Kevin Cain, JD’87, is a partner at Boston-based Peabody & Arnold and focuses his practice on civil litigation. • Brian O’Connell, JD’87, is a partner at Zizik, Powers, www.bc.edu/alumni

O’Connell, Spaulding & Lamontagne in the Westwood office. He practices in the areas of insurance defense, commercial litigation, product liability, coverage, construction litigation, and antitrust litigation. Kevin and Brian, together with Richard Paterniti, JD’99, won summary judgment, and the plaintiff’s subsequent appeal of that summary judgment, in the case of William White v. R.M. Packer Co. Inc. • The annual Richard’s Run 5K race organized by Beth and Richard Stefanacci’s foundation, Go4theGoal, is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. My husband, Mike, and I ran it last year, and it was a lot of fun! Richard and Beth’s foundation works to fight pediatric cancer. I encourage classmates to join us. Visit www.go4thegoal.org for more on this and other great events. • Well that’s all the news for now. For those of you who write, please continue to send your news. For those of you who have never responded, please let us hear from you too. All the best! be

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1985

Correspondent: Barbara Ward Wilson bwilson@hlmx.com All is quiet with the Class of 1985. I do hope you are well. • I only have some sad news this quarter: Mary Ann “Missy” White died on April 28 after a lengthy illness. Missy and I were roommates for three years at BC and remained friends until the end. She leaves behind her daughter, Gabriella Grace (8). Her Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church in Medford and was attended by many friends and BC alumni, including Jacqueline Murphy ’84, Stephen McGlynn ’83, Diane Casey Boulanger ’86, Kristin Steinkrauss Blount ’86, and Eric Goldstein ’83. Originally from Scituate, Missy lived in the South End and spent her career working in financial services. • Please do send me your updates! Happy autumn! be

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1986

reunion year

Correspondent: Karen Broughton Boyarsky karen.boyarsky.86@bc.edu Hats off to the Reunion Committee and the staff at Boston College for a fabulous Reunion Weekend! The Class of 1986 broke multiple records in fundraising, had a tremendous turnout of classmates returning to the Heights for the festivities, and clearly enjoyed themselves, reconnecting with old friends and making some new friends too! It was a true joy to see members of our class enjoying their lives now and fondly remembering our time at BC a long time ago! There were so many people with updates that I cannot include them all, but please email me so that your info can be included next time or be posted on the alumni online community! • Jim Thomas is an ER doctor at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. He lives in Wareham and enjoyed participating in BC’s 2011 Commencement as a marshal. • Katie Doolan and her husband, Keith Pagnani, have four children—ages 15, 13, 10, and 6—and live in Rye, NY. Katie, an attorney, practiced law for


class notes 10 years prior to staying home with her family. • Rosie Dibernardo Catalano lives in Rumson, NJ, with her husband and three children, twin 12-year-olds and a 9-year-old. She returned to campus with her BC roommate Lori Hernandez Bogdan. Lori is married to Joseph Bogdan ’87; she is a pediatrician, and Joseph is an orthopedic surgeon. They live in Spring Lake, NJ, with their three children. They reported that Ling Chiang is a pharmacist in Toms River, NJ, and that another friend, Kathy Sullivan Recny, is living in Chapel Hill, NC. • Eileen Foley Gundersheimer is the proud mom of twin two-year-olds and a four-year-old and works for BNY Mellon Bank. The family lives in Newton. • Miriam Freitas Mellin lives in Annapolis, MD, with her husband and three children. She recently took a yearlong trip around the world with her family and had interesting stories to tell about the experience! • Rick Jones traveled to campus from Central America, where he does mission work. • Jackie Haxton Dedrick, MEd’91, is a schoolteacher in New York. She and her family live in Wassaic and summer in Rhode Island. • Greg and Kathy Blouin Drake live in Newton and have two sons, seven and nine years old. Kathy has worked for Oracle for over 15 years. • Rob Raffaele is living in Washington DC and is a writer/producer for Voice of America. • Karen Meyers is the new anchor for ABC6 in Providence and lives in Walpole with husband Russ. • Donna Alcott Riordan is a DA in Plymouth County and lives in Marshfield with husband Jack and sons Jack and Colin. • Paul and Mary Lou Burke Afonso live in Boston with their daughters Caroline and Bridget. Mary Lou is with Bright Horizons, and Paul is an attorney. • Special thanks to my old roommate, Gretchen Papagoda Parisi, who came up for the event! Gretchen, husband Ray, and daughters Laura and Anna live in Kennett Square, PA, where Gretchen runs a consulting firm. • Andrew Docktor was in from Chicago, where he is a teacher. More important: he recently got married! Congrats, Doc! • Again, many thanks to all who did so much for the reunion! I have run out of space now, but email me and I will continue this next time! Thanks! be

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1987

Correspondent: Catherine Stanton Schiff catherine87@bc.edu Hi, everyone. I hope you’re well. I’m sorry the column is so short, but I did not receive many updates this quarter. • Sadly, we send our condolences to the family of Vincent C. Munn of Monroe, NJ, who passed away on September 15, 2010. A successful football player in high school, Vincent was a starting back for the Eagles at BC. After graduating, he worked in investment banking on Wall Street for 20 years. Then, combining his love of sports with his business experience, he founded Blue Chips Sports Camps to provide participants with education, skills, and positive experiences that would serve them throughout life. He later owned and ran South Brunswick Grand Slam, a sports entertainment facility in Monmouth Junction. Vincent leaves his wife and two children, his parents, and 10

siblings. • Please shoot me an email with your update when you have a chance! be

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1988

Correspondent: Rob Murray murrman@aol.com Ann Odoy, the first female basketball player to be inducted into the BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame, BC’s top female student-athlete of 1988, and a three-time All-Big East player, has been named head girls basketball coach at her alma mater, Masuk High School, in Monroe, CT. She had been an assistant to retiring head coach David Strong for the past 13 seasons. Ann, who’d recorded over 2,100 points in her career, is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and the ACC Women’s Basketball Legends. • Brian Sloan has checked in with news of his first play, WTC View, about life in New York after 9/11. The show had its off-Broadway premiere this past spring at 59E59 Theater in Manhattan. It was part of their 5th annual Americas Festival, showcasing new American plays. Brian was supported by, and would like to thank, fellow ’88-ers Claire (Tevnan) Edmondson, Hugh Hogan, Christopher and Stacey (Savage) Constas, Kevin Dwyer, Donnamarie (Schmitt) Floyd, David Gabriel, Peter Salmon, Beth Burnett, Ian and Lise (Parenteau) McKinnon, Kristen Brodeur, Christy Kelly Adams, and Charlene Callahan. Also, be on the lookout for a feature film Brian co-wrote and co-produced called August, a look at a love triangle set in LA during a heat wave. The film, which premiered in Seattle in late spring, will be entered in screenings in San Francisco and Los Angeles this summer and fall. be

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1989

summer. Tom holds a JD from Rutgers Law School. • Maria Salomão-Schmidt was slated to appear on The Oprah Show in its final week on TV in May. The mother of four children, Maria is the founder and broker of Brick House Realty and the co-author of Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire (THRIVE Publishing, 2011). She is also the founder of ButterflyMoms, which she started after the sudden death of her 13-month-old daughter, Sophia, in 2006, and of the blog ButterflyMoms (www.ButterflyMoms.com). • Michelle Dinoff Bermudez (mashd@aol.com) and husband Marc welcomed a baby girl, Gabriella Rose, on February 17. Gabriella joins big brothers Tyler (3), Jake (1), and Max (1). Michelle is a director of HR at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and lives in Morristown, NJ. • Megan (Shea) Carroll, JD’92, (mec@carrollassoc.com) has joined the boards of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, a chapter of Americans for the Arts, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. be

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1990

Correspondent: Kara Corso Nelson bc90news@cox.net Barrie Hillman has been appointed head of school at West Sound Academy, an independent college preparatory school for grades 6–12 on the Kitsap Peninsula in Poulsbo, WA. She took up her new post in July, assuming leadership as the school prepares to launch its International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme this autumn. Previously Barrie was associate head of school at the academy, where she also teaches middle school English and history. Congratulations, Barrie! be

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1991

reunion year

Correspondent: Andrea McGrath andrea.e.mcgrath@gmail.com

Correspondent: Peggy Morin Bruno pegmb@comcast.net

Great updates this quarter! Keep them coming via my email above or online at www.bc.edu/ alumni/association/community.html. • Paula Blute Ebben (pmebben@boston.cbs.com), news anchor of the morning news on WBZ-TV, was in London in April to cover the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Paula studied in England during her time as a student at BC and also did an internship at Parliament. • Ernest Grumbles (grumgreev@msn.com) has been named one of the 2011 Minnesotans on the Move by Finance & Commerce. The award honors professionals who have already made a mark in their field and are poised to continue doing so. Ernest and his partner formed MOJO Minnesota, a group of successful advisors, investors, and entrepreneurs that promotes innovation in Minnesota. • Tomas Simon (nomisto@gmail.com) recently accepted a position with Bank of America as VP, tax. Tom joined the company from American Express, where he served for almost nine years as tax counsel. He and his family are planning to relocate to Charlotte, NC, this

I think I can speak on behalf of all those who attended the reunion: we had a wonderful time back at the Heights! Although I had hoped to grab the microphone on Saturday night and ask for input for this column, I think I have gathered enough from the many attendees to share just a few highlights of the weekend! • Classmates came from across the country (Karen Olson and Kelly Biby), and we saw people we hadn’t seen in 20 years (Heather Roche and Kari Cadwallader Schmitz). Friends reconnected at old haunts (Great Scott, Cityside, and let’s not forget MA’s), and parties were held at more sophisticated locales (Stella’s). People stayed in lovely hotels while others opted for a return to the dorms (Kostka girls). Many drove back and forth from home to campus for baseball games (Kim Scott) and dance recitals (Sheila Rinaldi, MEd’98), a sign of where many of us are in our lives right now, while others brought their children along to see the fabulous place that Boston College is (Maryanne Brennan Dillon). Some of us enjoyed a cocktail or two (or ten!). Many stayed up well past any time they have

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aul Daigneault ’87 is celebrating his 25th reunion with more than a weekend at the Heights: as the 2011–2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor in Theatre Arts, he’s coming back to BC for an entire year. Paul chose BC after falling in love with the new Robsham Theatre, though he knew little else about the school. He was lucky, he says now: “BC was the perfect place for me. I still feel wellrounded in my life thanks to my liberal arts education.” He had discovered the stage in high school, but it was in a directing class at BC that he found his life’s work. Directing brought his passion and talent together in a way he hadn’t experienced on stage. “In acting, I could never fully let go to Paul Daigneault ’87 welcomes an audience to immerse myself in my characters,” he SpeakEasy Stage before a performance of the explains. “I found I could bring myself musical “Jerry Springer: The Opera.” to life on stage through directing.” Trying to build a career in New York, he encountered a classic “catch-22”; he couldn’t get hired without experience, and he couldn’t get experience if no one would hire him. So, he says with a laugh, “I created my own career.” He came back to Boston and founded SpeakEasy Stage Company. Under his 20 years of leadership, SpeakEasy has grown into one of New England’s most successful and respected theaters, known for its regional premieres of contemporary musicals and plays. Paul continues to be its principal director. “I’m not a tortured artist,” he says. “I bring the joy I find in the theater to my students. I tell them, ‘do it because you love it.’”

counted for the class of

1992

Correspondent: Paul L. Cantello paul.cantello@verizon.net On August 10, 2010, Jim and Heide Bronke Fulton welcomed their first child, Anam-Cara (who shares her daddy’s birthday). They’re enjoying parenthood and living in Washington DC, where Heide is still in the Foreign Service and currently the director of the main press office at the State Department. Heide remains active in the Army Reserve; she is assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command and was promoted to lieutenant colonel last April. The couple are looking forward to Jim’s retirement from the military later this year, when he’ll join the State Department, and they’ll go overseas together sometime in 2012. • Chris Kaczor recently wrote a book, The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice (Routledge, 2011) and edited another, O Rare Ralph McInerny: Stories and Reflections about a Legendary Notre Dame Professor (St. Augustine’s Press, 2011). Chris is a professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. • John Bolger is an attorney at the Bolger Legal

what has been the most satisfying moment in your professional life? This past year—SpeakEasy Stage’s 20th anniversary—the company gave me the Outstanding Artist award. That concretely summed up everything I’ve accomplished, not only with SpeakEasy but as a faculty member at The Boston Conservatory.

easy to watch what other people are doing, wonder “are they more successful than I am, should I be doing something else”— but if you keep your eye on your own goal, you’ll be successful.

what is something your friends don’t know about you? I’m a diehard Red Sox fan.

in your personal life?

what is your next goal?

Just being alive. This past year I battled lymphoma, spending six months in and out of the hospital and completing chemotherapy. The greatest day was when they told me I was officially in remission.

To take Speakeasy Stage into the next 20 years, in two ways: work on its sustainability by building its organizational infrastructure, and introduce a program of producing new works.

what is the secret to success? “Keep your eye on the ball.” My father used to say that to me about baseball. But I think it applies to so much more. It’s so

what is one thing everyone should do while at bc? See live theater!

for more of our interview with paul daigneault, visit www.bc.edu/alumniprofiles.

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stayed up in the recent past (Kim Lawless and Carol Finklehoffe), while others slept in far later than they have in years (Sheree Nuccio). And there is even a report of an emergency room visit for a broken finger (Randal Kenworthy). Stories were told of new endeavors, and family happenings and memories were shared as we walked across the campus. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend! I would like to thank BC’s Laura Ellis, Catherine Bail, and Rosie Foley, who worked with the Class of ’91 Reunion Committee members on conference calls, emails, and much more to plan a fantastic weekend. • Now on to some other happenings for our classmates. Kimberly (Parsons) Zayotti, founder and CEO of Blue Sky, was named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law. Kim was recognized at the third annual Top Women of Law Awards luncheon in Boston, which celebrates outstanding achievements made by exceptional women. Congratulations, Kim! • In November 2010, Jeffrey Cianciolo was elected to a twoyear term on the East Greenwich, RI, Town Council. He also continues his active business/ corporate law practice at the law firm of Reavis Cianciolo in Providence. Jeffrey lives in East Greenwich with wife Heather and their three boys, ages 8, 11, and 13. • Congratulations to Patrick Haggan on his appointment by Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley to first assistant, placing him in charge of all prosecutions in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop. Pat’s appointment made him the first prosecutor in Suffolk County history to rise from a district court assignment to become the DA’s second-in-command. As first assistant DA, Pat oversees about 140 prosecutors who handle upwards of 40,000 cases each year. • In August 2010, Ginny Flynn McAuliffe, husband Patrick, and son Liam (6) traveled to Seoul, South Korea, to adopt a baby girl. The McAuliffe family feels truly blessed with the addition of beautiful, bold, and very busy Emily Ahmee (1).


class notes Group in the Milwaukee area. In 2001, he earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he also received the annual Faculty Fiction Award. He graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2003. John is a member of the board of managers for the YMCA Camp Minikani and a board member of the Charles E. Kubly Foundation. • Charlie Rego is a senior corporate counsel at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. based in Chicago. Charlie earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. be

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1993

Correspondent: Sandy Chen Dekoschak sdekoschak@gmail.com Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler was the speaker at Harvard University’s Senior Class Day, addressing those about to graduate and their families on May 25, the day before Harvard’s commencement. Amy currently stars in the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, and she also appeared in the 2004 comedy Mean Girls. Congratulations, Amy, on all your successes! You’ve made BC and Burlington folks proud! Who knew choir with Mrs. Stulz would make you a star?! • Newton Mayor Setti Warren has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Senator Scott Brown, JD’85, for reelection next year. Setti served as a special assistant in the Office of Cabinet Affairs in the Clinton administration, as an aide to Senator John Kerry, JD’76, and as the New England regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Setti and his wife, Tassy, have a daughter, Abigail. • Christopher Woods was recently promoted to head of brand advertising at Google (UK) from head of financial services industry and of the Boston office. As part of Google’s Global Leader Rotation program, Chris will work in London for the rest of the year to help lead Google’s growth in the UK market. • Nicole Choiniere-Kroeker is the school librarian at Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, VA. She was recently honored as the 2011 Potomac Region School Librarian of the Year by the Virginia Educational Media Association. She is now a candidate for the state award in November. be

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1994

Correspondent: Nancy E. Drane nancydrane@aol.com Hello, everyone. I hope you are all enjoying the summer months and taking some time to rejuvenate and regroup. Here is some inspiration for all of us as we approach our (gulp!) 40th birthdays! Deb and Damon Cartelli, Rupal (Patel) and David Poltack, and Carrie and Brian Johnson all celebrated Damon’s 40th birthday on a catamaran in the British Virgin Islands. It was an amazing and memorable trip sans their six children (in total). Damon and Deb have a daughter, Brynn (8), and a son, Jack (5); David and Rupal have a daughter, Caitlin (8), and a son, Andrew (3); and Brian and Carrie have two

daughters, Reese (8) and Emerson (5). • Back in the States, Jeffrey Liguori, JD’97, who is married to Kim (Cartelli) Liguori, Damon’s sister, could not make the trip as they were home enjoying their four-month-old little boy, Anthony Robert. This was the group’s second self-guided bareback catamaran trip to the BVI and surely not their last. • Fernando Pinguelo, JD’97, spoke on Foxnews.com LIVE with host Kimberly Guilfolye about the recent data breach at Epsilon. Fernando, who co-authored “Epsilon Breach: Small Businesses Who Get ‘Hacked’ Must Act—Now,” (Bloomberg Law Reports, 2011) with Bradford Muller, discussed data breach notification laws enacted by the government. • Brian McKevitt received an Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association in honor of distinguished teaching in the classroom. The award was presented during UNO’s Faculty Honors Convocation and breakfast in April. Brian is an assistant professor in UNO’s Department of Psychology. • Jennifer Wesely received tenure and was promoted to associate professor at the University of North Florida in 2009. In fall 2010, Jennifer was a foster parent for a 13-year-old girl. • Thanks for the news, everyone. Keep sending in those notes for future columns! be

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1995

Correspondent: Kevin McKeon kmckeon@gmail.com We would like to welcome to this column Kevin McKeon, who joins us as our new correspondent for the Class of 1995. Please write to him at the above address with news you’d like to share. Kevin replaces Jay Verzosa MA’08, whom we heartily thank for his excellent service in this role during the past few years. • In other news, we heard from David Shapiro—who also served as your class correspondent a few years back. David, a physician in Hartford, CT, recently appeared in the documentary film The Sweetest Land about violence in urban America. You can view the trailer on YouTube at www.youtube. com/watch?v=A1LOyerVCP8. • In May, Brian Kelly joined Mercer, where he will head workforce metrics and analytics across the firm’s Talent & Rewards business. The company provides consulting, outsourcing, and investment services. Brian also serves as co-chairman of the Institute of Human Resources Workforce Planning and Analytics Working Group and vice chairman of the Society of Human Resource Professionals workforce metrics taskforce. He resides in the Greater Philadelphia area. be

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1996

reunion year

Correspondent: Mike Hofman mhofman12@gmail.com be

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1997

Correspondent: Sabrina Bracco McCarthy sabrina.mccarthy@perseusbooks.com 21 class notes

Dave and Krista (Kelley) Gauthier welcomed their second child, Katy Josephine, on February 21. The happy family, including proud big sister Lia (3), is living in Washington DC, where Dave works as an aerospace engineer, and Krista runs her own business, Crafted Elegance, specializing in holiday home decor. • Alissa Almeida married Ricardo Cruz in Rhode Island on May 27. Ricardo recently graduated from Boston University’s medical school. Many BC alumni were present at the wedding, including Crista (Pontilena) Vigeant, Stephanie (Budd) Kryzak, Meghan (Rull) Cusick, Patty (Navarrete) Ortega, Julie (Buendo) Donovan MSW’00, Kevin Mitchell, Athena (Lymberopoulos) ’98 and Spiros Giannaros, Tony Cella, Keith Vivona, Michael “Chevy” Chevalier, and Matt Kelly. The happy couple honeymooned in Mexico. • Patrick and Erin (O’Connor) Kent welcomed daughter Nora Quinn to their family on May 11. Both Nora and mom are doing fine. • This summer, Kimberly (Bowers) Caprio began a one-year surgical fellowship in breast oncology at the Yale–New Haven Hospital. She writes: “The 11-year journey is finally over! I will be graduating from my residency in surgery at the New Jersey Medical School (where I received my MD in 2004) on June 16. Becoming a surgeon was one of the best decisions of my life, and although I feel (as I did in 1997 when I graduated from BC) that I am again leaving home, there are many adventures ahead.” She is looking forward to moving back to Connecticut, “and being so much closer to Chestnut Hill.” be

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1998

Correspondent: Mistie P. Lucht hohudson@yahoo.com Kristin (Connelly) Whiting is happy to announce that she and her husband, Brian, welcomed with love their first baby, Brian Christopher Whiting Jr. (they are calling the baby Christopher), on February 13. All are doing very well—and sleeping through the night! • In April, Christopher Capobianco joined Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, as senior director of project management in the global education department. After graduating from BC, Christopher served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and earned a master’s of international affairs from Columbia University. He has worked with the DSB International School and the Akanksha Foundation, both in Mumbai, and as a program manager at Asphalt Green in New York City; most recently he served as an early childhood development consultant for UNICEF. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two young daughters. • Also in April, Rodrigo Soto joined the investment management firm Eaton Vance Corp. as VP, institutional business development. He is based in Seattle, covering the western United States and Canadian territories. Rodrigo, who began his career at State Street Bank & Trust, was most recently head of institutional sales in the western United States at State Street Global Advisors. • I am sad to report that Michael B. Coon of Burlington, formerly of Milton,


passed away on April 3. • Please send updates! I will email everyone back who emails me, so if you do not hear back from me, it means I did not get your email. I will confirm your information and let you know when your information will appear. • As for me, it has been a year since I started full-time mommyhood, and I have been working hard in my spare time (e.g. 10 p.m.–1 a.m.) for the past six months to launch a Chicago-focused business. I needed some way to keep my brain sharp with all my playground visits and playdates. More info to come after we launch! • Have a wonderful autumn, and I hope to hear from you. be

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Correspondent: Matt Colleran bc1999classnotes@hotmail.com Correspondent: Emily Wildfire ewildfire@hotmail.com Hey, Class of 1999! We hope you are having a wonderful summer and are preparing for football season—and that we can cross paths on campus if any of you come back for a game. Make sure to check out the Dustbowl— or lack thereof as the construction work has closed it down. Now for the updates. • Shannon (Barry), MEd’00, and Matt Stautberg welcomed Virginia “Ginger” Quinn Stautberg on January 5. Her big brother, Charlie (5), and sister Tierney (3) both adore Ginger. • Nicole Nelson was married to Gregory Zakowicz on May 28 in St. Alphonsus Church in Maple Glen, PA. BC alumni attending the wedding included Michael ’98 and Alison (Cahill) Siravo, JD’02, and Anne (Mewhinney) Powell. The couple honeymooned in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Greg is a graduate of Western Carolina University. Nicole works as a litigation consultant in Philadelphia. In 1999, the couple established an online store for gluten-free products called Gluten Free Promise; they currently run the business in their spare time. • Christopher ’97 and Tara (Krissik) Ferragamo welcomed their third child, daughter Keira Elizabeth, on September 17, 2010. She joined big brother Rian (4) and big sister Brenna (2). • Mike Quinn married Joy Killgoar, a 2001 graduate of the Connell School of Nursing, on May 28 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Dedham. Present were ’99-ers Bill Kerrigan and Steven Wisnor MA’01, who served as groomsmen, as well as Dan Burke, Chris Nold, Andrew and Nicole Huard Daly, Mike Cwiklinski, Kathleen Haggerty, Ryan Robinson, and Jeff Waldron. be

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Correspondent: Kate Pescatore katepescatore@hotmail.com Jared and Erin (Freyvogel) Leland are now chairs of the BC Alumni Association of Western Pennsylvania. Jared and Erin reside in Pittsburgh with their three daughters. They look forward to igniting the Boston College spirit in the Burgh! • Ryan Debin ran his 12th consecutive Boston Marathon in April. Just 13

days later, he ran the Big Sur Marathon in California. Ryan ran to help the nonprofit Horizons for Homeless Children. • In April, Stephanie Aranyos joined the law firm of Blank Rome as an associate in the employment, benefits, and labor group. Stephanie, who holds a JD from the University of Miami School of Law, will be based in Blank Rome’s New York office. • Jennifer Slane received her PhD in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in May and will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan in August. • John and Noelle (Arton) Micek partnered with Dave Roberts, a member of the 2004 Red Sox World Series Championship team, and Rich Aurilia, longtime San Francisco Giant, to found Red Stitch Wine in Napa, CA. Their first vintage, a 2007 Cabernet, received 92 points from Wine Spectator Insider and was named one of the hot new wines by the editors. Check out their website at www.redstitchwine.com. • Brad and Kathryn Reyes Hamrlik are proud to announce the birth of Ryan James on July 25, 2010. He joins big sister Caroline (2). In addition, Kathryn received her PhD in theology from Loyola University in Chicago in March 2011. The family continues to reside in Roswell, GA. • Erika and Jay (Miklus) Mercurio announce the birth of their baby boy, Marco Philip, on February 15. The family lives in Rye, NY. • Brian and Missy Salas Salamone recently welcomed a baby girl, Taylor Ann, on April 21. Big sister Ashley loves her new role! • Thanks for sharing the wonderful news. be

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Correspondent: Erin Mary Ackerman bostoncollege01@hotmail.com Ellen Colleran, a U.S. diplomat posted at the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal, recently met with Montreal Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta when he visited the consulate. Brian is just the second U.S.-born captain of the storied Canadiens franchise. Ellen has been a U.S. diplomat since 2006 and served in Manila before she became chief of American Citizen Services in Montreal. • Dana Panzarino and Timothy Hodermarsky were married on May 21 at Holy Name of Mary Church in Valley Stream, Long Island. A reception followed at the Village Club at Lake Success. Class of 2001 alumni in attendance included Kristin Sprinkel, Maura (Dugan) Shevory, Jennifer (Hall) Lopez, Allyson (Augusta) Shrikhande, Brad Marxer, and Matthew Kaplan. Other BC alumni in attendance included Luke Kaplan ’02 and Christopher Ignaciuk ’05 and his wife, Kristen Faucetta ’05. Dana is a high school special education teacher in Half Hollow Hills, and Timothy, a graduate of Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn, is a project manager with AWL Industries Inc. Dana and Timothy originally met in high school and reconnected in 2007 at Yankee Stadium. They currently reside in Astoria, NY. The couple honeymooned in Hong Kong and Thailand in July. • In April, Jonathan Penta was promoted to senior VP, investments, at UBS Financial Services in Wellesley. • Brian www.bc.edu/alumni

Sousa recently won a scholarship for a short story he wrote. The scholarship was offered by Dzanc Books and the Luso-American Development Foundation. Brian writes: “I’ll be attending the inaugural DISQUIET: International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, where I’ll participate in Frank Gaspar’s workshop, as well as all other program events. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Junot Díaz will also be among the writers featured. Also, our band, Ocean*Transfer, just released our first EP! We played our CD release show to a packed house at the Middle East in Cambridge, and the album is now available on iTunes. If you would like to preview the music, check us out at www.oceantransfermusic.com.” Featured in the band with Brian are classmates Josh Rollins and Ryan Maione. be

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Correspondent: Suzanne Harte suzanneharte@yahoo.com Congratulations to Kevin and Heather Sobel Hartzell, JD’06, who welcomed their first daughter, Ryleigh Elizabeth, on July 27, 2010. They reside in Hoboken, NJ. • Jay and Erika (Miklus) Mercurio announce the birth of their baby boy, Marco Philip Mercurio, on February 15, 2011. They live in Rye, NY. • Brendan and Casey (Graves) Moore welcomed the birth of their first son, Brendan Jude Thaddeus Moore Jr., on January 5, 2011. The family resides in Birmingham, AL. • Congratulations to Megan (Maloof ) and Christopher Murphy, who welcomed their first daughter, Olivia Marie, on April 7, 2010. The family resides in Charlotte, NC. • Tom ’01 and Mandy (Trapp) McGuinness are happy to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Ryan, on February 8, 2011. The family resides in Ann Arbor, MI. • Erin Humphries is now a product manager at Celestial Seasonings, managing the hot tea product line. She received her MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 and now lives in Boulder, where she’s loving the Colorado lifestyle. be

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Correspondent: ToniAnn Kruse kruseta@gmail.com Stephanie Wolfe married Jonathan Sherlock on May 28 in downtown Chicago. The ceremony took place at Queen of All Saints and was followed by a beautiful reception in the Renaissance Ballroom of the InterContinental on Michigan Ave. Stephanie is a buyer for TK Maxx in London, where the happy couple will reside. The wedding party included Sara Rosen, maid of honor, and Toni Ann Kruse JD’08 and Krissy Kelley, bridesmaids. The newlyweds enjoyed a honeymoon in beautiful Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam. • Kristine Lock and Jeff “JJ” Jonas from Stamford, CT, were married on April 16 in Las Vegas. Helen Lao, MS’04, was maid of honor, Liz Bomgaars and Hannah Connor were bridesmaids, and Rob


class notes Caldwell was a groomsman. Other classmates in attendance included Lenka Hanzlik, Adam Moore, Melissa Otero, Francis Quimby, Ndi Sampson, Patrick Sullivan, and Jennifer Youk See. • Britt (Frisk) and Matt Pados are happy to announce the birth of their twins, Frank John Pados IV and Lily Astrid Pados, on December 9, 2010, in Boston. Everyone is doing well! • Krystle Wong married Jamel Dawson on March 5 in Syosset, NY. Fellow classmates Zain Pirani, Sophia Mitchell, Sonjah McBain, and Wudassie Teklehaimanot were bridesmaids. Other Eagles in attendance included Sandra Caraballo, Kristin Curro, Christina DeGregorio, Joyce Lohrungruang, Shiona Rose, and Dariel Heron ’02. • Adam Umhoefer, who currently resides in Los Angeles, was recently profiled in the Advocate’s “Forty under 40” as an important LGBT advocate and activist. Adam has worked for the last two years as senior project director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which funded and organized the Proposition 8 litigation in California. Adam has been working for some time in nonprofit management and politics, including working on President Obama’s campaign in Montana in 2008. • Brian and Karen (Van Doran) Coughlin, MEd’05, welcomed their first son, Alexander John, on March 24. The family resides in Walpole. • Laurie (Caldwell) ’05 and Mike Kurtz welcomed their second child, Ryan Anthony, on April 13. Big sister Ashley (2) is delighted to have a little brother at home! The family lives in Phoenix. • Owen Patrick Flynn passed the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bar exams. Owen tutored high school students in Latin and Greek while in law school. He is presently studying for his LL.M. in estate planning and taxation. be

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Correspondent: Alexandra “Allie” Weiskopf allieweiskopf@gmail.com Drew Schaffer graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in May. • Michele (Osztrogonacz) Noonan is a neuroscientist, author, and TV and radio personality. In April she joined engage:BDR as the chief scientist to formulate health and beauty products for its 16 Bottles brand. • In March, Andy Shea, general manager of the Lexington Legends baseball team, spent a week in Haiti, where he served food and helped with housing and shelters as that country continues to deal with the effects of the earthquake that struck more than a year ago. Andy traveled with a group of friends and stayed at a facility of the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. Despite the conditions, Andy saw signs of hope, and he said his experience in Haiti changed his perspective of life in the United States. • Also in March, Erin (McKlveen) Murray celebrated the first birthday of her fourth child, Caelinn. His brothers Liam and Luke are four years old, and brother Keegan is almost three. • Roger Smerage and Jillian Hayes were married on September 5, 2010, at the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester. A reception followed at Cruiseport Gloucester. Tim Williamson, MA’05, served as best man; Jason Vanderburgh, MEd’05, and Daniel Elliott ’05, JD’08, served

as groomsmen. Fellow alumni in attendance were Christine (Burns) Williamson ’04, Jeffrey Pinkham MS’05, and Raffi Samkiranian MS’05. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and now make their home in Salem. Jillian is a human resources business analyst at Pegasystems in Cambridge; Roger is an attorney with K&L Gates in Boston. • Katie Sobocienski and Alex Gschwend were married on May 21 at St. John Vianney Church in Colonia, NJ. Brad Arguello, Ray Ariola, Kevin Dunphy, Matt Journalist, Phil Mettling, Kara Castagna, Katie Feder, and Kaitlin Lavery were in the wedding party. Alumni in attendance included Ben Albuquerque, Derek Apfel, Justin Brill, Kelly Brozyna ’05, Henry DeMatteis, Terrence Doyle, Alyssa Durbec MA’08, Elizabeth Eidson, Ed Feeley, Alex Finigan, Richard Kabobjian, Chris King, Kristen Mulhearn, and Cory Silviera. be

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Correspondent: Joe Bowden joe.bowden@gmail.com Correspondent: Justin Barrosso jbarrasso@gmail.com In June, Michael Messina graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School– Worcester with a specialty in family medicine. He will be doing his internship and residency at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Family Medical Center in Concord, NH. • Mike ’03 and Laurie (Caldwell) Kurtz, MEd’06, welcomed their second child, Ryan Anthony, on April 13. The family currently lives in Phoenix. • Michael Hundgen has fulfilled his lifelong dream of securing a job with the Walt Disney Company. As a manager of social media, his new responsibilities include developing strategy for Disney on social media platforms, helping to produce in-house original content, and riding Space Mountain at least twice a week. • Dennis Sullivan has enjoyed a very active 2011 thus far: His first child, Erin Grace, was born on January 3. In April, he graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Department and was hired by the Somerville Fire Department. In May, he also received his master’s degree in chemistry from Northeastern University, and as a die-hard Bruins fan, he went to all the Stanley Cup finals games in Boston. • Speaking of the NHL and the Stanley Cup, Andrew Alberts, a former Boston Bruin, played incredibly well as a defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks in their run to the Stanley Cup as Western Conference champions. His teammate, Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider, was also a classmate of his at Boston College. • In November, Ashley Coutu gave a presentation at an archaeological conference in Dakar, Senegal, where she won the prize for best student paper. Her work also appeared in the online Project Gallery of the journal, Antiquity. Ashley is currently working on her PhD at the University of York. • Scott Maffei, MEd’06, was recently named Norwood’s Teacher of the Year for his work as a fourth-grade teacher at the Oldham Elementary School. • Rebecca Musso, MSW’06, and John Mauro ’03 are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Julia Ann Mauro, on March 20 in Morristown, NJ. Mom, dad, and baby are all doing well! • Anne 23 class notes

Maxwell Foster’s interior design firm, Tilton Fenwick (named after her freshman-year dorm), was recently featured in the online magazine TradHome. Anne and her business partner work in the Flatiron District of New York City and provide interior design services. • Lauren Marra is now an associate director at Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, a consulting firm that helps individuals make better philanthropic decisions. • In memory of her mother, Tara Shanes-Hernandez, MEd’06, and her father, Steve Hernandez, cofounded the Annual Westchester Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk. The second annual walk took place in April at Rye Town Park and along the boardwalk overlooking Long Island Sound. Among the estimated 800 walkers were a number of BC alumni, parents, and friends, including Katherine (Bartel) Gordon and her mother, Emily Chambliss, Madonna Amaris Kinne, Michael Aaron Flicker, Katy (Sammartano) Steere and her parents, Diana Wong, Joe Demir MEd’06, Ned Borgman, Lisa (Pompana) ’90 and Kevin Johnson ’90, and Steve Hernandez. Funds raised went to support pancreatic cancer research through the Lustgarten Foundation.  be

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Correspondent: Cristina Conciatori conciato@bc.edu / 845-624-1204 Correspondent: Tina Corea TinaCorea@gmail.com / 973-224-3863 It was great seeing you all at Reunion in June! Who’s up for a 6th reunion? If you couldn’t catch up with other ’06-ers at the reunion, just read on to see what some of us are doing. • Melissa Buzzi married Erik Szobota on February 26 in Portland, CT. The celebrant was Paul McNellis, SJ, PhD’93, of the philosophy department, who was Melissa’s Perspectives professor. The matron of honor was Joy (Eckstein) Belke, MS’07, and bridesmaids were Nicole Caragian, Vanessa Voltolina, and Melissa Abruzzese. Melissa is the assistant director of admissions at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, and Erik is a strategic planning analyst at Turner Broadcasting. The couple reside in Queens. • Alice Salaun-Carney has been living in Hanoi since January 2010. She moved to Vietnam to teach English and travel but loved it so much she decided to stay. She recently got a new job as the business development manager at a communications firm. • Mat and Carolyn (Hassel) Mahar are happy to announce their marriage on October 30, 2010. • Katharine Germansky received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in May 2010. She is now completing her internal medicine residency in Boston at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. • Natalie Stokes received a Fulbright grant to study in the United Kingdom, where she will complete a degree program in gender, violence, and conflict at York University. • Will Schatz married Ana Maria Cabreira in a wonderful ceremony in Santiago, Chile, on January 8, 2011. Among those in attendance were BC’06 friends Albert and Margaret (Obermeier) Lardizabal, Ty Frankel JD’09, Amelia Fournier MS’07, Alyssa Lau MEd’08,


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Correspondent: Lauren Faherty Bagnell lauren.faherty@gmail.com Alumni from the Class of 2007 gathered in both Boston and New York City last winter to kick off the celebration for our fifth reunion. Next year our class will celebrate in full force over Reunion Weekend back at the Heights. In the meantime, check the alumni website and keep on the lookout for any forthcoming information and further details. • Have you recently married? Finished medical school? Had a baby? Moved out of the country? Let us know! Send your class notes to me at lauren.faherty@gmail.com for inclusion in the BC alumni magazine. • Sean Indra graduated in May from the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negevi and will go on to do his residency training in the pediatrics department of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. • Former Presidential Scholars and members of the Arts & Sciences Honors Program Rich Aberman and Bill Clerico have been named among the best young tech entrepreneurs of 2011 by Bloomberg Businessweek. They are the cofounders of online money collection start-up WePay.  be

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oommates Anne Botica ’05 and Monique Moore ’05 were enjoying a beautiful day on a beach in the Hamptons when a battle for the last of the sunblock broke out. Before they knew it, a new business was born. The friends realized that carefree sunbathing was a thing of the past. Anne had lost an aunt to melanoma, and her mother has battled skin cancer as well. All the women they knew worried about cancer as well as the aging caused by UV rays—but most weren’t aware that their clothing left them exposed. A white t-shirt, for instance, has a sun protection factor (SPF) of only 5. Clothing made from UV-blocking fabrics was effective, Anne Botica ’05 (left) and Monique Moore ’05 enjoy the sun—safely!—on Mott Street in New York City. but to their eyes, sadly frumpy. So the two women founded Mott 50, a line of high fashion clothing with an SPF of 50. “It’s a fashion label with a purpose,” explains Anne, “to raise awareness about the dangers of sun exposure and to contribute financially to cancer research.” “BC shaped us,” Monique says, “and the Jesuit emphasis on giving back was really important to us in forming this company.” Neither woman had a background in fashion (“Well, we both love shopping,” Monique points out). For a year, they tested fabrics and worked on designs. Both communications majors, they credit BC with teaching them to “build a community around a brand,” as Anne puts it, using social media and online marketing savvy. Mott 50, named after the street in New York City where the two now live, has been endorsed by the Skin Cancer Institute and embraced by fashionistas. And this pair of BC entrepreneurs is proving that there is something new under the sun: style! what has been the most satisfying moment in your professional life? [Anne Botica] Receiving a call from my grandmother in Florida at 5 a.m., telling me she was reading a spread about Mott 50 in the newspaper. [Monique Moore] The day Mott50.com launched; seeing that first order come through was so rewarding!

what was your first job? [AB] Cleaning my grandmother’s Cape Cod house for $1 each morning of summer beginning at age 3.

Correspondent: Maura Tierney mauraktierney@gmail.com

[MM] Making my bed. I took it very seriously.

Sarah Rall and Nell Riccio set off from Boston to the province of Suphan Buri, Thailand, where since October they have been teaching English to middle school students through the Council for International Education Exchange. Fellow ’08-er Meghan Hart joined them on their summer holiday for a

[AB] Surrounding yourself with the right

what is the secret to success?

people. Also, the ability to smile politely when someone asks what you are doing and proceeds to laugh and ask you repeatedly if you are serious. [MM] Positive attitude.

what is your fondest bc memory? [AB] Being in Kenmore Square with my roommates when the Red Sox won the World Series. [MM] Watching the sunrise with the Class of ’05 on the day of graduation.

why did you decide to attend bc? [AB] Family history. [MM] The community atmosphere, and I love that BC promotes a wellrounded lifestyle.

for more of our interview with anne botica and monique moore, visit www.bc.edu/alumniprofiles.

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Fancy Hung, and Chris Devor. Chris and his brother drove from Washington DC to the wedding! • Will and Anthony Nunziata planned to continue their concert tour in New York City in July. Earlier this year, they performed to sold-out audiences in West Palm Beach and Sarasota, FL, and Fond du Lac and Brookfield, WI. In May the brothers performed in Singapore, then headlined the Orlando Cabaret Festival and played a gala event on Cape Cod on May 27. For more information on the brothers, visit www. WillandAnthony.com. • Red Fabbri and Holly Taylor were married on June 18 in Osterville. Red’s groomsmen included his brothers Michael ’08, Jack ’11, and Kevin ’14, as well as Andrew Tremble MS’08, and Tom Ganjamie. Lindsay Murphy was one of the bridesmaids. Many other ’06 graduates were in attendance as well. Red and Holly met while studying abroad in Rome and currently live in New York City. • In May, Peter Grieco received his DDS degree from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He plans to return to the Bay State to continue his studies at Harvard’s School of Dental Medicine, where he’ll pursue a doctorate in medical sciences in oral biology.


class notes backpacking adventure through Southeast Asia. A highlight of the trip was donning their BC gear while enjoying a bareback elephant ride through the jungles of Koh Chang Island! • Benjamin Seidl and Timothy Douglas have been working with a small nonprofit organization based in Atlanta since its inception in 2008. The organization, World Water Relief, has played a sizable role in water-related aid work in Haiti before and since the January 2010 earthquake. Over the past year, Ben and Tim have put together a video about their work. View it at www.worldwater relief.org. • Rick Wisgirda, MEd’11, is teaching social studies at Nativity Prep in Jamaica Plain. During the school year, he inspired Nativity students to add the game of chess to their academic and athletic endeavors. His efforts helped propel Nativity to its first victory in the annual interstate MABACH (math, basketball, and chess) Tournament, an all-day event held at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth last April. • Congratulations to ’08-ers who completed the Boston Marathon in March! Krick Cahill ran the 26.2 miles to support the American Liver Foundation, and Keegan Garnsey ran to support the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Keegan works as a veterinary technician at the ARL and lives in Newton. • Let us know what you’ve been up to! Send in updates to Maura Tierney at mauraktierney@gmail.com for inclusion in Boston College Magazine! be

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Correspondent: Timothy Bates tbates86@gmail.com Caitlin Tweedy is pursuing her MA in deaf and hard-of-hearing education at Hunter College and is working as a teaching assistant at St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf in the Bronx. be

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Correspondent: Bridget K. Sweeney bridget.k.sweeney@gmail.com Several of our classmates have recently been promoted or changed jobs! Julio Garcia was promoted from marketing associate to

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operations manager for Peña-Mendoza Group Inc. in Boston, and Kyra Shekitka was recently promoted to senior allocation analyst at TJX after working eight months with the company. Emily Luksha was working at World Energy in Worcester but recently started at Charles River Associates, and Katie Forberg has made the decision to move to New York City and begin work at A&E as a field sales coordinator. She was previously working at George P. Johnson experience marketing agency and living in Cambridge. • Also making the move to New York City is Sal Cipriano, MA’11, who is conducting research on the cultural history of beer for an upcoming exhibit at the New-York Historical Society before beginning his PhD in history at Fordham University in the fall. • After returning from Russia this summer, Pat Passarelli will also be moving on to higher education, beginning medical school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the fall. • Colleen O’Connor is still abroad teaching in Germany but has plans to attend Emory University starting in fall 2012 to get her master’s in public health. She will be in the Global Environmental Health program there. • Back in Boston, Kevin McGann is working as an audit assistant at Deloitte and will be completing the MSA program at BC this summer. • Stephanie Saltzman is the PBS sponsorship traffic manager at WGBH Boston, where she has been working since October. Also, she was recently the assistant producer on a film that was screened at Boston’s 48 Hour Film Project. • Rob DeStefano is currently gaining experience in health care by working as a medical assistant at a large cardiology practice. He was recently selected to be the site’s research coordinator for several drug trials associated with Harvard Medical School and Oxford University. • And last but not least, congratulations to Michelle Crowther for passing her first actuarial exam on May 20! • Please send more updates, Class of 2010!

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Correspondent: Brittany Lynch brittanymichele8@gmail.com Welcome, Class of 2011, to the ranks of Boston College alumni! We congratulate you on your

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graduation and hope you are having a wonderful summer. • We would like to welcome to Class Notes Brittany Lynch, who has kindly volunteered to serve as correspondent for the Class of 2011. Please keep in touch with her as you launch careers, enter grad school, embark on travels—and continue to connect with BC classmates and friends. Email her at the above address or post your news on the BC alumni online community at www.bc.edu/alumni/association/community.html.

carroll school gsomalum@bc.edu Fulton Hall, Room 315 Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 Mary Lee (Swift) Halpin, MBA’84, serves as the liaison between the Council for Women of Boston College and the Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) for MBA candidates in the Carroll School. In March, Mary Lee chaired the 2011 panel event, Women’s Perspectives from the Top, co-sponsored by the council and GWIB. • Also in March, John Tagliamonte, MBA’96, was named senior VP of corporate development at Selventa in Cambridge. John has worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries for more than 20 years, most recently as VP, business development, at Anchor Therapeutics. • In May, Don Kwon, MBA’98, joined the board of directors of Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. Don is the managing partner at Michigan Venture Capital, a private equity firm based in Seoul, Korea, and specializes in media and entertainment investments. He also serves on the boards of various portfolio companies serving the technology, online media, and retail consumer sectors. • In April, Christopher Vedro, MSF/MBA’04, joined TD Bank as VP– portfolio manager in commercial lending in Providence, RI. He previously served as a senior credit associate in the natural resources group at Bank of America in Boston. A Bristol, RI, native and Brown University alumnus, Christopher currently resides in Swansea.

connell school nursing.alums@bc.edu Cushing Hall, Room 201 Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 The Oncology Patients’ Perceptions of the Quality of Nursing Care Scale (OPPQNCS), developed by Laurel E. Radwin, MS’85, PhD’93, was selected for inclusion in the AHRQ’s Care Coordination Measures Atlas (www.ahrq.gov/qual/careatlas/). Laurel’s dissertation, “Knowing the Patient: An Empirically Generated Beginning Process Model for Individualized Interventions,” led to the funded follow-up study, “Oncology Patients’ Perceptions of Being Known by a Nurse.” This resulted in a final grounded theory model—“Oncology Patients’ Perceptions of the Quality of Nursing Care Scale”—that formed the basis for the development of the AHRQchosen scale.


gsas bcaacomm@bc.edu McGuinn Hall, Room 221-A Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 617-552-3265 In April, Dean College named Robert Cuomo, MA’71, PhD’77, as professor and founding dean of its new business school. Robert joined Dean from Merrimack College, where he served as dean of the Girard School of Business and International Commerce. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Boston College. • Last year, historian, collector, art critic, and art dealer Alexander Salazar, MA’99, opened art enterprises in three locations in downtown San Diego. In Alexander Salazar Fine Art on Broadway, he features the works of national and international midcareer and emerging artists, while his 7th Ave. gallery is devoted to modern and contemporary art. His third location is an artist-in-residency studio, offered each month to an emerging San Diego artist. Alexander, who holds a master’s degree in theology and art from Harvard University in addition to a master’s in sociology and art from Boston College, continues to build museum-quality private, corporate, and celebrity collections throughout the world.

gssw gsswalumni@bc.edu McGuinn Hall, Room 123 Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 Mike Ashe Jr., MSW’66, is sheriff of Hampden County, MA. In April, Mike was featured in an article in the Boston Globe for his creation of an innovative and forwardthinking jail system. Hampden County inmates receive mandatory counseling, education, and job training. Their 40-hour week includes rehab, therapy, and work such as sewing, building furniture, and upholstering. Last year, 330 of the inmates released went on to community college. • This year’s recipient of the John A. Dinneen, SJ, Hispanic Alumni Community Service Award is Ilyitch Nahiely Tábora ’03, MSW’05. The Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship Committee of Boston College annually presents the award to a BC graduate whose work best reflects the legacies of Archbishop Romero and Fr. Dinneen. Ilyitch was recognized for her commitment to serving thousands of Latino students and English language learners (ELL) in the Boston Public Schools as associate director of the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Latino Program at UMass Boston. She helped to secure more than $330,000 in new grants to develop and expand programs such as the PANAS Mentoring Program and the TAG Summer Program for English Language Learners, which have been recognized nationally for best practices in service to Latino and ELL students. • Lynn Huber, MSW’07, was featured in NASW’s FOCUS newsletter in June 2010. She was highlighted in “The Secret Life of Social Workers” column for her avocation of poetry. In the article, she described her use of poetry in managing the

complicated emotions that arise in her due to the level of pain that clients bring to her office. Lynn concluded with an invitation to other social workers to reach out to their clients to see if they write poetry. She encouraged them to use a client’s poetry as a medium to share emotions that are too hard to express in a more traditional therapeutic manner. • Cape Cod native Claire Johnson, MSW’07, was crowned Miss Black Massachusetts USA 2011. Claire will speak to audiences throughout the year about her platform Generation ACTIVE (Accompanying Children Towards Increased Vitality via Exercise), which seeks to promote healthy lifestyles among youth and their families. She will also act as local spokeswoman for The Heart Truth: A Campaign for Women about Heart Disease, as well as for the Greater Boston Sickle Cell Disease Association. As Miss Black Massachusetts, Claire will travel to Washington DC to compete for the title of Miss Black USA in August. • Mike Ferullo, MSW’82, has combined his professional expertise as a clinical social worker with his passion for running. With the help of hopeFound, a homeless services agency in Jamaica Plain, Mike started the Bulldog Running Club for men recovering from addiction. The program takes place weekly in Franklin Park, and the men have reported that the exercise has helped them physically and emotionally on their paths to recovery. Mike also works with patients in his private practice in Brookline, and he provides individual and group counseling to the special education programs at Watertown’s middle and high schools. • Jacqueline Jock, MSW’95, has published her first novel, Big Girls Do Cry. Available through TBM Books, the book is about bullying as seen through the eyes of eighth-graders. Jacquie has been working as an adjustment counselor at Ware Middle School for the past five years. • Join your fellow alumni as well as faculty, students, and staff to celebrate GSSW’s 75th anniversary on September 14. The schedule will include an opening session on the “Power of Social Innovation”; an alumni reunion and luncheon; a liturgy with University President William P. Leahy, SJ; and a keynote by Victoria Reggie Kennedy. For more information and to register, visit www.bc.edu/gssw75th.

law school Vicki Sanders sandervi@bc.edu 885 Centre Street Newton, MA 02459 Class Notes for Law School alumni are published in the BC Law Magazine. Please forward all submissions to Vicki Sanders at the above address.

lynch school Director of Alumni Relations lynchschoolalumni@bc.edu Campion Hall, Room 106 Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 Anthony and Laurel Nutile Giammarino, MA’92, have adopted six-year-old Tiruneh

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from Ethiopia. Daughters Taylor (16) and Anna (9) joined Mom and Dad in traveling to Africa to bring home their new brother. • Stephen Kapulka, MEd’97, has completed the LEAD program in educational leadership at Bridgewater State University, earning his Massachusetts principal/assistant principal licensure. Stephen is currently a sixth-grade teacher at the Morse Pond School in Falmouth. • The Joneses, a film co-produced and co-starring Stacey Cruwys, MA’01, and directed by her husband, Chris Tyrrell, was selected from more than 2,600 entries for a screening at the Boston International Film Festival last April. A dark comedy about rival neighbors, The Joneses was shot in New England, and several scenes were filmed in local venues, including the couple’s Saugus home. Stacey was involved in acting in high school but majored in psychology at NYU and earned a master’s in counseling psychology from BC. While film is a passion, both Stacey and Chris maintain day jobs: Stacey is an outreach coordinator for Northeast Arc in Danvers, and Chris is the billing/collections manager for the Boston law firm WilmerHale. • In April, Robert Gerardi, PhD’07, was chosen as Maynard’s superintendent of schools. For the past three years, Robert has been the superintendent of schools in Woonsocket, RI; earlier he served as assistant superintendent and curriculum director for the North Providence schools. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rhode Island College and his master’s degree from Providence College. • Stephen Dacey, MEd’08, has been appointed assistant principal of academics for grades 11 and 12 at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. Stephen teaches biology and serves as the varsity volleyball coach and faculty leader for Global Encounter. • In March, Anne Wilson, PhD’08, was appointed superintendent of Sudbury Public Schools. Anne began her career as a math teacher in Florida and California and later served as principal and assistant principal of middle schools in California. She most recently was assistant superintendent for human resources in the Brookline Public Schools. • Among those running in the 115th Boston Marathon in April was Amanda Walsh, MEd’09, completing the course for the fourth year in a row. Amanda, who has been running road races since childhood, also completed the Dublin Marathon last October.

stm School of Theology & Ministry stmalum@bc.edu 140 Commonwealth Ave. Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800 Class Notes are published in Called to Serve, the School of Theology & Ministry’s magazine. Please forward submissions of 50 words or less, including school, degree, and graduation year, to the address above.

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obituaries 1930s Christopher J. Nugent ’32, MS’33, of Sarasota, FL, on April 22, 2011. Earl E. Avery ’36 of Fort Pierce, FL, on March 16, 2010. Joseph M. Scanlin Jr. ’37 of West Palm Beach, FL, on June 4, 2011. John P. Luddy, Esq., ’39 of Gales Ferry, CT, on May 10, 2011.

1940s Charles R. Meehan ’42, MEd’53, of Melvin Village, NH, on June 7, 2011. Joseph J. Hurley, Esq., ’43, JD’49, of Framingham on May 6, 2011. Thomas J. Keady ’43 of Franklin on April 2, 2011.

Joseph E. Glennon ’50 of Melrose on April 21, 2011.

Stanley R. Kustron ’52 of Framingham on May 9, 2011.

Joseph E. Joyce ’50 of Acton on April 6, 2011.

George F. McInerny, Esq., ’47, JD’52, of Dedham on May 30, 2011.

John F. Kinnaly ’50 of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, formerly of Norwood, on April 6, 2011.

Augustus J. Morelli ’52 of Newton Centre on May 4, 2011.

John J. Passanisi ’50 of Hyde Park on January 12, 2011. Alfred L. Podolski, JD’50, of Crystal River, FL, on May 7, 2011.

William J. Pucciarcelli ’52 of Chestnut Hill on September 30, 2010. Lucia Bombaci Reynolds ’52 of Malden on November 13, 2010.

Orville S. Purdy ’50 of Portland, ME, on March 12, 2011.

Richard J. Brady ’53 of Framingham, formerly of Woburn, on March 30, 2011.

Joseph A. Tassinari ’50 of Medford, formerly of South Dennis and Andover, on April 9, 2011.

Robert L. Brawley ’53 of Marlborough on May 13, 2011.

John F. Travers Jr. ’50, MEd’52, DEd’60, of Winchester, formerly of Arlington, on May 27, 2011.

John P. Cosgrove ’53 of Needham on December 19, 2010. William H. Dunn Jr. ’53 of Marblehead on May 21, 2011.

Edward J. O’Connor ’43 of Los Gatos, CA, on December 17, 2010.

John E. Van Tassel Jr. ’50, MA’53, of Natick, formerly of Milton, on May 8, 2011.

Thomas F. Donelan ’44 of Weymouth on May 2, 2011.

Robert B. Carson ’51 of Falmouth, ME, on June 5, 2011.

Edward J. Hughes, MA’53, of Plymouth on May 24, 2011.

Thomas J. Fitzgerald Jr. ’44 of Cambridge, formerly of Norwood, on April 24, 2011.

Alfred W. Ferrera ’51 of Milton on May 25, 2011.

Daniel Blake Burns, Esq., ’54 of Osterville on June 10, 2011.

James F. Hanlon ’51 of Marblehead on May 6, 2011.

Richard M. Foohey ’54 of Mashpee on December 24, 2010.

Paul D. Hatton ’51 of Laconia, NH, on April 9, 2011.

Chester R. McLaughlin, Esq., ’54 of Brockton on May 6, 2011.

Daniel E. Hughes ’51, MA’54, of Stoughton on June 15, 2011.

Katherine Flynn Oswald ’54 of Riverhead, NY, on December 31, 2010.

W. Warren Mills ’45 of Oakmont, CA, on December 11, 2010. Jacob Santamaria ’45, MA’47, of Sagamore Beach on April 3, 2011. Mary Bernadette Barrett, SND, MA’46, of Worcester on June 14, 2011.

Francis J. Irons ’51 of Chantilly, VA, on April 5, 2011.

Edward L. Hoban, Esq., ’53, JD’60, of Westwood on April 9, 2011.

Richard M. Shea ’54 of Dorchester on May 30, 2011.

John A. Lynch, MA’47, of Manchester, NH, on December 1, 2010.

William L. Jones ’51 of Peabody on April 5, 2011.

Joseph J. Mahoney, Esq., ’47, JD’50, of Yarmouth Port on April 9, 2011.

Anita M. McGlynn ’51 of Beverly on June 12, 2011.

Sheila Caldbeck Prior, MSW’47, of Sarasota, FL, on May 20, 2011.

Marie E. Murphy WCAS’51 of Wareham on April 29, 2011.

William N. Wright, Esq., JD’48, of Greensboro, NC, on December 22, 2010.

Joseph E. Prindle ’51 of Ridgway, PA, on June 10, 2011.

John F. Boland ’55 of Nashua, NH, on April 6, 2011.

William M. Sheehan ’51 of Fitchburg on May 12, 2011.

Veronica Byrne Henaghan ’55 of Medford on April 7, 2011.

Thomas A. Sullivan ’51 Arlington on June 19, 2011.

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Edward J. Keohan, Esq., ’55 of Acton on March 21, 2011.

Anthony D. Taliente, Esq., ’51 of Sumner, WA, on April 6, 2011.

Henry F. Mooney ’55, MA’64, of Middleton on June 15, 2011.

Joseph E. Walsh ’51 of West Roxbury on June 15, 2011.

John J. Pinzone ’55 of Waltham on June 19, 2011.

John E. Workman ’51 of Woodbridge, CT, on December 5, 2010.

Walter J. Eaton Jr. ’56 of Switzerland on September 18, 2009.

Thomas H. Corrigan, JD’52, of Wethersfield, CT, on May 31, 2011.

Harold N. Lynch ’56 of Billerica on May 21, 2011.

Robert A. Costello ’52 of Reading on January 13, 2010.

John A. McInerney ’56 of Lowell on April 3, 2011.

Philip S. Dalton ’52, MA’57, PHL’57, of Marlborough on June 7, 2011.

Edward J. Nazzaro ’56 of Melrose on May 21, 2011.

Mary Murphy Brennan, Esq., JD’50, of Charlestown on April 10, 2011.

David J. Harrigan ’52 of East Harwich on May 29, 2011.

Clovis B. Proulx ’56 of Niceville, FL, on April 14, 2011.

Francis J. Carr ’50 of Chelmsford on June 19, 2011.

George Koschak, Esq., JD’52, of Bronx, NY, on March 1, 2011.

James H. Cronin ’57 of Clifton, NJ, on March 26, 2011.

Helen E. Ballew, OCSO, ’49 of Wrentham on October 25, 2009. Arthur G. Ciampa ’49 of Beverly on April 4, 2011. Leo W. Donovan ’49 of Scituate on April 21, 2011. James J. McHugh Jr. ’49 of Marshfield on April 22, 2011. Ralph P. Parrotta, MA’49, of Peabody on February 10, 2011. Joseph A. Wilber ’49 of Jasper, GA, on April 3, 2011.

1950s

Gerard A. Bedard, MA’55, of North Port, FL, formerly of Dracut, on December 7, 2010. Paul J. Beddia ’55 of Walnut Creek, CA, on March 23, 2011.

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Thomas J. Daly, MA’57, of Boston on April 4, 2011. Martin L. Hagerty WCAS’57 of Winthrop on June 12, 2011. Anne McKenney Green ’57, MS’59, of Shoreline, WA, on April 1, 2011. Gloria Lombard, MEd’57, DEd’68, of Waltham on June 14, 2011. James F. McKenna Jr. ’57 of Westport, CT, on February 3, 2011. Maxima Schneider, CSJ, MA’57, of Boston on May 30, 2011. John D. Trasatti ’57 of Dalton on January 5, 2011. Kenneth D. Chisholm ’58 of Hopkinton on May 6, 2011. Michael F. Frazier ’58 of Great Barrington, formerly of Taunton, on October 23, 2009. Robert F. O’Connell, Esq., JD’58, of South Dennis on March 25, 2011. Alice C. Crowley NC’59 of Durham, NH, on April 3, 2011. James E. Devlin, PhD’59, of Kennebunk, ME, on February 5, 2011. Philip J. Doherty ’59 of Milton on June 8, 2011. William A. McCarthy ’59 of North Port, FL, on November 16, 2010. Mary L. Demeo McGoldrick ’59 of Mililani, HI, on March 18, 2011. Louise N. Soldani, MA’59, of Holden, formerly of Marlborough, on June 14, 2011. Elizabeth Harney Sullivan, MEd’59, of Sylvania, OH, on March 28, 2011. Richard T. Whelan ’59 of Windham, NH, on April 13, 2011. Ruth A. Wickers ’59 of Milton on June 14, 2011.

1960s James V. Carr, MA’60, PhD’74, of Contoocook, NH, on June 7, 2011. Loretto Hegarty, CSJ, MEd’60, PhD’67, of Weston on June 10, 2011. Kathryn M. Mattheiss ’60 of New Providence, NJ, on March 19, 2011. Henry W. McCarthy ’60 of Wakefield on April 17, 2011. Paul L. Neary ’60 of Hyannis and Fort Myers, FL, on March 12, 2011. William P. O’Connor ’60 of Winchester on December 9, 2010. Lorelle St. Pierre Schafheitle ’60 of Redwood City, CA, on December 18, 2010. Helen Mariano Seery ’60 of Westfield on May 9, 2011. Mary Helen Johnson Terrell ’60 of Lincoln on November 18, 2010.


Eleanor A. Bagin ’61 of Worcester on November 20, 2010. George A. Brochu, Esq., JD’61, of Niantic, CT, on March 5, 2011. Raymond J. Dempsey ’61 of Seymour, CT, on May 12, 2011. Richard L. Harrington ’61, CAES’76, of Boston on December 3, 2010. Francis R. Lagasse, LST’61, MA’64, of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Lynn, on November 12, 2010. John F. Murphy ’61, MA’62, PhL’62, of Milton on May 4, 2011. Albert L. Pellini ’61 of Katonah, NY, on June 14, 2011. Richard L. Tivnan ’61 of Framingham on May 13, 2011. Anthony A. Tommasiello ’61 of Providence, RI, on March 9, 2010. Kathy Jacobi Boehm NC’62 of Alamogordo, NM, on April 30, 2010. Robert M. Salerno, Esq., JD’62, of Palm Beach, FL, on December 15, 2010. Virginia Bauer, SCN, MA’63, of Louisville, KY, on October 17, 2010. Mary J. Cox, SCH, MS’63, of Wellesley Hills on June 19, 2011 George J. Fitzgerald ’63 of Wilmington, DE, on April 1, 2011. Edward F. Powers Jr. ’63, MBA’71, of Manomet on June 14, 2011. Alfred J. Disciullo, Esq., ’64 of Needham on June 8, 2011. Richard J. Doyle ’64 of Manchester, NJ, on April 10, 2011. William E. Hartnett Jr. ’64 of Taunton on May 14, 2011. David P. Malloy ’64 of Milton on November 23, 2010. Elizabeth T. May, MS’64, of Fitchburg on April 20, 2011. Vincent G. Puglielli ’64 of Madison, WI, on March 11, 2011. John J. Thornton, Esq., JD’64, of Boston on April 23, 2011. Michael A. Valeriani Jr. ’64 of Newburyport on December 8, 2010. Joan A. Carney ’65 of Turners Falls on December 20, 2010. John J. Joyce, Esq., ’65, JD’68, of North Grafton on May 26, 2011. Walter H. Kelleher ’66 of Bradenton, FL, on February 6, 2011. John B. Kelley ’66 of Arlington on May 27, 2011. William M. Bale ’67 of Wall, NJ, on April 8, 2011. Norman J. Hall WCAS’67 of Norwood on December 30, 2010. Rita C. Morey, MA’67, of Holyoke on December 31, 2010. Robert E. Shalgian, Esq., ’67 of Rockland on June 19, 2011.

Thomas P. Butler ’68 of Wakefield on April 30, 2011. Philip R. Martel ’68 of Middletown, CT, on March 25, 2011. John J. Sullivan, MA’68, of South Natick on March 25, 2011. Joan Bailey, RSM, MEd’69, of Cumberland, RI, on June 7, 2011. David M. Cobin, Esq., JD’69, of St. Paul, MN, on May 21, 2011. Janet M. Geggis, CAES’69, of Belmont on April 29, 2011. Terence J. Lyons ’69 of Arlington, VA, on May 14, 2011. Rita K. Spillane, MA’69, of Gainesville, FL, on March 24, 2011.

1970s Claudette M. Delaney, MEd’70, of Peabody on December 8, 2010. Daniel Thomas Field ’70 of New York, NY, on November 25, 2010. Michael A. Gorman ’70 of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Houston, TX, on December 17, 2010. Thomas B. Garlick ’71 of Southborough on May 22, 2011. Gloria M. Olguin, SA, WCAS’71 of Garrison, NY, on June 19, 2011. Ronald R. Pirrera, MA’71, of Randolph on May 18, 2011. Johanna K. Dubois NC’73 of East Orleans on May 23, 2011. Roderick G. Wallick, MBA’74, of Plainville on April 4, 2011. Richard J. Zaccardi WCAS’74 of Duxbury on May 26, 2010. Carmelite Germinario, DC, MEd’75, of Troy, NY, on November 25, 2010. Nicholas Sarris, Esq., JD’75, of Old Lyme, CT, on May 2, 2011. Joseph V. Battipaglia ’76 of Newtown, PA, on April 14, 2011. James A. Casey ’76 of South Yarmouth on December 23, 2010. Mary E. Kiley ’76 of Waltham on January 4, 2011. Barbara Giuggio Mance ’76 of Saint Clair, MI, on April 20, 2011. Margaret Stack Walsh ’76, RN’77, MS’81, of Belmont on April 20, 2011. Lexine R. Ciccolo ’77 of Glen Ridge, NJ, on December 8, 2010. Carol A. Sahagian ’77 of Riverside, CA, on April 28, 2011. Stephen F. Torraco, MA’77, PhD’86, of Westborough on September 22, 2010. Cathleen Ball Foster-Smith ’78 of Rohrersville, MD, on January 10, 2011. Anne B. Corcoran Galvin ’79 of Newport, RI, on June 12, 2011.

Maria A. Young ’79 of Port Washington, NY, on April 17, 2011.

1980s Lois W. Endlar WCAS’80 of Naples, FL, on January 20, 2011. William G. O’Hare III, MBA’80, of Beverly on April 12, 2011. Thomas A. Salemy ’82 of Odessa, FL, on April 3, 2011. Carolyn Briglia ’83 of Waterbury, CT, and Wilton, NH, on December 20, 2010. James Francis Livesey, MBA’83, of Milton on March 30, 2011. Thomas E. Moore, PhD’83, of Brookline on June 16, 2011. Mary Ann White ’85 of Auburndale on April 28, 2011. Douglas M. D’Alessandro, Esq., ’86 of Mantoloking, NJ, on May 18, 2011. Roland P. Dorval, MSW’86, of East Dennis on June 9, 2011. Mary F. Bordes, MSW’87, of Tiverton, RI, on April 27, 2011. Vincent C. Munn ’87 of Monroe, NJ, on September 15, 2010. Michele Blaney Bradley ’88 of Hingham on April 23, 2011. Richard Ely, MS’88, of Lexington on January 7, 2011. Margaret C. Blevins Kraus, CAES’89, of Virginia Beach, VA, on April 24, 2011. Ronald Anthony Perryman ’89 of Woonsocket, RI, on January 20, 2011.

1990s Thomas B. Morgan, MA’90, of Salem on May 6, 2011. Patricia Jean Panzl, MA’90, of Chicago, IL, on December 15, 2010. Lesley P. Denny, MBA’91, of Peabody, formerly of Marblehead, on November 28, 2010. Amy A. Howle ’91 of Vienna, VA, on March 19, 2011. Cedric Leung, MEd’92, of Wayland on November 23, 2010. Axel N. Zdarsky ’93 of West Palm Beach, FL, on May 5, 2011. Robert G. Klee Jr. WCAS’96 of Saint Pete Beach, FL, on May 5, 2011. Michael B. Coon ’98 of Burlington, formerly of Milton, on April 3, 2011.

2000s Michael P. Bateman ’00 of Morristown, NJ, on March 22, 2011. Kathryn P. O’Brien ’08 of Philadelphia, PA, on May 18, 2011.

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faculty and staff deaths Sr. Elizabeth White, RSCJ, of Albany, New York, administrator and professor of English at Newton College of the Sacred Heart and Boston College from 1953 to 2007, on June 15, 2011, at age 90. She is survived by her sisters Alida Lessard, Cynthia Jay, Sarah White, and Ann Buttrick. John Van Tassel, of Natick, Massachusetts, professor of operations and strategic management from 1956 to 2003, on May 8, 2011, at age 85. He is survived by his wife Joan and sister Barbara Enagonio. John Travers, of Winchester, Massachusetts, professor of developmental and educational psychology from 1957 to 1995, on May 27, 2011, at age 84. He is survived by his wife Barbara; daughters Elizabeth Eagan, Ellen Roche, and Jane Travers; and son John. Michael Crehan, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, custodian for Facilities Services for the past nine years, on May 8, 2011, at age 54. He is survived by his mother Lucy, brothers Robert and James, and sister Louise McCarthy. Dolores Finklea, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, custodian from 1983 to 2007, on July 12, 2011, at age 68. She is survived by her sons Frankie, David, Donald, Curtis, and Michael, and daughters Danielle and Patricia.

The obituary section is compiled from national listings and notices from family members and friends of alumni. The section includes only the deaths reported to us since the previous issue of Boston College Magazine. Please send information to: Office of University Advancement, More Hall 220, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 or bcaacomm@bc.edu.


the real story about lasting legacies debunking the myths of planned giving

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he impact of legacy gifts at Boston College can be traced back to the University’s founding when Joseph Coolidge Shaw, S.J., donated the proceeds of his life insurance policy and a bequest of books to help make BC a reality. Despite this rich heritage, many alumni, parents, and friends approach making gifts from their estate plans with some uncertainty. While legacy gifts may be viewed differently than annual gifts, as these philanthropic investments will benefit future generations of students and faculty rather than enhancing BC in the present, making a legacy commitment is a meaningful and surprisingly simple way to give back. Those who provide legacy gifts help secure the long-term financial strength of the University while supporting a key initiative of the Light the World campaign. “There are often misconceptions about making gifts from one’s estate,” says David

T. Griffith ’68, P’00, ’02, ’06, Light the World’s legacy gifts chair. “But the fact is that these gifts make good financial sense for most donors. And they enable the BC family to leave a lasting mark on priorities such as undergraduate financial aid, service and spirituality programming, and student-faculty research.” Here’s the truth about legacy gifts:

gifts of all sizes matter Over the past decade, the BC community has provided more than $48 million in bequests and other planned gifts to the University. This significant sum was achieved thanks to the combined strength of the hundreds of alumni, parents, and friends who gave—with many donors making legacy gifts of $1,000 or less. Legacy gifts should be viewed as a practical option for all who wish to secure a bright future for the University and

its students. Donors can make an impact at any giving level without affecting their current assets, since legacy gifts are drawn from their estates.

planned giving is easy Anyone can make BC a beneficiary of their will or trust, either by donating a specific dollar amount or a percentage of their estate. Many choose to include a provision for BC when they create or update their will following a life event, such as marriage or the birth of a child. But donors can also add an amendment, or codicil, at any time. A codicil doesn’t replace the original will and can be a simple and inexpensive way to make a bequest. Beneficiary designations are also a popular choice among donors who wish to name BC as a partial (1 percent or greater), whole, or contingent beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan.

Making such a gift can be done without cost by completing a beneficiary designation form with the insurance policy provider or retirement plan administrator.

it’s a win-win Alumni, parents, and friends can support the University and provide for their families at the same time. It may be surprising to learn, but the majority of donors who make legacy gifts to BC have children and grandchildren. Through tax-wise estate planning, they have found a way to leave a legacy for both. In fact, there are several ways to create a gift that will reduce tax liability and help ensure that loved ones are secure financially. For instance, designating BC as the beneficiary of a retirement plan allows assets to pass tax-free to the University while charitable gift annuities benefit BC and also offer fixed lifetime income to donors and their spouses.

To notify BC of a bequest intention or to learn more about making a legacy GARY WAYNE GILBERT

gift, contact Gift Planning Director Sue Warren Ramsey ’91 at 877-304-SHAW or legacygiving@bc.edu, or visit www.bc.edu/legacygiving.

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facts & figures | art classrooms to be housed in Stokes Hall, a cornerstone of the Institutional Master Plan and future home to five humanities departments, set to be completed in fall 2012

81 Percentage of graduating

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36 State-of-the-

impact of the light the world campaign

seniors who recently reported participating in community service as an undergraduate

6,877 New donors recently added to the ranks of the nearly 30,000-member-strong Neenan Society, which recognizes supporters who make consecutive annual gifts to BC

42 New faculty members who

earned perfect Graduation Success Rate scores last year—the most of any Division I intercollegiate athletics program in the nation

have accepted positions for the 2011–12 academic year GARY WAYNE GILBERT

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21 BC sports teams that

35 Percentage increase in overall financial aid to BC undergraduates over the last five years

illuminations: james blue ’86 current residence Westwood, Mass.

undergraduate majors Finance and marketing

occupation Insurance industry executive

Why do you think it’s important for all alumni to remain involved with BC? It’s a positive experience—no matter how you choose to give back. I was fortunate enough to be asked to serve as a guest lecturer last year for a marketing communications course and was glad to participate. I’ve always found that saying “yes” to BC leads to great things.

favorite bc activity Attending hockey games with my kids

friendships we made. I hope more classes will view reunion as an occasion to make gifts that will benefit future generations of BC students. Aside from your gift, how do you stay connected to the University? My wife and children love to attend BC athletics events, and I still keep in touch with the friends I made at the Heights—many times running into them and other alumni at the Boston College Club. Also, my firm has been hiring current BC students as interns for many years. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to get to know today’s students and help them develop their professional skills in a way that also benefits our business.

Why did you make a legacy gift to honor your 25th Reunion? I felt inspired to join our class’s push to establish legacy gifts this year—a recordsetting initiative led by our Reunion Committee Co-chair Beth Vanderslice. It was a special opportunity for my fellow classmates and me to show our gratitude for the education and support we received and the

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be a beacon for future generations Discover how easy it is to give back in this issue’s Light the World campaign section or visit www.bc.edu/legacygiving.

Simple yet powerful. When you include Boston College in your estate plan, you deepen your investment in the University’s future. Your gift—of any size—touches lives by helping students and faculty push the boundaries of knowledge. In the research lab. In the classroom. On the playing field. Your gift sparks Boston College’s commitment to the greater good. Leave a legacy gift. Be a beacon for future generations.

Above: Professor of Biology Thomas Seyfried, shown here with Danielle Sanchez ’11 and Daniel Pimentel ’13, is part of an international consortium that recently received a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study Tay-Sachs disease, a rare genetic disorder that often claims lives by age five. Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert


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