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for God on the best-seller list 



A roundtable discussion 




PROLOGUE 



Where God lives 



When He cursed the serpent, God con- 
demned him to slither on the ground and 
feed on dust. How strange! The serpent will 
never be hungry. Is that a curse? Yes, and 
a dreadful one. 

Rav Menahem Mendel of Kotzk 

As a rather long-term resident of 
this jittery, alarming and exhaust- 
ing century, I have learned to take my 
theology wherever and whenever I can 
get it. Books have at times been a fairly 
reliable source, and poetry in particu- 
lar. Hopkins' line "Mine, O thou lord 
of life, send my roots rain" has at some 
moments seemed to me worth a year's 
supply of sermons, as has Blake's 
"Nurse's Song" — as have some works 
of music, and even TV on occasion. 

Last summer, for example, I was laid 
up after minor surgery. Alone in the 
house one afternoon, I was drifting in 
the easy chair between pain and 
Percocet and awoke to find the TV 
running and tuned to "Club Dance," 
which emanates from a country- 
western palace in Texas, where people 
as real as you and me dance past a 
camera that unblinkingly broadcasts 
their earnest graces and valiant mis- 
steps as well as the corporeal evidence 
of every folly, vanity, vice and misfor- 
tune that can't be concealed by a 10- 
gallon hat, loose clothing or sunglasses. 
They were waltzing when I joined 
them. Man and woman, kid and crone, 
beer belly and Soloflexer, comb-over 
artist and femme fatale, on the make 
and on the mend, they turned and 
floated across the screen — a line dance 
out of Brueghel by way of the Ponde- 
rosa. It took me a moment to find the 
gentle pulse to which they were mov- 
ing and then to discern the song that 
propelled them on its chorus of conso- 



lation: "But when I get to heaven, I 
know He'll let me in." In my weakened 
state, the scene moved me to tears, a 
healing moment when I surely needed 
one. I was still glowing from the expe- 
rience (or maybe the Percocet) when 
my wife came home. "I've seen Truth 
on television," I said. 

Once asked by a provocateur 

whether he could revive the 

dead, he responded coolly, 

"Of course I can, but I prefer 

to revive the living. " 

Rav Menahem Mendel of Kotzk, 
one of the few theologians from whom 
I take my theology these days, would 
certainly have understood. "Where does 
God live?" he once asked a group of his 
followers. They were puzzled. God lives 
everywhere. No, Menahem Mendel 
replied, "God lives where man lets him." 

The Hasidic movement, of which 
MenahemMendel (1787-1859) was the 
last great interpreter, took root in early 
18th-century Eastern Europe as a re- 
vivalist reaction to stricter forms of 
scholastic Judaism. It was revolution- 
ary and daring, a sanctification of joy 
and fervor. It was jazz as compared with 
the rigorous classical forms that came 
before it, and Menahem Mendel was its 
final, iconoclastic genius, its Miles 
Davis — rueful, brooding, minimalistic, 
provocative. The Hasidic movement 
survived Menahem Mendel, as jazz sur- 
vived Miles, but it's all repertory now. 

Menahem Mendel left no printed 
works behind. What survives comes 
from memories. The result is a shim- 
mery pointillist portrait of a man who 
took every risk, who preached, "The 



middle of the road is for horses." 

He was a rabbi who praised the 
biblical Pharaoh for his bravery in stand- 
ingup to God; who settled in the village 
of Kotzk, Poland, after the local Jews 
greeted his arrival with a fusillade of 
stones, leading him to remark, "A good 
omen — they aren't indifferent here"; 
and who once told a follower who com- 
plained that a hard life kept him from 
study and prayer: "And how are you 
sure that God doesn't prefer your tears 
and suffering to your study and prayer?" 

Remarks like that cost him friends 
and followers, but in his search for 
truth, Menahem Mendel gave no quar- 
ter and asked for none. "Holy revela- 
tion [has] deteriorated into habit," he 
said. Habit, even the habit of miracles, 
was suspect in Kotzk. Once asked by a 
provocateur whether he could revive 
the dead (and so prove himself a won- 
der-working rabbi in the Hasidic tradi- 
tion), he responded coolly, "Of course 
I can, but I prefer to revive the living." 

Elie Wiesel called Menahem Mendel 
"a stranger to his own generation." In 
the end the alienation was too great a 
burden. At age 52 he had a breakdown. 
He spent the next 20 years a recluse, 
writing his thoughts each day and burn- 
ing the manuscript each night. One 
night, alone in the room, he cried out to 
the passing watchman, asking if he'd 
heard the footsteps. What footsteps? 
the watchman asked. "My ears can still 
perceive the sound of His steps, but His 
voice no longer reaches me," Menahem 
Mendel replied. If no other of his words 
remained to establish his kinship with 
our own time, those would do. 

Our story on late-20th-century ef- 
forts to hear transcendent sounds be- 
gins on page 16. 

Ben Birnbaum 






SUMMER 1995 
VOLUME 54 NUMBER 3 

EDITOR 

Ben Birnbaum 

SENIOR EDITOR 

Charlotte Bruce Harvey 

ASSOCIATE EDITOR 

Bruce Morgan 

SENIOR WRITER 

John Ombelets 

• 

ACTING DESIGN DIRECTOR 

Susan Callaghan 

• 

PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR 

Gary Gilbert 

PHOTOGRAPHER 

Geoffrey Why '88 

• 

CONTRIBUTING STAFF 

Valerie Sullivan '90 



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magazine 



Spirituality lite 16 

A roundtable discussion 

Four BC faculty examine America's quest for a new — and prefer- 
ably paperback — road to salvation. 




Deliverance 



28 



By Bruce Morgan 

Raised in a gritty New Hampshire mill town, Peter 
Callahan '96, could never see much of a future for himself. 
Sudden blindness at age 26 would change all that. 



The return 

of the Weston 1 1 



37 



By Jan Wojcik '68 

A quarter century ago they were part of a startling exodus 
from the Jesuit order. Last fall they held their first 
reunion. The tales of a lost generation. 




DE PARTME NTS 



Letters 2 

Linden Lane 4 

News & Notes 1 1 

Advancement 44 



Q & A 46 

Works & Days 49 

ALUMNOTES (follows page 24) 




Authentic ignorance 

David Plante's memoir of childhood ["Na- 
tive son," Spring 1995] is delightful reading. 
The sprinkling of Canuck patois lends the 
piece an ethnic authenticity that rings true. 
Poor benighted Canucks! A cultural island 
with no James Joyce to translate their expe- 
rience into English. They make fine material 
for an elitist snob like Plante. 

Plante's piece is a good example of dis- 
guised but continuing "Sambo" literature. 
Delightful, but not much truth to it, in fact 
not much to it at all, reflecting more on its 
author than on its subject. It is soon forgot- 
ten, a curiosity to be sneered at later. 

It is curious that a place like BC should 
continue to be so ignorant of a great, relevant 
and defining Catholic tradition as is the 
Franco-American here. Perhaps the history 
of Church persecuting Church is too much 
to bear for BC's Irish roots. In any event, this 
Canuck invites the BC community out of its 
narrow ghetto into the wide, wide world of 
Catholicism. Invitation accepted, BC may 
even learn what is means to be a university. 

J.R. BRETON '57 

Walpole, Massachusetts 

Absolute nonsense 

Your article ["Absolute Drinan," Spring 
1995] needs further clarification as to the 
reason Fr. Drinan voted for Medicaid fund- 
ing for abortion. If you are correct, his rea- 
soning now is that "if it is legal for the rich, 
it must be for the poor." This is nonsense. 
Just because the rich are able to kill their own 
children, it does not follow that the poor 
should have the same right. In any event his 
support for abortion rights has had disas- 
trous consequences because of the cover it 
gave to politicians such as Tip O'Neill and 
Ted Kennedy and others in the "personally 
opposed but . . ." camp. 

JAMESJ. MORANJD'4<' 

Prairie Village, Kansas 

I graduated from BC in 1967 and was imme- 
diately thrust into the Vietnam dilemma. I 
was drafted, served honorably and came back 
to make a life for myself. I was disgusted by 



LETTERS 



some of Fr. Drinan's rhetoric. I was ashamed 
of him as a BC graduate and as a Roman 
Catholic. 

I concede that he was right about Richard 
Nixon (I never voted for him). But Drinan's 
vote on abortion funding from Medicaid 
funds is an absolute disgrace. On a moral 
basis it opened the floodgates to millions of 
abortions (many of which were an alterna- 
tive for birth control). 

What troubles me most is the absolute 
lack ot challenge and objectivity in the ar- 
ticle. Fr. Drinan and his admirers are not 
alone in their concerns for social justice. It is 
people like Bob Drinan who turned the crimi- 
nal justice system upside down and inside 
out. Why no question on that? A simple 
question: "Fr. Drinan, do you think that Bill 
Clinton supports the values and goals of the 
American working family?" I, for one, would 
expect that he would answer in the affirma- 
tive. Out here in the real world, this presi- 
dent is viewed as a disaster. Here is a lawyer 
who never tried a case. His main goal in life 
was to be elected to higher office. As a law 
professor, what is Drinan's view of such 
political animals? 

DAN SULLn/AN '67 

Bedford, New Hampshire 

Misdiagnosis 

Some of the things discussed by Judith 
Shindul-Rothschild ["Careless: hospitals cut 
too close to the bone," Q&A, Spring 1995] 
are certainly true. Hospital lengths of stay 
are shorter, there is a tendency toward man- 
aged care, and hospital costs are not low. But 
that's about all that I agree with. First of all, 
the nurse is not and never should be the focal 
point in health care. Yes, the nurse is an 
integral part of caring for a patient. Yes, the 
nurse should be well trained and well paid. 
But the use of licensed practical nurses and 
certified nurses aides is appropriate and nec- 
essary in today's health care scene. 

The focus of health care always rests with 
the physician. The doctor determines diag- 
nosis, treatment and length of stay (govern- 
ment regulations aside). My guess is that if a 
physician was asked the same questions 
Shindul-Rothschild was asked, the answers 
would have been substantially different. 



Perhaps the next time you venture into an 
arena as complicated as this one — and I be- 
lieve that you should — you may wish to ques- 
tion a panel of a physician, a nurse and a 
health care administrator. The answers might 
be a bit more balanced and reasonable rather 
than biased and pointed toward the well- 
being of nurses. And don't get me wrong, I 
love nurses. I'm even married to one. But 
health care management does not deserve 
the incessant raps that it has been receiving 
from one component of the industry. 

But then, I've been a health care worker 
and administrator for only 45 years. And, I 
know, I don't have all the answers. 

VETO F. TAMBOLI '56 

St. Louis, Missouri 

Believers 

As one who left Catholicism for agnosticism 
and later moved through that to eventually 
become a priest in an alternative religious 
faith, I was refreshed by Suzanne Matson's 
essay ["Coming out"] in the Spring 1995 
Linden Lane. The inclusion of this essay in 
BCM helps me to feel that there is room for 
people like me in the BC community. In this 
urgent, late time in which we find ourselves, 
it seems that only by actively cooperating 
with and tolerating each other, no matter 
our beliefs or lack of them, will we ever touch 
peace in our lifetimes. 

JOHNVIEIRA71 

Washington, D.C. 

Look homeward 

"Homeward bound" [News & Notes, Spring 
1995] reminded me of why I vowed never to 
contribute a dime to BC (although the ab- 
surdity of a foreign monarch exhorting the 
Class of 1993 to be "socially conscious" is 
pretty fresh in my memory and still makes 
me gag from time to time). 

The last time I checked, the homosexual 
"lifestyle" was still considered an abomina- 
tion by Catholic doctrine. The last time I 
checked, BC was still considered a Catholic 
institution. 

Hence my problem: why was a syrupy 
article concerning a student's transcendence 



2 BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZINE 



into homosexuality and his family's unques- 
tioning acceptance printed in the periodical 
of a Catholic university? And furthermore, 
what exactly is the function of the Commit- 
tee on Sexual Diversity within this same 
Catholic university? Am I naive to hope that 
this committee is not officially sanctioned 
and gets no funding from the school? Bisexu- 
ality was fashionable when I was at BC; is it 
part of the core curriculum now? 

Out of this idiocy, one thing seems clear. 
Boston College, like so many other of our 
once-vaunted institutions, is only too willing 
to pander slavishly to the vapid political 
fancies of the times and thinks nothing of 
carelessly discarding our ancient values like 
so much useless refuse. 

ANTHONY P. SCHIAVO, JR. '93 

Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania 

Editor's note: The Committee on Sexual Di- 
versity was created in 1993 to provide a 
forum for topics related to sexuality and to 
sponsor educational programs that explore 
related developmental issues. 

Thank you for "Homeward bound: a gay 
student and his family talk of transformation 
and continuity." I was so pleased to read 
about the forum at which the Greers spoke. 
As the gay community continues its struggle 
for civil rights, it is people like Joe and his 
family who are leading the way in breaking 
down negative stereotypes. 

MELANEEDANA'84 

Somerville, Massachusetts 

I am extremely proud that Boston College 
presented such an important program. It 
proves once again that Boston College is a 
great university that understands that the 
exchange of ideas should not be feared; that 
instead, such an exchange should be aspired 
to as fulfilling the highest ideal of an institu- 
tion of learning. I applaud the Greer family 
for their courage and love. They clearly 
know the real meaning of "family values." 

JANE HOFFMAN 75 

New York City 

I was present in the Fulton Debate Room 
when Joseph Greer and his family shared the 
story ofjoe's "coming out." The Committee 
on Sexual Diversity has carried forward on 
the Boston College promise to end the si- 
lence within our community on matters of 
sexual orientation. The Greer family witness 



carries forward that work with dignity, in- 
tegrity and reconciling potential for lesbian, 
gay and bisexual graduates, faculty and ad- 
ministrators. 

Silence on the issue of human sexuality 
has been a profound disservice of universi- 
ties that have otherwise hoped and worked to 
be fully attentive to the needs of students. 
We must take responsibility for the silence 
of the past and for current opportunities to 
teach and to heal. 

DAVID A. MILLS '64, JD'67 

Danvers, Massachusetts 

Editor's note: The writer is co-founder of the 
Lambda Association, an organization of gay 
and lesbian BC graduates. 

Kudos to the Greer family for their courage 
and their honesty. Their process of accept- 
ing Joe's homosexuality can teach us all a 
lesson about struggles, acceptance and love. 

ANNE VOSS PEARLSTEIN 79 

Nashua, New Hampshire 

As a Catholic campus minister I feel it cru- 
cial that our educational and religious insti- 
tutions address the issue of sexual orientation 
with honesty, intelligence and compassion 
rather than from a posture of fear, which 
unfortunately distinguishes our current so- 
cial climate. I work with many faith-filled 
young adults who painfully, and perhaps 
unnecessarily, struggle as they confront their 
homosexuality, particularly within the 
Christian community, which often demon- 
izes such persons. 

JOAN E. PEDERSEN NC75 

Eemdale, Michigan 

I have one question concerning the printing 
of "Homeward bound." Cut Bono? 

NICHOLASJ. SOTTILE '41 

Waltham, Massachusetts 

The Greer family is truly a model of Chris- 
tian love and relationship. In presenting this 
family's story, Boston College reaffirms what 
is best in its Christian humanist tradition and 
demonstrates the importance of this tradi- 
tion to contemporary American social and 
political culture. 

PATRICIA RAUBE- WILSON '82, MA'93 
STEPHEN RAUBE-WILSON '82JD'86 

Binghamton, New York 



I laughed when I saw the article entitled 
"Coming out" about a non-Catholic 
professor's struggle with Boston College's 
Jesuit identity because I thought that's as 
close as BC would ever come to acknowledg- 
ing that anyone has anything to "come out" 
about. So I was thrilled to flip the page and 
see "Homeward bound." 

I stayed in the closet while a student out 
of both self-loathing and genuine fear of 
harassment, and the two are well connected, 
as "Homeward bound" points out. I am glad 
that BC is now running support programs 
for gay and lesbian students and their fami- 
lies. The highest Jesuit ideal is care of the 
person — and this means all persons. The 
programs described in "Coming out" and 
"Homeward bound" are critical to the suc- 
cess of Boston College because through such 
programs all persons can learn positive ways 
they can contribute to the Jesuit mission of 
the school and to the world beyond. 

SHARON M. MEAGHER '82 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

Bravo and thankyou for "Homeward bound." 
I thought the article was well written and 
courageous, especially in light of the climate 
of hatred and prejudice against gays and 
lesbians. Such injustice has cancerous effects 
on our communities and, unfortunately, I 
have seen it at work in the Boston College 
community. It is essential that Boston Col- 
lege be an example of strength, compassion 
and injustice. Our Jesuit tradition challenges 
us to answer God's call to seek justice and to 
build loving relationships and families. 

KIMBERLY FRAPPIER '93 
Seattle, Washington 

I was one of many contributing gay and 
lesbian members of the BC family. Due to 
the rather extreme level of homophobia at 
BC, however, we were almost invisible until 
recently. Thanks to individuals such as Joe 
Greer and to the Committee on Sexual Di- 
versity, BC is on its way to becoming a place 
where being gay doesn't automatically mean 
having to lie about one's sexual identity. 

ANTHONY VARONA '89, JD'92 

Washington, D.C. 

BCM welcomes letters from readers. Letters 
must be signed to be published and may be 
edited for clarity and length. Our fax number 
is (617) 552-2441, and our e-mail address is 

<bcm@hermes.bc.edu>. 



BOSTON COLLI GI UU.AZTNE 3 




LINDEN LANE 



Silence and dust 

Fifty years after the Nuremberg War Trial, a former prosecutor makes his reckoning 



Senator Robert A. Taft and other 
illuminati once cursed the Nur- 
emberg Trial as a war crime in itself — 
the victor's justice out for blood. That 
judgment reminds me of a comment one 
of my distinguished colleagues made 
about Senator Taft: he had the finest 
mind in the U.S. Senate until he made it 
up. I submit that Nuremberg was more 
than the idle chatter of inconsequential 
jurisprudential apparatchiks; I think it 
will last until lips are silent and tongues 
are dust, for three solid reasons. 

First, Nuremberg established in in- 
ternational law the proposition that ag- 
gressive war is the greatest of all crimes; 
it comprehends all the other sins and 
offenses that are even conceivable. If to 
plot and plan and carry into execution a 
war of aggression, with all that went 
with it, is not criminal, how can we hold 
pickpockets and share pushers and land 
developers in jail? 

Second, Nuremberg laid down the 
proposition that there would be indi- 
vidual accountability for individual par- 
ticipation in the planning, waging and 
carrying out of a war of aggression. In 
other words, if aggressive war comes, 
not only do the GIs and the corporals 
die, but so do the captains and the kings, 
the industrialists, the financiers, the 
bankers, the generals and the admirals, 
the presidents, the prime ministers, the 
secretaries of political parties, and all their 
cabals, coteries and co-conspirators. Into 
their hands, as Nuremberg's first chief 
prosecutor, Justice Robert H. Jackson, 



By Thomas Lambert, Jr. 

said, "we will pass the poisoned chalice." 
Third, as far as I know, Nuremberg 
was the first postmortem analysis of a 
totalitarian state: how does it come about? 
What are the forces that drive and shape 
it? What are its ends and aims? How can 
God-fearing, brother-loving people con- 
front it and oppose it? 

John Wyant, the former governor of 
New Hampshire, and the U.S. ambassa- 
dor to Great Britain during World War 
II, once told me the lesson we were 
learning from the Nazis was that next 
time we must not wait until the sun is 
gleaming on the bayonets. You take this 
dragon of totalitarianism when it is an 
eggshell and stamp it out and do not wait 
until it is ordering democracies from the 
menu a la carte. 

I submit to you that the record of 
Nuremberg is an anvil that will outlast 
the hammers of the critics. Justice Jack- 
son was not his own best PR man — in 
fact, he had a disdain for the concept of 
public relations — but he had vision. He 
was a man of high vision and low visibil- 
ity, not one of low vision and high vis- 
ibility. We had those, too, atNuremberg, 
but he was decidedly not one. He showed 
us that a trial lawyer needed to be at the 
same time a master of the microscope 
and a master of the telescope. I think of 
the story of the New Englander who was 
out climbing the mountains in Califor- 
nia with an Indian guide. The New En- 
glander had a lot of trouble. When he 
kept his eye on the polestar, he didn't get 
lost, but he kept stumbling, fumbling, 



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falling all over the trail. When he kept 
his eye on the trail before him, he didn't 
stumble, fumble or fall, but he kept 
getting lost. The Indian guide said that 
the white man needs the near look and 
the far vision. And that's what we got at 
Nuremberg from Justice Jackson. 

He said we are here to punish wrongs 
which in their enormity and their calcu- 
lation were not crimes of inadvertence 
or ingrained stupidity; these were 
planned and plotted and carried into 
execution by an evil fusion of science, 
technology and lunatic efficiency that 
was designed to occupy Germany and 
dominate the world. There were des- 
pots before Hitler, but here, for the first 
time, you had the industrial urban state: 
you had people who knew how to be 
masters of the mobilized, moronic mind; 
you had an orchestration and a deploy- 
ment of all the resources of the modern 
state. That made this particular chal- 
lenge to the rule of law unique. The 
Nazis made modern barbarism almost 
contemporary and chic. 

Justice Jackson was not without a 
sense of humor. I remember one night at 
a skull session he said, "Don't try to 
make your case by an overinvocation of 
legal history. That's too much like oxtail 
soup; it's going too far back to find 
something good." He said you mustn't 
give a talk, you mustn't hold a confer- 
ence, you mustn't write a song unless it's 
an ice pick to break up what Franz Kafka 
called "the frozen sea inside us." The 
opposite of love is not hate, but apathy. 



4 BOST< )N COLLEGE MAGAZINE 




Thomas Lambert (far right) and his former colleagues with Chief Nuremberg Prosecutor Telford Taylor (front) on the Law School campus. 



What do I mean by applying that to 
Nuremberg? After Nuremberg I lec- 
tured at synagogues from Portland, 
Maine, down to Key West, Florida, and 
I always found I had the same trouble 
when I would say "the systematic perse- 
cution and killing of 6 million Jews." I 
would look at the faces before me, and 
that figure made little impact. It was just 
like saying 6 million Suzuki Samurais or 
6 million billiard balls; it didn't reach 
people. A statistic is a human being with 
the tears wiped off. But what would reach 
them was the story of Anne Frank — a 
child-girl, in her teens, waiting at the 
top of the staircase with the din of the 
storm troopers' bullets in her ears, trem- 
bling on the threshold of destruction. 
That's the ice pick. 

Another example is the testimony of 
SS General Ohlendorf. He was in civvies 
when I saw him. Amild-mannered man — 
diminutive, not without his own special 
breed of inverted charm — cool, laid back 



like the vice president of a bank in charge 
of the loan department. "How many 
people were your Einsatz-gruppe respon- 
sible for the systematic killing of?" he 
was asked of one of his operations. 

He hesitated. He was thoughtful. 
"Well, it was somewhere between 90,000 
and 100,000," he said, a small smile play- 
ing around his lips. "You must allow me 
a margin of error." We pointed out that 
other small special-action groups which 
followed the armies into the east claimed 
more than his total. He spat back, "But 
my methods were more efficient." 

"What do you mean they were more 
efficient?" 

"They used gas vans," he said. "And 
toward the end of the war with the 
disorganization it became harder and 
harder to get replacement parts for the 
gas vans. Also, we would tell the inmates 
that they were just being relocated, but 
they knew, and the wailing, the lamenta- 
tions for the dead, would begin when 



Wow many people were 
your Einsatz-gruppe re- 
sponsible for the systematic 
killing of?" Ohlendorf was 
asked. He was thoughtful. 
"Well, it was somewhere 
between 90,000 and 
100,000, " he said, a small 
smile playing around his 
lips. "You must allow me 
a margin of error. " 



B< >STON COLLEGE MAGAZINE 5 



LINDEN LANE 



these vans were driven through the coun- 
tryside. The German civil population 
would hear it, and it depressed their 
morale. Gas vanning was hard on the 
German civil population. My methods 
were more efficient." 
, "What do you mean more efficient? " 

"Well, after my men shot them, I 
allowed them to shovel dirt on them. It 
relaxed their nerves. You might say I did 
it out of consideration of humanity." 

Now I know and you know that in 
every part of the world there are serial 
killers — psychotics. But this Ohlendorf 
was not a sporadic psychotic thrown up 
from the bowels of the earth by cosmic 
forces. Nazi civilization was designed to 
breed the Ohlendorfs of the world. I ask 
you to consider briefly: if they had got 
the V-weapons program operational six 
months earlier and it had shattered the 
invasion ports from which Operation 
Overlord was mounted, would we have 
ever been able to do it? And if the Nazis 
had carried out their final plan, using 
Germany as a springboard from which 
to dominate the world, they would be in 
charge of your media, your law schools, 
your schools of theology and your medi- 
cal schools — not only those, but also your 
kaffeeklatsches, your backyard fence and 
your PTA. 

We have not, of course, suppressed 
all aggressive wars around the 
world. But isn't it better — even if we 
cannot banish them from the face of the 
earth — isn't it important and gratifying 
that sometime in our long, painful climb 
upward from the caves and savage isola- 
tion into the cities and a semblance of 
civilization that we've stood up and said, 
"Even if we can't abolish it, we condemn 
it"? In our condemnation we crystallize 
our conscience. From now on it will be 
easier for those so minded to condemn 
the aggression into Kuwait than it would 
have been before. Nuremberg couldn't 
do everything. Something had to be left 
for you and your children and the on- 
going life of reason. The work is incom- 
plete, but the precedent has been laid 
down — the power of the beaten track. 
Lastly, I believe international law does 



not consist of a set of treaties and com- 
pacts and assurances, merely. It also has 
its invisible line of growth. As Roger J. 
Traynor, that magnificent magistrate, 
chief justice from California, once said, 
"the common law is not finished, and 
with luck it never will be." Why cannot 
the same be true of international law? It 
grows, as one of my colleagues said, with 
glacial speed. It's invisible but verifiable. 
Every now and then you see on TV a 
volcanic island being born before your 
eyes. Nuremberg was such a moment, 
when the life of reason leapt forward, 
took high ground and held it. 



If this is so, we can narrow the gap 
between where we are and where we 
ought to be, and it may yet well be the 
dawn and not the dust of the gods. And 
there is always the ultimate injunction of 
the Sisyphean legend: it isn't necessary to 
hope in order to persevere. 

Thomas Lambert, Jr., holds an endowed profes- 
sorship in his name at Suffolk University Lais 
School. He was one of six Nuremberg prosecutors 
who spoke this spring at the seventh annual 
conference of BC Law School's Owen M. 
Kupferschmid Holocaust and Human Rights 
Project. This essay is taken fro?n his remarks. 



The decision 



In a letter to student petitioners, Fr. Monan details BC's reasons for 
turning down a registration bid from a gay student group 



Editor's- note: The following is an edited 
version of a letter from Fr. Monan to gradu- 
ate students David Leonard and Kathleen 
Mackin and Ryan Brady '96. The three had 
earlier this year petitioned the University 
for formal registration of a gay student 
group. [See story on page 1 3.] 

June 15, 1995 

Dear David, Kathy and Ryan: 
I am writing in response to your request 
for registration of a student organization 
under the title of the Lesbian, Gay and 
Bisexual Community at Boston College. 
Since, at your request, I have met and 
discussed the matter with some of you 
and have personally heard from a num- 
ber of other members of the community, 
I have chosen to convey a decision on 
your application in my own name. 

. . . Your request did not arise within 
a cultural vacuum. Three years ago the 
University received a request for regis- 
tration of an almost identical constitu- 
tion. At that time we devoted very 
extensive study and consultation to as- 



certain what means would educationally 
and developmentally best serve the Uni- 
versity and all of our undergraduate stu- 
dents in better understanding the role 
and importance of their individual sexu- 
ality and successfully integrating it within 
their total personal development. That 
study resulted in the formation of a 
creative organization that had the chal- 
lenging task of promoting educational 
programs to assist in the successful for- 
mation of individual personality for all 
students during the transitional years of 
undergraduate education. 

The College did not believe at that 
time that the formal registration of a 
student organization of gay, lesbian and 
bisexual persons was in the best interests 
of the College or individual undergradu- 
ate students and therefore declined for- 
mal registration. The College continues 
in that belief. 

The reason for this position in no 
way reflects an obligation stemming from 
the Catholic character of Boston Col- 
lege. The background materials you pro- 
vided indicate that you are already aware 



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6 BOSTON COLLI (, I MAGAZINE 



of our own clear understanding that the 
University is under no religious obliga- 
tion as a Catholic institution to refuse 
registration to every form of gay, lesbian 
organization. Both the Catholic Church 
and most other religious traditions rec- 
ognize that sexual orientation, whether 
homosexual or heterosexual, is in no 
way morally blameworthy or sinful. Al- 
though constitutions of gay, lesbian stu- 
dent groups differ significantly from 
institution to institution, a number of 
Catholic colleges and universities have 
recognized some form of student orga- 
nization based on sexual orientation. 

This is precisely the course, however, 
that Boston College chooses not to fol- 
low. Sexual orientation is perhaps one of 
the most personal and private elements of 
an individual's personality. The full 
achievement of one's sexual identity and 
its integration within total personality is a 
complex developmental process whose 
stages are markedly different for entering 
first-year college students and for ad- 
vanced graduate students. If students wish 
to communicate their orientation to oth- 
ers, and there is today an increasing will- 
ingness to do so, they should enjoy 
complete freedom to do so. On the other 
hand, whatever the practice at other uni- 
versities, Boston College does not con- 
sider it to be in the best interests of our 
students or of our community to establish 
structures that categorize students on the 
basis of characteristics as personal and 
private as their sexual orientation. 

The categories we use to define one 
another are always in some sense self- 
defining and limiting. They in some 
sense reduce what we are to one aspect 
of our personhood. Although the use of 
categories in self description is a neces- 
sity of language, Boston College consid- 
ers it singularly reductionist to create 
institutionally recognized structures that 
categorize students according to their 
sexual orientation. 

Finally, I wish to reflect briefly on the 
observation contained in both our con- 
versation and your document to the effect 
that registration would add nothing sub- 
stantive to the understanding and sup- 
port which the University already provides 



to our gay and lesbian students, but that 
it would be symbolically important as 
proof of their acceptance as students and 
as persons by the College. On the con- 
trary, the University's policies and un- 
ambiguous actions carry the implicit and 
more powerful message that, no matter 
whether students are heterosexual, ho- 
mosexual or as yet struggling with ambi- 
guity, each is fully accepted as a person 
and a valued Boston College student. 

... As a private institution, Boston 
College does frame its policies and ex- 
pectations regarding student conduct 
on the basis of moral values, some of 
which derive from its Catholic charac- 
ter. As noted, it has long been the posi- 
tion of the Church that, since homosexual 
orientation is not a freely chosen human 
act, it is no way blameworthy; together 
with many other religious groups, how- 
ever, the Church's consistent position 
has been that homogenital acts are mor- 
ally wrong. While respecting the diver- 
sity of religious and philosophical belief 
among the student body, there are nev- 
ertheless a number of University poli- 
cies regarding conduct that reflect the 
University's distinctive moral values, 
[and] I want to avoid any misunder- 
standing others may have with regard to 
the College's prerogatives in establish- 
ing standards of campus conduct. 

The fact that you have attached a 
particular symbolic meaning to the pro- 
cess of registering student organizations, 
will, I recognize, make this response to 
your request a greater disappointment 
than it otherwise might have been. I can 
assure you, however, of Boston College's 
continued uncompromising dealing with 
any form of harassment or intolerance 
based on sexual orientation. More im- 
portantly, the University will seek your 
continued assistance in providing its 
many substantive forms of educational 
and social support to all of our students 
through the critical intellectual and per- 
sonal development of their undergradu- 
ate years. 

Sincerely, 

J. Donald Monan, SJ 

President 



Doston College considers 
it singularly reductionist 
to create institutionally 
recognized structures that 
categorize students 
according to their sexual 
orientation. 



BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZINE 7 



LINDEN LANE 



Orphaned 

From a new book, a theory on why the Boston Irish came to value 
family over individualism, and security over personal achievement 



By Thomas O'Connor 



In the 19th century the 

death of Irish fathers in 

their late thirties or early 

forties was so common that 

Boston V Theodore Parker 

referred to these men as a 

"perishing class" and 

observed that he rarely 

encountered a 'gray-haired 

Irishman. ' 



Early 1 9th-century Boston was a city 
of fatherless boys — Irish-American 
sons whose fathers had died young, bro- 
ken by poverty, hard labor and disease. 
When their mothers took menial jobs to 
keep their families together, the sons 
did, too, dropping out of school at an 
early age. It's a pattern so striking that it 
is impossible to dismiss as mere coinci- 
dence. Some of Boston's most promi- 
nent politicians came from these 
circumstances: Martin Lomasney, Pat- 
rick A. Collins, Patrick Kennedy, John 



F. Fitzgerald, James Michael Curley. 
The premature death of so many heads 
of families left a tragic mark on the 
community, and its legacy haunts the 
Boston Irish still. 

In the first decades of the 19th cen- 
tury, positions for unskilled laborers were 
so scarce that immigrant fathers took 
jobs no one else would take. They wore 
themselves out digging, shoveling, lift- 
ing, hauling and dragging, laboring for 
10, 12, 14 hours a day with seldom a 
breakand never a vacation. Ralph Waldo 




The fate of a working man — a crew lays gas pipes beneath the streets of Dorchester, Massachusetts, July 26, 1901. 



8 BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZINE 



Emerson once wrote his friend Henry 
David Thoreau describing his astonish- 
ment at discovering Irish laborers who 
regularly worked a 15 -hour day for no 
more than 50 cents. Considering the 
nature of the jobs, the long hours and 
the general inexperience of the immi- 
grant workers, it is not surprising that 
they fell victim to industrial accidents at 
a staggering rate. One Irishman was 
struck by the almost daily litany of disas- 
ters reported in the papers: "an Irishman 
drowned — an Irishman crushed by a 
beam — an Irishman suffocated in a pit — 
an Irishman blown to atoms by a steam- 
engine — 10, 20 Irishmen buried alive." 

The hours, the poverty, the over- 
crowding and the unsanitary conditions 
in which workers were forced to live 
caused outbreaks of tuberculosis, influ- 
enza, cholera, typhus and other illnesses 
that carried off still more young immi- 
grant fathers; cardiovascular disease took 
an extraordinary toll of Irish-American 
males and continued to do so for gen- 
erations. Indeed, the death of Irish fa- 
thers in their late thirties or early forties 
was so common that Boston's Theodore 
Parker referred to these men as a "per- 
ishing class" and observed on one occa- 
sion that he rarely encountered a 
"gray-haired Irishman." 

Because there was seldom enough in- 
surance or other financial assistance to 
support the widows and children, the 
mother usually became central to a 
family's will to survive after the father's 
death, impressing upon her children the 
necessity to "stick together." To support 
the family, she scrubbed floors in a nearby 
hotel or rooming house during the day- 
time, or took up lodgings in a private 
home in the Back Bay or nearby Brookline 
as a domestic servant. Children accepted 
their responsibility to help maintain the 
family as a fact of life — the inevitable 
consequence of living in this vale of tears. 
They went out into the streets at age five 
or six to peddle newspapers, run errands, 
shine shoes, pick coal or rummage 
through the junkyards for salable items. 
At 12 or 13, they usually left school and 
took full-time jobs handling freight on 
the piers or carrying hods of bricks on 



construction projects. 

Although in most cases, with every- 
body working and with help from aunts, 
uncles and cousins, families were able to 
survive and even occasionally prosper, 
the impact of this personal trauma and 
social dislocation must have produced 
incalculable psychological effects. Wil- 
liam Shannon, author of The Irish, has 
suggested it "pulled the family inward." 
The death of the father focused the 
children more intensely than ever on the 
importance of the family in their lives 
and often made family the consideration 
upon which they based decisions for the 
rest of their lives. It also centered the 
love and devotion of the children on the 
mother, who assumed an almost mythi- 
cal position in Irish-Catholic society. 
With this collective history, many Irish 
Americans in Boston persisted in the 
personal insecurity and national paro- 
chialism their ancestors brought with 
them from Ireland long after those char- 
acteristics had disappeared among other 



ethnic groups and even among the Irish 
in other parts of the country. 

At a time in American history when 
individual ambition was encouraged and 
personal achievement applauded as cri- 
teria for success, the loss of a father 
caused many young Irishmen and Irish- 
women to subordinate their personal 
and professional aspirations to the in- 
terests of the family. Tied to the family, 
rooted in the neighborhood, devoted to 
the mother, committed to siblings, the 
emerging Irish American in Boston was 
more concerned than ever with the im- 
mediate comforts of friendship, security 
and close family ties than with the more 
distant prospects of riches, refinement 
and renown. 

Emeritus Prof essor of History Thomas 'Connor 
'49, MA '50, has written widely on Boston his- 
tory. This essay is excerpted fro?n his most recent 
hook, "The Boston Irish: A Political Histoty" 
(Northeastern University Press, 1995). It is 
reprinted by permission. 



Telltale heart 



Sometimes things go right but still feel wrong 



An administrator writes: 

One hot morning in late June, I 
went to a campus meeting with 
some BC colleagues and a guest — a busi- 
ness consultant. When it was over, a 
colleague and I adjourned to her office 
to continue the discussion. We'd hardly 
been there a minute when our guest 
returned, his face dark from a four- 
flight climb. Someone had broken into 
his car and stolen his cellular phone. 

The car was parked in one of the 
University's outdoor lots, and the three 
of us went there to wait for the BC 
Police. The rear window on our guest's 
car was smashed — a hole just large 
enough to admit an arm. 

Next to his imported sedan was an 
old American car, painted an unlikely 



dull black. Maybe it was wall paint. Cer- 
tainly, it was a shade that had never seen 
the inside of a showroom. Curiously, 
although the car appeared to be locked 
and the windows were rolled up and 
whole, the interior showed signs of a 
thorough pillaging. Where the radio 
should have been, four wires dangled, 
and the seats were neatly slashed in a 
pattern of precise, large X's that were 
incised edge to edge in the seat cushions 
and back rests, bleeding gray fluff. 

As we stood looking at this car, won- 
dering if it, too, had been broken into, a 
young man appeared. None of us saw 
him walk up. He simply appeared. He 
stood and looked at the car in silence, as 
if he were considering buying it. 
"Yours?" we asked. "My brother's," he 



BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZINI 9 



LINDEN LANE 



I could see from the look on 

the face of our guest that he 

knew the boy was lying. We 

stood and waited for the 

police. The boy went and 

waited in the sunlight 

beside his car, not moving, 

as though his feet were 

anchored in the asphalt. 



said; and, showing us the stub of a bro- 
ken car key, he told us he was waiting for 
his brother to come with a spare so he 
could go out for lunch. He was about 1 7, 
a boy really, with a reedy mustache and 
a reedy Hispanic accent. You work at 
BC? we asked. Yes, he had a summer job 
in a nearby office. We asked if the radio 
had been stolen from his car. No, he 
replied, that was how the car was. Our 
guest showed the boy his smashed win- 
dow and asked if he'd seen any suspi- 
cious activity. No, the boy said, looking 
sympathetically at the damage, he hadn't. 
Our guest asked him how long his car 
had been parked there. The boy replied 
that it had been there since eight that 
morning. I could see from the look on 
the face of our guest that he knew the 
boy was lying. We stood and waited for 
the police. The boy went and waited in 
the sunlight beside his car, not moving, 
as though his feet were anchored in the 
asphalt. 

I went to talk with him. He told me he 
was a junior at a public high school in 
Boston and that he'd gotten his BC job 
through a city program that found sum- 
mer work for Boston teenagers. To keep 
us out of trouble and off the streets, he 
said — or words to that effect. The high 
school he attended had recently gained 
local infamy by losing its academic ac- 
creditation, and I asked him how he was 
going to graduate under that condition. 
He told me that it wasn't a real problem — 
the diploma would be issued by another 
of Boston's high schools. Ah, I said, as 
though that made sense to me. He said 
the school he attended wasn't as bad as 
the media had made it out to be. We then 
talked about his BC job, which consisted 
of filing pieces of paper and delivering 
other pieces of paper around the campus, 
and he agreed with me that it was a very 
good summer job, no heavy lifting — or 
words to that effect. He told me he planned 
to go into the army when he graduated 
from high school and to save enough 
money to go to college. He said he wanted 
to go to college full-time, without having 
also to work. I told him I had worked 
while going to college, and it had taken 
me seven years to finish my degree. The 



boy made a whooshing sound and smiled. 
"I could never do that," he said. I said it 
wasn't so bad, and once you had the 
degree, you had your life ahead of you — 
or words to that effect. 

Then a patrolman on a bicycle ar- 
rived, and soon after came the detectives 
with fingerprint kits and other crime- 
detection paraphernalia. Questions were 
asked of us, and the answers recorded in 
notebooks. A reported witness was 
sought. IDs were confirmed and stories 
reconfirmed. It was approaching noon 
and groups of lunchgoers paused to 
watch the activity before driving off. I 
saw a middle-aged man who worked in 
the office where the boy worked go up to 
him and ask if he was all right. The boy 
nodded, his jaw set, not looking in any 
particular direction. I saw a detective 
whisper something to the boy. The boy 
nodded, and the detective quickly pat- 
ted the boy down from behind. The 
middle-aged man from the office the 
boy worked in had backed away. He 
stood and watched, looking like the ac- 
cidental witness to a car wreck. My col- 
league and I had to leave for a scheduled 
lunch meeting. As we walked away, I 
heard the boy say to a BC patrolman, 
"You don't think I did this, do you?" 
"That's a funny question to ask," I heard 
the patrolman say. "Why would I think 
that?" 

When we returned to the parking lot 
an hour later, the lunchgoers were gone, 
and the boy was gone, but some of the 
police were still there, and so was a lock- 
smith, who was on his knees, working on 
the trunk of the black car. I returned to 
my office. My colleague called me later 
that afternoon, just before I left for home. 
They had found the telephone and a 
crowbar in the car. The boy had given 
up an accomplice, a pal with a reportedly 
impressive record of criminal activity. 
The boy had been arraigned; the accom- 
plice was being sought. 

Everything had worked the way it 
was supposed to — the investigation, the 
apprehension of a suspect, even the re- 
turn of the stolen property to our guest. 
So why did I go home heartsick? • 



newsr_? 

CTnotes 




Capstone 

Student center project is reborn as part of a new 
Gothic-style development on the main campus 



The complex (above) 
comprises a new 
academic building 
(labeled 1 ), a student 
center (2) and a replace- 
ment for McElroy (3). 



BC has announced plans to com- 
plete the last underdeveloped sec- 
tion of the Middle Campus in the 
Gothic architectural style of the 
University's hallmark buildings. 
The linchpin of the project is 
the relocation of the proposed 
student center from a planned 
site behind the O'Neill Library 
to the corner of Beacon Street 
and College Road — the current 
site of McElroy Commons and 
its parking lot. The new plan 
calls for a three-building com- 
plex comprising an academic 
building, a student center and a 
replacement for McElroy. The 
project also includes the renova- 
tion and expansion of Carney 
Hall, adjacent to McElroy, in the 



same Gothic style, and an under- 
ground parking lot. 

Pending approvals, construc- 
tion of the academic building and 
student center will begin in March 
1996 and conclude in September 
1997. McElroy will then be torn 
down and its replacement erected 
by December 2000. The work on 
Carney Hall will begin in 1997 
and conclude two years later. 

Trustees approved the plans 
in June, the same month in which 
the University was to have broken 
ground for a new student center 
on the Lower Campus. Executive 
Vice President Frank Campanella 
said the change in plans was driven 
by an opportunity to "revitalize" 
the southwest area of Middle 



Campus, add a new academic 
quadrangle to an architecturally 
neglected area, and recapture the 
University's architectural style for 
the campus gateway at Beacon 
Street. The new plan also allows 
BC to house student organiza- 
tions in one area rather than split- 
ting them between the Lower 
Campus center and a refurbished 
McElroy, as had been planned. 
"These buildings are going to be 
here for 100 years," Campanella 
said. "We need to take a good long 
look at what's going to be involved 
and do it right." 

BC is now seeking responses 
to, and support of, the project 
from neighbors and municipal of- 
ficials in Newton and Boston. 



NEWS & NOTES 



Kiefer wanted to 
market Pops on the 

Heights ball caps. 

"We told her it 

wouldn't be a good 

idea," said Stone. 

"Students take their 

caps seriously; their 

caps say something 

about them." 



Summer stock 

Pops on the Heights takes on a youthful cast with 
help from a youthful cast of planners 



Conte Forum dressed up as 
an enchanted forest? 
Hardly your father's Pops on the 
Heights. But this year the three- 
year-old rite of fall — the Boston 
Pops concert to benefit BC's 
scholarship fund — is aiming for a 
younger affect: sort of Disney 
meets Sousa. According to Karen 
Kelly Kiefer, BC's behind-the- 
scenes Pops maestro, this year's 
event will feature more student 
singers and musicians on the bill, 
some performing at the pre- 
concert cocktail reception and 
others at small stages thrown up 
around Conte. 

Driving it all is the Pops on 
the Heights Student Task Force 
and its auxiliary group in set de- 
sign; all told, some 25 peppy 
young men and women who are 
spending the summer toiling on 
the September 15 show. Junior 



Megan Kerrigan's mood — a con- 
tinual bubbly simmer — is repre- 
sentative. "It's a great event," she 
says. "There's nothing else like it 
on campus the rest of the year, 
and it benefits students, so I re- 
ally want to make it work." 

The student set designers are 
puzzling out the enchanted- 
forest look — which plays on this 
year's student-driven theme of 
"To change, to grow, to become." 
Unfurling his design drawings at 
a late-June task force meeting, 
Greg Park '97, directs attention 
to a plastic and somewhat surreal- 
looking wishing well, explaining 
that when singing groups are not 
using the well as a performance 
venue, people can climb on it, use 
it as a prop for family snapshots — 
even toss coins into it. "It's part 
of a whole interactive design we're 
working on to encourage the au- 




On site — with a summer of work still ahead of them, members of the Pops student planning 
group gather at the Conte Forum venue. 



dience to be part of the show," 
the theater arts major says. 

The task force members, 
meanwhile, have been address- 
ing mailing labels and gently 
prodding potential sponsors — 
while also lending their youthful 
vision to the proceedings. "We're 
representing the student point of 
view, and that's something 
they've missed in the past," said 
task force chairman Keith Stone 
'96. It's already paid off, he said. 
Kiefer wanted to market Pops on 
the Heights ball caps to students 
in addition to the T-shirts that 
have been standard. "We told 
her it wouldn't be a good idea," 
said Stone. "Students take their 
caps seriously; their caps say 
something about them, so they 
won't wear just anything." The 
idea was shelved. 

At the same meeting that fea- 
tured Park's wishing-well con- 
cept, Kiefer broke the news that 
John Williams could not con- 
duct due to movie commitments, 
and that composer Marvin 
Hamlisch would be filling in. 
"How should Hamlisch be mar- 
keted?" she asked. 

Once they found out who 
Hamlisch was, the students 
warmed to the task. Emily Tiberio 
'97, who is writing copy for the 
Pops program, opined that BC 
students would respond to public- 
ity focusing on Hamlisch's movie 
and stage credits. There were vig- 
orous nods all around. "If he's 
done the music for A ChonisLine, 
he's got to be good," shrugged 
Tim Gavin '98, a task force mem- 
ber who has benefited from a Pops 
scholarship. 

Then, like a general walking 
her lieutenants through a battle 
plan, Kiefer flew on to the next 
topic — student ticket sales. The 
lieutenants listened closely. 
There were 1 1 weeks to go. 



1 2 BOSK )N COLLEGE MAGAZINE 



Private lives 

Gay and lesbian student group is declined in bid for formal registration 



Calling sexual orientation 
"one of the most personal 
and private elements of an 
individual's personality," Boston 
College has turned down an ap- 
plication for formal registration 
of a gay student organization. 

The decision was conveyed in 
a June 1 5 letter from University 
President J. Donald Monan, SJ, 
to the three student petitioners 
for the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual 
Community at Boston College 
(LGBC). 

The president said in his let- 
ter that while homosexual orien- 
tation was of itself "in no way 
morally blameworthy or sinful" 
and that several Catholic colleges 
had recognized gay student or- 
ganizations, "this is precisely the 
course . . . Boston College chooses 



not to follow." He said that stu- 
dents who wished to communi- 
cate their sexual orientation to 
others should have the freedom 
to do so but that Boston College 
would not "establish structures 
that categorize students on the 
basis of characteristics as personal 
and private as their sexual orien- 
tation." Observing that all terms 
of self-identification are to some 
degree limiting, Fr. Monan added 
that the practice of creating "in- 
stitutional structures" to identify 
individuals by sexual orientation 
was "singularly reductionist." 
[Editor's note: an edited version 
of Fr. Monan's letter appears on 
page 6.] 

Petitioner Ryan Brady '96, a 
co-director of LGBC, said he be- 
lieved the University's decision 



SCOUTING REPORT 



ran counter "to the progress and 
change that has been unfolding 
in recent years." David Leonard, 
PhD'96, another of the petition- 
ers, said that while LGBC was 
still considering its formal re- 
sponse, its members were "heart- 
ened by expressions of support, 
both before and since the 
president's announcement." 

According to Dean of Stu- 
dents Robert Sherwood, gay and 
lesbian students currently are al- 
located space for meetings and 
programs and receive funding for 
educational programs through 
the Committee on Sexual Diver- 
sity, which was founded three 
years ago to sponsor and pro- 
mote programs dealing with 
sexual identity. 



When I was asked to speak to you today, my mind raced ahead of the invitation, imagining 
what bromides of advice, truth, profundity, could serve to solemnify this important 
occasion. I was on the point of refusing — why embarrass both of us with the paucity of my 
wisdom — when [A&S Associate] Dean [Marie] McHugh mentioned that my time could 
be filled anyway I pleased, with a reading of my poems, for instance. Now, any poet snaps 
to attention at an invitation to read her work, and my mind then began working in a 
different direction: how many poems would I read, which ones, and how would I relate 
them to your accomplishments, which we are gathered to celebrate? The idea of offering 
poems as a way to mark this celebration seemed right: poems, like any made art, are by their 
nature gifts to others. They are the traces of the poet's attention to things; as such, they 
bear witness to another's way of being in the world. Poems are our signposts, our 
touchstones. They do not so much offer advice as much as they reenact experience and the 
thought accorded to that experience. Think of them not as linguistic artifacts but rather 
as voices in the air waiting to include you in the conversation. Because of this notion of 
conversation, let's call it the sociability of poetry, I decided not to read to you only from 
my own work. Poems I would read and, yes, a few of my own among them, but a solo 
performance seemed the wrong approach to take today. What I bring is a small chorus of 
contemporary poets' voices with me — W.S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Denise Levertov, 
Philip Levine, Elizabeth Bishop and Mary Oliver: scouts reporting back to you on what 
it is like to be grappling with life at the close of the 20th century. 

English faculty member Suzanne Matson speaking at the Cross and Crown honor society 
induction ceremony in May. Matson's ?nost recent book of poems is Durable Goods. 



GOOD FELLOWS 

Three of this year's gradu- 
ates received Fulbright Fel- 
lowships. Scott McGehee, a 
doctoral candidate in history, 
will attend the University of 
Rome researching 1 8th- and 
19th-century Italian agrarian 
life. At Trier University in 
Germany, Jennifer Burkart 
'95, will research manu- 
scripts produced during 
Charlemagne's reign. And, 
at the University of Potsdam 
in Germany, Neil McDevitt 
will study links between 
fascism and 1 9th-century 
German ideological history. 

NATIVE TALENTS 

The Law School's Immigra- 
tion and Asylum Project has 
completed its inaugural year 
offering pro bono legal rep- 
resentation to indigent asy- 
lum seekers and immigrants 
facing deportation. With a 
grant from the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Education, 1 5 BC 
law students have been 
working through the BC 
Neighborhood Resource Cen- 
ter, in Brighton, and the Im- 
migration and Naturalization 
Service's detention center in 
Boston. Clients have included 
natives of Liberia, Haiti, 
Nigeria, Afghanistan and 
Guatemala. 

TROPHY HUNT 

Is a piece of goalpost from 
the 1941 Sugar Bowl gath- 
ering dust in your attic? A 
ticket stub from the 1 949 
NCAA hockey championship 
in your desk drawer? The 
Athletic Association and 
Varsity Club are stocking 
new trophy and memora- 
bilia cases in Conte Forum. 
Equipment, uniforms, game 
programs, photographs and 
awards will all be consid- 
ered for placement along- 
side the likes of Doug 
Flutie's Heisman Trophy and 
the women's field hockey 
team's 1994 championship 
cup. Potential donors and 
lenders are asked to contact 
Reid Oslin at Conte Forum. 



BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZINE 1 3 



NEWS & NOTES 




BLOWING TIME — Bubble gum helps one member of the Class of 1995 pass Commencement morning. The soon-to-be-alumni saw BC 
confer honorary degrees upon Northern Ireland's Social Democratic and Labor Party leader John Hume, U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove, 
former Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek, Wall Street wizard Peter Lynch '65, and Museum of Fine Arts curator Cornelius Vermeule III. 



Words apart 

Intent of new academic journal is to develop a conversation 
between religious faith and the arts 



Boston College is the home of 
a new quarterly journal that 
will explore religious experience 
and its expression in the verbal, 
visual and performing arts, ac- 
cording to editor and English 
Professor Dennis Taylor. 

"We look for discussions of 
modern artistic works that seek 
out religious terms, and for new 
ways of talking about traditional 
religious experiences in the arts," 
he said. "We're trying to pro- 
mote a conversation about the 
role of religion in cultural studies 
and its expression in painting, 



sculpture, film, architecture and 
other forms of art — about how 
you integrate religious and secu- 
lar ways of speaking to these 
matters." 

Religion and the Arts, which is 
scheduled to debut next March, 
is an outgrowth of faculty discus- 
sions that began at the Boston 
College Jesuit Institute in 1990. 
In 1993, a grant from the 
McCarthy Foundation provided 
support for start-up costs, and a 
planning committee was formed. 
Taylor was appointed editor last 
year, and an advisory board in- 



cluding such luminaries as 
JaroslavPelikan, Harold Bloom, 
Elie Wiesel and Czeslaw Milosz 
was named. 

"We have a pretty good sense 
of the scholars who might be in- 
terested in the journal, " said Tay- 
lor, who has begun soliciting 
charter subscriptions and articles 
from scholars and artists for the 
new publication. "We are asking 
for submissions, recommenda- 
tions and general advice, and thus 
far the idea of the journal seems 
to have aroused a lot of interest." 



14 BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZINE 



Point after 

BC shares national award for football players' 
graduation rates 



Boston College was one of 
three institutions to receive 
this year's College Football As- 
sociation (CFA) Academic 
Achievement Award for the high- 
est graduation rate in the nation 
for football players. The rate of 
94.4 percent was calculated for 
the 1 7 students on football schol- 
arships who entered the Univer- 
sity in the fall of 1989. Players at 
Duke and Wake Forest compiled 
identical records over those years. 
An affiliation of 67 colleges 
who play football at the Division 
IA level, the CFA calculates 



graduation rates based on five 
years of attendance, but all of the 
graduating players from BC's 
Class of 1993 graduated in four 
years, according to Kevin Lyons, 
who directs academic advising 
for the University's student ath- 
letes and who also was recog- 
nized by the CFA. 

BC had previously won the 
CFA award in 1992 with a 100 
percent graduation rate. Duke, 
Virginia and Notre Dame are the 
only other institutions to have 
won the award twice or more. 

"There's nowhere to hide on 



this campus when it comes to 
academics," said Athletic Direc- 
tor Chet Gladchuk. "Student 
athletes attend the same courses 
as other students so they are not 
only competing at the highest 
levels on the field but also in the 
classroom. As a result, our [gradu- 
ation] numbers are real. They 
reflect something clearly earned." 
In the 1 5 years since the CFA 
began giving the award, the aver- 
age graduation rate for football 
players among its members has 
increased from 49 percent to 58.6 
percent. • 




STAR IS BORN, FINALLY 



When Lorie Conway decided to hire History Professor Emeritus 
Thomas O'Connor for a television job, she had never met him. She 
had, however, listened to his voice-mail message three times, and 
she knew he was right for telling tales of former Boston 
Mayor James Michael Curley and Scollay Square on 
"Boston: The Way It Was," a history program she was 
producing for Boston's WGBH-TV. "There was 
something about his voice that stuck in my head, very 
easy on the ears, peppered slightly with a Boston 
accent," she recalled. That O'Connor happened 
to be an expert on Boston history (see page 8) 
didn't hurt, either, of course, and then neither 
did what turned out to be his hitherto-undis- 
covered affinity for the small screen. "A natu- 
ral," said Conway. "Completely accessible with an 
unusual ability to communicate." In fact, O'Connor narrated 
the hour-long program in one take, after reading the script for less 
than 30 minutes. And "Boston: The Way it Was" became one of the most 
successful fund-raising programs of the year for the PBS affiliate, leading Conway 
to hope nobody else discovers O'Connor and ruins his "unspoiled quality" — at least 
not before she can sign him for her next program. O'Connor said he had indeed 
planned to let stardom go to his head. But then he ran the show's videotape for his 
two-year-old grandson, who, expecting Barney, burst into tears of disappointment 
at the sight of Grandpa. 




HISTORIAN APPOINTED 

Gerald P. Fogarty, SJ, the 
author of works on American 
and modern Catholic history 
and a professor at the Univer- 
sity of Virginia, has been ap- 
pointed the Thomas I. Gasson, 
SJ, Professor for the 1 995-96 
academic year. Fr. Fogarty is 
working on a book about U.S.- 
Vatican relations during World 
War II. He will teach and 
present two public lectures dur- 
ing his residency. Founded by 
the Boston College Jesuit Com- 
munity, the Gasson Chair is the 
University's oldest endowed 
professorship and is reserved 
for Jesuit scholars. 

TOP CHOICES 

Marc Molinsky '95, is one of 
14 scholarship athletes to re- 
ceive a 1995 NCAA scholarship 
for postgraduate study. The 
third-best three-point percent- 
age shooter in BC basketball 
history and only the seventh 
player to participate in every 
game of his collegiate career, 
Molinsky was this year's Big 
East Basketball Scholar-Athlete 
of the Year. Currently poised 
between an auditor's job at a 
Big Eight firm and the possibility 
of an overseas pro basketball 
career, Molinsky has five years 
to use the $5,000 scholarship at 
a university of his choice. 

DEATHS 

•Francis O. Corcoran, SJ, dean 
of the College of A&S from 1 95 1 
to 1954, on April 7, 1995, at 
age 89. 

•Margaret M. Gorman, RSCJ, a 
member of the theology and 
psychology faculties at Newton 
College of the Sacred Heart and 
at BC since 1959, on May 16, 
1995, at age 75. 
•Spencer C. MacDonald, director 
of admissions at the Graduate 
School of A&S from 1 982 to 
1994, on May 26, 1995, at 
age 66. 

•Francis J. Kelly, a professor of 
counseling psychology in the 
School of Education since 1965, 
on July 3, 1995, at age 69. • 



BOSTON COI I K.I \1U.\ZI\F 15 



Four BC faculty discuss America s quest 

for a new — and preferably paperback — 

road to salvation 

Spirituality 

lite 



AMERICANS LOVE A SOLUTION. WE LOVE PEOPLE TO 
show us the way. We love Dale Carnegie and Ann Landers 
and Dr. Ruth. We love books that tell us how to fix our 
bodies, our marriages, our businesses — even our souls. For 
the past decade U.S. best-seller lists have chronicled our seemingly 
insatiable hunger for books telling us how to rediscover the angels within 
and around us. 

It's not an unprecedented phenomenon. Henry David Thoreau's 
Walden has been in publication for nearly 150 years. But if Walden has 
endured, it was not an immediate hit. In Pilgrims in Their Own hand: 200 
Years of Religion in America, historian Martin E. Marty points out that 
shortly after Waldetfs publication in 1854, Thoreau commented that his 
personal library numbered 900 volumes; 700 were copies of Walden, 
returned by the publisher. The spiritual best-sellers of Thoreau's day are 
now obscure, Marty notes — flashes in the pan of pop history. 

BCM recently assigned a reading list of current spiritual best-sellers to 
four members of the faculty. On April 1 3 we brought them to a quiet room 
in Bapst Library and turned on a tape recorder. The discussion, which 
follows, was moderated by Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts 
and Sciences Patricia De Leeuw. 







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Patricia De Leeuw: Let's begin with the 
phenomenon. In the past year seven 
books relating to the quest for spiritual 
fulfillment have made the New York 
Times's lists of best-sellers. Collectively, 
they have sold almost 1 3 million copies. 
One of these books, Scott Peck's Road 
Less Traveled, in fact, has been on the 
paperback list for more than 10 years 
and has sold more than 6 million cop- 
ies — one for every 16 households in the 
United States. Clearly there's something 
going on worth talking about. 
Paul Schervish: It's that old Boston prob- 
lem: how do you get from here to there? 
People have a yearning for a spiritual 
life. What Peck, for example, offers in 
rather available terms is a methodology 
for getting there. Peck is also very clear 
about discipline and energy and lazi- 
ness, and these are, I think, enduring 



American traits — hands-on self-devel- 
opment in the pragmatic tradition. 
Maryanne Confoy: And I think Peck's 
pragmatism addresses issues that people 
are working on. It's a methodology in 
relationship to the issues of family, try- 
ing to love, trying to grow. Peck points 
out the way people are open to growth 
but at the same time resistant. The book 
is so personal that one feels engaged. 
And this makes his methodology seem 
useful. I think lonely people can feel 
they're having a conversation with an 
expert. 

De Leeuw: For the sake of the five or six 
BCM readers who may not be aware of 
what The Road Less Traveled and Further 
Along the Road Less Traveled are about, 
perhaps I should state Peck's message in 
brief. It's that if we just do what our 
mothers always told us to do — delay 



gratification, confront problems, take 
responsibility and face reality squarely, 
using the "basic tools of discipline," as 
he calls them — Peck, who is a psychia- 
trist, promises that we can overcome 
the original sin of laziness and respond 
with love and readiness to God's grace. 
Willemien Often: But I'll tell you, I didn't 
like that "conversation with an expert" 
tone that Maryanne mentions. Ulti- 
mately, there is something in Peck's 
vision that makes you eternally depen- 
dent on some expert — that everyone is 
basically neurotic and that everything is 
linked to psychopathology. He actually 
believes everyone can benefit from psy- 
chotherapy. Maybe so, but I think it's 
good for people not to move too quickly 
in that direction. I think Thomas Moore, 
in Care of the Soul, moves beyond that 
dependency. 




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m not sure there's much 
spirituality in Scott Peck's book, 
either. If there is, it's a very secu- 
larized form, with the psychia- 
trist replacing the confessor. The 
curate — the man who takes care 
of your soul — is relegated to the 
background. So where is 
God in all this? 



Schervish: Moore is a little more Euro- 
pean, a little less Freudian, a little more 
Jungian. 

Ernest Fortin: Moore wants the care of 
the soul, not therapy of the soul. 
De Leeuw: Again, it might be prudent 
simply to note that in his best-seller 
Moore says we will find fulfillment only 
if we listen to and care for the soul, that 
"quality or dimension of experiencing 
life and ourselves" that, as he puts it, 
"has to do with depth, value, related- 
ness, heart and personal substance." He 
says we care for the soul by turning away 
from the modern myths of growth, 
progress and success. Moore, I gather, 
lived in a Catholic religious order for 
more than a decade and has been trained 
in theology and philosophy as well as 
Jungian psychology. 
Fortin: You know, Maryanne mentioned 
loneliness. It needs to be said that Peck's 
book addresses the loneliness of most 
people in our society, and that's a deep 
problem. People don't have much to 
dedicate themselves to in our society. 
It's characterized by intense individual- 
ism, which is part of the American psyche 
now. 

That struck me about all these 
books — the focus on the individual in- 
stead of looking at what the individual 
would need to do in order to grow. In 
fact, I think people are better off if they 



think less about themselves and more 
about the things they might be doing, 
assuming there are opportunities to de- 
velop themselves in those things. 
Confoy: That's interesting, Ernie, be- 
cause in Further Along the Road Less Trav- 
eled, Peck comes back to the need for 
community. He talks about coming back 
to be baptized, but still he won't be 
baptized within a specific confessional 
tradition. He deliberately makes it an 
ecumenical baptism into the whole of 
Christianity, which again, I think, con- 
tributes to the individual and piecemeal 
flavor. 

Fortin: Someone was telling me this week 
that Moore converted to Catholicism. 
De Leeuw: What about Moore's notion 
of the unconscious equaling God? Is 
that compatible with Christianity? 
Schervish: I think his notion is not that 
the edge of consciousness is equal to 
God, but that it's the window to God — 
the pathway. Take a hierarchical model 
of consciousness, from self-reflective 
consciousness down to the unconscious. 
Is the normal working of our conscious- 
ness a window to God? I would say yes. 
If I'm experiencing God, there is no 
window but my consciousness. 
De Leeuw: That's hardly an insight on 
his part, though. And I wonder, in fact, 
if any of you believe there's anything 
new, of real value, in these books? Are 
any of these classics that will be read 20 
years from now? 

Schervish: I would say that any book 
that's sold 6 million copies is a classic. 
And Peck's now part of BC's Capstone 
Courses, so there's another 70 or 80 
copies a year that are going to be sold. 
But there is something to be skeptical 
about. Look at the shiny faces on these 
book jackets— they're all the same — 
they're all one person. And they're all 
writing sequels. They have an industry 
here. 

But at the same time I take it seri- 
ously. I don't spend enough time caring 
for my soul, and I am lazy about it, to 
use Scott Peck's terminology. Remem- 
ber the Neil Young song about "mining 
for a heart of gold?" Well, I need to be 
reminded of the importance of panning 



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THE PARTICIPANTS 



for gold. Yes, these books could be cat- 
egorized as dangerous; if everybody fol- 
lowed these shiny faces, we'd go off the 
deep end. But there is another way of 
reading these books, and that is to ask: 
what are they doing for me? Reading 
these books, however superficial they 
may in part be, is like a good liturgy, a 
reminder of what I have abandoned and 
what I'm yearning for. If I read them 
seriously, I am forced to experience the 
distance between what I'm yearning for 
in spiritual life — an edge of transcen- 
dence — and what I actually have. So 
each one of these books, for me, is a 
grace. 

Often: I have no trouble with the idea of 
finding God in your consciousness, as 
the great Christian mystics did, but I do 
think the danger is as Ernie stated it. 
The vision here is too individualistic. I 
come out of a Protestant tradition in 
which we strongly value the transcen- 
dence of God. And if you have a tran- 
scendent God, God can act in history; 
you can see God in society. In this re- 
gard I found Peck to be very negative 
about politics. For instance, in The Road 
Less Traveled he shows no interest in 
people's being citizens. I think 
God acts not only through 
individual consciousness but 
also in society, and I believe 
we can collaborate in that en- 
terprise. 

By the same token, the 
book is dated. When he talks 
about parenting, the women 
are cooking and cleaning, and 
from time to time the men do 
a little bit of their share. It 
seems to reinforce traditional 
structures, which I think 
Christianity can coincide with 
but doesn't necessarily. Chris- 
tianity can be on the edge of 
transforming society. 
Fortin: You're right about the 
politics, but I'm not sure 
there's much spirituality in 
Peck's book, either. If there 
is, it's a very secularized 
form — the psychiatrist replac- 
ing the confessor. The cu- 



Be/ow, from left to right: 



Paul Schervish 



is an associate professor of sociology and director of BC's 
Social Welfare Research Institute. He writes about the roots and role of 
charitable giving in American culture. In 1994 he edited a series of essays 
analyzing American cultural consciousness of wealth. Schervish lives in 
Belmont, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children. 



Willemien Often 



joined the theology department last fall as an assistant 
professor specializing in the history of Christian life and thought. She is 
particularly interested in medieval intellectual history and is working on a 
book about the development of theology prior to the rise of scholasticism. 
She lives with her husband in Newtonville, Massachusetts. 



Ernest Fortin, AA 



has been a professor of theology since 1971. He has 
written widely on the relationship between Christianity and the political 
order from antiquity to modern liberal society, focusing on the moral 
issues that arise when Christians take part in imperfect civil societies. 
An Assumptionist priest, Fr. Fortin resides in Boston. 



Patricia All win De LeeuwF 



jnel moderator, is associate dean of the 
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and has taught graduate and 
undergraduate courses in theology since 1 979. Her academic specialty is 
church history in the early Middle Ages, with a particular focus on pasto- 
ral care and popular piety during the period. She has a book in progress 
on the parish in early medieval Germany. De Leeuw lives in Lexington, 
Massachusetts, with her husband and two children. 



Maryanne Confoy, RSC 



is an adjunct associate professor of theology and 
a member of the Australian congregation of the Sisters of Charity. She 
writes on feminist and liberation theology and spirituality and recently 
served as a contributing editor for a collection of essays on Australian 
feminist theology. She lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 




rate — the man who takes care of your 
soul — is relegated to the background, 
and someone else has now occupied the 
space that has been vacated. So where is 
God in all this? 

The political thinker Leo Strauss once 
said that the two most important things 
in life were God and politics, and today 
we have neither. I think these books are 
symptomatic of that condition. 
Schervish: Let me read that complaint 
as Thomas Moore might read it. Why 
does it bother us so much that these 
writers don't talk about politics or citi- 
zenship? When Robert McNamara's 
book came out this spring, it struck a 
nerve — about the betrayal, the empti- 
ness of politics, the lack of courage in 
our political leaders, which in that in- 
stance cost 25,000 U.S. lives because of 
his continuing silence. I don't miss poli- 
tics in Peck's book. I am more and more 
convinced of the intercession of 
agency — that is, unless the heart is 
touched, there is no politics. Our poli- 
tics has for too long been based on the 
absence of this yearning for spirituality, 
and it's time to take a rest from declar- 
ing who our political enemies and 
friends are. I don't think this will last 
forever, but it's important for us to step 
back and examine the personal spiritu- 
ality within which we do our public 
living. It's the classic reversal of Dor- 
othy Day's notion that if you wish to 
care for your soul, you must care for the 
community, and your soul will follow. 
I'm saying if you care for your soul, the 
care for the community will follow. 
Confoy: Peck does emphasize personal 
responsibility; he pushes that with the 
Orestes myth, saying, It was not the 
gods; it was I. What I see missing in 
Peck is community accountability. 
McNamara has made himself account- 
able to the community for what he saw 
as his personal responsibility and his 
failure. Peck focuses on the person as a 
person — at the expense of accountabil- 
ity to the larger society. I think part of 
that comes from his idea of God. He's 
bought into the "New Age god" with a 
Jesus flavor. 



But when I came to the sequel, I did 
think it would say, Well now, having 
seen the privatizing possibilities of this, 
I begin to see the need to belong to a 
community. But Peck doesn't see him- 
self as accountable to a community with 
whom he shares an identity. By being 
baptized generically Christian, he is say- 
ing, "I am Christian, but I won't be 
accountable for Lutherans; I won't be 
accountable for Catholics; I won't be 
accountable for Baptists." 
Schervish: Well I won't, either. But I 
will be accountable for a Baptist. I will 
be accountable for a Catholic. I will be 
accountable for a child. But I am not 
accountable for groups anymore. 
Confoy: But don't you have account- 
ability for how that group engages 
itself? 

Schervish: Yes, once I can figure out 
what the policy should be. But we don't 
have a clue. I think this reflects the crisis 
of politics, the crisis of Utopia. When 
these writers say, Here's a way of man- 
aging the microdecisions of daily life, a 
way of raising your children to be open 
to the flow of the spirit, the power of 
grace, we grab for the help. At this point 
in my life, with three little children, that 
is an amazing task in and of itself. 
Fortin: That's absolutely true, but this is 
the problem of our time that has to be 
addressed. It's not a normal human ex- 
istence to live outside a larger commu- 
nity. People have not always been in 
that situation. We are, in a very acute 
way. Can we be individuals and take 
care of ourselves as individuals and de- 
velop a sense of responsibility for our 
families and all of that unless we're part 
of a larger group that sustains our lives 
and makes them possible? We don't live 
in the wilderness; we don't live in the 
desert. The only place we can develop is 
within this larger group that you claim 
not to be terribly interested in. 
Schervish: I'm not saying I'm not inter- 
ested in it; I'm saying there is no larger 
group. There's Pat [De Leeuw], and 
there's you; there's the kids at the Cam- 
pus School [for multihandicapped chil- 
dren]. As I said, what's the agenda for 



the group? If you tell me what to do in 
regard to the group, you're going to put 
me face-to-face with individuals. And 
you're going to ask me how I'm using 
my time, and you're going to talk about 
my consciousness, you're going to be 
dealing with my generosity, with my 
commitments. None of that has to do 
with the group. 

Fortin: But you're part of the group, and 
you can't help being influenced by a 
group of which you are a part. 
Schervish: I think it's a facade. 
Fortin: Well, we disagree. 
Otten: The point of talking about poli- 
tics and citizenship is to construct a 
better future. I feel Peck's book appeals 
largely to an audience that probably has 
a pretty nice future ahead of it anyway. 
But I taught in Chicago for the past four 
years; why would somebody on the 
South Side read this? 
Schervish: I'll tell you why. Because the 
very first chapter asks what the crisis of 
child rearing in the inner-city family 
has in common with the child-rearing 
crisis of the middle-class family. The 
content of people's lives won't be the 
same, obviously, but the issues are. For 
instance, this issue of delayed gratifica- 
tion — that's a terribly important prob- 
lem whether you're on the South Side 
of Chicago or in Newton. 
Otten: Poor people need all their energy 
just to get by, to survive; they have no 
time to delay anything, let alone gratifi- 
cation. I think a more urgent matter for 
people on the South Side would be to 
get an education, to vote. 
Schervish: But this is how they can do 
that; this is why they don't vote. It's not 
because they're immoral people but be- 
cause they lack social capital. The re- 
sources of grace are not available to 
them, just as they might be unavailable 
to me or to some of my neighbors. 

Look, we were poor growing up; they 
came and towed our car away. We didn't 
have money for a Christmas tree one 
year. We didn't take vacations. We went 
to the neighbors and asked for food. So 
we were poor, so we studied our butts off. 
Confoy: Can I slip in for just a moment? 



20 BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZIN I 



Often: No. I was born in a condemned 
house, pretty poor also. And if one of 
Peck's concerns is to address an audi- 
ence other than the middle class, this is 
nowhere evident in this book. The only 
thing Peck says about politics is that it 
corrupts and that power is bad. If he 
wanted to give a positive message to the 
South Side, maybe he should have said 
that after you are able to abide by these 
rules of delayed gratification, you be- 
come a more balanced citizen, and life 
goes on, and then you can help build a 
better future for the rest of us. 
Confoy: Can I comment that I think a 
strength and a weakness of this book is 
that it's given up on society and that it's 
taking individuals so seriously? Peck says 
the only way we'll transform society is 
through local communities. 
Schervish: You theologians want us to 
take care of society. I'm a sociologist; I 
want us to take care of the soul. Can you 
give me one example of how society can 
be transformed? 
Often: First of all, vote. 
Schervish: How is that transforming 
society? 

Often: Well, for one thing it's going to 
get us a more representative govern- 
ment. I've taught doctoral students who 
never voted. That lack of concern for 
the breadth, the wholeness, of society is 
astonishing to me. 

Schervish: Or is not voting a spiritual 
statement of ennui — the discernment 
that there is no choice? I'm not going to 
vote on whether Saddam Hussein is a 
maniac and whether the United States 
should have beaten the daylights out of 
him. That's not my choice. There may 
be great wisdom in not voting. 
Confoy: But voting does give you power. 
If you back off, don't you give your 
power to the people who do vote? 
Schervish: That is what Peck meant when 
he said we need the courage for a while 
to refuse to have the choices be either- 
or. I'm not saying we will never have a 
political agenda. I'm not abandoning 
this as the ultimate hope. But I am im- 
pressed by the need to reject the alter- 
natives we have right now. 



H 



ow do you know what 
the soul is? These writers never 
define it. If you want to under- 
stand the soul, you look at what it 
can do. The soul reveals itself in its 
activities. How else are you going 
to know it? 




SPIRITUAL JUDO 

Often: Maybe I'm too endemically a 
Christian, but when Peck was talking 
about good and evil, I felt there were 
strong Manichaean tendencies. There 
was a sense that evil's out there, and we 
can't do anything about it, so let's just 
hope it doesn't triumph. In the Chris- 
tian tradition — in St. Augustine, for ex- 
ample — evil has no existence as a 
separate power. It's the absence of good. 
In the moral sphere it's the perversion 
of will. So when you see evil or things 
that come across as evil, you have a 
strong responsibility to change them. I 
did not feel that responsibility in Peck's 
book. 

Fortin: That's a fundamental problem: 
the distinction between good and evil 
has just disappeared. I'll tell you a story 
from a former student of mine who now 
teaches writing at Hampden-Sydney 
College. He asked his students to write 
about heroism or what a heroic life might 
be. They were to write about a young 
man who had been very successful in 
this town; he'd starred on the football 
team and he went on to play profes- 
sional football. In the summertime he 
went back home to Alabama, where he 
liked to hunt 'coons — raccoons. So was 
this kid a hero? Very dutifully, the stu- 
dents wrote essays on that. And one 
black kid in the classroom said yes, al- 



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THE READING LIST 



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A Book of Angels 
Sophy Burnham 

Ballantine Books, 1990 



Copies sold: 925,000 



New York Times best-seller list: 



July to October 1 994 



Care of the Soul 
Thomas Moore 

HarperPerennial, 1994 



Copies sold: 1,000,000 



New York Times best-seller list: 



March 1 994 to present 



The Celestine Prophecy 
James Redfield 

Warner Books, 1 993 



Copies sold: 2,700,000 



New York Times best-seller list: 



March 1994 to present 



Chicken Soup for the Soul 

Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen 

Health Communications, Inc., 1993 



Copies sold: 2,000,000 + 



New York Times best-seller list: 



September 1 994 to present 



Further Along the Road Less Traveled 
M. Scott Peck 

Touchstone, 1993 



Copies sold: 250,000 + 



New York Times best-seller list: 



October 1 993 to December 1 994 



The Road Less Traveled 
M. Scott Peck 

Touchstone, 1978 



Copies sold: 6,000,000 + 



New York Times best-seller list: 



October 1983 to present 



though he wasn't absolutely sure. I don't 
like very much this business of shooting 
blacks in your spare time during the off- 
season, this student said; but if that's the 
way they do it down there, who am I to 
judge? It's not easy to distinguish be- 
tween good and evil if you've been 
brought up in the kind of atmosphere 
that prevails in our culture. 
De Leeuw: Isn't that much more a prob- 
lem in Moore's book than in Peck's? In 
Moore, you just embrace everything as 
it is; it's all there in the soul — good and 
evil — and it's all part of me. I found that 
frustrating. 

Schervish: I think we're all engaged in 
some kind of spiritual judo. What I mean 
by that is you take a situation and you 
get a creative twist on it, and that's 
grace. You don't accept it as it is. In 
Moore, you don't deflect it or try to 
conquer it. So you're neither to em- 
brace evil nor simply to ward it off; 
you're to transform it. 
Fortin: Moore is a Jungian. In his view, 
you don't try to change things; you try 
to understand them and look for some 
kind of balance. He doesn't talk about 
problem solving, he talks about difficul- 
ties. Well, is someone else supposed to 
take care of you if there's a problem to 
be solved, if there is that kind of need? 
There is something passive about him, a 
resignation to whatever exists, through 
which you try to understand a little bit 
better and, possibly, by so doing, to 
improve. 

I was annoyed by Moore. His is a 
much more profound book than Peck's 
but it's ultimately disappointing. He 
wants to retrieve the soul. All of these 
writers want to retrieve something lost. 
There is every reason to want to recover 
this notion of the soul that has disap- 
peared. Just talking about the soul is 
old-fashioned. If you want to be up-to- 
date, you talk about the self. But how do 
you know what the soul is? These writ- 
ers never define it. And it's not that easy 
to find out what the soul is. If you want 
to understand the soul, you look at what 
it can do. The soul reveals itself in its 
activities. How else are you going to 
know it? You go from the act to the 



power that generates the act. And, fur- 
thermore, you know what the soul can 
do when it does it. We don't know what 
the power of the soul is beforehand. 
That's not written in the sky some- 
where. 

Often: I like Moore better than Peck 
precisely because Peck is so problem 
solving. His is a mechanics of life: if all 
the parts are connected, then it works, 
and you don't have to talk about it again. 
Moore has a more enriching vision, talk- 
ing about a soulful life and how families 
should have soulful fathers. I think that's 
a valuable message — one applicable to 
Newton and the South Side of Chicago, 
one that leads you beyond the sheer 
mechanics of life. 

Confoy: Peck is a carpenter, whereas 
Moore is an architect. I agree that there 
is a certain passivity in the spirituality 
that Moore professes, but I think that's 
possibly where he wants us to be artists 
and observe more carefully. 
Fortin: The one thing they never talk 
about — that's completely taboo — is the 
rational soul. 

Confoy: It seems that he's trying to 
counter the emphasis on the rational 
soul with the aesthetic dimension of the 
human person. The task of the soul is 
"to thine own self be true," and one 
can't be true unless one knows oneself. 
I found that helpful and very positive. 
Fortin: Do you know why these writers 
are so reluctant to talk about reason, 
which was the most important part of the 
soul? They confuse reason with Carte- 
sian reason — with an abstraction that ne- 
glects all the aspects that Moore is trying 
to bring back by his emphasis on artistic 
experience. But the Cartesian notion of 
reason is a relatively recent one, and it's a 
terribly impoverished one. 
Schervish: I don't understand. Help me. 
What's so crucial about reason? 
Fortin: Well, because human beings used 
to be defined as rational animals; if you 
wanted to understand them, you had to 
make room for reason in your account. 
I don't see Moore or Peck leaving much 
room for reason. And I think what preju- 
dices us against reason is the triumph of 
Cartesian reason in the modern pe- 



riod — mechanical reason. Not reason 
that perceives human existence as a 
whole, but reason that divides, compart- 
mentalizes this life and retains as its 
focus of interest only those things that 
can be measured or quantified. 
Often: In the medieval view, reason defi- 
nitely would be a part of the soul. These 
days people quickly move from a 
commonsensical, ordinary life to an eso- 
teric one in which there is mystery but 
not much structure. I don't think theo- 
logical reflection used to work in that 
manner. It was very logical, with a pur- 
pose. What do you replace that with? A 
fuzzy feeling or just a celebration of 
mysticism? To me, it's important that 
what you think about the divine be some- 
how logical. Because even there you are 
accountable — to society, to the church, 
as well as to yourself. 
Schervish: It strikes me that several of you 
are saying these writers have missed a set 
of issues — citizenship, rationality, com- 
munity — that you feel are dangerous to 
overlook. And while I share some of that 
concern, my experience of these books is 
not that they have failed to touch on these 
issues, but that I can't yet get anywhere 
near the dimension and the depth of spiri- 
tual life that they're saying is available to 
me as an individual person. 
Often: But spirituality precisely involves 
the whole person, so omissions like these 
seem to indicate that these writers are 
not quite doing what they're saying they 
set out to do or have done. 
Schervish: But I haven't internalized 
Peck's one-sided view enough to get to 
the point where it's unbalancing me. Do 
you see what I mean? 
De Leeuw: What does Moore say you 
can do that you don't do? 
Schervish: When I sit and read this book 
in a coffee shop, and I've had two espres- 
sos, I start to say, What a life this would 
be. Life is so rich, my children are so 
rich, the paschal mystery is so rich, my 
teaching is so rich. I may have a glimpse 
of the depth of what happiness in this life 
is about, a glimpse of what my spiritual 
life is about, a glimpse of who God is for 
me, a glimpse of who my children are 
and what they can become. I get the 



BOSTON COLLEGE jMAGAZINE 23 



sense that there is layer upon layer upon 
layer that I haven't even gotten to. And 
the fact that Moore may have missed 
the rational part of my soul is so far 
below the level of my concern because I 
have only begun to touch upon these 
other things. 

Fortin: That's fine, that's fine, except 
that I'm afraid that when you leave hu- 
man reason out of your account of the 
soul, that account will be truncated. You 
will lose some of the richness. 
Confoy: I see Care of the Soul as a valu- 
able accompaniment to the rational 
stance that theology has taken — a useful 
complement. The book is billed as "a 
guide for cultivating depth in sacred- 
ness in everyday life," and it's an exquis- 
ite expression of the sacred in ways 
ordinary people can grasp — the idea that 
there is something more to life. 

SIMPLE GIFTS 

Fortin: The two books on our reading 
list that I liked best were Chicken Soup 
for the Soul and A Book of Angels. With- 
out denigrating the other books for what 
they were, I'll say they didn't move me. 
These did. 

Often: I liked Chicken Soup because it 
was the least pretentious, and in that 
sense it completely fulfills its modest 
goals. Chicken Soup is a very simple medi- 
cine — really nice stories. 
Confoy: Well, I respect your opinions. 
But when I looked at Chicken Soup, I 
thought that another title for it would be 
McNuggets of Inspiration for the Nonnally 
Neurotic. For a man like yourself, Ernie, 
with your depth, obviously you can pick 
it up, and it can recharge your batteries. 
My problem is that it's a short-term sat- 
isfaction, a sugar high. I can see where 
you've gone with it, but my problem is 
it's too easy to take short-term, saccha- 
rine solutions to lifelong problems. 
Schervish: I don't know anyone who 
does that. And the reason is because 
short-term solutions falter, and our bod- 
ies and our emotions and the grace of 
the universe tell us they're unsatisfying. 
There is a great blessing in the fact that 
evil or sin or unhappiness is not really 



satisfying. That's kind of the grace of 
history. 

Confoy: But how different are books 
like Chicken Soup from TV evangelism 
in their effect? 

Schervish: I don't know. All I know is 
that TV evangelism is absolutely fine if 
it helps one person find the depth of the 
spiritual path. 

De Leeuw: For five minutes or for a 
lifetime? And can't TV evangelists 
hinder a person's spiritual development? 
Schervish: TV evangelists can hinder a 
person's spirituality, but so can the 
Catholic Church. So can the pope. So 
can the latest encyclical. So can a bad 
sermon. And so can not having women 
priests. But one of these stories may 
bring insight. 

Fortin: On the other hand, you do have 
to raise the question of the more perma- 
nent solution: real virtue, a permanent 
disposition that transcends you in the 
face of the evils we all have to face, and 
that enriches your life in a more pro- 
found and lasting way. Not just the fix 
that the stories give you — as much as I 
like them. 

The other book I wanted to praise is 
Sophy Burnham's Book of Angels. I get a 
little annoyed with the certitude of sci- 
ence, psychological science, Freudian 
psychology. It goes back to Descartes 
again — to finding the bedrock, the sure 
path of science, as Descartes used to put 
it, the unshakable foundation. "I think; 
therefore I am": that's the principle on 
which modern science is founded. Or 
else there's existentialism, anguish. A 
Book of Angels is different insofar as it 
tries to inculcate the sense of wonder — 
not anxiety, not the sense that you should 
be pulling your hair out, that you'll never 
get to the bottom of things, or that you 
should ditch the whole thing and live 
and be merry if you can. Yes, there are 
angels around. She's not making a theo- 
logical pronouncement, but just that 
this is a way in which we express all 
these things within us that are really 
inexpressible but that mean something 
nevertheless. Wonder used to be con- 
sidered the fundamental mood. Hamlet 
instructs Horatio, "There are more 



things in heaven and earth, Horatio, 
than are dreamt of in your philosophy." 
Why not be open to that? It's one of the 
most hopeful things one could think of. 
Often: I agree with that last statement, 
but I did think that this was the absolute 
worst book we read. I was also ashamed 
that it was the only one written by a 
woman. I was ashamed of my gender. 
There is no structure, there is no argu- 
ment; it's just the flower-power genera- 
tion having a midlife crisis and needing 
some sort of otherworldly experience. 
Many of the historical facts in it are 
wrong, and where she could have stressed 
imagination and mystery, she wants 
these angels to be real the way some 
people believe UFOs are real. And she 
doesn't weigh sources; everything is 
equal as far as she's concerned. If it has 
an angel in it, it winds up in the book, no 
matter where it comes from. This fasci- 
nation with angels is a fad; it's spiritual 
entertainment rather than spirituality. 
People have angel earrings; there's a 
whole angel industry. 
Fortin: Well, I'm sorry to hear that. I 
won't pass the book around. 
Confoy: I was intrigued by this book 
because there is so much of human ex- 
perience that touches mystery and won- 
der but touches it without knowing quite 
where to go with it. When I came on the 
chapter on "angelology" in the middle, 
which gave the appearance of science, I 
was very discomforted. The integrity of 
Chicken Soup is that it's simply that. But 
this does try to be more; this is much 
more pretentious than either Moore or 
Peck. 



TRUE CONFESSIONS 

De Leeuw: Let's talk about The Celestine 
Prophecy. Paul, I know you liked it. Does 
it matter whether it's true? 
Schervish: Is the gospel true, Pat? Every 
one of these books is about stories: the 
story of a person coming to Scott Peck 
or to Tom Moore for therapy, or the 
stories of the angels. The Celestine Proph- 
ecy is the story of a guy who goes to 
Peru, where he and his companions dis- 
cover a manuscript. It's revealed to them 



24 BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZINE 



1995 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 

A Look Back 




Alumni Association 

President 

John H. MacKinnon '62 



Broadened apos- 
tolic programs; a 
new alumni di- 
rectory; Laetare 
Sunday better 
than ever; the 
"strike year" 
graduating class 
returns for its 
twenty-fifth re- 
union; a Legends 
Luncheon pre- 
cedes the BC-Notre Dame football game; 
and the Alumni Association takes a criti- 
cal look at alcohol abuse. These are just 
a few of the programs and issues which 
fell to my stewardship as your alumni 
president this year, and I'm happy to give 
you a wrap-up report. 

Our apostolic outreach work, which 
began with Second Helping seven years 
ago, last year grew to four distinct pro- 
grams, as we added to our list a partner- 
ship with Mother Caroline Academy. A 
group of alumnae have taken on the 



responsibility for arranging Friday 
evening socials for these young women 
from the inner city. Second Helping 
cruises along in its two food trucks, sup- 
ported by our annual food drive and the 
traditional Second Helping Gala, which 
this year exceeded all expectations. Sixty 
volunteers participated in a major cleanup 
and paint job at Allston's West End 
House as part of April 29th's Christmas 
in April, and the year concluded with 
alumni descending on BC's dormitories 
at the end of the semester to collect 
usable clothing, non-perishable food, 
furniture, and appliances. Over 30 grate- 
ful social service agencies benefit from 
this project which we call Operation 
Cleansweep. 

Benefits and services continued to 
flourish. Over 7,000 alumni have re- 
quested their own library card, and gradu- 
ating classes are now automatically added 
to the list. The 1995 alumni directory is 
in the hands of all who ordered it and is 
the subject of many compliments; and 



12,500 alumni now hold our privileged 
MBNA Visa bank card. To date, we have 
distributed over $40,000 in scholarships, 
thanks to the Visa program. 

It is difficult to imagine that our 
Laetare Sunday Communion Breakfast 
could continue to be a renewable suc- 
cess; yet, March 2 6th witnessed the gath- 
ering of 1,050 alumni and friends who 
heard a magnificent talk by Washington 
punster, Mark Shields — so excellent it 
earned him a standing ovation. The lit- 
urgy was highlighted by the participa- 
tion of four priests from the silver 
anniversary class of 1970, a figure future 
jubilee classes will find a challenge. I 
won't dwell on the year's other fabulous 
events — like the Christmas Chorale Con- 
cert, Family Day, or Boston College 
Alumni Night at the Pops (at which we 
gave Keith Lockhart a rousing BC wel- 
come)— but let me mention the pre- 
game BC- 

continned on next page 



BOSTON COLLEGE 
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

1995-96 Board of 

Directors 

President 

John P. Connor, Jr., Esq. '65, 
law '68 
Walpole, MA 

Vice President/ 
President Elect 

Richard J. O'Brien '58, 
GSSW '60 
Springfield, VA 



Treasurer 

Thomas J. Martin '61 
Canton, MA 

Secretary 

Karen McCabe Hare '87 
Cape Elizabeth, ME 

Past President 

John H. MacKinnon '62 
Hingham, MA 

Directors 

Dennis J. Berry, Esq. '70, 

LAW'73 

Way/and, MA 



Amy Allegrezza Donahue '90 
Holliston, MA 

Donald J. Emond GSSW '62 
Taunton, MA 

Donald A. Garnett '77 
Boston, MA 

Jean M. Graham '90 
Arlington, MA 

Kristina D. Gustafson '96 
Seattle, WA 

Robert F.X. Hart '60, GSSW '62 
Denver, CO 

Philip C. Hazard, Jr. '78 
E. Providence, Rl 



Carol Donovan Levis NEW '63 
Attleboro, MA 

Andres J. Lopez CGSOM '82 
Wellesley, MA 

James J. Marcellino, Esq. 
LAW '68 
Providence, Rl 

Keith S. Mathews '80 
Providence, Rl 



James F. Nagle '89 
Medfield, MA 

Edward J. O'Brien, Jr., 

MD'63 

St. Louis, MO 



Kristin A. Quirk '90 
Walertown, MA 

Rhonda C Raffi NEW '75 
Arlington, MA 

John M. Riley '82 
Watertown, MA 

Jeanne C Salvucci '84 
Wellesley, MA 

Louis V. Sorgi '45 
Milton, MA 

John D. Sullivan, PhD '50 
Osterville, MA 

Thomas M. Sullivan '89 
Washington, DC 



Executive Director 

John F. Wissler '57, CGSOM '72 

Class Notes Editor 

Maura King Scully '88, 
GA&S '93 

Assistant Editor 

jane M. Crowley '92 



Boston College Alumni 

Association 

Alumni House 

825 Centre Street 

Newton, MA 02158 

(617) 552-4700 

(800) 669-8430 



ALUMNOTES 



We must accept our 

obligation as role 

models for the 

students, regarding 

alcohol consumption 



continued from previous page 
Notre Dame Legends Luncheon. 
Over 1 ,200 alumni and friends of 
both schools gathered at the 
Castle at Park Plaza to appropri- 
ately launch this now "home and 
home" rivalry. 

The University has asked us 
to join in the effort to reduce 
alcohol abuse on the campus. 
Among other things, alumni con- 
tribute to an unfavorable image 
just by the way we display alcohol 
at tailgate parties and other pub- 
lic events. At the conclusion of 
the year, we adopted a mission 
statement and added some tan- 
gible suggestions to help the pro- 
gram along. Next year, we'll be 
talking to alumni class leaders 
about the problem and how they 
can help. We must accept our 
obligation as role models for the 
students, regarding alcohol con- 
sumption. 

Picking up on a suggestion by 
Father Monan, I chaired a gath- 
ering of alumni to examine how 
we might enlist AHANA alumni 
to recruit qualified high school 
students of color, an area of ad- 



missions where we feel we can do 
a better job. The meeting was 
very constructive, with several 
excellent recommendations 
adopted. The Alumni Associa- 
tion clearly can be a part of the 
solution. Also, on admissions, 
after a few years of disappointing 
results, our alumni children ad- 
missions took an upswing this 
year. Fully 1 3 percent of the fresh- 
men class will be alumni chil- 
dren, moving toward our goal of 
15 percent. This is good news. 

Career planning services re- 
main a high priority for us, and I 
can promise that my successor, 
Jack Connor will continue to 
press ahead on this issue. We 
recognize that this is one of the 
most important ways we can con- 
structively serve you. 

Reunions were better at- 
tended than ever. Of note, the 
class of 1945 had an 80 percent 
attendance, with 98 percent con- 
tributing to their class gift of 
$384,000. These three figures are 
all record-breakers and quite a 
challenge to succeeding Golden 
Eagles. The class of 1970 experi- 



enced a marvelous reunion, as its 
members recalled with wry smiles 
that 1970's graduation was in far 
more tempestuous times than the 
silver anniversary celebration. 
Class members also proved by 
the "good time had by all" that 
time does heal all wounds. On 
Saturday of Alumni Weekend, 
over 3,000 alumni, spouses, and 
guests were on campus for their 
reunion parties. 

The year for me has been most 
fulfilling. I wanted to advance 
our goal of service to members 
while serving the University, and 
we have done that. There is no 
end to the possibilities for your 
alumni association, and you can 
help make things happen by your 
support and involvement. 

I leave the association leader- 
ship in the capable hands of Jack 
Connor '65, and I wish him and 
the '95-'96 Alumni Board great 
success in the coming year, while 
I extend my heartfelt thanks to 
the '94-'95 Alumni Board, the 
association staff and all the vol- 
unteers who made my year as 
president a joy. 



'95 Election Results 

Spring Elections bring ten new members to the 
Alumni Board ofDirectiors 



The ballots have been tallied 
and the results in from the 
Spring 1995 Alumni Elections. 
Incoming Alumni Presidentjohn 
P. Connor, Jr. '65, LAW '68 an- 
nounced the winners during this 
year's Reunion Weekend, held 
on the Heights May 19-21. 

The Board of Directors will 
welcome ten new members in 
the fall, representing a range of 
ages, interests and geography. 
Joining the board for a three- 
year term will be Richard J. 
O'Brien '58, GSSW '60 of Spring- 
field, VA. O'Brien will serve as 



vice president/president-elect for 
'95-'96, president for '96-'97 and 
past-president for '97-'98. Newly 
elected treasurerThomasJ. Mar- 
tin '61 of Canton and secretary 
Karen McCabe Hare '87 of Cape 
Elizabeth, ME will serve for one 
year, and will run on next year's 
ballot for vice president/presi- 
dent-elect and treasurer, respec- 
tively. 

Freshmen two-year term 
members include: DennisJ. Berry 
'70, LAW '73 of Wayland; Robert 
F.X. Hart '60, GSSW '62 of Den- 
ver, CO; Jean M. Graham '90 of 



Arlington; Keith S. Mathews '80 
of Providence, RI; Rhonda C. 
Raffi NC 75 of Arlington; John 
D. Sullivan, PhD, '50 of 
Osterville; and Thomas M. 
Sullivan '89 of Washington, DC. 
The Board of Directors is the 
volunteer governing body of the 
Alumni Association which directs 
programs and services for Bos- 
ton College's 113,284 alurnni 
world wide. The Boston College 
Alumni Association is the largest 
Catholic university alumni asso- 
ciation in the world. 



2 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



Reunion '95 



May 19-21 brought over 3,000 alumni, family 
and friends back to the Heights for a weekend of 
remembering, reminiscing and celebrating. Re- 
union classes from the 50th — the Class of '45, to 
the 5th — the Class of '90, joined in the weekend ' s 
revelry which included the annual BC Night at 
Pops at Symphony Hall on Friday; the all-alumni 
barbecue, the Chestnut Hill Grill, on Saturday 
and individual class parties at locations all over 
campus Saturday evening. 

Alumni from non-reunion classes came back for 
Alumni Day on Saturday to participate in the 
day's events, including the Continuing Learning 
programs offered as part of Reunion Weekend. 

Next year, Reunion Weekend will be held May 
17-19, when classes ending in 1 and 6 will have 
their turn to rediscover the people and places 
that make Boston College. 








BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 3 



CLASSES 



25 



William E. O'Brien 

900 Arbor Lake Dr., Apt. 304 

Naples, FL 33963 

(813)592-0393 

Talked to Ed O'Neil on the phone 
this morning. He is fine, but is the 
only classmate I hear from. I would 
appreciate a call or note from any- 
one else alive and kicking — let's keep 
the Class of 1925 represented in 
these Alumni Notes! 



27 



c/o BC Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02 1 58-2527 

On May 17, Boston College lost one 
of her greatest alumni, Joe 
McKenney. He will be remembered 
by his classmates and others for his 
athletic prowess, his record-setting 
coaching career at BC, and for his 
class leadership — including many 
years as class correspondent. In ad- 
dition, his attention to classmates 
and other alumni at their time of 
illness and death occupied many 
hours of his later years. Father 
Monan called him "our most be- 
loved alumnus," and who could ar- 
gue with that? Joe received all our 
honors, including the William V. 
McKenney award and an honorary 
degree in 1983, when the "third gen- 
eration Joe McKenney" graduated 
from BC. His funeral Mass at St. 
Ignatius, fittingly on Alumni Day, 
was celebrated by Father Monan and 
a throng of concelebrants. From us 
at the Alumni Office, who knew and 
loved him, we offer this remem- 
brance while extending our sympa- 
thies to his family. — John F. Wissler 
'57, CGSOM '72, Executive Director 



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Maurice J. Downey 

1 5 Dell Ave. 

Hyde Park, MA 02 136 

(617)361-0752 

Heartfelt sympathy is in the ascen- 
dancy when it is reported that three 
of our classmates have entered eter- 
nity since the last issue. Dr. John 
O'Loughlin was a quintessential 
teacher and educational administra- 
tor, as evidenced by his many teach- 
ing assignments at Somerville High, 
BC and Emmanuel, to name just a 
few. • Atty. Edward Monahan, a 



graduate of Harvard Law, was for 
many years of the bar in his native 
Lowell. • Joseph McKenna died 
recently in California after a long 
and fruitful career as a teacher in 
Cambridge. • To those they have 
left behind, we offer our sincere 
condolences. • Word reaches me 
that Bernard McCabe, a retired 
Boston schoolteacher, was featured 
in an article in one of the Cape Cod 
newspapers. • The lucidly written 
biography of our classmate, Wallace 
Carroll, is now available. The chap- 
ter dealing with the years he spent at 
BC is especially interesting. • May 
our football team have a successful 
season, highlighted by another vic- 
tory over Notre Dame. 



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Robert T. Hughes, Esq. 
3 Ridgeway Rd. 
Wellesley, MA02181 
(617)235-4199 

Very little news to pass on to you at 
this time. • Saw Barr Dolan re- 
cently and, as usual, he looked fine. 
He is still active in the insurance 
business and sends his best to all of 
you. • Talked with president Jim 
Riley on the phone, and he indicates 
that the class will line up some activ- 
ity in the fall. He was pleased with 
the showing at Laetare Sunday. • 
We received a letter from Evelyn 
Cronin informing us of John 
Cronin's death on February 26. 
Evidently it came as a blessing, as he 
had been bed-ridden for the last 
seven years. They had been living in 
Roanoke, VA. May John's soul rest 
in peace. • On a brighter note, BC is 
looking forward to a great football 
season. They have been selected to 
open the national campaign by play- 
ing Ohio State, and their other 
games — including Notre Dame — 
present them with a very difficult 
schedule. We understand that most 
of the home games are already a sell- 
out. • My grandson, Ryan Quinn, 
has just completed his freshman year 
at BC and was among the top in his 
class. • Let's hear from you. Ad 
Majorem Dei Gloriam. 



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Charles A. McCarthy 
208 1 Beacon St. 
Waban, MA 02 168 
(617)244-9025 

Although it was a relatively mild 
winter (for Boston), Mary and I spent 



most of it in Naples, FL. We just 
can't take the ice, snow and wind like 
we used to. St. Anne's Church in 
Naples has a 17-year tradition to 
celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a 
parade. While it doesn't compare 
with South Boston's, it provides en- 
tertainment and excitement for the 
"snow birds." This year, I was sur- 
prised and pleased to see a small but 
vocal contingent of BC alumni 
marching and singing "For Boston!" 
These young alumni are everywhere ! 
• With sadness, I report the death of 
Bill Toomey who died in N. Cam- 
bridge, Dec. 29, 1994. 1 first met Bill 
in old Freshman G, always cheerful 
and up-beat. Our condolences go to 
his widow, Irene, daughter Ann, and 
grandchildren. • I had hoped that 
the baseball strike might revive in- 
terest in the college game. Remem- 
ber the junkets to Worcester each 
May 30 for the BC- HC contests? 
That was real baseball. I recall a duel 
between HC's Owen Carroll and 
BC's FrankMcCrehan before 40,000 
fans at old Braves Field. There used 
to be a picture of that event hanging 
in the old A. A. office at the Heights. 
With memories like that, who needs 
the Fenway millionaires? As Casey 
Stengel would say "You could look it 
up." • Some of you may have known, 
but it came as a surprise to me that 
our late classmate John Haverty 
was a Civil War buff and had col- 
lected a valuable and extensive li- 
brary on the subject. His widow, 
Margaret, has graciously donated this 
collection to BC in memory of John 
and her brother, the late Cardinal 
Wright. • Bill Tobin attended the 
Washington, DC reception for Fa- 
ther Monan. He sends his regards to 
us. • Don't forget the concert com- 
ing Sept. 1 5 , Pops on the Heights, to 
raise funds for scholarships. This 
will be the third year for this event 
which has already provided funds 
for 14 scholarships. 



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Thomas W. Crosby, Esq. 
New Pond Village Suite B306 
1 80 Main St. 
Walpole, MA 02081 
(508)660-1174 

With sadness we report the death of 
Reverend Monsignor Edward B, 
Flaherty, retired director of Regina 
Cleri Home. During World War II, 
he served as an Army chaplain in the 
Pacific Theater (Guadalcanal). Fa- 
ther Ed was director of Regina Cleri 
from 1974 to his retirement in 1990. 
As we may recall, he was the brother 



of the late Reverend Monsignor 
Anthony, Reverend Monsignor 
Walter and Dr. Albert. He is sur- 
vived by his brother Paul. The fu- 
neral Mass was celebrated by 
Cardinal Bernard Law in St. Charles 
Church, Woburn on May 27. • The 
class was well represented on Laetare 
Sunday by the attendance of Mike 
Curran; Mary Rowlinson, accom- 
panied by her granddaughter, Jenni- 
fer Thalman '98, who as a freshman 
is carrying on the BC tradition, as 
her mother, Jane, is '70; and Tom 
Crosby, accompanied by his grand- 
son, Neil Deininger '96, just now 
completing his junior year. • A bit of 
nostalgia: Recently Mike Curran 
and your scribe were invited guests 
at a luncheon sponsored by the Jo- 
seph Coolidge Shaw Society. The 
luncheon was held in our senior class 
lecture hall (now known as Gasson 
100) and to their surprise, their as- 
signed table was in the exact location 
of their classroom seats some 64 
years ago. • Our class contribution 
to the 1994 Annual Fund is worthy 
of mention. Number of gifts: 38; 
total contributions, $13,77 5 .00, with 
Mike Curran being noted as a Fides 
Patron. • Phone conversations with 
several of our classmates were most 
pleasant and we report the follow- 
ing: Bill Bennett up Gloucester way 
is busily engaged in getting his boat 
on the water for summer cruising; 
Father Bill Donlon travels from 
Natick to Scituate every Tuesday to 
visit Dr. Frank West; John Gill is 
his usual "happy self as a resident of 
St. Patrick's Manor; Tom Maguire 
is on the golf course at least once a 
week; Frank Romeo is a weekly 
bowler; and Johnny Temple, as an 
ardent baseball fan, is overseeing the 
trials and tribulations of the Red 
Sox. • May we all enjoy a healthful 
fall season again; telephone calls from 
you and your family members will 
be most appreciated. 



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John P. Connor 
24 Crestwood Cir. 
Norwood, MA 02062 
(617)762-6377 

On June 1, we had a very fine 63rd 
reunion. It started with Mass, cel- 
ebrated by classmate Fr. Ed Nowlan, 
SJ, and continued with a delicious 
meal and con-fab with one another. 
Peter Quinn, at the reunion, an- 
nounced his retirement as class presi- 
dent after many years of doing a 
wonderful job. We are going to miss 
him very much and thank him for his 



4 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



untiring efforts in holding the Class 
of '32 together. Have a happy, 
healthy and peaceful retirement, 
Peter. • Fred Meier was chosen to 
succeed Peter and we know he will 
do a great job. • Those attending the 
reunion were Josephine and Fran 
Curtin; Fr. Ed Nowlan, SJ; Mary 
and Ed Hurley; Jerry Kelley; Ed 
Herlihy; Nancy and Peter Quinn; 
Walter Drohan; Louise and Fred 
Meier; Mary and Dan Larkin; 
Mildred and Jim Donovan; Lillian 
and Emil Romanowsky and their 
daughter Ann; Frank Moynihan; 
Mrs. Alvin Richie; Mrs. Edmund 
Brennan; Mrs. DiVirgilio; Dante 
DiVirgilio; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur 
O'Keefe; Mrs. Charlie Callery; and 
Helen and Barbara Callery. • Due to 
the illness of his wife Josephine, Paul 
Stacy was unable to attend but 
wanted to be remembered to all. 
Due to unfortunate circumstances, 
my wife and I were also unable to 
attend, but hope we were remem- 
bered to all. Eva and Tom Connelly 
were unable to attend, being in Ber- 
muda. • Sorry to have to report the 
passing of three of our classmates: 
John Collins in April, who left his 
wife Regina, sons John, Peter, James 
and Daniel, and daughters Ann and 
Mary; Tom Collins on Aug. 20, 
who had retired from Boston Edison; 
and James Hayden, former super- 
intendent of schools for New 
Bedford, on April 10. Jim left a son 
James and a sister Vancini. We offer 
our sincere condolences. • Got a 
nice note from Chris Nugent stat- 
ing all is well but he was unable to 
attend the reunion this year. So, he 
stayed home in Sarasota, FL. • Re- 
ceived a letter from James Cleary 
'50, asking me to promote the return 
of Pops on the Heights on Sept. 15. 
• Ed Gallagher's daughter Susan is 
a teacher and lacrosse coach at the 
Belmont Hill school. 



33 



John F. Desmond 
780 S. Main St. 
Centerville, MA 02632 
(508) 775-5492 



34 



Herbert A. Kenny 
804 Summer St. 
Manchester, MA 01944 

John A. Long of Westwood, for- 
merly of Newton and Needham, a 
well-known real estate attorney, died 



at his home in May after a brief 
illness. His wife and ten children 
were at his bedside. John was the 
first great-grandfather in the class. 
He was a triple eagle, graduating 
from BC High in 1930, from BC in 
1934 and from BC Law in 1943. He 
was a member of the Mass. Bar Asso- 
ciation for 5 1 years. John was a se- 
nior partner in the law firm of Lyne, 
Woodworth and Evarts in Boston, 
and a long-time member of the Bos- 
ton Catholic Lawyers Guild, estab- 
lishing the annual Boston Lawyers 
Retreat in 1944. The Martindale- 
Hubbell Law Directory gave him its 
highest rating for legal ability. As a 
real estate attorney, he represented 
many major banks, insurance com- 
panies and developers. Two of his 
classmates, the Rev. Jack Saunders 
and the Rev. John Caulfield were 
on the altar with several other priests 
at his funeral mass at St. 
Bartholomew's church in Needham. 
He is survived by his wife, Gervaise 
(nee Kelley); three sons: William P. 
of Irvine, Calif; Francis X. of West 
Newbury; and Robert J. of Scituate; 
and seven daughters: Gervaise Haley 
of Hull, SusanneMcInerney-Hickey 
of Southborough, Valerie Cooper 
of Derry, NH; Mary -Jeanne Kuehn 
of Tustin, Calif.; Lynnie Mahoney 
of Bridgewater; Jacquelynne 
Gardiner of Derry, NH; and Vir- 
ginia Martins of Southborough; 3 1 
grandchildren and four great-grand- 
children; and one sister, Mrs. 
Madeline Long Grady of Chestnut 
Hill. • Bill Joyce is back in Osterville 
after his winter sojourn in Florida. • 
Msgr. John Dillon Day gave the 
invocation for the Boston City Coun- 
cil in May and made the papers. • 
Msgr. Russell Davis is mending at 
his sister's home in Duxbury after 
major surgery at Norwood Hospi- 
tal. • Your correspondent has not 
been idle. His novel, Paddy Madigan, 
will be published this summer. 



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Daniel G. Holland, Esq. 

164 Elgin St. 

Newton Centre, MA 02 1 59 

As these notes were being prepared, 
the class was looking forward ea- 
gerly to our 60th anniversary cel- 
ebration to be held on June 7 with 
Mass and luncheon arranged through 
the courtesy of the Alumni Associa- 
tion. All who could do so were ex- 
pected to show solidarity of Class by 
supporting the reunion effort made 
possible by the enthusiastic coop- 
eration of the Alumni Association 



staff. • The Laetare Sunday celebra- 
tion consisted of Mass at St. Ignatius 
Church and breakfast at McElroy 
Commons at which the principal 
address was given by the noted po- 
litical analyst and syndicated colum- 
nist Mark Shields. Laetare greetings 
to the Class were received from Bill 
Hannan and Dr. Bill Nash. • The 
Class also received a very touching 
note from Catherine Dougherty of 
Brick, NJ, widow Dr. Bill 
Dougherty. • The Class shared in 
the honor of the Development 
Office's Volunteer Award Presenta- 
tions by the class agent award given 
in the name of John Griffin. This 
was the first year the award was pre- 
sented; Samuel S. Church '43 re- 
ceived it for his work on the BC 
Fund. John's devotion to BC and his 
years of dedicated service invested 
this award with special meaning. • 
Jim Cleary '50, chairman of Pops on 
the Heights concert with the Boston 
Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the 
BC Chorale, is working overtime to 
assure the success of this year's gala 
event on Fri., Sept. 15 which pro- 
duces funds for scholarships to wor- 
thy students. This worthwhile and 
challenging undertaking has raised 
funds in excess of one million dollars 
over the past two years. If you are 
interested in tickets, call 617-552- 
2234. • Our Class notes with sad- 
ness the death of our former coach 
and dear friend Joe McKenney '27. 



36 



Joseph P. Keating 
24 High St. 
Natick, MA 01 760 
(508) 653-4902 

Thanks to Brendon Shea, the an- 
nual class luncheon held in May was 
again a most enjoyable take-in. 
Those at the luncheon were: Julie 
and Al Burgoyne, Grace and Gerry 
Burke, Rita and Dr. Bob Condon, 
Madeline and Dennis Dooley, 
Helen and John Fahey, Virginia 
and John Haggerty, Steve Hart, 
Dorothy and Frank Hilbrunner, 
Mary and Joe Keating, Mary and 
Bernie Kelley, Frank Mahoney, 
Phyllis and Tom Mahoney, Gerry 
and Jack McLaughlin, Bishop 
Lawrence Riley and Brendon and 
Mary Shea. Also joining us were 
Ursula Mahoney, PegMcCarthy and 
Terrie Provenzano. Helen and John 
Kilderry and Kathleen and Charlie 
Sampson planned to attend but were 
unable to make it. The good Bishop, 
Larry Riley, said grace and benedic- 
tion and Jack McLaughlin signed up 



the accordion player to lend music 
to the affair. In addition to the above, 
Brendon heard from the following: 
Paul McGrady from Indian Hills, 
CO, who will be visiting in Maine in 
mid-June — too late for the luncheon; 
Dr. Jack Burke, who wrote from 
Hilton Head and felt the 1 500 miles 
to Boston was a little bit far to come; 
Leo Horgan, living in Pompano 
Beach, sent regrets and hopes to be 
here for our 60th; Fr. Tom Navien, 
presently confined in Regina Cleri; 
and Johnny Fiumaro from Bryan, 
TX — time and distance stopped him 
from coming but not from "joining" 
us; he and his wife Anna went to 
lunch the day of our luncheon at the 
Hilton Hotel and in that sense was 
with us. All of the above wanted to 
be remembered to everyone in the 
class. All seemed in great shape, es- 
pecially Leo Horgan who, from his 
letter, is certainly young at heart! At 
the luncheon, Tom Mahoney sug- 
gested that, since various 50th anni- 
versary celebrations of victory in 
Europe were occurring, it would be 
appropriate to remember that two 
of our classmates, Arnold Red 
O'Donnell of Attleboro, and John 
Rusty O'Brien, of Jamaica Plain, 
had been killed in action. Bishop 
Riley led us in prayer for those two 
and all our classmates, especially 
those who had died since our last 
meeting. • Peg Mahoney, wife of 
George Mahoney, died in mid- 
April; I'm sure many classmates were 
at her wake. Among those attending 
the funeral were Gerry and Jack 
McLaughlin, Mary and Phil Tracy, 
Mary and Joe Keating, Mary Shea, 
and Tom Mahoney. Bishop Riley 
was on the altar and gave the homily. 
He also gave the final prayers and 
blessing. • Mrs. Mary Dacey wrote 
to inform us that her beloved hus- 
band, Joseph E. Dacey, passed away 
on May 7. The class is saddened by 
the news and our heartfelt condo- 
lences to Mary and the rest of Joe's 
family. • Also, I have to report that 
Dr. Fred Howard of Chestnut Hill 
died in March; and Helen Connors, 
wife of Jim Connors of West Ha- 
ven, CT, died in April. You are asked 
to remember all of the above and 
their families in your prayers. • Next 
year will be our 60th. Brendon plans 
to form a committee to come up 
with suggestions as to what we might 
do for this big anniversary. If you 
have any ideas, send them along to 
either Brendon or me. Of all the 
suggestions received at our luncheon 
as to how best to celebrate the 60th, 
Bishop Larry's table came up with 
the best: "Survive!" Hear! Hear! 



BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 5 



CLASSES 



37 



Angelo A. DiMattia 
82 Perthshire Rd. 
Brighton, MA 02 135 
(617)782-3078 

It is my sad duty to report that sev- 
eral classmates have been called to 
their eternal reward. First I want to 
report the passing of Edward J. Hart 
on Dec. 26, 1994 at his home in 
Bradenton, FL. This news came to 
me from Charlie Iarrobino. Hart 
was former personnel manager of 
Chrysler Corp. at Newark assembly 
from 1960 to 1971. In 1971 he was 
transferred to the same post at the 
firm's Ann Arbor, MI plant. He re- 
tired in 1975. He is survived by his 
wife Jane, two sons: Stephen J. and 
ThomasJ.; and daughter, Rosemary 
T. Kessberger of Florida. We ex- 
tend to them our condolences. • Dr. 
Charles J. Quigley died on Jan. 7 in 
Salem, NH. He owned and operated 
Quigley and Sons Consulting Pe- 
troleum Engineering for several 
years. He leaves his wife Constance 
and his children Dr. Charles Jr., 
Clarkson, Joan and Jill Quigley 
Roberge. We extend to them our 
sympathy. • As I mentioned in my 
previous notes, Fr. Edwin Crowley, 
SJ passed away on Jan. 14. Much of 
Fr. Crowley's life was spent at BC 
High where he held many service 
positions, including moderator of 
the mothers' guild from 1958 until 
1992 when he retired to the Cam- 
pion Center in Weston. He leaves 
one cousin, John P. Sullivan of Hyde 
Park. • Next was Arthur Durkin on 
Jan. 29. Arthur was a chemistry ma- 
jor and became a successful business 
man. He was self-employed and 
owned the American Metal Process- 
ing Co. in Wakefield. I can attest to 
his knowledge of chemistry as he 
was a classmate of mine in the BS 
program at the Heights. We extend 
to his wife Catherine, his son Arthur 
Jr. and his two daughters: Priscilla, 
who teaches Latin at Boston Latin 
High School in Boston, and Nancy 
Orazem, our most sincere condo- 
lences. • I must add that I have lost 
a very dear friend. I received a note 
from John Keary of Fairhaven who 
informed me about his wife's pass- 
ing on Feb. 24. She died after a long 
illness and is survived byjohn; their 
four sons: Thomas, Michael, Timo- 
thy and Paul; and daughter, Ann 
Marie Toraya. We extend our sin- 
cere condolences. I regret to an- 
nounce that John has had his share 
of illnesses. • Hazel Lomax and 
Casper Ferguson celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary at the old 



mansion where they were married at 
Chester Park in the South End. This 
mansion is in need of repair, so the 
Fergusons eschewed anniversary 
gifts and asked their guests to make 
a donation to the building fund. The 
strategy raised $2,500 for restora- 
tion! • Prayers are solicited for our 
ill clergy who are at Regina Cleri 
and also for the many in our class 
that need prayers for recovery. In 
your kindness, remember my wife 
Julia who has suffered another stroke 
on May 5. Andrew Gaquin, Eric 
Stenholm and I believe there may 
be some others who have not been 
brought to my attention. • I wish to 
make a correction from the last is- 
sue: Dr. Jack O'Hara changed resi- 
dences in Athol. 



38 



Thomas F. True, Jr. 

37 Pomfret St. 

W. Roxbury, MA 02132 

(617)327-7281 

John Janusas has been voted into 
the Varsity Club Hall of Fame. He 
will be honored at a dinner in Conte 
Forum Oct. 20. A large number of 
his family, teammates and '38ers are 
expected to attend. The following 
day at the BC-Army game, John and 
the other inductees will be intro- 
duced to the fans. • We recently 
learned of the passing of Dr. John 
Duffy and Walter Lepiesha last 
fall. John had been living in 
Manchester, NH and died last Oct. 
Walter made his home in Worces- 
ter. To their families, we offer our 
sincere sympathy. • In the last issue 
we neglected to mention that Dr. 
Ed Ryan had sent along his year- 
book along with the letter. We for- 
warded it to Jim Cahill as he had 
requested. • Although we were sad- 
dened to learn the news that it con- 
tained, we want to thank Gene Soles' 
brother for sending us the follow- 
ing: "It is with deep regret and sad- 
ness that I must tell you of the death 
of my brother Eugene Soles. He 
died suddenly from a rare pneumo- 
nia on May 1 . He was 79 years of age. 
He lived in New Castle, NH for 45 
years and was a retired VP of Dunphy 
Corp. He is survived by his wife 
Jeanne; his sister Geraldine of 
Clearwater Beach, FL; and his broth- 
ers, Jerome of Dennis and Thomas 
'44 of Harwichport. Our condo- 
lences to Gene's wife, sister and 
brothers. • Our '38 foursome had 
their annual get-together again this 
year — Bill Finan, Paul Mulkern, 
Charlie Kimball and Frank Hunt. 



No mention was made as to whether 
their scores had improved since last 
year. • We have lost another loyal 
classmate, Fr. John McLaughlin. 
Bill Finan and I paid our respects at 
St. John's Church in Beverly. While 
there we met John Caselli with Paul 
Chavane. At the Church we had a 
brief reunion with Charlie Logue 
and Fr. Bill Guindon, SJ. Charlie 
wanted to be remembered to Joe 
Home. Bill tells us that he is at the 
Jesuit House at 300 Newbury St.; 
Fr. Joe Keaney, SJ is at the same 
residence. In appreciation of all that 
Fr. McLaughlin had done for the 
Class over the years, we sent a dona- 
tion to Regina Cleri in his memory. 
• My grandson, Thomas F. True rV, 
graduated from Colby College this 
year. His brother John is entering 
Fairfield Univ. in Sept. • While Bill 
Finan was in Florida, Paul Mulkern 
took care of arrangements for 
Laetare Sunday. At our two tables 
were Barbara and Frank Hunt, Tom 
O'Connor, Ellie and John Marshall 
(who won a book written by guest 
speaker Mark Shields), Ruth Castelli, 
Phyllis and Paul Mulkern, Ruth and 
Tom True, Fr. John McLaughlin 
(who also concelebrated the Mass), 
Carol and Jim Cahill, Phyllis and 
Tony DiNatale and Peter Kirslis. 
The Guthries were in Florida at the 
time; and Dick Canavan had sent 
his payment for a ticket, but couldn't 
make it. • Plans are underway for a 
Memorial Mass, luncheon, get-to- 
gether, etc. in the fall. 



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William E. McCarthy 

39 Fairway Dr. 

W. Newton, MA 02 165 

(617)332-5196 

On April 30 — under the chairman- 
ship of our president Paul A. Keane 
and a committee consisting of 
Charlie Murphy, Al Branca, Pete 
Kerr and Bill McCarthy — the 
'39ers enjoyed an afternoon of the- 
atre at Robsham with the produc- 
tion of "Company," followed by a 
cocktail party and dinner. Those at- 
tending were: Nancy Norberg, Ann 
Peyton, Larry Fitzgerald, Bill Hol- 
land, John Donovan and Bill Flynn. 
All the following, with the exception 
of Simeon Legendre, who came 
with his son-in-law, came with their 
wives: George Devlin, Arthur 
Sullivan, Al Branca, Pete Kerr, Bill 
McCarthy, Herb Chernack and 
Paul Keane. • Received a letter from 
Jim Cleary '50, chairman of Pops on 
the Heights, reminding people of 



this upcoming event on Sept. 15. It 
features conductor Marvin 
Hamlisch, the world-renowned Bos- 
ton Pops Orchestra and the BC 
Chorale, and has raised funds well in 
excess of $1 million over the past 
two years. Those who are interested 
in attending would give a big boost 
in providing scholarship assistance 
to qualified students. • We had a 
great turnout for Laetare Sunday 
under the chairmanship of Charlie 
Murphy. We had an excellent 
speaker, Mark Shields, the political 
analyst and syndicated columnist. 
Those attending were George 
Devlin, Nelson Erickson, Larry 
Fitzgerald, Peter Kerr, Mary and 
John Donovan, Gina and Bill 
McCarthy, Natalie and Charlie 
Murphy, Barbara and Ed Quinn, Ann 
and Frank Sennott, Mary and Arthur 
Sullivan, Kathleen and Paul Nagle, 
and Fr. Joe Fallon, SJ. • Received a 
note from Paul Needham regard- 
ing the 60th reunion from Lawrence 
Academy, which he and Bill Flynn 
attended. Paul's grandson Brian 
graduated from Assumption College 
in Worcester, where he was captain 
of the football team, and Paul's 
granddaughter Diane graduated 
from Middlebury College. Hope that 
Paul's wife Kay is improving after 
her recent illness. • Received a letter 
from Frank Brennan saying that his 
son, Jack, will soon become CEO of 
the $150 billion Vanguard Mutual 
Fund. The Wall Street Journal states 
that Jack has been Vanguard's presi- 
dent since 1989 and has completely 
bought into the tightfisted tradition; 
in fact, he recently got a letter from 
a Vanguard institutional client who 
was "so happy to see him get into the 
back of a rented Ford." • Received a 
note from Frank McBride's widow, 
Mary, with an obituary from 
Norwalk, CT. After graduation from 
BC, Frank attended Southeastern 
Univ. Law School in Washington, 
DC prior to his appointment as a 
special agent in the FBI. After re- 
signing from the FBI, he joined 
Stamford Rolling Mills Co., where 
he served as director of industrial 
relations. Later on, Frank was man- 
ager of personnel and labor relations 
for Westinghouse Corp. He was also 
finance chairman of the Norwalk 
Republican party in 1 966 and a com- 
missioner of the Norwalk Redevel- 
opment Agency. He was a founder 
of the Connecticut Catholic Con- 
ference, was president of Norwalk 
Catholic Charities, and was awarded 
knighthood in the Order of St. Gre- 
gory the Great by Pope John Paul II. 
• Our sympathy is extended to Pete 
Ricciuti on the passing of his wife 
Doris in April, and also to Kathleen 



6 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



Ash of Clearwater, FL on the death 
of her husband, Edward J. Ash. Ed 
was a former supervisor in the Mass. 
Social Service Dept. Ed was a gradu- 
ate of New Hampton Prep and BC, 
where he was a baseball star and 
member of the Varsity Club. He was 
also a former CYO baseball coach. 
Pete Kerr, our class treasurer, will 
send the spiritual bouquets. 



40 



Daniel J. Griffin 
1 70 Great Pond Rd. 
N. Andover, AAA 01 845 

Barbara Goodman has again ar- 
ranged for a luncheon for the wives 
and widows of our class for Sept. 2 1 
at the Wellesley College Club. The 
affair will begin at 1 1 :30 am and will 
include a multi-course buffet, tax, 
tip and parking. Ladies interested 
should send a check in the amount of 
$11.50 payable to Mrs. John 
Goodman, 40 College Rd., 
Wellesley, MA 02181. For further 
information, phone 617-235-4188. 
This is a repeat affair held for the 
past few years, and has been enjoyed 
by a goodly number of wives or wid- 
ows of the famous class of '40. • Our 
class is requested to support the Pops 
on the Heights concert featuring 
conductor Marvin Hamlisch, the 
world renowned Boston Pops Espla- 
nade Orchestra and the BC Chorale 
on Sept. 1 5 . This concert raises funds 
for scholarship endowment, and we 
should "pop" for a good cause. • The 
Pilot on March 24 carried pictures of 
3 1 priests celebrating their 50th an- 
niversary of ordination this year. In- 
cluded was Rev. Lawrence Doyle, 
senior priest in residence at St. 
Patrick's parish in Lawrence. John 
Foristall and I attended the celebra- 
tion marking this event on June 25; 
his twin brother Walter Doyle and 
wife Catherine also attended the cel- 
ebration at the parish, along with 
many friends and parishioners. 
Walter is the retired city clerk in 
Beverly, but Lawrence still labors in 
the vineyard at St. Patrick's. Also 
listed was Rev. William Smith, 
OMI, bursar, Oblate Infirmary, and 
senior priest in residence at St. 
William's Parish in Tewksbury . Rev. 
William Carpenger, who died in 
1973, was also mentioned. • We 
learned of the passing of three class- 
mates this quarter. PatrickJ. Ennis, 
a retired social worker, died on Jan. 
25 in Northampton. Frederick J. 
Dobbrats of Hilton Head, SC died 
on March 14. He had served as an 
agent with the FBI for 27 years. Also 



Sidney S. Bogen of Randolph, a 
retired manufacturer of leather 
clothing, died on April 4. 1 know you 
will keep these and all our deceased 
classmates in your prayers. • 
Catherine and John Foristall re- 
cently attended their granddaughter 
Kendyl's graduation from Cornell 
Univ. where she received a BA in 
animal science. Kendyl, daughter of 
Ed Foristall '72, plans to become a 
vet. 



41 



Richard B. Daley 
160 Old Billerica Rd. 
Bedford, AAA 01 730 
(617)275-7651 

Please remember the following class- 
mates, who have passed on. John 
Guinee of Somerville, a former 
teacher in the Somerville school sys- 
tem for 38 years, died on Dec. 3. He 
was also a former director of St. 
Bernard's Church, past member of 
the St. Vincent DePaul Society and 
the Holy Name Society. • John 
O'Brien died Jan. 2. He was a re- 
tired consultant to the Ford Motor 
Co. • John Mulvehill died in May. 
Classmates attending his wake were 
John Colahan, John Jansen, Jim 
McLaughlin, Tom Donelin, Nick 
Sottile and Jim Kiely. • The open- 
ing of our 55 th anniversary for the 
Class of 1941 will be the attendance 
at the BC-Syracuse football game at 
Syracuse. The game is on Nov. 18; 
transportation will be by bus and 
overnight will be at a local hotel. 
Keep this event in mind — it shall be 
a winner! • The annual luncheon on 
May 23 was a great affair! Sixty-five 
classmates and wives were present, 
plus a good showing by the clergy. 
Those in attendance were John 
Kehoe, John Bowes, Dick Daley, 
Leonard McDermott, Joe 
McCafferty, Gene Goodreaut, Nick 
Sottile, John Jansen, Paul Jennings, 
Msgr. Tom Finnegan, Frank 
Galvant, Jim Kiely, Bob Sliney, 
Bishop Joe Maguire, Brendon 
Crotty, ST. Colamaria, Jim Murray, 
Fred jaquith, Jack Colahan, Ceclia 
McDonague, Fr. Jim Rogers, Fran 
Bellew, Fran Blouin, Helen Ryan, 
John Hayes, J. Warren Heffeman, 
Harry Fulchino, Jack Calahan, 
George McManama, Ethel Sheehan, 
George Kerivan, George Hanlon, 
Paul True, Leonard Frisoli, Emil 
Slizewski, Jim McLaughlin, Dave 
White, Walt Dubzinski, Bill Brewin, 
Charles O'Rourke, Fran Hegarty and 
Fr. Ed Cowhig. 



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Ernest J. Handy 

84 Walpole St. Unit 4-M 

Canton, MA 02021 

(617)821-4576 

I am extremely grateful to John 
Fitzgerald and John Irrabino for 

sending material from which these 
notes are composed. At the dinner in 
his honor, held on March 1 8 at the 
Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, Washing- 
ton, DC, Bob Drinan received the 
congratulations of President and 
Mrs. Clinton. The opening page of 
the tribute booklet reads, "Robert F. 
Drinan's name is signed to every 
petition in behalf of the persecuted, 
because we can always count on him 
to raise his voice for the victims who 
are forgotten, cheated or betrayed." 
Bob closed his remarks that evening 
with a quotation from Irish poet 
William Butler Yeats, "Think where 
a man's glory most begins and ends. 
And say my glory was I had such 
friends." If interested, contact me 
for a copy of his speech. Have you 
read the biography of Bob in the 
spring issue of BCM? • Thanks to 
Tom Hinchey the Class was repre- 
sented by 16 classmates at the Laetare 
Sunday celebration. In addition to 
Tom, Terry Geoghegan and John 
Lane were accompanied by their 
wives. Unaccompanied included Jim 
Boudreau, Paul O'Hara, Gerry 
Joyce, Leo Strumski, Dave O'Keefe, 
Charlie Ahern, Bucky Harris, Jim 
Calahane, Paul Heffron, John 
Fitzgerald, Frank Mahoney, Martin 
Hansberry and yours truly. • On 
April 3, Louise and Jack Hart be- 
came the proud grandparents of Sh- 
annon Louise who checked in at 7 1/ 
2 pounds. One month later Jack and 
Louise celebrated their Golden 
Wedding Anniversary with a grand 
reception at the Framingham Coun- 
try Club. Jack still envies me the title 
"Best Man." • Also celebrating 50 
Golden Years together in 1995 were 
Winifred and Bob Troy. Marie and 
Frank Dever finalized the celebra- 
tion of their 50 years of happiness 
together with a trip to Italy, courtesy 
of their two sons and three daugh- 
ters. • Jim Stanton continues to 
reign as golf club champ at 
Wyndemere in Naples, FL. Shortly 
before his return to New England, 
Jim shot a round of his age (74) less 
2, i.e., he parred the course. Jim still 
found time to work with Dan Barrett 
and organize our Annual Memorial 
Mass, which, this year, also served as 
a testimonial to our classmates Tony 
Cintolo, Joe Downey, Bill Flynn, 
John Kelly, John Lawler and Jim 



Maloney, each of whom celebrated 
their Golden Anniversaries as 
priests. Space does not permit the 
listing of the many who attended. 
Long distance travelers included 
Joan and Jack McMahon up from 
Vero Beach, FL. for the summer. 
Both are bragging about their 1 6th 
grandchild and their 2nd great- 
grandchild. Congratulations! • I 
look forward to seeing many of 
you at the football games this fall. 
Before or after the game, as you are 
walk through Shea Field, Frank 
Dever and I will be pleased to serve 
as hosts with refreshments. 



43 



Thomas O'C. Murray 

14 Churchill Rd. 

W. Roxbury, MA02132 

(617)323-3737 

First and foremost, we must begin 
with thanks to Ernie Santosuosso 
for his great work on the last col- 
umn while your regular scribe was 
"down south!" • Again, sadly, we 
must report the passing of two more 
classmates: Dr. Bob Nangle, from 
Atkinson, NH, on April 15; and 
again in April, Marc Carrigan — 
one of the old CBA men from 
Newbury Street — after a long ill- 
ness in Weston, MA. Marc began 
with the old CBA gang "down- 
town," left early to join the Air 
Force, later was associated with 
the automobile industry for many 
years, co-founded the NE Shuttle 
Co., was a director of Shawmut 
Bank and a member of Woodland 
Golf Club. To Catherine and his 
family, our sincere sympathy. • 
Now from notes on hand. Many 
thanks to Eddie O'Connor for his 
great work on another fine theater 
party on April 30. The usual group 
was present, but we were pleased 
to see Bill Noonan from 
Gloucester for the first time in 
many years. Also, Ed O'Connor 
told us of a nice letter from Fr. 
Larry Cedrone, who hopes to 
make more class functions in the 
future. • Ed McEnroe reports that 
Dot and Dan Healy stopped for a 
visit with them in Florida, and that 
our old fencing "master" Yale 
Richmond was a featured speaker 
at a world-wide symposium in St. 
Petersburg on the negotiations 
with Russia. • Best wishes to Jack 
Kelleher on his recent hip opera- 
tions. • Thanks to Frank Hill for 
"late" payment of class dues — ac- 
tually, it was in advance!! Also, if 
you need some good travel advice, 



BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 7 



"Oh, he's been like this ever 
since he got his first annuity 
check from Boston College. " 



"What's up with Ed 
these days?" 




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J ' - " "JULuJfe 





Support Boston College and receive 
your first check September 30. 



When Ed's CDs were rolling over last year, 
he doubled his income by establishing a 
Boston College Gift Annuity. At his age, 72 „ 
he receives 7.2 percent for the rest of his life. 
Plus, he received a substantial income tax 
deduction. And, for the duration of his life 
expectancy, about half of the annuity pay- 
ment will be tax-free (federal and state). 



If you are age 60 or older and have cash or 
securities that just aren'tyielding whatyou'd 
hoped they would, return the form below 
and see what BC can do for you. The rates 
increase from 6.1 percent for age 60 to 11 
percent for age 90 and older. The minimum 
gift is $10,000. 



Yes, please tell me how I can make a gift to Boston College 
and receive an annuity for life. 

I have included Boston College in my will. 



NAME 


DATE OF BIRTH 


ADDRESS 


BC AFFILIATION 


PHONE 


Please include an example -with ?ny spouse as second beneficiary 
SPOUSE'S DATE OF BIRTH 



Mail to: 

Debra Ashton 

Office of Gift and Estate Planning 

Boston College 

More Hall 220 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02167 

Telephone: (617) 552-3409 
Fax: (617) 552-2894 



8/95 



8 BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZINF. 



please see Frank at Global Travel in 
Framingham. • Tom Kennedy 
sends greetings to all, and Leo Reilly 
asks that he appear on the invitation 
list to the '95 golf day at Wayland. • 
Speaking about that ... we must 
thank Jim Harvey for again master- 
minding this annual event. Any re- 
ports of prizes, great scores, etc. will 
be announced in our fall column. • 
With thanks to Ernie Santosuosso, 
the Alumni Association-sponsored 
Second Helping "Magic Ball" at the 
600 Club at Fenway Park was a great 
success. • Had a short note from 
Tom Heath in January, protesting 
another attack of malaria — he says 
this is malaria country (not Marlboro 
country!!) — but checked back in Feb- 
ruary in better health. Letters would 
be most welcome!! • We hear that 
the Bob Rehlings will be in resi- 
dence in Cotuit for the summer, and 
that Jim P. Connolly had a good 
golf day at the Cape Cod Country 
Club. • NB: It's mid-'95, but just a 
reminder that your '95 class dues are 
still payable. Check your records; if 
late, please remit now. 



44 



James F. McSorley, Jr. 
1204 Washington St. 
N. Abington, MA 02351 
(617)878-3008 

Harry Roberts let us know he and 
Nancy wintered in Stuart, FL, just 
north of Jupiter where Charlotte and 
I spent Feb. Harry plans to be in the 
same place next year. • Frank 
Doherty continues to travel to near 
and far away places. Last winter he 
got to ski with his children and grand- 
children in the good old USA. He 
also made it to Singapore and recol- 
lected the last time he saw the city 
was April 15, 1945 while on an un- 
friendly sky recon photo mission out 
of Calcutta. • In May, theMcSorleys 
were honored by the Abington 
Council On Aging with an award for 
"Exceptional Service to the Abington 
Senior Citizens." • The class had 
another good representation at the 
44th annual Laetare Communion 
Breakfast which Tom Donelan 
chaired. Among those attending were 
John Cataldo, Bill Daley, Frank 
Doherty, Tom Donelan, Jim Dowd, 
Paul Fleming, Jim McSorley, John 
O'Connor, Bob O'Leary, Tom 
Soles, Leo Wilson, and Dr. Don 
White who is enjoying his semi- 
retirement. It was also so pleasant to 
see the wives of those attending who 
also came. • Phil Carey of E. 
Bridgewater and BC Hockey fame 



was again elected Town Moderator, 
a position he has been re-elected to 
every year since 1962. Congratula- 
tions Phil! • The class extends its 
sympathy to the family of Paul Z. 
Vartigian who died Nov. 1, 1994 in 
Tewksbury after a long illness which 
prevented his working. Paul, how- 
ever was able to help his wife with 
the care of their handicapped son. 
Paul leaves his son and wife Beatrice. 
• Our sympathy also to the family of 
Frank H. Harris of SOM and Sa- 
lem who died on Feb. 1 8. After serv- 
ing three years in the Navy in the 
South Pacific, he worked as a bank 
examiner for 14 years which was 
followed by employment at three 
other commercial banks as CEO 
before retiring in 1987. He was an 
ardent golfer as was his whole fam- 
ily. Frank was a member and former 
president of the Salem Country Club 
as well as holder of the course record 
there. He was also the recipient of 
the Robert Morris Association's 
award as Certified Commercial 
Lender. Frank leaves his wife 
Gertrude, six children and seven 
grandchildren. • Our condolences 
to the family of Edward J. Duffy of 
W. Roxbury who died April 26. Ed 
saw service in the Army Air Corps in 
World War II where he was awarded 
the Purple Heart. He attended Ob- 
lates College in Washington, DC, 
and then studied at their seminary 
several years before opening his own 
real estate business in W. Roxbury 
from which he retired. He took an 
active part in helping rehabilitate 
former prisoners in the Mass. Com- 
munity Assistance Program which 
helped in the parole adjustment of 
retarded parolees 14 and 1 5 years of 
age. Ed was past president of the 
Mass. Parole Officers Association. 
He leaves two brothers: Thomas of 
Concord and Center Harbor, NH, 
and James of Jupiter, FL; 12 nieces 
and nephews; and 20 grandnieces 
and grandnephews. 



45 



Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Rd. 
Milton, MA 02 186 
(617)698-0623 

Congratulations, Golden Eagles — 
you really turned out for our re- 
union weekend! From what I saw 
and heard, the class thoroughly en- 
joyed all of the weekend's events and 
activities. Of a current class of 105, 
72 classmates were present at vari- 
ous events. For those unable to make 
it, I will try and summarize the week- 



end. • I told everyone at the reunion 
that we were a unique class, and the 
first day we proved it. Rain was pre- 
dicted for Thursday, the day of our 
golf tournament, but on that morn- 
ing the sun shone bright and early 
with clear skies. Twenty-one of us 
teed off at the Commonwealth 
Country Club, with yours truly win- 
ning the handicap event and Charlie 
McKenzie winning the Calloway. 
Thanks to Bill Cornyn for a well- 
run tournament. Our welcoming 
dinner that evening in the Heights 
Room of the New Dining Facility 
was a great affair, and it gave all of us 
a chance to renew old acquaintan- 
ces. I saw Charlie Rodgers for the 
first time since our Navy days at 
Brown. He and Bud Keenan have a 
total of 49 grandchildren. Also saw 
Joe Bellissimo for the first time in 
probably 25 years; he now lives in 
Wisconsin. Don McMorrow came 
all the way from California, as did 
Warren Mills. Warren has a great 
voice, which we utilized that evening, 
singing our "Alma Mater." After din- 
ner, we had dessert at the BC Mu- 
seum of Art, complete with a private 
tour of the "Memory and the Middle 
Ages" exhibit, which has over 100 
objects assembled from more than 
30 museums and libraries in the US 
and France. • On Friday morning, 
we had our Investiture ceremony in 
Robsham Theater, where Fr. Monan 
and Alumni Association president 
Jack MacKinnon presented us with 
our Golden Eagle pins. Fr. Monan 
spoke of the uniqueness of our class, 
starting out 500 strong in 1941 and 
ending up with 105 in 1995, the 
smallest class of Golden Eagles to 
date. After the ceremony, we had 
lunch with our families in the Heights 
Room. Paul Paget, on behalf of the 
class, presented me with a "cash gift" 
for my efforts with the class over the 
years, especially as chairman of the 
Reunion Committee. He also pre- 
sented my wife Lillian with a ster- 
ling silver replica pin of the swan 
boats for her support of my work 
with the class. He also gave out 200 
swan boat tickets for classmates to 
enjoy when in Boston. From 5-7 pm 
Friday night, there was a buffet prior 
to BC Night at the Pops. After the 
buffet, we were off in our private 
buses to the concert, where we lis- 
tened to a great program directed by 
new conductor Keith Lockhart — 
who wore his BC tie and hat! Fol- 
lowing Pops, we returned to the 
Heights for dessert, coffee and danc- 
ing. • On Saturday morning, we 
enjoyed the Celebration of Loyalty 
ceremony in Bapst Library's Gargan 
Hall. Here, yours truly and John 
Campbell, co-chairs of the reunion 



committee, presented Fr. Monan 
with our class gift of $378,000, the 
largest gift ever for Golden Eagle 
classes. We also had the largest per- 
centage of participation ever, with 
97% of the class giving. This is an 
amazing accomplishment, consider- 
ing the small numbers of classmates. 
These numbers will have increased 
by the conclusion of the campaign 
on May 31, because money is still 
coming in. In fact, I received over 
$5,000 during the weekend. Follow- 
ing this, we had a BBQ in a large tent 
on campus. At 4:30 we had our Mass 
of Petition in St. Mary's Chapel in 
honor of all our classmates (living 
and deceased) and their families. Cel- 
ebrant was Vincent Burns, SJ; 
concelebrants were John Berube, 
Gerard McGann and Deacon Ri- 
chard Hassey. We then hurried to 
the steps in front of O'Neill Library 
for our class picture, and then it was 
on to Gasson Hall T-100 for our 
50th anniversary dinner-dance. This 
was a classy affair, with fancy hors 
d'oeuvres, a delicious roast beef din- 
ner and dancing to the music of the 
'40s with the White Heat band. It 
was great to see John Murphy, Jake 
SantaMaria,Tom Moran (Texas), 
Jack McCarthy and many others 
dancing up a storm in the room 
where the great Fr. McCarthy lec- 
tured on natural theology. At this 
event, we honored our lovely wives 
and class widows with beautiful silk 
scarves, compliments of the Golden 
Eagles. • Sunday was a day of rest 
with no special functions scheduled. 
• Monday was Commencement, and 

I had the pleasure of being Honor- 
ary Grand Marshal. It was quite a 
thrill to march into Alumni Stadium 
holding the mace with the Golden 
Eagle. It was an experience I will 
never forget. • Well, that's it — the 
Golden Eagle weekend of the Class 
of 1945, leaders in class gift dollars, 
percentage of participation and an- 
nuities (27). My personal thanks to 
yearbook committee chairman John 
Hogan. • I will end the notes with a 
paragraph from a letter I received 
from Don McMorrow: "I have al- 
ways felt saddened that World War 

II interrupted the collegiate career 
of so many of us, pulling us out of 
school and sending us in all direc- 
tions. This recent reunion, more than 
anything else previously, pulled us 
back together for four wonderful 
days and did much to make us a class 
again. We felt that everyone was 
experiencing a very strong 'togeth- 
erness' at all our activities. I firmly 
believe that we truly achieved 're- 
union' as we became Golden Eagles 
together." 



BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 9 



CLASSES 



46 



Reunion 



Leo F. Roche, Esq. 
26 Sargent Rd. 
Winchester, MA 01 890 
(617) 729-2340 



47 



Richard J. Fitzgerald 
P.O. Box 171 
Falmouth, MA 02556 
(508)563-6168 

Marty Underwood, now living in 
Roseburg, OR, received a lot of pub- 
licity concerning his volunteer work 
at Pitchford Boys' Ranch, a county- 
operated center. Marty, who signed 
up with the FBI just after gradua- 
tion, retired in 1978. Many of his 
assignments included spending a lot 
of time in Alaska. After retiring from 
the Bureau, he became commissioner 
onpublic safety for the state of Alaska 
arid later became head of security for 
die University of Alaska-Fairbanks. 
• Fr. Bob Bogle is pastor at St. 
Elizabeth of Hungary in Acton. 
Some of you might have had him in 
your parish atone time. He has served 
at Holy Name in West Roxbury and 
Cathedral High, and also spent ten 
years at St. Mary's in Charlestown. • 
Jim McSharry, who spent summers 
on Cape Cod, has now made his 
permanent home in East Dennis. • 
Jim Ryan is probably more familiar 
to many of the athletes at the college 
than some of the coaches are, as he is 
a fixture at most practices and foot- 
ball, hockey and basketball scrim- 
mages. He was spotted most recently 
at the Spring Game. • Sorry to re- 
port the death of Art Fagan in April. 
He had made his home in Levittown, 
PA for many years. He had three 
children. Art's brother phoned in to 
inform the class that Arthur passed 
away on April 16. We are tremen- 
dously saddened by the news; our 
condolences go out to the family. 



48 



William P. Melville 

31 Rockledge Rd. 

Newton Highlands, MA 02161 

(617) 244-2020 

In the winter issue, I waxed enthusi- 
astically about last September's Pops 
on the Heights. Now I would like to 
bring you advance information about 
the next presentation of this great 
musical extravaganza. For the past 
two years, the University has spon- 



sored this concert which raises sig- 
nificant funds for scholarship en- 
dowment. This is one of the 
University's greatest challenges — 
providing scholarship assistance to 
qualified students. On Sept. 15, Pops 
on the Heights returns with conduc- 
tor Marvin Hamlisch, the world- 
renowned Boston Pops Orchestra 
and the BC Chorale. I can guarantee 
you will come away knowing that 
you have heard one of the finest 
nights of music ever. So, order your 
tickets now by calling (617) 552- 
2234 and while you are helpingyour- 
self to much pleasure and enjoyment, 
you will have the satisfaction of 
knowing you have helped a most 
worthy cause. • Jim Calabrese and 
Len Sherry did a great job in alert- 
ing our classmates to the annual 
Laetare Communion Breakfast. En- 
joying the camaraderie of the occa- 
sion along with their families were 
John Corcoran, Warren Watson, 
Jim Calabrese, John Nee, Len 
Sherry, Jim Hogan, Tim Buckley 
and Bill Curley. • Paul Morin is 
traveling again — this time to the Ba- 
hamas and Arizona. • Bill Curley 
was in Naples, FL in Feb. and March; 
he and Ann now have three grand- 
children. • Irene and yours truly 
were also in Naples this winter and 
were quite impressed with the large 
contingent of BC alumni that 
marched in the St. Patrick's Day 
Parade. • Tim Buckely and Bill 
Melville have become members of 
the Fides Executive Committee. • 
The members of our Class board of 
directors want to thank all of you 
who responded to the survey we sent 
out in Jan. More on this at a later 
date. • Cornelius Scanlon tells us 
that although he is now retired as a 
law school prof, and on oxygen 20 
hours a day on account of emphy- 
sema, he still manages to teach occa- 
sionally, serve on the Conn. State 
Labor Relations Board, the Simsbury 
Town's Charter Review Commis- 
sion and consultant to the Conn. 
State Dept. of Education. • Bill 
Curley retired in June after 1 1 years 
in a second career as career counse- 
lor at Babson College. • Henry T. 
Burke, Esq. of NYC responded to 
our questionnaire with an unsolic- 
ited sizable check — thanks Henry. • 
We are saddened to learn of the 
death of Rita M. Canney of Belmont, 
sister of Joe Canney '51. Rita was 
retired assistant commissioner for 
the Mass. Division of Child Guard- 
ianship. The sympathy of the Class 
is extended to Rita's family. • Our 
hard working, genial class treasurer, 
Tim Buckley wants all of us to know 
that our dues paying year is from 
June 30 to June 30. You are there- 



fore encouraged to send in $25 dues 
for 1996. Send your checks made 
out to BC Class of 1 948 to Tim at 1 5 
Standish Rd., Wayland, MA 01778. 
• Saw the lovely Janet Greehan at a 
recent gathering of BC's Institute of 
Learning in Retirement, and the 
lovely Ginnie Oliver at Emmanuel 
College's 75th Gala Party. 



49 



John T. Prince 

66 Donnybrook Rd. 

Brighton, MA 02 135 

Bob Bidwell is teaching a course in 
entrepreneurship and small business 
management at the Univ. of Day- 
ton. He is to be congratulated on the 
April publication of his new book, 
Skills for Managerial Excellence, which 
targets people already in manage- 
ment. His goal is to teach managers 
to cope with issues they face in the 
workplace. Bob's views on the im- 
portance of managing frustration 
were featured in the cover article of 
Industry Week on Nov. 7. • Con- 
gratulations are also extended to Joe 
Quinn for his tremendous hockey 
coaching at Coyle-Cassidy High. He 
was selected as Ice Hockey Coach of 
the Year in Division 3 . His team had 
19 wins, the most in school history. 
• Our sympathy is extended to the 
family of John McMahon, who died 
after a lengthy illness. John was an 
accountant with the Bank of New 
England. • Bill Flaherty, chairman 
of the golf outing, sends the follow- 
ing report: "It was raining as I drove 
along Rt. 128 at 7 a.m. on May 25, 
headed for Wayland Country Club 
for the class golf outing. It didn't 
look good. When I arrived, the rain 
stopped and we never saw another 
drop all day." Players were John 
McQuillan, Jerry Leonard, Bill 
Cohan, Ernie Ciampa, Fran Dolan, 
John Forkin, Don McAnulty, Ed 
Murphyjoe Dowd, John Brosnahan 
(all the way from Virginia), Bob 
Crane, John Driscoll, John Carney 
and myself. Also joining us were 
Eileen Flaherty, Dot McQuillan, 
Mary Murphy, Mary Dowd and 
Carol McAnulty. I'm happy to re- 
port the results: Winner, John 
Driscoll with an 82, followed by 
Bob Crane with an 83. John 
Brosnahan broke 90 for the first 
time, tallying a scorching 88. Ernie 
Ciampa and John Carney set an 
NCAA record for strokes, and the 
latest report is they 're still out there! 
We plan a repeat next year and hope 
we can entice some more '49ers onto 
the links! 



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John A. Dewire 
15 Chester St., #31 
Cambridge, MA 02 1 40 
(617)876-1461 

Our West Coast correspondent ad- 
vises that Warren Lewis hasn't yet 
hung up his skates. After playing in 
the Seniors tournament in Victoria, 
BC in early April, he returned to 
Portland, OR in time to engage Guy 
LaFleur, among others, in the NHL 
Old-Timers' Challenge. Warren 
plays hockey year 'round on all ama- 
teur levels and coaches in the vicin- 
ity of his home in Vancouver, WA. 
To relax, he cross-country hikes in 
the Cascade Mts., and does get back 
to the Cape each summer. • John 
O'Neill died of heart failure on Feb. 
9 in the Deaconess Hospital in 
Needham. He was born in Medford 
and lived in Needham for 30 years. 
He earned a master's in education 
from Boston Teachers' College, and 
taught chemistry and physics at En- 
glish High School for 30 years, until 
his retirement in 1986. John was a 
retired major in the National Guard 
and was a member and past com- 
mander of the Nobscot Power 
Squadron in Natick for 2 5 years. He 
leaves his wife Muriel of Needham; 
two sons, John M. of Leominster 
and Daniel P. of Brighton; two 
daughters, Elaine C. Yarnall of 
Windsor, CT and Ann Conway of 
Norwalk, CT; and seven grandchil- 
dren. • Edward J. Furey died in 
Lynnfield on Dec. 26. He was the 
retired president of Northeast Ma- 
chinery Co. and the brother of John 
J. Furey '49 of Florida. He leaves his 
wife Barbara; three sons, Edward Jr. 
of Acton, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Dennis C. of 
Ramsten AFB in Germany, and 
Christopher of Newburyport. Burial 
was in the Bourne National Cem- 
etery. • On May 7 , 1 took the Eurostar 
train from Paris to London. It's about 
the same distance as Portland, ME 
to Philadelphia, and it makes the 
trip in exactly three hours. The tun- 
nel under the English Channel is 24 
miles long, taking exactly 20 min- 
utes to go through it — and it feels 
like traveling through a toothpaste 
tube. It was another first for me, and 
an experience late in life that I shall 
never forget. The Eurostar came into 
London's Waterloo Station. You 
may know that Winston Churchill's 
funeral train left here after a service 
in London's St. Paul's Cathedral, 
and traveled to the little town of 
Blagdon near Oxford, where he was 
buried in his family plot next to the 
centuries-old church. • Our class 



10 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



president, Bob Harwood, was quite 
pleased with the turnout for Laetare 
Sunday on March 26. We had three 
full tables, more than we've had in 
six or seven years. • I have been 
informed by our Alumni Associa- 
tion that three of our classmates 
passed away in November. Mark E. 
Casey, Nov. 13 in Abington; James 
M. Collins, Nov. 17 in West 
Roxbury; and John D. McCarthy, 
Nov. 4 in Waltham. Gn behalf of the 
class, I wish the families of these 
classmates our sympathy. 

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Mary McManus Frechette 
42 Brookdale Ave. 
Newtonville, MA 02 1 60 
(617)244-8764 

Our 45 th reunion for the first gradu- 
ating class of Newton College of the 
Sacred Heart! In Sept. '46, when, as 
freshwomen, we had our picture 
taken with Cardinal Cushing, the 
Boston newspapers hailed us as the 
pioneer class of the new college. 
Thanks to BC, we had a warm and 
nostalgic reunion weekend starting 
on Friday night with Pops, con- 
ducted by our wonderful new mae- 
stro, Keith Lockhart. Saturday was 
the Garden Party Luncheon in a 
tent between Stuart and Barat; fol- 
lowing was our reunion in the li- 
brary of Duchesne, where Lydia 
Casavant Hecht and Lincoln, Claire 
De Blais Canning and Joe, Ann 
Devereux, Kate Doyle, Mary Lou 
Julian Natoli and John, Mary King 
Supple and Ed, Mary Kyne Maze, 
Chic LaBante White and Mark, 
Mary McManus Frechette and Al, 
Joan Mitchell Curran and Arthur, 
Helene Sweeney Doyle and Bill, 
toasted each other and tried to ex- 
plain to the husbands why Newton 
was so special. Connie Ryan Eagan 
had to cancel due to family illness, 
Hilda Carey, RSCJ was on retreat 
and unable to join us, and Agnes 
Hauford wrote from Florida that 
she would be with us in spirit and see 
us at our 50th. We closed our week- 
end with the annual alumnae Mass 
in the Newton Chapel of the Blessed 
Trinity, where we remembered class- 
mates no longer with us: Irene 
(Muffle) Good, RSCJ, Mimi Hayes 
Pardo, Mary Lou McGowan, Elena 
Ruggiero Kissell, Trudy Walsh 
Crowley and Mary Ann White 
Cullen. May they rest in peace. • In 
April, your correspondent was one 
of the Newton College delegates to 
the AASH conference in Houston, 
where I met Alicia Elosua Talinas 



of Monerrey, Mexico, who was in 
our freshman class. Because we 
hadn't met since 1947, we had to do 
a lot of updating. 



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Reunion 



MAY 1 7 - 1 9 • 1 996 



Esq. 



Francis X. Quinn, 
1 205 Azalea Dr. 
Rockville, MD 20850 
{301)762-5049 

I trust you've noted a lack of notes 
for our class. If you're reading this, I 
ask you to drop me a line about your 
present activities and location. • Jack 
Riley, MD lives in La Jolla, CA. He 
and John Stevens "play golf regu- 
larly and erratically!" • Bill 
Harwood, who is retired from both 
the FBI and United Telephone Co. 
of Florida, lives in Longwood, FL 
and is an investigator with Central 
Florida Investigations, Inc. of Or- 
lando. • Paul Doyle, retired State of 
California administrative judge, re- 
sides in Walnut Creek, CA and re- 
lates the joys of "Senior Softball." • 
Pat Roche, Roche Bros. /Sudbury 
Farms, received the Bald Eagle 
Alumnus Award for "tremendous 
deeds worthy of emulation." The 
honor is bestowed annually by the 
undergraduate government of BC. 



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Edward L. Englert, Jr., Esq. 
1 28 Colberg Ave. 
Roslindale, MA 02131 
(617) 323-1500 

Double congratulations to Judge 
John Irwin who was recently pre- 
sented the St. Thomas More Award 
by the BC Law School Alumni Asso- 
ciation. This is the highest award 
given by the Law School Alumni in 
recognition of exemplary service by 
an individual. In May, the BC Alumni 
Association honored him with the 
Award of Excellence in the field of 
Law — and he is the first recipient of 
this particular award. John served as 
an assistant District Attorney in 
Middlesex County until his appoint- 
ment in 1970 as Chief of the Crimi- 
nal Division in the Mass. General 
Attorney's office. John was appointed 
to the Superior Court in 1976, and 
in 1994 was appointed Chief Ad- 
ministrative Justice of the Trial 
Court, the state trial court's highest 
position. • Due to the hard work of 
Fred Meagher, our class had one of 
the best turnouts in years at the 
Laetare Sunday gathering. Al 



Deshaies came down from Biddeford 
and joined Fred, Jim Kenneally, 
Bernie Dwyer, Ed Goulart, Joe 
Fagan, Al Pizzi, Gene McMorrow, 
Charlie Brown, Paul Smith, Tom 
Dolan, Roger Connor, Fred 
O'Sullivan, Bob Quinn and Frank 
Dooley. • Al Sexton and Jim 
Mulrooney were ushers for two Red 
Sox spring training seasons, starting 
with the replacement team and then 
when the regulars returned. • The 
winter reunion in Naples, FL con- 
tinues to grow, and this year Al Sex- 
ton and Bob Allen did an excellent 
job in arranging various functions. 
The get-together started with a wel- 
come reception on Wednesday, and 
on Thursday there was a sunset boat 
ride. Friday, the group attended the 
Red Sox-BC baseball game, and on 
Saturday evening they finished with 
a cocktail party and dinner at the 
LaPlaya Resort Hotel. Both the snow 
birds and temporary escapees from 
the North thoroughly enjoyed the 
scheduled events. Those attending 
some or all of the events were Lex 
Blood, Bill Bond, George Campbell, 
Al Casassa, Steve Casey, Tom 
Cummiskey, Paul Daly, Bill Dolan, 
Bob Ferroli, Jay Hughes, Bert Kelley, 
Jim Leonard, Jim Moroney, Evelyn 
Thomas and Charlie O'Donnell. 
Also joining the group were Joe 
O'Shaughnessy, Art Powell, Bob 
Quinn, Paul Smith, Frank Torpey, 
Bill Walsh, Bob Doherty, Jim 
Callahan, Jack Leary and Tom 
McElroy, as well as Dave Murphy, 
Jack Donovan, Charlie Sherman, Jim 
Mulrooney, Frank McDermott, 
Bernie O'Sullivan, Bob Kincade and 
Bob Shea. I don't know what Al and 
Bob will do for an encore, but I'm 
sure it will be interesting! • Sandy 
and Mike McCarthy's daughter, 
Lynn Ann, graduated BC '95 to join 
the alumni with her sisters Julie '84 
and Patricia '87. • On the sad side, I 
am sorry to report the deaths of two 
classmates, Jim Doyle and Dan 
Duggan. Jim was one of the most 
loyal and faithful members of our 
class and was a past president of the 
class. Jim was senior VP of invest- 
ments at Paine Weber at the time of 
his retirement in 1988. He leaves his 
wife, Lois, two sons and three daugh- 
ters. Dan passed away in Feb. in 
Roanoke, VAand worked for AT&T 
for 30 years after moving from 
Rockland where he lived while go- 
ing to BC. • In closing, I want to 
remind you that Pops on the Heights 
will be held on Sept. 15. This will be 
the third return of this event which 
features Marvin Hamlisch and the 
BC Chorale. The funds will go to- 
ward providing scholarship assis- 
tance to qualified students. Over the 



past two years this event has raised 
over one million dollars and prom- 
ises to be more successful this year. 



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Robert W. Kelly 
98 Standish Rd. 
Watertown, MA 02 172 
(617) 926-0121 

My cry for help didn't go unno- 
ticed — I've received correspondence 
from classmates we haven't heard 
from in years. • John O'Gorman 
writes that he and Eileen just cel- 
ebrated their 40th anniversary on 
May 20. Joining them were their six 
children, nine grandchildren, and 
family and friends from Ireland, 
Canada and nine states. John retired 
after 3 1 years with NCR. Their home 
is 1223 Maue Road, Miamisburg, 
OH 45 342 , but they return each July 
to West Yarmouth for a vacation. 
John, my knee surgery was very suc- 
cessful; thanks for asking. I highly 
recommend it to any of you who 
might be bothered with arthritis in 
the knees. • Herb McCarthy, an- 
other "name out of the past," was 
kind enough to write about his life 
after leaving us in '53. He spent five 
years in active duty (four in Ger- 
many) after graduating, returned for 
a few years to Cleveland, OH, then 
moved to Washington DC, where 
he worked at the Navy Finance Cen- 
ter and the office of the Secretary of 
Defense (McNamara). He received 
an MS in administration from 
George Washington Univ. and was 
commissioner of the Federal Naval 
Supply System Command for five 
years. After that, he returned to the 
Pentagon, where he became Deputy 
Assistant Secretary of Defense for 
Logistics and Material Management. 
In 1984, Herb retired and became 
consultant to the National Academy 
of Public Administration. Herb and 
Barbara have three children and five 
grandchildren, all of whom live in 
Florida. Herb and Barbara live at 
2604 Long Boat Court, N in Ponte 
Vedra Beach, FL 32082. In 1990 
Herb and Barbara really retired and 
moved to Florida, where he became 
adjunct professor at the Univ. of 
North Florida, Jacksonville Univer- 
sity and Nova Univ. In 1993, the 
mayor of Jacksonville hired him as 
executive director of the Cecil Field 
Development Commission. • 
Ernest Criscuoli, Jr. also retired to 
Florida, to 3 06 1 Big Pass Lane, Punta 
Gorda 33955. He's looking to buy a 
cabin cruiser and do some fishing 
and traveling. He says if any class- 



BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 1 1 



CLASSES 



mates are in the area, give him a call. 
He's the only Criscuoli in the whole 
state of Florida. • John F. Jack 
Coleman just retired and was named 
professor emeritus of history at St. 
Francis College in Loretto, PA. Jack 
wrote The Disruption to the Pennsyl- 
vania Democracy 1848-1860, as well as 
numerous articles, book reviews and 
abstracts. Jack has served on the St. 
Francis College faculty senate, the 
Penn. Historical Association, and the 
Cambria County Historical Society, 
serving as president at some point of 
all organizations. His other activi- 
ties include the Organization of 
American Historians, the Pennsyl- 
vania Historical Association, 
Cambria County Historical Asso- 
ciation, Phi Theta Alpha Interna- 
tional Honor Society in History, and 
the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. • 
Finally, for the past two years, the 
university has sponsored a concert 
which raises significant funds for the 
scholarship endowment. This event 
is Pops on the Heights, featuring 
Marvin Hamlisch, the world-re- 
nowned Boston Pops Orchestra and 
the BC Chorale — slated for Sept. 
15. You'll find a ticket order form in 
this issue. Fill it out and send it in. 
You won't forget or regret the 
evening. See you there! • P.S. Hot 
off the press!! I just received notice 
that Guy DiGirolano was honored 
for his work with the elderly. It seems 
that Guy has been involved in vol- 
unteer work sponsored by Mass. 
Home Care, The Executive Office 
of Elder Affairs and the American 
Association of Retired Persons. This 
year the Health and Social Services 
Consortium nominated him as its 
Outstanding Money Manager. A 
buffet reception was held at the Fed- 
eral Building in Boston, a presenta- 
tio.n was made to Guy by Vice 
President Al Gore, and flowers were 
sent and presented to his wife Joan 
by the Vice President's wife Tipper. 
Guy said, "He would never forget 
the outpouring of good wishes at the 
event by his many friends in high 
governmenfplaces." 

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Alice Higgins Slattery 
9 Cornell Rd. 
Framingham, MA 01701 
(508) 877-4238 

Thanks to a note from Pauline Polly 
Madden Murphy we have some 
news to share. Polly lives in 
Watertown and works at the Fernald 
State School in Waltham as a service 
coordinator. While she loves her 



work, she plans to retire in 2 1/2 
years. She then hopes to pursue some 
research that she had engaged in 
when volunteering as an aid to an 
anthropologist atMcLean Hospital. 
The research involved the study of 
atypical psychiatric syndrome in a 
wide variety of countries. Between 
gardening and traveling it sounds as 
though she will be busier than ever! 
Polly and her husband Jim will spend 
time in Kansas this Sept. to help 
daughter Martha Ellen and her hus- 
band John Dowling with the arrival 
of their second child. Son Jay has 
two children, Kevin and Erica. Their 
oldest daughter Maureen recently 
married Darwin Ortiz, a card magi- 
cian. Polly notes that she has always 
loved show business and has taken 
advantage of open mic nights in the 
comedy clubs around Boston — do- 
ing about 16 stand up gigs. I hope 
Polly will let us know about any 
appearances she may be making since 
it would be great to see her. I well 
remember her wonderful sense of 
humor that kept all the "day-hops" 
in good humor while at Newton! • 
On a sad note, it was with deep 
regret that we heard of the death of 
Sister Gorman. She died suddenly 
on May 16. According to Rosemary 
Dwyer, she had gone to her office to 
correct some papers and died sud- 
denly. She was buried on May 20 
from the Sacred Heart Chapel at 
Newton Country Day School. • On 
a more cheerful note, it was a jubi- 
lant evening a short time earlier, on 
May 12, when Francie Mannix 
Ziminsky received the Alumni 
Award of Excellence in Religion at a 
beautiful ceremony at BC. Francie's 
reception speech received sustained 
applause from the more than 400 
alumni present for the awards. She 
noted that we would all do well to 
listen very carefully to the Holy 
Father's words as presented in his 
last two encyclicals. Francie has 
brought the hope of sustaining life 
to many girls who might have suc- 
cumbed to the culture of death and 
the temptation to take the life of 
their child in the womb. It was a 
pleasure to see her honored. Sister 
Sweeney joined Ann Fulton Cote, 
Barbara Gould Henry, myself and 
Francie's husband Vic in attending 
the celebration. We had a delightful 
time recalling our years at Newton. 
Sister Sweeney reports that Newton 
Country Day School, under the di- 
rection of Sister Barbara Rodgers, is 
enjoying great success. • I was un- 
able to attend the alumnae Mass at 
Newton chapel on May 21 since I 
was on retreat with the secular 
Carmelites from the Danvers 
Carmelite Community. • Please let 



me know any news that you may 
have. Also, if anyone has an alumna 
in mind to recommend for an Alumni 
Association award, please send me 
the information. 



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Francis X. Flannery 
72 Sunset Hill Rd. 
W. Roxbury, MA02132 
(617)323-1592 

Our class has been busy this past 
spring with 26 at the Night at the BC 
Pops on April 22 and about 21 at 
Laetare Sunday. Dan Miley informs 
me that the reunion on the Cape was 
a great success. Twelve rooms were 
booked at the hotel, and a total of 56 
attended the dinner. Rose and Lenny 
Matthews were responsible for 
making the arrangements and a won- 
derful job they did. Among those in 
attendance were Margaret and Dan 
Miley, Nancy and Tom Murphy, 
Pat and Bob King, Mary and Herb 
Burridge, Judy and Frank Bonarrigo, 
June and Don Preskenis, Joan and 
Frank Patchell, Connie and Charlie 
Pelczarski, Jane and John Ford, 
Alberta and Gerard Natoli, Ruth 
and Jerry Monaghan, Linda and 
Dave Pierre, Shirley and Bob 
Sanborn, Lori and Lou Totino, 
Carol and Dick Foley, June and Ray 
McPherson, Mary and Murray 
Regan, Mary and Kevin Lane, Jack 
Duggan, Bea and George McDevitt, 
Nancy and John Moreschi, Caroline 
and Bob Donovan, Bobby and Jerry 
McCusker, Helenjean and Jack 
Parker, Mary and Bill Kelly, Lois 
and Lou Florio, and Mary and Jim 
Coughlin. A good time was had by 
all. • I received a note that Dr. 
MarvinJ. LaHood has recendy been 
appointed a Distinguished Teach- 
ing Professor by the SUNY Board of 
Trustees. This designation is con- 
ferred to faculty who have achieved 
national or international prominence 
and a distinguished reputation within 
a chosen field. • After ten plus years 
writing this column, I am pleased to 
inform you that Dave Pierre has 
been named my successor as class 
correspondent. My very best to Dave 
on this new endeavor. I would like to 
thank all who have contributed in- 
formation over the past ten years. 
Without your assistance, I would 
not have been able to write this col- 
umn. Please continue to send your 
notes to Dave. His address is PO 
Box 72, Prides Crossing, MA 01 965. 



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Marie J. Kelleher 
1 2 Tappan St. 
Melrose, MA 02176 
(617)665-2669 

Since I wrote my last column, I re- 
ceived word from Dr. Bob Cefalo 
that he's been elected president of 
the American Board of Obstetrics 
and Gynecology. Bob has a PhD, 
continues to be an ob/gyn professor, 
and is the assistant dean for graduate 
medical education — all while carry- 
ing on his medical practice in Chapel 
Hill. • Tom Reynolds sent word 
from Weymouth of his recent re- 
tirement from the Dept. of Defense 
as the Northeast Regional Contrac- 
tor of the Labor Relations Office. 
He and his wife Grace have bought 
a home in S. Yarmouth and look 
forward to spending many happy 
years there. • During our reunion 
festivities, I passed around a book so 
those present could jot down 
thoughts and memories. A question 
found within seems so appropriate: 
Koro on Mbali Ayjam? Tim 
Heffernan, Marie Considine 
Heffernan's husband, wrote both 
the question and translation. Writ- 
ten in African, it means "did you 
spend the night in peace? " I think all 
who attended would answer "yes," 
and if we knew the word for joy, 
would add that as well. • Nick 
Grugnale, husband of Patricia 
Lavoie Grugnale, has become a 
successful painter, recently display- 
ing four of his works in an art show. 
• Ralph Vigeant and wife Phyllis 
wrote in the book that they are par- 
ents of six daughters and one son, 
and are grandparents of 12 grand- 
children. • Joining our growing list 
of retirees are Tom Griffen, from 
GE; and Gail Maguire, from the 
Waltham VNA. • Marie DiMarzio 
Rutland expects to move back to 
New England from Pennsylvania 
very soon. She has traveled around 
the world and looks forward to see- 
ing many more friends in the year 
2000 (our 45th). • Dave Sheehan 
returned after spending 40 years in 
California. • Sally Walsh Logan 
enjoys getting away from her 
Needham residence to her home in 
Newburyport. She plans on retiring 
in about a year. She is a school nurse 
working for the City of Boston. • 
Justine and Ralph Donnelly report 
that they live (most of the year) on 
Marco Island, but still spend a few 
months in Wisconsin. • To Joannie 
"G" (as in Gospodarek) Lett, I 
thought of Fr. G, too, on Satur- 
day — but I think of him every time I 



1 2 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



hear "Danny Boy" or go to the Pops. 
He organized the first SON night 
there when we were students, and 
surprised the Pops officials by re- 
questing the 1812 Overture. • 
Vincent Milano and his wife Jane 
still live in W. Roxbury and summer 
in Manomet. Being retired helps 
them enjoy getting together with 
their eight grandchildren, as well as 
their three sons and one daughter, 
even more. • Charlie Costello re- 
ports that he and Anne have moved 
to Merry Point, VA. Since retiring, 
they enjoy activities such as volun- 
teering, sailing, and time — with their 
six daughters, one son, two sons-in- 
law and four grandchildren. • Beverly 
and Walter Fitzgibbon came up 
from Wethersfield for the second 
time in 40 years. • Bob Pagliarulo 
should be well into his campaign 
mode by the time this column ar- 
rives. He is a candidate for state rep. 
from Ward 20. This Ward covers 
W. Roxbury, S. Brookline and 
Roslindale. Bob is a wonderful gar- 
dener and also enjoys photography. 

• Rosemary and John Vozzella will 
be keeping a close eye on future 
Russian space missions. Their 
daughter Gail and son-in-law, Dr. 
Scott Parazynski, have gone to Rus- 
sia for two years. Scott will train 
with cosmonauts and eventually go 
into space on a Russian space craft. • 
Dick Olson has joined Candela, Inc. 

• Another classmate making a change 
is class president, John Johnson. 
He now travels to Worcester where 
he practices law for the firm of JJ 
Fuller, Rosenberg, Palmer and 
Belliveau. • Bob Connors was due 
to go to Medjugore a few days after 
the reunion. Someday I hope to make 
that pilgrimage. • I cannot end this 
column without expressing thanks 
to some very special people, without 
whom the night wouldn't have been 
as successful. Marie Heffernan 
made many trips for meetings from 
Worcester, and helped with the se- 
lection of the favor. To Ann Th- 
ompson and the staff of the Alumni 
Association, no praise or thanks is 
ever enough to acknowledge all the 
work they do and the long hours 
they put in to ensure that not only 
our class, but every class, had a won- 
derful time. Every event we have 
receives their competent assistance. 
Thanks also to Joan Curran in the 
BC Bookstore for her ideas for our 
favor and for her assistance in order- 
ing them. Ernestine Bolduc '56 and 
Claire Hoban McCormack '56 gave 
up a Saturday night to greet you as 
you arrived and give out your pic- 
ture badges. Many thanks for doing 
this for us. Rick Farrell and his or- 
chestra provided wonderful music 



for dancing — or just for listening. • 
It was great to meet so many of you, 
and I hope that all of you had such a 
good time that you'll come back soon, 
especially if you haven't been com- 
ing to events and live locally. • On 
that note, let me remind you to pay 
attention to mail from the Alumni 
Association, as I already have a couple 
of ideas for some off-campus activi- 
ties for our 41st year. I wish I had 
space enough to list the names of all 
who came, but I have a word limit. 
For those of you who couldn't come, 
but may be interested, we did have 
two group pictures taken, one of all 
of us and one of the nurses. If you 
would like one, please contact me 
quickly and I'll tell you how to pur- 
chase it. • I'm sure I've missed a lot 
of news, so please let me know what 
I missed so I can put it in my next 
column. I can only share the news 
you provide. • As I was about to out 
this column into its envelope, I 
learned that Carla DePrizio 
LaPlante's mother has died. Our 
sympathy to Carla and her family. 

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Jane Quigley Hone 
425 Nassau Ave. 
Manhasset, NY 1 1 030 
(516)627-0973 

The reunion weekend for some of us 
began with Friday evening's buffet 
reception at our old Putnam House 
before going to the Pops — a delight- 
ful evening. The Saturday outdoor 
lunch at Newton was also most en- 
joyable. In the evening we all came 
together for a dinner at the Sullivans' 
home in Medfield. There was Carra 
Wetzel, who drove from Virginia 
with Weasie Wilding. Carra and 
Ed have four children and seven 
grandchildren. She's just finished 
graduate school for her master's in 
social work and is a therapist in Win- 
chester, VA for a child abuse pre- 
vention organization. • Weasie 
Wilding and Joe (retired) live in 
Columbia, MD. They have five chil- 
dren (one girl) and four grandsons. • 
Sugie Tully and daughter Mary flew 
in from Cincinnati. She has six sons 
and nine grandchildren. • Nick (re- 
tired doctor) and Nadia 
Deychakiwsky came from Ohio. 
She works full-time as head of adult 
services in the public library. They 
have three sons and four grandchil- 
dren. Their youngest son is working 
in Kiev, helping the new democracy. 
• Ray (retired) and Dalia Ivaska 
have four children, three of whom 
are married, and one granddaugh- 



ter. She is a chemistry teacher at 
Boston Latin. • Frank and Sue 
Crowley came from New Hamp- 
shire. They have two children and 
two grandchildren. Sue is co-direc- 
tor of Birthright of Manchester. • 
Mike and Pat Mitchell recendy re- 
turned from a long-awaited trip to 
Europe. One of their three children 
is married. Pat works in guidance 
and is secretary to its program direc- 
tor at Wellesley High. • Gerry and 
Mary Jane Murray came from 
Providence, where they visited their 
daughter Mary Jane and two chil- 
dren. Their son Gerry is a priest; he 
is studying at the Gregorian Insti- 
tute in Rome for a doctorate in canon 
law. • Ed (retired) and Winnie Hicks 
were there, and Ed became the chief 
dishwasher for the evening. Another 
of their seven children is being mar- 
ried. • Frank and Jane Hone visited 
with their son and his wife and daugh- 
ter in Newton. Allison Lynch Hone 
had her 10th reunion from BC. • A 
real surprise was seeing Cecilia 
Muydi, with us for only our fresh- 
man year. She still lives in Colom- 
bia, SA. Her husband Henry and 
two sons also joined us. She has 
three other children and six grand- 
children. She volunteers at the Co- 
lombian Cancer Society. Our hosts 
for the evening, Paul and Mary 
Sullivan, were most gracious, and 
they want us back in five years! They 
have 1 1 children and three grand- 
children. Chris has just retired from 
having a day care center at her home. 



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[Reunion 



MAY 17- !?•! 996 



Steve Barry 

1 1 Albamont Rd. 

Winchester, AAA 01 890 

(617)729-6389 

By now, you have probably re- 
sponded to the letter about our an- 
niversary and Reunion Weekend 
events. • We've reserved 60 tickets 
for the Army football game on Sat., 
Oct. 2 1 (Family Day), preceded by a 
brunch in the Science building and 
followed by a reception with cash 
bar and complimentary hors 
d'oeuvres. • We're also reserving 
tickets for the Boston Pops concert 
on the Heights. This terrific event 
has raised $2 million for scholar- 
ships in its first two years. If you can 
possibly make it, you'll enjoy it. • 
Other events may include the BC 
Christmas Chorale, a BC basketball 
(if tickets are available) or hockey 
game, theater event, Red Sox game 
or golf tournament. We'll, as al- 
ways, be attending the Laetare Sun- 



day Mass and Communion Break- 
fast. • The reunion is on Commence- 
ment Weekend, May 18-20. Our 
suggestions include a visit to the BC 
Museum, Trolley Tour of Boston, 
separate brunch/lunch by schools, 
and either a dinner dance or clam- 
bake/barbecue for Saturday evening. 
This went to press before the ques- 
tionnaire returns, so there may be 
other possibilities. • We had about 
40 at Laetare Sunday. Marie and I 
couldn't go; Cardinal Law was visit- 
ing our parish and I'm in the choir. 
We also had about 14 at the BC 
Pops, a small turnout since it was 
Easter vacation week. • How much 
is a tenth of a point on the stock 
market worth? At St. Agnes School 
in Arlington ( Rev. Frank Irwin is 
pastor) it was worth lunch at a local 
Au Bon Pain restaurant from Peter 
Lynch '63, Fidelity Investments' 
Wall Street whiz. In Jan. '94, the 
seventh graders challenged him to 
see whose 10 stocks would do better 
for the year. If the students had lost, 
they would have cleaned Peter's of- 
fice. • Jack Kennedy is selling very 
classy BC "throws" through the 
Alumni office. They have the col- 
lege seal and representations of St. 
Mary's, Gasson, Fulton, Devlin, 
Bapst and Lyons in maroon on a 
cream background. • Rev. John 
Surette, SJ is director of Spiritearth, 
a Center for Spirituality in the Eco- 
logical Age, in Poughkeepsie, NY. 
The center offers workshops, pro- 
fessional study days, internships, sab- 
batical programs, private study, 
research and thesis work. • After 
Richard Tobin of Stamford, CT, 
retired from law practice, he was 
appointed and confirmed as a Con- 
necticut Superior Court Judge on 
Oct. 1, 1994. The next day, he went 
to Jean and Bernie Doherty's 
daughter's wedding in Portsmouth, 
NH. Ann and Frank Merrigan also 
attended. • Alan Keiran and Bar- 
bara are sitting the Longmont, CO 
home of their son-in-law, who trans- 
ferred to London to manage six Eu- 
ropean affiliates. Three others of 
their seven children live there, and 
two arrived from California and 
Florida for Christmas. A member of 
the Class of 1 95 1 , Alan served in the 
US Navy during the Korean War, 
and graduated with us. He received 
his MBA in 1970. After early retire- 
ment from Digital Equipment in 
1992, Alan settled in Nashua, NH. 
His new address is 8223 Sawtooth 
Lane, Longmont, CO, 80503. His 
telephone number is (303)652-3001. 
• Marie and I attended the second 
annual BC Alumni Retreat attended 
by about 27 at Weston, given by Fr. 
Paul Messer, SJ of the BC English 



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department. • Incidentally, I've of- 
ficially retired, receiving Social Se- 
curity. Carolyn Kenney Foley tells 
me that Dan planned to retire in 
June and she will follow suit in De- 
cember. • Carolyn met Dorothy 
McCauley Flood and Frank at 
Frank's reunion (Class of '55). • 
Carolyn has spent much time com- 
miserating on the phone with Jean 
Riley Roche, who is recovering from 
a broken leg suffered in a car acci- 
dent. • Jack McCarthy is recuper- 
ating from colon surgery. • Jim 
Martin called to say that George 
Riley of Quincy has passed away. A 
retired insurance man, George was 
active in the community, serving 
under two mayors. He leaves his 
wife, Pat, four sons and four grand- 
children, two sisters, Kathy and Vir- 
ginia, and his twin brother, Steve, 
also a classmate, in Florida. Our con- 
dolences to his family. 



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Patricia Leary Dowling 
39 Woodside Dr. 
Milton, MA 02 186 



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Francis E. Lynch 
27 Arbutus Ln., P.O. Box 1 287 
W. Dennis, MA 02670 
(508) 398-5368 

Before we know it, the football sea- 
son will be upon us. The class plans 
a football event scheduled for Home- 
coming weekend; a class mailing 
details this event will be forthcom- 
ing. • Tom Bray dropped me a line 
about Joe Donovan. Joe was fea- 
tured in the Nov. '94 issue of 
Firehouse as fire chief of Jackson, 
MS. Tom explained that he spent 
over 30 years at Hughes Aircraft in 
nearby San Clemente, CA, where he 
held several positions ranging from 
test engineer to manager of manu- 
facturing engineering to division 
contracts manager. • Norma DeFeo 
Cacciamani is former president of 
Zonta International in Arlington. 
Just recently she chaired a Zonta 
Intercity Dinner held in Lexington. 
Norma is administrative coordina- 
tor for the infectious disease divi- 
sion at Mt. Auburn Hospital in 
Cambridge. She and her husband 
Vin have three children and live in 
Arlington. • Joan and Jay Cronin 
are proud first-time grandparents to 
a little girl born last August. Siobhan 
Cronin is the daughter of Jay's son, 



John Jr. Their son Neil will be get- 
ting married in Sept. in Stemboat 
Springs, CO; daughter Kerin is a 
special education teacher; and Kristin 
is manager of the Four Seasons Ho- 
tel in NYC. • I was recently able to 
assist Delores Cerutti Gallagher 
in tracking down Mary Lou Hogan 
of Arlington. Dolores lives in the 
Baltimore area. • During February 
and March, Tom Harrington (who 
is on sabbatical from Northeastern) 
and his wife worked for six weeks at 
five university psychology depart- 
ments in South Africa, lecturing on 
job search methods and locating psy- 
chological tests. They also consulted 
on provincial research projects. Tom 
is currently president of the assess- 
ment division of the American Coun- 
seling Association. • My daughter 
Carolyn '88 was married to John 
Frederick Egan on June 24 in 
Moretown, VT. Carolyn is a nurse 
at UVM Medical Center and will 
live in Moretown. • The sympathy 
of the class is extended to James 
Cantwell and his family on the death 
of his wife Joanne in January. 



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Marjorie L. McLaughlin 
139 Parker Rd. 
Needham, MA 02 194 
(617)444-7252 



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David A. Rafferty, Jr. 
33 Huntley Rd. 
Hingham, MA 02043 
(617)749-3590 

Ed Albertini is director of guidance 
at Mansfield High. • Bill Ambrose 
has retired from Febreeka Industrial 
Products. • David Callagy is assis- 
tant director of Catholic Charities 
in Honolulu. • Bill Callahan is a 
professor of history at the Univ. of 
Toronto. • Bob Carroll, living in 
Dedham, is a systems manager at 
Harvard. • Frank Callnan is an im- 
migration officer in Houlton, ME. • 
Joe DiCarlo, living in Revere, is 
director of Boston Port Services. • 
Joe Desmond is chairman & CEO 
of the Concord Group Insurance 
Co. in Concord, NH. • Ed Devin 
recendy retired from Fleet National 
Bank and will be making his home- 
stead in Naples, FL. • Paul Ellis is a 
management consultant with Ellis 
Enterprises in La Canada, CA. • 
Helen Fagan is director of nursing 
at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. • Harvey 



Federman, living in Randolph, is 
VP of Printers Service in Hingham. 
• Paul Fennell is president of PD 
Fennell & Co. in Orlando. Paul, 
how do you compare Orlando with 
Vienna? Joe Gabis, living in 
Lunenburg, has retired from Ben- 
eficial Management Co. • Joe 
Giardina, living on the Cape, is a 
retired VP of Beech Aircraft. • Ron 
Ghiradella is a social studies teacher 
in Merrick, NY. • Ed Glavickas has 
retired from American Express. • 
Bill Griffin is CFO of Marwais Stell 
Co. in San Francisco. • Charlie 
McGowan is program manager for 
IBM in Guilford, CT. • Bill 
Monahan is president of Eastern 
Securities in Westport, CT. • Apolo- 
gies to Alex Kulevich, who is not 
with Lotus Development but is, and 
has been, the athletic director at 
Marblehead High. Alex and Henry 
Zielinski have been frequenting 
George Harrington's great restau- 
rant in Salem, the Lyceum. • Lou 
Ennis is retiring from Brandeis Univ. 
this year. His current position is VP 
of employee relations. • Joe 
O'Donnell is a physicist with the 
US Naval Ship R&D Center in 
Bethesda, MD. • Carl Pitaro is 
mayor of Brockton. • Peter Power 
is managing director for Cowen & 
Co. in NYC. • Bill Rochford is 
executive director of Action, Inc. in 
Gloucester. Bill and family are liv- 
ing in Magnolia. • Bill Ryan, living 
in Swampscott, is account manager 
for Network Systems in Waltham. • 
Ed Sabatino is a plant environmen- 
talist for Cytec Industries in Willow 
Island, WV. • Bob Santi, living in 
Duluth, GA, is retired from IBM. • 
Paul Ronan is president of PJR In- 
vestments in Sausalito, CA. • Bill 
Monagle is president of Somerset 
Medical Center in Somerville, NJ. • 
Arthur Mooney is with Dean Witter 
in Boston. • Frank Day, after many 
years with Casey & Hayes Movers, 
is now with Wakefield Industries. • 
Eddie Malloy and Joe Casper re- 
tired from the Social Security Ad- 
ministration in Dec. Pretty soon 
they'll be collecting their own! • 
Prayers of the class are requested for 
Fred Holbrow, who passed away on 
June 16. Fred was an attorney prac- 
ticing in Marina Bay in Quincy. • 
Jim Higgins, living in Hingham, is 
VP of JC Higgins Corp. • Joe 
Hinchey has retired from the 
Maiden School Dept. • On Sept. 1 5 , 
Pops on the Heights returns for a 
third year. This year the goal is to 
raise $1 million over & above the 
cost of the event. This money will 
provide scholarship assistance to 
qualified students. The only way this 
goal can be achieved is through the 



sale of many corporate and benefac- 
tor packages, as well as individual 
tickets. The event will feature con- 
ductor Marvin Hamlisch, the world- 
renowned Boston Pops Orchestra 
and the BC Chorale. • Condolences 
of the class to the family of James 
Horgan, who died of cancer in June. 
Jim was a lifelong resident of New- 
ton and a retired English teacher at 
Medway High. He leaves his wife 
Kathleen and two sons, Neil and 
James. • The class gave $500 to 
Second Helping. This is the 7th con- 
secutive year the class has donated to 
this mostworthy cause. • Keep those 
cards and letters coming. Any news 
is good news. Don't forget to send 
your $25 class dues to Jack Mucca 
McDevitt at 28 Cedar Rd., Medford 
02155. 

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Sheila Hurley Canty 
8 Sherbrooke Dr. 
Dover, MA 02030 

59 

Robert P. Latkany 
c/o NML, P.O. Box 4008 
Darien, CT 06820 
(203) 857-5738 

Pops on the Heights: mark your calen- 
dars for Sept. 15 at 8 pm in Conte 
Forum. This is the third annual event 
for the University's scholarship en- 
dowment. The affair has raised al- 
most $1 million per year for 
deserving students. Conductor 
Marvin Hamlisch and the Boston 
Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the BC 
Chorale and special guest perform- 
ers will play Broadway show tunes 
and light classical and popular music 
selections. Tickets range from as low 
as $50 for a balcony seat with a 
gourmet picnic dinner and two bev- 
erage tickets; $75 for a loge seat; 
$100 for a preferred loge seat; and a 
$6,000 package (12 tickets)— 8 floor 
seats (champagne included) and 4 
preferred loge. These 12 are invited 
to a private cocktail reception. This 
is a very worthwhile event. Call 
Meggan O'Leary at the Develop- 
ment Office, (617) 552-4400, for 
more info. • When I reported about 
my attendance at the BC-Rutgers 
game last fall, after the George 
Giersch Hall Of Fame induction the 
night before, I raved about the great 
time at the pre- and post-game par- 
ties. However, I was remiss in one 
major detail. The Class of '59 was 



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well-represented, but the word must 
be out: the crowd was (as always) 
largest where lovely Ellen Markey 
Thurmond set her table. This in- 
vestment company executive does 
not limit her talent to the financial 
field. Word of her culinary expertise 
has spread throughout the Boston 
city limits to as far as the NH, RI and 
CT borders. Her remarkable gour- 
met treats which, she says, she "just 
threw together last night," have 
people scurrying to try to get an 
invitation for her Epicurean delights. 
Great job, Ellen, and thank you from 
those of us from the class who were 
there. • Barbara and Gerry 
McElaney's youngest son, Keith, a 
Desert Storm veteran, just com- 
pleted his first year at So. Conn. 
State Univ., majoring in phys. ed. 
He played first-line defense for the 
club hockey team, which finished at 
23-6. They advanced to the nation- 
als at Colorado State, where they 
went 1-2 in the double elimination 
tournament. They beat UKentucky 
before losing to Colorado State and 
San Jose State, 4-3 . They represented 
the Northeast in the 8-team tour- 
ney. Congrats, Keith! My wife 
Regina and I spent Easter week in 
surprising Santa Fe (elev. 8000 ft). 
We stayed at gracious host Jack 
Harrington's condo for part of the 
time. We had six inches of snow the 
first day, which was melted by the 
noonday sun. It's a beautiful part of 
the country and an artist's delight. 
Santa Fe has more art galleries than 
any other US city except New York 
and Chicago. That is not a misprint: 
little Santa Fe is #3. "Little Santa 
Fe!" Hard to believe. • The Brook- 
lyn Prep (Jesuit) annual dinner on 
April 2 8 was attended by 5 50 alumni. 
Here's a school that closed in 1972. 
It gives $60,000 per year in scholar- 
ships to the five Jesuit high schools 
in the New York metropolitan area — 
$12,000 each for young men who 
would otherwise be unable to re- 
ceive a Jesuit education. The recipi- 
ent schools are Xavier, Fordham 
Prep, Loyola, Regis, and St. Peter's 
of Jersey City. This unusual phe- 
nomenon has the NYJesuit commu- 
nity smiling. Great job by the 
Brooklyn Prep Alumni. 



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Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 
28 Briarwood Dr. 
Taunton, MA 02780 
(508) 823-1188 



60 



Joseph R. Carry 
920 Main St. 
Norwell, MA 02061 

It is with deep sympathy and delay 
that I report the deaths of three 
classmates. Condolences to the fami- 
lies and please keep their memory in 
your prayers. They are: Marty Lee 
of Woburn, who died in January of 
'94; Vin Siefcak of N. Weymouth 
in November of '94; and Frank 
Keaney ofMillis in January. • Kevin 
O'Neil of Wells, ME has been reap- 
pointed to the Diocesan Pastoral 
Council of Portland. • Lorraine 
Renda O'Leary writes from Maiden 
that her family is mostly married and 
they are enjoying life. • Steve 
Coyne, living in Granada Hills, CA, 
withstood thejanuary '94 earthquake 
with some house damage. • Tom 
Kelly, MD recently married in 
Carmel, CA and resides in Nashua, 
NH. • Joe Walker purchased and 
renovated an apartment in Ft. Lau- 
derdale and planned to winter there. 
However, duty called with Chrysler, 
and he is tied up for a year with 
them. • Tom Flynn of Bedford 
writes he is very busy with Raytheon's 
air defense systems. He's been mar- 
ried for 37 years and is the grandfa- 
ther of four. • David Russo was in 
town last fall from Palantine, IL. • 
Ralph Shea now resides in 
Falmouth. He's self-employed in real 
estate ownership and management. 
• Dan Sughrue, who retired from 
the FBI after 26 years, now operates 
a PI company with his wife in Con- 
cord, NH. He has a number of grand- 
children and was recently elected 
the NE regional VP of the FBI's 
Society of Former Special Agents. • 
Bob Reagan of Arlington writes that, 
at his advanced age, he has a second 
child recently born. He teaches at 
Cambridge Rindge & Latin and still 
runs road races. • Lawrence 
Boucher of N. Billerica writes that 
his three children have graduated 
from Tufts. His son is pursuing a 
PhD at UMass-Amherst and his two 
daughters are in volunteer teaching 
programs. • The class reunion was a 
huge success, with 120 people in 
attendance. The committee worked 
with the Alumni Association to plan 
a gala event appreciated by all. • 
Paul Cunningham arrived the day 
of the reunion from Stockholm from 
his vacation. He recently moved to 
Northboro from Southboro and is 
associated with Ericsson as sales 
manager. He skis at Sugarbush in 
the winter and summers in 
Edgartown; he wants to smell the 



roses. Seems he's on the way . . .• 
Mike Hawley is now president of 
the Gillette Co. He has been instru- 
mental in opening the market for his 
company in China. Approximately 
80% of the company's sales and prof- 
its come from outside the US. Mike 
has been with Gillette for 34years. • 
Dave Pergola of Belmont, an ex- 
ecutive VP with Meredith & Grew, 
was named Commercial Broker of 
the Year by the Greater Boston Real 
Estate Board. • Other news from the 
reunion: Edith Cackowski 
Wetherell came in from Paris. • 
Joe Nadeau and Tom Rattigati ar- 
rived from Florida. • Bob Winston 
came in from California. • Bill 
Hyland, who still resides in Foxboro, 
relates the following information: 
both sons are married; one lives in 
Philly and the other in Hopedale. 
He's a grandfather twice. Bill is the 
regional officer for AG Edwards — 
the largest brokerage firm in New 
England — with 39 offices and over 
400 brokers. Bill was also recently 
appointed to its board of directors. 
Red Baron Hyland has purchased a 
small plane and flies it recreationally. 
• Msgr. Walter J. Edyvean, who 
was elevated to that position in Janu- 
ary of '92, writes from Rome. He 
was assigned in 1990 to the Congre- 
gation for Catholic Education at the 
Vatican, the office of the Roman 
Curia which is responsible for semi- 
naries, Catholic universities and 
Catholic schools. In 1 993 he became 
the head of the universities section, 
which deals with Catholic universi- 
ties throughout the world. Monsi- 
gnor is also director of "Villa 
Stritch," the residence in Rome for 
diocesan priests from the US who 
work in the Vatican. • Among oth- 
ers at our reunion were Dick Cou- 
ture and Father Leo Shea. 



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Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 
53 Clarke Rd. 
Needham, MA02192 
(617)235-3752 

The 35 th reunion was a great suc- 
cess! We had 43 classmates attend 
some part of the weekend — 44% of 
the class. Congratulations to all of 
you who spread the word and en- 
couraged someone to join us! • A big 
thankyou to Marie Stebbins, Carol 
Cardinal and Joanne Goggins, alum- 
nae coordinator, for a superb job of 
organizing our class events. I know I 
speak for all who attended; it was a 
fun, relaxing and nostalgic weekend. 
• Friday evening began with a cock- 



tail party in the old Putnam Library, 
now Alumni House. About 12 class- 
mates were present, including Betsy 
DeLone Balas, Mary Egan Boland 
and Mary Elizabeth Brusch 
Mulkeen, who couldn't be present 
Saturday. • The dinner at Wood- 
land Country Club on Saturday was 
the highlight of the weekend. We 
didn't have a difficult time recogniz- 
ing former classmates and enjoyed 
mixing and trying to learn a bit about 
each other's lives now. Cameras were 
clicking and several shots were taken 
of the whole group on the stairway. 
After a delicious meal, we attempted 
to answer trivia questions; the prize 
went to Loretta Maguire, who even 
knew the last line of the Alma Mater! 
(Down through our Newton Days). 
Rosemary Stuart Dwyer, Joanne 
Stuart's sister, joined us, and we 
remembered Joanne and Jane 
O'Connor, our classmates who have 
died. • These are some tidbits of 
information on those who were 
present (in alphabetical order by 
maiden name): Alex Armstrong was 
married in Sept. to Jerry McCoy, 
whom we were glad to meet. Alex 
has written a book about financial 
matters for women, entitled On Your 
Own. • Pat Beattie still lives in 
Greenwich, CT. • Mary Elizabeth 
Brusch Mulkeen is living in Lin- 
coln and working as a 
biotechnologist. • Lita Capobianco 
is enjoying her home on the Rhode 
Island shore. • Stella Clark owns a 
successful catering business in New 
York called "Stellabrations." • 
Lennie Coniglio continues to teach 
music at Sacred Heart in Green- 
wich, CT. • Joan Di Menna is also 
living in New York and is teaching. 
• Moira Donnelly has done well in 
the real estate world, especially in 
Newton. • Betsy Delone is in the 
process of building a new home in 
Wilmington, NC. • Peggy Flynn 
lives in Milton and is in her eighth 
year of teaching math at Cohasset 
High. • Mary Egan practices law in 
Springfield and is keeping up with 
her five children. • Fran Fortin vol- 
unteers for Rosie's Place and loves 
her time at her home in Maine. • 
Mary Lou Foster is employed by 
Headstart as a social worker in New 
Jersey. • Lindsay Gowan celebrated 
her first visit back to Newton. • 
Berenice Hackett continues to 
work part-time for a physician in 
Rhode Island. She retired from many 
years of teaching history on the high 
school level. • Jeanne Hanrihan is 
looking forward to joining Ed on 
Martha's Vineyard at their bed & 
breakfast, "Ocean Side Inn." • Mary 
Harrington is retired from IBM and 
joins Carole McNamara in taking a 



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painting class. • Elaine Holland 

took a vacation from BU's chemistry 
dept. and flew off to Italy with me on 
June 1. • Gail Hanaford came to 
every event over the weekend ! She is 
a graphic artist by trade and has 
volunteered to co-chair the next re- 
union with Brenda Koehler. • 
Carol Johnson has been employed 
several years at an insurance com- 
pany in Springfield and did a great 
job as co-chair of our reunion. • Sue 
Kenney and her husband travel be- 
tween their apartment in Brooldine 
and their place to relax in Marshfield. ' 

• Brenda Koehler keeps in touch so 
well, she was chosen to chair Re- 
union 2000! Thanks, Brenda, for 
saying yes. • Brenda Kowalski is 
working in the blood lab at Boston 
City Hospital. • Loretta Maguire 
just returned from a quick, fun trip 
to Disney World in Florida. • 
Mickey Mahon is living in Cotuit 
and has gone into real estate on the 
Cape. • Rosemary Maravantano is 
an executive owner of McDonald's 
in Saint Louis and came the farthest 
distance for this reunion. • Sheila 
Marshall continues to teach elemen- 
tary school and is enjoying her grand- 
children. • Michaelene Martin still 
tells a great story and will assist with 
Reunion 2000. • Marie McCabe, 
our co-chair, did such a great job 
that Dick took her to Italy in June. • 
Pat McCarthy is enjoying the chal- 
lenge as Recruiting Coordinator at 
Babson and is delighted to be head- 
ing to Italy for two weeks with Elaine. 

• Kathy McDermott took a break 
from her paralegal jargon and was so 
glad she made the decision to come 
and see everyone. • Norah 
McGinity hailed from Cincinnati, 
OH where she is involved with a 
nursery school. • Sally O'Connell 
was also instrumental in calling 
people for this event and continues 
to sell real estate in Newport, RI. • 
Sheila O'Connor's specialty is space 
planning, and she has a successful 
business in New York. • Julie O'Neil 
is teaching and looks forward to 
spending time this summer at the 
Cape. • Darryln Powers will soon 
be moving into a new condominium 
in Wayland. • Rosemary Roche 
has become involved in a women's 
health study in Rhode Island. • 
Judith Romano is living in Danvers 
and just returned from a winter in 
Florida. • Ferna Ronci is the proud 
owner of "Pasta Patch" in Warwick, 
RI. • Kathy Runkle has lived in 
South America and is now back in 
Chicago; she loves a good game of 
golf. • Sue Thornton is packing up 
and moving to Tuscon, AZ. • Carole 
Ward is looking forward to her 6th 
grandson in Sept.; in addition to her 



real estate, she loves to paint. • Pat 
Winkler continues to organize the 
preparation of baby buntings for 
hundreds of newborns. 



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John H. Rossetti 
9 Raleigh Rd. 
Dover, MA 02030 
(508) 785-2496 

Laetare Sunday again proved to be 
an irresistible draw, with Dick 
Glasheen spotting Tom 
Concannon, Herb Scofield, Jack 
V. Lane, Ginny O'Neil and Bob 
Kelly. Circulating faithful included 
MaryTurbiniJackJoyce and Ann- 
Marie Wasalauski Mulligan. 
McElroy Commons hosted break- 
fast to Paul Brennan and Bob 
Hannon, just back from Aruba, and 
to Jack Carr, newly returned from 
skiing in Vail, who attended with an 
entourage of his family. Peg Ryan 
Collins did much work behind the 
scenes to make this another success- 
ful event. • Mazel Tov to our class- 
mate Dan Cohen on his engagement 
to Dr. Sandra dicker. After a No- 
vember wedding, the couple plans to 
live in Newton near Sandra's prac- 
tice at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. 
• Two of our own were honored for 
their professional achievements at 
the Alumni Association's awards cer- 
emony on May 12 in the Robsham 
Theater. George Downey received 
the William V. McKenney Award, 
the Association's highest honor, for 
his work with Second Helping and 
numerous other volunteer endeav- 
ors. An Award of Excellence also 
went to Dr. John McNamara, chief 
of pediatrics at Brockton Hospital. • 
A note from Peg Ryan Collins in- 
forms us that the 12th annual class 
Mass, concelebrated by Rev. Dick 
Harrington and Rev. John Acres, 
was quite meaningful; the memory 
of departed classmates was honored 
with beautiful, anonymously-do- 
nated vestments. They are appro- 
priately decorated with symbols of 
knowledge and will be used for this 
special annual service. From all the 
rest of us, thank you. • Among let- 
ters of apology for their absence: 
Tom Jones, managing director for 
Pinkerton's European operations, 
could not make it from Frankfort, 
understandably; Tom Hynes, with 
Meredith & Grew, had left Boston 
for business in the Old World; and 
Francis Vacca, with the US State 
Dept., was kept busy with his new 
assignment in Rome. Jack Sutton 
of Falmouth, ME, marched to his 



company's tune in Denver (a long 
walk), and LA's Joe Lally was at- 
tending his son's graduation. Joe has 
suggested that our 35th Big One be 
held under the Hollywood sign. 
Maybe. If they do a remake of Co- 
coon. Roger Sweeney was teed off. 
Actually, he had plans at the Arnotto 
Bay Golf Tourney, claiming Charlie 
Duffy was going to be his caddie. I 
was going to refute this until I no- 
ticed that Charlie didn't attend our 
evening, either. Paul Mclntyre, 
president of Crystallume in Santa 
Clara, CA, would like to have come 
back across the Great Divide; and 
here at home, Bob Sullivan in Easton 
has decided there must be conspira- 
torial forces that plan class dinners 
only on weekends for which he has 
plans. We'd better get dates for the 
35th to him ASAP! • The evening 
was wonderful with drinks, dinner 
and Paul Brennan. The first two 
were tasteful and well-presented. 
Paul, on the other hand, provided 
serious laughing in his perfected role 
of MC. Table-hopping showed 
Larry Eisenhauer, John Lonergan, 
Nancy Bonazzoli Connelly, 
George Downey, Dick Gill, Mary 
Turbini and Jack Carr. More hop- 
ping produced Cliff Hoey, John V. 
Lane, Peg Ryan Collins and Dick 
Glasheen. • Dick Gill informs us 
that he headed Down Under in June 
for his son's Australian wedding to 
new daughter-in-law Paula Quinlan. 
• It's been a long and busy year to 
date for Walter Shields. In addition 
to moving into a condo after selling 
his home of 22 years, his son Wayne 
was married inMarch and his daugh- 
ter will be doing the same in August. 
With 3 3 years teaching in Needham, 
Walt has taken a special assignment 
with Polaroid designed to give teach- 
ers insight into the business world. 
After the year's sabbatical he will 
return to the Needham schools. Walt 
writes of other irons in the fire and 
seems happy to keep the sparks fly- 
ing. • This last entry from Jack 
McDowell just arrived. Jack assures 
Ed McDonough that the class pro- 
duced more Marines than Ed's fal- 
tering ability with numbers indicated 
in the last issue. This ex-Marine 
thanks everyone at the class dinner 
for helping share his and his wife 
Patty's 2 8th anniversary. • Our class 
funds are very low, and 35th anni- 
versary costs can be high. If each of 
us sends $25 payable to the Class of 
1961, we can have a successful year. 
Send your dues to class treasurer 
lames Russell, 337 Hayward Mill 
Road, Concord, MA 01742. 



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Rosemary Hanley Cloran 

30 Ransom Rd. 

Newton Centre, MA 02 1 59 

(617)965-0636 



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Richard N. Hart, Jr. 
5 Amber Rd. 
Hingham, MA 02043 
(617) 749-3918 

Congratulations to John G. 
Sullivan, MD, chairman of the Dept. 
of Surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical 
Center and clinical professor of sur- 
gery at Tufts University School of 
Medicine, who was recently named 
to the Board of Trustees at St. 
Elizabeth's. John is also proud to 
announce the first recipient of the 
Forrester A. Clark Scholarship at 
Tufts Med., set up byjohn to honor 
his medical school benefactor. This 
year's recipient is Scott Dunbar '92, 
a fourth-year medical student at 
Tufts. John also serves as the surgi- 
cal consultant at Boston College 
Health Services. His daughter 
Caitlin will be entering BC in Sep- 
tember as part of the Class of 1999. 
• Congratulations to Bob Caprio, 
who took early retirement from 
Polaroid Corp. after 24 years of ser- 
vice. Bob has started a new career 
with Cotton Real Estate in Cotuit, 
and would be happy to help any 
classmates looking for a summer 
rental, retirement or second home. 
Bob resides in Cotuit with his wife 
Charlene. • Our condolences to the 
family of Patrick McLaughlin, who 
recently passed away. Patrick had 
resided in San Diego, CA. • Our 
condolences also to the family of 
Joan Roth Lannan who passed away 
in Sept.. Joan had resided in Charles- 
ton, SC. • Class condolences to the 
family of Howard Ponty, who 
passed away in Nov. Howard had 
resided in Andover. • Daniel Reilly 
Hart, son of your correspondent and 
wife Monica, recently graduated 
from Bowdoin College, where, as 
president of the class, he led the 
academic procession throughout the 
entire campus prior to the gradua- 
tion ceremony. • As a closing re- 
minder, you all should keep Friday, 
Sept. 15 open for Pops on the 
Heights, where conductor Marvin 
Hamlisch will appear for the first 
year. Any classmate desiring more 
information can call (800) 767-5 591 . 



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Mary Ann Brennan Dalton 
94 Abbott Rd. 
Wellesley, AM 02181 
(617) 235-6226 

It is with great sadness that I write to 
you about Sister Margaret Gorman's 
sudden death. Sister Gorman, a Re- 
ligious of the Sacred Heart, came to 
Newton College in 1960. Many of 
us benefited from her role as teacher, 
advisor and friend. At Newton she 
was head of the psychology depart- 
ment, and during her years at BC she 
taught in both the psychology and 
theology departments. She was 
highly respected in her field and 
admired by her colleagues in 
academia. Until the very end, Sister 
Gorman was always accessible to her 
students as advisor and confidante. 
They responded to her great open- 
ness and appreciated her care for 
them by loving her in return. Any- 
one who would like to write some- 
thing about Sister Gorman and what 
she meant to them is asked to send it 
to: Sister Alice Husson, RSCJ, 55 
Lee Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02 167. 
It can be a personal reflection — 
something serious or humorous! 



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William P. Koughan 
173-10 Eyck St. 
Watertown, NY 13601 
(315)785-4132 

Jim Bunnell, PhD is head of a 
school sponsored by the Icarda/ 
World Bank in Aleppo, Syria. Since 
graduation, Dr. Bonnell spent four 
years in Africa and 1 1 years in Eu- 
rope working in international edu- 
cation. He is a retired colonel of the 
US Army, spending 30 years in the 
active reserves. He may be contacted 
at ICARDA/ISA, PO Box 5466, 
Aleppo, Syria. • David Collins re- 
cently became general manager of 
the Glens Falls Communications 
Corp., a locally-based long distance 
telephone company located in Glens 
Falls, NY. • Edward L. Curley re- 
ceived his MBA from Rensselaer 
Polytechnic Institute in June '94. 
He lives in Wethersfield, CT with 
his wife Jeanne, and they have three 
children. • Paul Daley is a senior 
partner with the law firm Hale and 
Dorr in Boston, where he is chair- 
man of the firm's bankruptcy and 
commercial dept. and a member of 
the corporate and litigation depart- 
ments. In Sept. '94, Paul retired as a 



captain from the US Navy after 3 1 
years of active and reserve service. 
He and his wife Barbara reside in 
Waban with their son Patrick. • 
George Perrault's second volume 
of poetry, Trying to be Round, has 
been published by Singular Speech 
Press in Canton, CT. He teaches at 
Gonzaga Univ. in Spokane, WA, 
and is the founding editor of the 
electronic journal Research if Reflec- 
tion. • Robert D. Willix, Jr., MD 
has written a new book, Healthy at 
100 — 7 Steps to a Century of Great 
Health. Dr. Willix completed his in- 
ternship and residency in cardiac 
surgery at the Univ. of Michigan 
Medical Center. He founded and 
developed the first open heart sur- 
gery program in South Dakota. By 
blending the ancient medical wis- 
dom of the East with the modern 
systems of the West, Dr. Willix has 
enabled people of all walks of life to 
achieve the ultimate goal of good 
health. 



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Marie Craigin Wilson 
10319 Grant Ln. 
Overland Park, KS66212 
(913)492-5030 



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Ellen E. Kane 

15 Glen Rd. 

Wellesley Hills, MA 02181 

John Callaghan of New York died 
May 5, 1994; our condolences to his 
family and mother Helen. • Walter 
Rossiter received the ASTM's award 
of merit for distinguished service. 
Walter is a research chemist at the 
Institute of Standards of Technol- 
ogy. • Father Jim Spillane, SJ is at 
BC to enjoy his first home leave in 
seven years from Indonesia. Father 
has published two books on the In- 
donesian economy. • The School of 
Ed.'s '64 women's luncheon was a 
grand success; Ma r y — (I mean 
Murray) Regan was there and pro- 
vided us with gifts of silk flowers and 
white wine! What a sweetie is 
Murray!!!!!!! We have a great pic- 
ture of us girls with the 
"Heartthrob!" • George Saulnier 
sent in the following information 
(thanks, George!):WalterJ. Arabasz 
has a PhD from Cal. Tech. He lives 
in Salt Lake City and is a professor of 
geophysics at the Univ. of Utah, 
where he is helping to organize a 
national seismologic observation 



network. Pasquale De Caprariis 

has a PhD from Rensselaer. He is a 
professor of hydrology at Indiana/ 
Purdue Univ. in Indianapolis. Jo- 
seph Jackimovicz has an MS from 
the Univ. of Missouri-Rolla. After 
graduate school, Joe served in the 
US Army Corps of Engineers in 
Korea and then as a geologist for 
state agencies. He has changed ca- 
reers and is now a boatman near Bar 
Harbor, ME. Randolph J. Martin 
III has a PhD from MIT. Randy 
lives with his wife Therese in Ver- 
mont (they have four boys), heads a 
small rock mechanics research lab, 
and teaches part-time at BC. Gre- 
gory J. McCarthy has a PhD from 
Penn. State. He lives in Fargo, ND, 
is head of the geosciences dept. at 
ND State Univ., and is active in local 
choral groups. Dermis W. O'Leary 
also has a PhD from Penn. State. 
Dennis lives with his wife Christina 
and their two girls in Evergreen, 
CO. He works for the US Geologi- 
cal Survey on the Yucca Mountain 
nuclear waste repository project. He 
spent several years at Woods Hole, 
where he was once on assignment to 
the bottom of the sea in the Alvin 
deep-sea research vessel. George 
Saulnier, Jr., PhD lives with his wife 
Mary in Austin, TX. The Saulniers 
have three boys scattered over the 
country. George works for 
INTERA, Inc., which specializes in 
hazardous and nuclear waste prob- 
lems. What an impressive group of 
geology grads! • John Granara is 
currently practicing law in Medford 
Square. You can find John in Sec- 
tion D during the upcoming football 
games! John, my son Marty is a DA 
in Maiden. I trust you'll keep your 
eye on him and make sure he's be- 
having! • Please send news or I'll 
have to fill up the column with my 
old jokes. Trust me — you'd rather 
read news. 



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Susan Roy Patten 
1 36 North Inverway 
Inverness, IL 60067 
(708) 358-8897 

Margot Butler Kirsis writes from 
NYC: Susan Roy Patten returns 
next edition as class correspondent, 
meanwhile sends along this note: Jill 
Schoemer Hunter and Dennis are 
proud grandparents — twice! The 
oldest of their four sons had his sec- 
ond child, a boy, named after Jill's 
father who turned 80 shortly after 
the birth. The Hunters live in 
Saratoga, CA where Jill is on the 



school board and has been for quite 
a few years, including a term as presi- 
dent. • Thank you for the kind notes 
I, Margot, received after the publi- 
cation of the address directory. Sue 
Bellanca Walsh has recently wit- 
nessed the marriage of her first-born, 
twenty-eight year old son. He and 
his wife will be living in Salt Lake 
City. Sue, who has a career counsel- 
ing practice and corporate training 
business, and her husband Jack, a 
pediatrician, live in Alamo, CA. • 
Pat Rice is the religion editor and a 
writer on classical music for the St. 
Louis Post Dispatch. She is also active 
in AASH and a faithful correspon- 
dent to this reporter. • Mary Cricket 
Liebert Coleman sent a note from 
Washington, DC — what a treat to 
hear from you! • Sheila Chip 
Donahue Boes sent thanks from 
Wayland, but she gets to visit her 
son and daughter-in-law in my 
neighborhood, the Upper West Side 
of Manhattan, occasionally. What a 
small world. • Carol Sorace Whalen 
also sent a note and is a regular 
attendee to our NYC area get- 
togethers. • On that note, I partici- 
pated in the first reception for 
Newton College alumnae during the 
91st St. Reunion Weekend, which is 
an annual spring event. Some of us 
in the NYC area have decided that 
the time has come for us to get to- 
gether, and the Convent of the Sa- 
cred Heart 91st St. graciously 
provided the setting. I learned among 
other things that BC has a very well- 
organized career network, and that 
Newton College alumnae are en- 
tirely welcome to join. If anyone 
cares, the presence is overwhelm- 
ingly masculine and for that reason, 
particularly interesting and unique 
for some of us. For instance, one 
Newton College alumna met her 
husband there, OK? As for me, I 
have been happily married for 22 
years and I would be more interested 
in the career aspect. My career could 
certainly use a boost! • Directories 
were returned from Mary Jane 
Collins Aquilar, Patricia 
Hanrahan Loewen, Marcia 
Murphy, Janet Regan and 
Bernadine Moore. Anybody else 
out there want to play detective? I 
am slowly plodding through our class 
list provided by BC one last time to 
catch lingering errors. I thank all of 
you for giving me the opportunity to 
get to know you once more. • Susan 
Roy Patten, back to you. 



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CLASSES 



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Patricia McNulty Harte 
6 Everett Ave. 
Winchester, MA 01 890 
(617)729-1187 

The 30th reunion has come and 
gone; if you didn't return to the 
Heights for it, you missed a wonder- 
ful time to renew old friendships. 
Our committee did a great job of 
planning a very casual, fun event. 
Special thanks to Judy Nisius Hagan 
for Saturday's Duck Tour and lob- 
ster dinner at the Chart House, with 
a bus return to BC. The weather was 
perfect for a tour of Boston on these 
unique vehicles, the highlight being 
a ride on the Charles with classmates 
taking the wheel. We returned to 
BC for a moving memorial Mass in 
St. Joseph's Chapel. Ed Duggan, 
with help from Jack O'Toole, Jack 
Fidele and Jim Hartnett, planned a 
eulogy with a slide presentation of 
our deceased classmates. Following 
Mass we proceeded to O'Connell 
House for more talk and a great 
evening. Pops on Friday evening was 
also enjoyable, with new conductor 
Keith Lockhart appreciating his BC 
audience. • Steve Colucci writes 
from Riverside, CA that his only son 
Michael is a star place-kicker at Riv- 
erside Poly High; he hopes to make 
the BC team as a walk-on. Steve is 
the medical director at three nursing 
homes and has his own medical prac- 
tice as well. His wife, Marie '66, runs 
the Dept. of Nursing at Riverside 
Community College. • Congratula- 
tions to Mindy Nicoloro, who 
teaches in Cambridge. Mindy has 
taken a leave of absence to continue 
her studies in education administra- 
tion at BC. Her research for her 
doctoral dissertation, dealing with 
the implementation and retention 
of innovative television programs, 
led to her induction into Phi Delta 
Kappa. • Kevin Flatley is VP of the 
private bankatBankofBoston. Kevin 
has written a series of articles for the 
Boston Business Journal. • Steve Bow- 
ers has moved to Johannesburg to 
be the CFO of IBM-South Africa for 
the next three years. He writes that 
he'll dearly miss the BC Club of St. 
Louis. • Peter Femino has com- 
pleted a class at BC in technical 
writing and wonders if knowing the 
professor, Dr. Wally Coyle, will 
help his final grade. • Speaking of 
Wally, he and Mary McNamara 
Coyle are grandparents. Congratu- 
lations! • Bette Michalski Greene 
still lives on the central New Jersey 
shore. She is executive director of 
one of seven NJ. Perinatal Consor- 



tia. Her husband Bob is a mortgage 
broker for CORE States Bank. Bette 
and Bob's son Tim graduated from 
the US Military Academy in June; 
Bryan will be a sophomore at the 
College of Charleston, SC; and 
Amanda is in high school. • Claire 
Stacey Yee writes from Wayland 
asking for prayers for her husband, 
Yu Hoke who is seriously ill and, at 
the time of this writing, was receiv- 
ing chemotherapy. Claire would like 
to be remembered to her classmates. 
• Our class has received a thank-you 
note from Rosemary Thomas 
MacKinnon, who chaired the Sec- 
ond Helping Gala this past April. 
Our class wanted to donate to a spe- 
cial charity as part of our reunion 
celebration, and chose Second Help- 
ing, feeling it was very appropriate 
since our president was chairing the 
event. • For all classmates who at- 
tended the 30th, I'd like you to take 
a minute to drop me a line. • Good 
luck to Jack Connor, this year's 
president of the Alumni Association. 



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Gretchen Monagan Sterling 
14 Morse Rd. 
Wayland, MA 01 778 

It is my pleasure to announce that 
Cathie Lugar will be taking over 
this column in the fall. After watch- 
ing Cathie's enthusiasm and energy 
working on the questionnaire and 
the reunion, I know she will do a 
superb job. Although I was not able 
to attend the reunion, the report is 
that everyone enjoyed a wonderful 
evening. Forty members of our class 
were present. Cathie will be writing 
about the results of her survey and 
about her observations at the re- 
union when she begins her column. 
• Midge Schmitt Schmidt won a 
copy of Simone Poirier's book, and 
several others purchased copies 
which Cathie had the bookstore or- 
der. • Suzanne Huyot Matthau 
videotaped the reunion, asking two 
questions: what is your most impor- 
tant memory from Newton College; 
and what three things do you believe 
identify you as a person? She is in the 
process of editing it and will sell it in 
a few months at cost. • Cathie re- 
ported that one of the evening's high- 
lights was Maureen Crowley 
Cahir's singing of "Scotch and 
Soda." • Cathie has compiled a list 
of former Newton College faculty 
telling where they are now, which 
she will be including in her mailing 
of the survey results. • Pat Wolf '68 
is encouraging distribution of a vid- 



eotape of a 30-minute interview with 
Mother Putnam five months before 
her death. Information on how to 
obtain this tape will be forthcoming. 
• Condolences to Eileen Glynn 
Carr on the death of her mother and 
to Priscilla Durkin on the death of 
her father. 



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Reunion 



MAYI7-19-1996 



Kathleen Brennan McMenimen 
147TrapeloRd. 
Waltham, MA021 54 
(617) 894-1247 

Without a doubt, the proudest fam- 
ily to attend BC's commencement 
this year were the Connors, to see 
wife/mom/classmate Eileen Ahearn 
Connors receive her master's in so- 
cial work. Ever proud of Eileen was 
husband Jack, former chair of the 
Board of Trustees, as well as many of 
her former classmates from the 
School of Ed. • Another joyful occa- 
sion was the evening of May 12, 
when Sr. Cecilia Harrison received 
the Alumni Award of Excellence in 
Education. Many classmates were 
on hand to congratulate Sister, who 
attended BC while a nun in Jamaica, 
and who has since been named prin- 
cipal of a Catholic elementary school 
in Alabama. Maura Buckley spent 
the year after graduating in the Je- 
suit missions with Sr. Cecilia in Ja- 
maica. • Edward Hines,Jr. has been 
elected national VP for development 
of the American Heart Association. 
He is a partner at Choate, Hall & 
Stewart and lives in Andover with 
his wife Elaine and two children, 
Jonathan and Carolyn. • I received a 
great note from Msgr. Tom Wells, 
who is pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes 
parish in Bethesda, MD. He has of- 
fered to say Mass for any deceased 
classmates when notified. His ad- 
dress is 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda, 
MD and his phone is (30 1)654-1 287. 
• I also had a wonderful phone con- 
versation with Jim Millea, Jr. who 
was elected chair of the Board of 
Trustees at Hudson Valley Com- 
munity College. He is an attorney in 
Rensselaer, NY; he and his wife, 
Cheryl Wilcke, have four children. 
Jim also notes that Ed Hockenberry 
has not been well. His address is 9 
Hill St., Northfield, VT. • The New 
York Times of 1/12/95 featured a 
full-page profile on Dick Syron, 
chair of the American Stock Ex- 
change. • Paul Delaney and his son 
Brian visited with President Eduardo 
Frei Ruiz-Tagle of the Republic of 
Chile at Harvard last December. 
Brian is the Chilean consular agent 



in Boston with additional scholastic 
activities at BC. Bob Costello is the 
new president of the Mass. Academy 
of Trial Attorneys. His list of affili- 
ations and accomplishments associ- 
ated with law and public justice is 
extensive; he, his wife Janet and three 
daughters live in Belmont. • Jim 
O'Connor is executive VP of cor- 
porate development strategy for the 
worldwide interests of BBA Group 
PLC, an international engineering 
and manufacturing group serving the 
transportation and industrial mar- 
kets; their offices are in Wakefield 
and London. "June 5 saw the happy 
reunion of 80 classmates, relatives 
and friends, who came together to 
kick off the beginning of our cel- 
ebration as 3 0-year graduates of Alma 
Mater! We gathered in the Diamond 
Room of Fenway Park for a twilight 
buffet and a Red Sox win over the 
California Angels. Our gracious 
event chairperson was our own John 
Buckley, now the VP for the Red 
Sox. Thirty members of our class 
were present. Christian Baird, son 
of Joella and Dane Baird, will enter 
BC with the Class of 1999. As al- 
ways, Dane has kept our class books 
in impeccable order! • Lisa Downes, 
daughter of Judy Burns Downes 
and Ed Downes '65, graduated from 
BC in May. • Tom and Marianne 
McCinnifi Torrisi live in Andover. 
Tom's dental practice is in Methuen, 
and Marianne is a Chapter One 
teacher in Lawrence. They have 
three children: Maryellen, Rosemary 
and Tommy. • Paul Miles received 
several postcards from Dan Healy, 
who biked across the US last year. 
Paul says the best was the card from 
South Bend with just the score of 
"The Game!" • Jack and Paula 
Corbett Fedele finally managed to 
get their last daughter our of high 
school! In September they'll have 
two children in college and the third 
in law school. (Paula says they'd 
hoped for a plumber in the family 
but are getting another attorney in- 
stead)! • We're planning a variety of 
events for next year, beginning on 
Sept. 15 with Pops on the Heights 
and the BC-Michigan football game 
and reception the next day. For Pops 
tickets in Conte Forum, contact 
Meggan O'Leary, Coordinator, at 
(800) 767-5591. Our class has re- 
served a block of tickets for both 
events. Detailed news will he mailed 
to you this summer. We're also plan- 
ning a meeting for Thurs., Oct. 5, 
1 995 from 6-8 pm at Alumni House. 
All classmates are invited; call 
Patty Ann Lyons at the Alumni Of- 
fice if you can attend or for info. • As 
I prepare news for each issue, sad- 
ness seems to come more frequently 



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as I report the deaths of our class- 
mates. Requiscat in pace. Kevin T. 
Kelley of Southington, CT died 
Aug. 20, 1994. He had owned and 
operated his own CPA firm as well as 
the Southington Monumental 
Works. • Michael T. Clifford died 
on Jan. 25. Mike was audit supervi- 
sor for the Mass. Department of 
Education. Our condolences to his 
wife Marie, his six children and his 
grandchildren. • Condolences also 
to Denise Perron, whose mother 
and father passed away last winter. 



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Reunion 



9 9 6 



Catherine Beyer Hurst 
49 Lincoln St. 
Cambridge, MA 02141 

Beth Gundlach Williams contin- 
ues to pursue entrepreneurial busi- 
ness opportunities in Eastern Europe 
and elsewhere. During 1994, she 
spent nine weeks in Poland, begin- 
ning work on a five-year project for 
an electronic system for interbank 
transactional processing. She and her 
partners are working with banks, the 
central government, municipal gov- 
ernments, etc. She is also buying and 
selling sugar and petroleum prod- 
ucts in the international arena. Beth 
reports that her daughter Anne has 
several clients for computer graph- 
ics and promotional works. She also 
does photographic work with Ron at 
the auto race track where he works 
with one of the race teams on week- 
ends. (Ron does portrait photogra- 
phy during the week.) Beth 
concludes: "My life seems to be be- 
ginning over since I turned 50. Yes, 
now I am in the second half of my 
life; it is going to be fabulous!" • Got 
a note from Skeetie McCabe this 
spring; she is interested in working 
on a reunion questionnaire address- 
ing significant and relevant issues 
that we face at this point in our lives. 
She's volunteered to compile and 
print the results; wants to include 
photos of significant moments as 
well. She reports that printing is 
very inexpensive in Guatemala, 
where she lives. Are there two more 
classmates who'd like to volunteer 
to help Skeetie with this project? 
You can contact her directly at the 
following address (a private mailing 
address which forwards her mail to 
Guatemala): Caroline McCabe, 
"Panajachel", PO Box 520-972, Mi- 
ami, FL 3 3 1 52-0972, or call or write 
to me. • This brings up reunion 
planning in general: we need at least 
another two or three people to vol- 
unteer to take this project on for the 



spring of 1996. Let me hear from 
you! • On a sadder note, our condo- 
lences to the family of Sister Marga- 
ret Gorman, who died on May 16 
and was buried from the Newton 
Country Day School Chapel. 



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Charles and Mary-Anne Benedict 

84 Rockland PI. 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02164 

Roland Skip Loper of Franklin has 
been elected internal auditor of the 
Gillette Co. by its Board of Direc- 
tors. Skip earned his master's in fi- 
nance from Western New England 
College. • Susan Donovan Redman 
has been named a full-time special 
needs teacher at Huckleberry Hill 
School in Lynnfield. Susan received 
her master's from Boston State. • 
Dennis E. O'Neill was re-elected 
town treasurer of Westboro in 1 993 , 
but resigned his position to become 
a candidate for the position of town 
coordinator. • As this is written, 
Marianne Dacko Martin is cel- 
ebrating her first anniversary as the 
assistant principal at Norwell High. 
Marianne earned her master's in 
school administration from 
Bridgewater State. Marianne, her 
husband Tom and their three chil- 
dren live in Weymouth. • Michael 
Normile writes to let us know of the 
passing of his father, who was a mem- 
ber of BC Law's Class of '40. The 
class offers its condolences to 
Michael, who is a partner in the law 
offices of Chaves & Normile in Falls 
Church, VA. • Condolences are also 
offered to the family of Bob 
Wallwork. Bob was a CPA and had 
worked in public accounting his 
whole life, most recently with Price 
Waterhouse and Altheimer & Gray 
in Chicago. Bob helped with the 
class treasury duties and was an avid 
supporter of the class. • On a more 
positive note, I am happy to report 
that my co-correspondent, Mary- 
Anne Benedict, earned her master's 
in nursing from Salem State Col- 
lege. No more nights in class or 
Sundays in the library. • Dave and 
Ann Kremmel Fowler celebrated 
their 25th anniversary. Joining in 
the festivities were Mike Ryan, Rich 
Martin and Noel Schaub. • By the 
time you read this, plans will be 
finalized for some class events. This 
year we actually have a chance to get 
some football tickets. The class has 
set aside some seats for the Pops on 
the Heights concert on Fri., Sept. 1 5 
at Conte Forum. Seats are available 
in each giving category. We urge 



you to attend, as all funds go to 
scholarship endowment. BC's goal 
is to raise over $1 million this year. 
When you order your tickets, please 
indicate that you're a member of the 
Class of '67. Many thanks! • Good 
luck to all of you who have gradu- 
ates, seniors and entering freshmen! 

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Faith Brouillard-Hughes 
19MarrickCt. 
Centerville, MA 02632 
(508) 790-2785 

Christopher Carignan, 13 -year-old 
son of Jan Curry and Ken Carignan 
of Boca Raton, FL, died after being 
shot Feb. 1 0. To quote from Rev. Ed 
Duffy's eulogy, "... let's reflect on 
what Christopher brought to all of 
us. Let's shake this crazy world we 
live in and make it more loving and 
forgiving." Keep Jan and Ken and 
the rest of their family in your 
prayers. • In April news reached me 
indirectly of a cancer battle being 
quietly won by a yet another class- 
mate. • This May Sr. Margaret 
Gorman died within hours of grad- 
ing her last exam. Many, many col- 
leagues and friends from BC, DOD, 
and NCSH attended the service on 
the Saturday of reunion weekend. 
She was said by some to be a reunion 
groupie and finally arranged for ev- 
eryone to visit at the same time. 
Margaret Smith '69, her niece, would 
certainly enjoy receiving your favor- 
ite Gorman story . . . Doesn't every- 
body have one? • Adrienne Tan- 
Free joined forces with Carol 
O'Donaghue McGarry to get the 
Washington contingent of the class 
together at the NCSH Tea. Carol's 
encouragement brought out Hillary 
Schmitt Fennell, Nancy Birdsall, 
Jane Hannaway, Donna Shelton 
and Mary Lou Hinchey-Clemons. 
Good job! • See you at the BC Pops 
on the Heights Concert on Sept. 15. 



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Judith Anderson Day 
415 Burr St. 
Fairfield, CT 06430 
(203) 255-2448 

jBuenos dias desde Barcelona! • Joe 
Basile was a participating member 
at the Babe Ruth Conference, held 
at Hofstra Univ., celebrating the 
100th birthday of the Bambino. Joe 
presented a paper, "Babe Ruth: 
Baseball's Whitmanesque Hero," as 






part of the Babe Ruth in Literature 
segment of the conference, titled 
"Baseball and the Sultan of Swat." 
Joe is an English professor at the 
Univ. of South Dakota. • Lt. Col. 
John Kulas of Belmont was named 
by the Air Force judge advocate gen- 
eral as the 1994 winner of the Maj. 
Gen. Reginald C. Harmon Award. 
The award is presented to the out- 
standing Air Force Reserve judge 
advocate worldwide. He was hailed 
as "an absolutely superior officer and 
attorney" who "delivered top-notch 
legal services to his many clients." • 
Raymond Brassard was sworn in as 
associate justice of the Superior 
Court at the State House in Boston. 
• Henry Metcalf of Walpole has 
been promoted to VP of manufac- 
turing by the Foxboro Co., oversee- 
ing worldwide manufacturing 
operations. • Dr. Robert Santoro, 
professor of mechanical engineer- 
ing at Penn State, has been appointed 
director of the Propulsion Engineer- 
ing Research Center, established by 
NASA to provide graduate educa- 
tion. Bob holds BS and PhD degrees 
from BC in physics. • David Caven 
of Holden has been named assistant 
principal of Naquag School. He and 
his wife Karen have two sons and a 
daughter. Dave is very active in 
Holden, having been a scout leader 
and coach of several sports. He holds 
a master's in education from Worces- 
ter State and has experience in both 
teaching and private sector work. • 
Sheila O'Shea Melli, EdD, RN, 
writes: "For several weeks this past 
summer I was involved in a nursing 
education project in Hanoi, Viet- 
nam. Our team of five doctorally- 
prepared nurses conducted a 
concentrated seminar designed to 
strengthen the teaching skills of re- 
habilitation nursing educators 
throughout the country. In addition 
to the formal classroom content, we 
interacted with patients and staff at 
Bach Mai, Hanoi's largest teaching 
hospital, and visited with rehab pa- 
tients and their families in the outly- 
ing communities. It was rewarding 
to be part of an educational process 
that, over the years, will enable the 
people ofVietnam to obtain adequate 
health care. This project was spon- 
sored by Health Volunteers Over- 
seas, a private, nonprofit 
organization funded by the US 
Agency for International Develop- 
ment." • Art Derosiers' son Arthur 
was named to the third team of the 
1995 All-USA Academic Team, an 
elite group of top high school stu- 
dents throughout the country. 
Arthur attends Barnstable High in 
Hyannis. • Our third son, Matthew, 
graduated from BC in May, adding 



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our 5th family member(!) to the 
Alumni Association. Matthew works 
in the investment banking division 
of Barclays Bank in NYC. His 
younger brother Andrew is now a 
sophomore at the Heights. 

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Kathleen Hastings Miller 
8 Brookline Rd. 
Scarsdale, NY 10583 
(914) 723-9241 

Ellen Mooney Mello hosted a birth- 
day get-together for Barry Noone 
Remley and Jean Sullivan 
Burchard at her home in Rye, NY 
last March. Jane Sullivan Burke 
and I both commented that it seemed 
as if no time had passed since our 
college days. Were all your ears burn- 
ing? We gossiped the night away, 
trading old Newton stories. Jean 
manages the Capital Grill in Provi- 
dence, RI, so call her for a reserva- 
tion (and TLC) if you're in the area. 
It's a great place to eat! Barry's ar- 
chitectural salvage company is boom- 
ing. As a buyer, designer, marketing 
director and CEO, she is constantly 
on the go. • Pat Wolf writes that the 
first of two 90-min. cassette tapes, 
containing 46 Newtone songs from 
the 1966, 1968 and 1970 albums, is 
now available. Send a check for $6 to 
her at 44 Oak St., Shrewsbury, MA 
01545 if you'd like a copy. A second 
tape will follow later this year. • Save 
the datel The third annual Pops on 
the Heights concert will be held on 
Sept. 15. Proceeds from the concert 
provide scholarship assistance. 



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James R. Littleton 

39 Dale St. 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02167 

(617)738-5147 

Kathleen Kelleher Furniss of 

Florham Park, NJ has been ap- 
pointed section legislative coordi- 
nator of the Nj section of 
AWHONN, the Association of 
Women's Health, Obstetric and 
Neonatal Nurses, a national organi- 
zation of over 20,000 nursing pro- 
fessionals. Kathleen is currently an 
OB/GYN nurse practitioner at the 
Women's Health Initiative at the 
Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of 
New Jersey in Newark. She is also 
employed by Drew University's 
health services and is the coordina- 
tor of the Domestic Violence Project 



based at St. Barnabas Medical Cen- 
ter in Livington, NJ. • Molly (Mary 
Graville) Kelley is principal of Our 
Lady of Nazareth Academy in 
Wakefield. Molly previously taught 
English at St. Mary's High School in 
Lynn. Molly, husband Dennis and 
sons Michael and Peter live in 
Melrose. Michael will be a freshman 
at William & Mary in Virginia start- 
ing in Sept. • Mike Barry is an attor- 
ney in Framingham and is also a 
member of the Framingham school 
committee. Mike, wife Patricia and 
children Christine, 13 and Peter, 9 
reside in Framingham. • Anne 
DiFilippo Basiliere is a math 
teacher in the Quincy public schools. 
Anne and her husband Robert reside 
in Hanover. • Ron Beattie is VP/ 
CFO at Youville Hospital and Re- 
habilitation Center in Cambridge. 
Ron, wife Carol and children 
Michael, 17 and Kristina, 15 live in 
Watertown. • I hope to see many 
classmates at Pops on the Heights 
on Sept. 15th on the BC campus. 



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Patricia Kenny Seremet 
39 Newport Ave. 
W. Hartford, CT 06107 
(203)521-8567 



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Dennis Razz Berry, Esq. 
1 5 George St. 
Wayland, MA01778 
(508)655-1497 

Congratulations to Mike Mingolelli 

and the rest of the committee for a 
job very well done on our 25 th re- 
union. • Individual accolades might 
detract from the group effort, but a 
couple of special notes are in order. 
First is the work of Ed Vozzella in 
spearheading the effort to present a 
class gift of a clock for Conte Fo- 
rum — a lasting memento you should 
make the effort to see. A testament 
of lasting memories is the work of 
Pat Mee Marvin and Nancy Wil- 
son, who put together the 25 th an- 
niversary yearbook. The books are 
great! Thanks also to all those who 
provided information. • Too many 
classmates to list all, but a few notes 
from my personal memory bank. • 
Reunion conversation involves all 
kinds of things, including, for the 
first time, my getting the full story of 
how I'm related to Alice Power 
Heaton. Not only are we second 
cousins (or something like that), but 



she and her husband Bob live in 
Ashland and their oldest son Timo- 
thy (Cornell '97) graduated from 
high school with my niece. Alice is a 
nurse at the Metro West Medical 
Center in Framingham. • Another 
nursing grad I talked with for the 
first time in 25 years was Linda 
Turcotte-Shamsky, who runs the 
family nursing home and lives in 
Mattapoisett. Her husband Ed is 
involved in similar work at a larger 
facility in the same area. Linda and 
Ed have four children. • Had a chance 
to talk with Bill Fogarty, a cable TV 
executive who lives in Atlanta with 
his wife and two children. He's been 
in the industry for a number of years 
and has had the opportunity to live 
in a variety of locales. • Steve Hanley 
and his wife Teri (PhD '93) made 
the long, 200-yard trek from their 
Chestnut Hill home. Steve is a sys- 
tems analyst at John Hancock and 
Teri works for DC Heath in book 
publishing. • Bernie O'Kane is an- 
other proximal resident, and one 
who's never really left campus. After 
a .number of years in student affairs 
at BC, he transferred to the human 
resources dept. and enjoys it quite a 
bit. • While thinking of those close 
by, I'd like to mention two class- 
mates I never really got to know 
until this year, though they both live 
in my home town. Joan O'Brien 
who, after teaching for several years, 
got her JD from Pepperdine Law; 
she's busy raising her two children, 
12 and 9, and working part-time as 
an immigration attorney. • Maureen 
Tully Lopez is married to a doctor 
at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and 
is actively involved as an AIDS edu- 
cator. Maureen's three children 
range in age from a '94 Georgetown 
grad to a 10-year-old. • I can't get 
over how many classmates were mar- 
ried very soon after college and have 
children in the 20-plus age range! I 
guess I was too busy writing this 
column back then ...» Dan 
Lammon is VP of Marketing with 
Fort, Inc. in Providence, RI. Dan 
has remained close to campus 
through sporting and other events, 
has two daughters at the Heights 
('96 and '98), and a son at home in 
high school in Cumberland, RI. • 
On Saturday night I had a chat with 
George King, who is now the gifts 
librarian at BC (and if your impres- 
sion of the BC library is Bapst, are 
you behind the times!). On Monday 
morning I was among the marshals 
at graduation and, due to the traffic 
jam on Comm. Ave., had to walk 
from Centre St. When I finally ar- 
rived at Conte Forum, it was a mecca 
of confusion. I was late, hpt, unsure 
of where to go and certain they had 



started without me. Entering that 
large building through the wrong 
entrance, the first person I saw was 
George, who was helping out with 
final preparations. He calmly left his 
post, walked me to the correct en- 
trance, and pointed out the right 
door. I made it with time to spare. 
Thanks, George; a tip of my top hat. 
• I wasn't alone on my morning 
stroll wearing formal attire. Right in 
front of me was Dr. Jim Phelan, a 
Dracut dentist. In fact, it was seeing 
Jim walk by while I was snarled in 
traffic that caused me to abandon 
my wife and head out on foot. While 
hot-footing it past the stalled col- 
umn of cars, I passed Pat Carney, 
not only a member of the Board of 
Trustees but the proud father of Pat 
Jr. '95. • I need to correct an error 
from last time: I confused the title of 
John Hughes in the last issue. John 
is now the principal of Kennedy 
Middle School in Natick. Sorry for 
the last time, John. Second, sincere 
thanks to all who found my name on 
the ballot. I was elected to a term on 
the Alumni Assoc. Board of Direc- 
tors. I'm looking forward to it. 

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Patricia Brum Keefe 
309 Walnut St. 
Wellesley, MA 02181 
(617)237-3268 

Our 25th reunion was certainly a 
wonderful event. One sentiment 
heard over and over was, "Girls of 
the class seem happier and friend- 
lier, and everyone enjoyed getting 
re-acquainted. The weekend was too 
short! " Teresita Manalic Jose trav- 
eled from Saudi Arabia and com- 
bined the reunion with daughter 
Gina's graduation from Mount 
Holyoke and a trip to Ann 
McDermott's country house in up- 
state NY. Her son George came from 
California, and we who remember 
him as a baby saw first-hand that 25 
years is a long time. I'm proud to say 
that my three freshman roommates 
made it to the reunion. Ann 
McDermott, Lynn McCarthy and 
Chris Couglan also showed up for 
the event. Lynn lives in the family 
homestead in Newjersey and Chris 
is in western Mass. doing high school 
guidance counseling. Muriel Daly 
Schumacher is also doing guidance 
counseling, but in Essex, NH. It was 
great to visit with Muriel's son 
Bobby, who just completed his fresh- 
man year at BC, and son Kurt, who 
is beginning his senior year at 
Harvard. Nine of my children were 



20 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



privileged to sing at the Mass on 
Sunday and were able to meet Ryan, 
Connor and Coleman Chamberlain, 
sons of Miceal and Nancie Sullivan 
Chamberlain. Ryan will attend 
Wesleyan in Sept. and son Miceal 
has already graduated from 
Dartmouth. Nancie and Lauree 
Gallagher Laliberte work together 
remodeling and decorating homes 
in the greater Boston area. Nancie 
was very enthusiastic about their 
work. The highlight of Saturday 
night's class party was the mini con- 
cert presented by Kathy Sheehan, 
Kathy Cronin LaTourelle, Katchy 
Clarke-Pearson, Joan O'Callahan, 
Sheila Crowley Sullivan and Lois 
Cartnick. Their rendition of "But- 
ton Up Your Overcoat" and "San 
Francisco Bay" were tremendous, 
bringing back great memories. • Pat 
Wolf '68 has put together the firstof 
two 90-min. cassette tapes contain- 
ing 46 Newtones songs from 1970, 
1968 and 1966 (14 of 16). This tape 
is available by mail for $6 (including 
s&h) from Pat Wolf, 44 Oak St., 
Shrewsbury, MA 01545. The sec- 
ond tape will include the 1 96 1 , 1 964 
and all of 1966 albums, and four 
songs by the Veydlers, to be com- 
pleted by Reunion '96. Speaking 
first-hand, the first tape is fabulous 
and not to be missed. The Keefe 
Family Singers are already humming 
the tunes and are very impressed 
that Mom's friends can sing so well. 
• While we're in a musical vein, I 
encourage all to attend Pops on the 
Heights on Sept. 1 5 . This gala event 
raises thousands of dollars in schol- 
arship assistance to qualified stu- 
dents who wish to attend BC — truly 
a worthwhile activity. • I'm actually 
writing this column as I attend my 
husband's 25th Harvard reunion. 
We've moved practically our entire 
family into the dorms, and some of 
our children are in activities with 
some of Barbara Cook Fabiani's 
daughters. Barbara and her husband 
Jim are attending the reunion from 
the DC area; Katchy Clarke- 
Pearson, husband Dan and children 
Emily, Mary and Michael are also 
here. Katchy, a pediatrician in 
Chapel Hill, NC, has a son Don who 
lived in the Hardy dorm last year as 
a freshman at BC. • I have lots more 
news — stay tuned to class notes! 
Once again, many thanks to Bar- 
bara Coveney Harkins and An- 
drea Moore Johnson for organizing 
and planning an awesome event. 



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MAY17- 19*1996 



Thomas J. Capano, Esq. 
2500 West 17th St. 
Wilmington, DE 19806 
(302) 658-7461 

We're beginning our 25th reunion 
year. Our kick-off event will be on 
Sept. 16 when the Eagles meet 
Michigan on the "new" Alumni 
Field. Our reunion committee has 
also scheduled an event for the 
Christmas Chorale on Dec. 8. Watch 
your mail for details! • Fred Willis 
is developing a chain of restaurants, 
Willy's Texas BBQ, in the Boston 
area. His son Drew, who was present 
at our graduation at the age of 2 
months, graduated from BC in 1 993 . 
His son Brett is a student at Trinity 
College. • John Loretz is director 
of public relations at Mass. School 
of Law. He formerly served as direc- 
tor of communications for Physi- 
cians for Social Responsibility and 
directed press and fund raising pro- 
grams at the Boston office of the 
World Society for the Protection of 
Animals. • Michael Tocci and his 
wife of 2 1 years, Marlene, are the 
proud parents of 2 -year-old Margaux 
Hayley. Mike writes that his 
daughter's birth was a significant 
event in their lives "since it took so 
long to get to this point." He contin- 
ues as president of Carrera Graphic 
in Newark, NJ. • Mike Franco is 
VP for development and public af- 
fairs at Rhode Island School of De^ 
sign where he manages development, 
communications and alumni rela- 
tions. He was previously associate 
VP for university development at 
the University of Rochester, and held 
similar administrative positions at 
BC from '86-'90. Mike and his wife 
Susan have a 14-year-old daughter, 
Lauren. • Robert LeBlanc was 
elected executive VP of Elf Atochem 
in Feb. '94, and is responsible for the 
fine chemicals and industrial chemi- 
cals operations of the company. He 
lives in Bridgewater, NJ with his 
wife Margaret and their two daugh- 
ters. Prior to joining Elf Atochem in 
1984, he was director of sales and 
marketing for the special products 
division of Rhone Poulenc, and ear- 
lier held various marketing and busi- 
ness management positions with 
M&T Chemicals and Morton Inter- 
national. • Ubaldo Bezoari is a VP 
for Citibank, Paris where he is in 
charge of Citibank's business with 
financial institutions in France. He 
holds an MS from MIT and previ- 
ously worked for Citibankin Britain 
and Canada. • Tim Gens is senior 
director of government relations for 



the Mass. Hospital Association; he 
manages MHA's Boston office, 
working closely with state govern- 
ment officials on health care issues. 
Tim previously served as assistant 
general counsel to the MBTA. In his 
1 1 years there, he was director of 
policy, planning and inter-govern- 
ment affairs as well as director of 
development and public affairs. He 
also has 12 years of consulting expe- 
rience and strategic planning and 
management. • Jim Dunn writes 
that he, Rosalie and their two daugh- 
ters, Marissa, 19 and Lauren, 16, 
now live outside of Toronto since 
being transferred by his company 
from New Hampshire two years ago. 
Jim works for a German company, 
Heidelberg, which manufactures 
printing presses. He started with 
them in 1977 in Denver. Both of his 
daughters were born in Colorado. 
They moved to San Francisco in 
1980 and lived there for 10 years 
until the transfer to Dover, NH. He 
notes that while attending a BC bas- 
ketball game with a group of alumni, 
his daughter remarked that every- 
one looked the same from the top — 
bald. He would be happy to hear 
from college friends visiting 
Toronto. • Robert Longden was 
elected president of the Worcester 
County Bar Association last year. 
He is a partner in the law firm of 
Bowditch & Dewey in Worcester, 
where he is chairman of the Real 
Estate Practice Area. He is a past 
president of the Legal Assistance 
Corporation of Central Mass., Elm 
Park Center for Early Childhood 
Development and Rainbow Child 
Development Center. He is a fellow 
of the Mass. Bar Foundation, a mem- 
ber of the Board of Delegates of the 
Mass. Bar Association, and a trustee 
and life member of the Worcester 
Bar Association, where he has served 
on the executive committee since 
1991. He is also a member of the 
Emergency Medical Care Advisory 
Board of the Mass. Dept. of Public 
Health and has lectured at UMass 
Medical School on liability issues in 
pre-hospital emergency care. Rob- 
ert and wife Joanna have two chil- 
dren, Timothy, 13; and Carolyn, 10. 



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MAY17-19*199 6 



Georgino, M. Pardo 
6800 S.W. 67th St. 
S.Miami, FL 33143 
(305) 663-4420 

It was marvelous to hear from Jane 
Hudson, who lives in Connecticut 
with spouse Don and children Jed, 



12 and Catherine, 8. Jane has a 
freelance business, Moving Words. 
She continues to publish her works 
in various magazines and newspa- 
pers. She also offers workshops in 
writing. This summer Jane received 
her second master's degree in liberal 
studies, with a humanities major, 
from Wesleyan Univ. In keeping 
with Jane's apparent schedule of a 
degree every 20 years, we look for- 
ward to her next report in the year 
2015. She does report a rather curi- 
ous feeling during her American 
History in the '50s and '60s class. It 
seems there were only two people in 
the class who were alive during that 
period. Jane states, "Now in addi- 
tion to studying history, we are his- 
tory." • The last time I heard from 
Anne Butler she lived in Pennsyl- 
vania. (Previous letters had post 
marks from CO and NY.) She wrote 
Jane from Germany where she is 
living with spouse Carlos and chil- 
dren Marcos and Elena. She is still 
working for Mary Kay cosmetics 
international. Jane wonders if she 
might be driving one of those pink 
Mary Kay cars, a Mercedes perhaps? 

• Jane also heard from Pat Chiota 
who lives in Singapore with her 
spouse Rick and their daughter 
Kendra. They return to the US ev- 
ery year in the summer, and Patty 
comes to Connecticut to visit and 
catch up. • To commemorate the 
25th anniversary of Earth Day, I 
coordinated construction of an ur- 
ban park in downtown Miami. We 
took an empty lot and turned it into 
a garden landscaped with native 
plants. Brittle Star Park has a two- 
story high, 200 feet long mural on 
one side and an 80 foot-long brightly 
colored Brittle Starfish in the middle. 
The starfish snakes its way up the 
mural and can be used as a bench or 
a playground. The project was a 
wonderful community effort. 
Mother Earth has already expressed 
her gratitude since we already have 
birds and butterflies visiting the site. 

• My thanks to Jane for all the news 
on our classmates. 



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Lawrence G. Edgar 

530 S. Barrington Ave., #110 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

(310)471-6710 

This was about to be a very sparse 
column until I got a long letter from 
Joe Ahearn. He reports that he 
played in the alumni game on May 6, 
pitched two shutout innings, and hit 
a triple off coach Moe Maloney. No 



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classmates were there, but former 
teammate Paul Santilli '75 was. Joe 
has a software consulting company 
in Gloucester and lives in Manches- 
ter- by-the-Sea with his wife and four 
children. He formerly lived in Paris 
and was a friend of Joe Armbrust '65, 
a lawyer and survivor of the World 
Trade Center bombing. He's seen 
classmates Norm Spitzig, a country 
club manager in Cincinnati, Bill 
Haggerty, an investment banker in 
Cleveland, and Jeff Plum, a lawyer 
in Baltimore. • Dick Mucci has been 
promoted from chief actuary to 
COO for the Paul Revere Insurance 
Group in Worcester, where he's 
worked since earning his "master's 
degree in math from BC in 74. • 
Kevin Shannon is back to his law prac- 
tice in San Francisco after a 3 -week trip 
to Italy in April. 



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Nancy Brouillard McKenzie, Esq. 
7526 Sebago Rd. 
Bethesda, MD 208 1 7 

We join with all members of the 
Newton College and Boston Col- 
lege community in praying for the 
repose of the soul of Sister Margaret 
Gorman, RSCJ, who died suddenly 
on May 16. • On Palm Sunday, Eva 
Sereghy '71 hosted the Second 
Springtime Tea for Newton Col- 
lege Alumnae of the Washington, 
Maryland and Virginia area. Atten- 
dance was outstanding as Newton 
alumnae gathered for a wonderful 
afternoon catching up with friends 
and meeting other alumnae living in 
the Washington area. Joining us 
again from Boston were Joanne 
McCarthy Goggins '75, our repre- 
sentative in the BC Alumni Office; 
Rosemary Stuart Dwyer '58, and 
Carol Donovan Levis '63, one of the 
two Newton College representative 
on the board of directors of the BC 
Alumni Association. Eva, Adrienne 
Tarr Free '67, the committee mem- 
bers, and Penny Brennan Conaway 
'63, our own Newton alumna ca- 
terer, deserve a big thank you for the 
success of the tea. Shelly Noone 
Connolly, Lisa Kirby Greissing, 
Kathy Fogarty and I represented 
our class at the tea. Shelly stopped in 
before running to a mother-son din- 
ner at Georgetown Preparatory 
School. Lisa existed on a cucumber 
canape for two days after the tea as 
she and Ed nursed a son through an 
emergency appendectomy. Lastyear, 
Kathy missed the tea and decided 
that nothing was going to prevent 
her from coming this year. • In Jan., 



Phil Lader, head of the U.S. Small 
Business Administration, spoke to 
students and faculty at BC. • Con- 
gratulations to Anne Brescia and 
Brian Connell on the birth of An- 
thony Gabriel last June. Two weeks 
before Anthony's birth, Anne and 
Brian moved into their home in 
Medford. • Margaret Beany 
Verdon wrote that her husband Ri- 
chard Byrnes just finished the phar- 
macy program at St. John's 
University and is now studying for 
his boards. As always, Beany contin- 
ues to be busy with her private clini- 
cal psychology practice and her work 
in an elementary school, and yet 
managed to begin ice skating les- 
sons! Beany is very thankful for the 
prayers offered for her sister Jane 
'64 who miraculously battled men- 
ingitis last fall. • Congratulations to 
Vance Bonner, who just returned 
from a national 27-city tour for her 
book on her technique to correct 
poor posture and its effects, The Vance 
Stance, with appearances on "CBS 
This Morning" and CNN. • BC Night 
at the POPS on Sept. 15 will benefit 
the scholarship fund and will be a 
wonderful opportunity to meet with 
Newton alumnae. 



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Joy A. Malone, Esq. 
16 Lewis St. 
Little Falls, NY 13365 
(315) 823-2720 
fax: (315)823-2723 

Hello classmates. Did you make it 
through the spring in one piece? 
The Malones had Tess's Confirma- 
tion, Jane's 10th birthday, Rob and 
Joy's 20th Anniversary, and Will's 
high school graduation — not to men- 
tion a shower and wedding (Rob's 
nephew), track meets, tennis 
matches, spring concert, piano re- 
cital and sports banquet during the 
spring. It sure was a busy time. How 
about you? • Received a nice fax 
from Jack Woods. Jack recendy ran 
into Ken Nelson at a Bishop Feehan 
High School hockey game. It seems 
they both have daughters attending 
that school. Ken is the superinten- 
dent of the Bridgewater Correctional 
facility. Jack has retired as a com- 
mander in the Naval Reserve after 
20 years of service. Since he left 
active duty (submarines), he has 
worked for Stone and Webster En- 
gineering Corp. in Connecticut and 
Texas. For the last few years Jack has 
been back in Boston doing work on 
international projects for his com- 
pany. In the fall, Jack's daughter will 



be attending UMass Amherst. 
Tempus Fugitjack wrote. We agree! 
• HMS of Newport, Inc., which owns 
and manages three rehabilitative care 
facilities in southern Rhode Island, 
has announced the appointment of 
Jeanne B. Stowe, RN, MBA, as 
director of program services. Jeanne 
has had a 20-year career in health 
care that includes extensive experi- 
ence in nursing management and 
rehabilitation programs. At HMS, 
Jeanne will direct all activities relat- 
ing to subacute care programs at the 
three HMS facilities. HMS has 286 
beds and annual revenues and assets 
exceeding $13 million. At HMS, an 
interdisciplinary, team-managed re- 
covery program is provided for those 
patients needing personal transi- 
tional medical care or brief rehabili- 
tation after an illness or injury. 
Nearly three-quarters of HMS's sub- 
acute care patients are discharged in 
about 30 days. Keep up the good 
work, Jeanne! • Did you know that 
for the past two years, BC has spon- 
sored a concert which raises mucho 
money for their scholarship endow- 
ment? That's right, I am talking 
about Pops on the Heights, which 
will feature conductor Marvin 
Hamlisch, the Boston Pops Orches- 
tra and the BC Chorale. They have 
raised over one million dollars over 
the last two years, and have given out 
six Pops scholarships. Eight more 
scholarships will be awarded in the 
next few months. This year's goal is 
to raise one million dollars over and 
above the cost of the concert. Cor- 
porate and benefactor packages are 
being sold as well as individual tick- 
ets in order to achieve this goal. So 
where do we all fit in? What part can 
the class of '73 play? If you are free 
on Sept. 15 and wish to attend the 
concert, then call 1-800-767-5591 
for more information about buying 
your tickets. A corporate donation 
from a member of our class would be 
super. • Read any good books lately? 
I wanted to see what all the fuss was 
about, so I waded through The 
Celestine Prophecy. Did you catch "The 
Langoliers"? Sorry, Stephen, but it 
was way too long. Now I think our 
class should take votes on guilty or 
not. Call, write or fax me, OJ watch- 
ers, and cast your ballot. The results 
will be discussed in the next column. 



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Christine A. Hardiman 
1 6 Prospect St. 
Hyde Park, MA 02 136 
(617)361-4524 



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Patricia McNabb Evans 
35 Stratton Ln. 
Foxboro, MA 02035 



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Beth Docktor Nolan 
693 Boston Post Rd. 
Weston, MA 02 1 93 



Reunion 1994 news notes continue — 
the news is dated, but better than 
another empty column! • Jean 
O'Leary and husband Mark Goffrey 
are living in Pelham Manor, NY and 
recently bought a summer home in 
Nantucket. Jean is a corporate writer, 
and Mark is an entertainment law- 
yer. They both had a great time at 
the NCSH reunion and are looking 
forward to many more. • Kathy 
Renda Flaherty and husband 
Michael are still living in Millis. 
Michael is a self-employed CPA, and 
Kathy is assistant principal at 
Mansfield High School. They have 
two children: Katie, 10 and Michael, 
1 3 . 'Johanna Ferry Laadt and hus- 
band Jack are in the process of mov- 
ing from NYC to Remsebus, NY 
with their son John, 4. Jack is in the 
reinsurance consulting business. • 
Trisha Keogh Almquist and hus- 
band Glenn live in Rumford, RI with 
children Meredith, 15; Rachel, 12; 
and Jenny, 9. Trisha is back to full- 
time teaching in a 9th grade learn- 
ing-disabled class in E. Providence, 
and Glenn is an environmental con- 
sultant in Providence. Trisha also 
coaches Little League. • Robbie 
Grassi Magee and Michael are liv- 
ing in Rochester, NY with children 
Jay, 17 and Genevieve, 1 5 . Robbie is 
a VP at Saatchi; her clients include 
"Good Morning America, "Viacom and 
Lifetime TV. • Chris Mafo Gre- 
gory is living in Seekonk with 
Meghan, 15; John, 12; and Caitlin, 
8. Husband Jay is the commissioner 
of Little League in Seekonk. • Chris 
Crowley Fitzpatrick lives in Milton. 
• Gloria McPike Tamlyn lives with 
her husband Ralph in both 
Westchester and NYC. Gloria is VP 
of communications for Georgio 
Armani Fashion Co. Gloria and 
Ralph were expecting their first child 
in Oct. '94. • Cathy Comerfor 
Smyth lives in Milton with husband 
Peter and children Nancy, Thayer, 
Colin and Kathleen. • Elise Brad- 
ley and children, ages 18, 13 and 7, 
live in Wellesley. 



22 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



75 



Hellas M. Assad 
149 Lincoln St. 
Norwood, AAA 02062 

Our 20th reunion, which was as suc- 
cessful as the committee had hoped, 
has come and gone. Thankyou, com- 
mittee members, for putting together 
a fine reunion at Lyons Hall. It was 
a fun-filled evening of renewing ac- 
quaintances, great food, music, a 
clever magician, and, of course, non- 
stop photo opportunities for every- 
one. • Here are what some of our 
classmates are doing and where they 
are living. • Patricia Niwi'Jacobson 
Overton and husband Carl live in 
Baldwinsville, NY with their four 
children. • Louann Privitera has 
advanced in her nursing career and 
lives in Buffalo, NY with her hus- 
band and three children. • Mary 
Rose Noonan Delaney is back to 
teaching in Newton. • Joe Trad is 
an attorney with the firm of Lewis, 
Rice & Fingersh in St. Louis, MO. 
Joe and his wife have five children. • 
Classmates Jay and Jill Irwin Garvin 
reside in Westwood with their two 
daughters. • Thank you, Judy Bow- 
man Healey, for the colorful and 
festive decorations. Judy, her hus- 
band Richard and young son Bo live 
in N. Walpole. Judy is director of 
the Etiquette School of Boston, 
where she teaches etiquette to chil- 
dren and adults. She'd love to hear 
from you at (508) 668-6619. • Also 
seen circulating at the reunion were 
Kathy Bannon, Patricia Casey, Su- 
san Darveau, Dolly Dipesa, Patricia 
Flood, Mary Kane, Janet Kiely, 
Maureen Murphy, Lorraine 
Montuori, Nancy O'Sullivan, 
Kathleen Ring Corcoran, Kathleen 
Donnelly Betts, Kate Murray, Sheila 
Roche, Marie White, Bill Donovan, 
John Gauthier, Mike Hugo, Jack 
Irwin, Ray Julian, Ardie Klement, 
Peter Lawlor, Dave LeShane, Mike 
Morgan, Shawn Sheehy, David Tho- 
mas and Jeff Wright. • Very special 
thanks to Ann Thompson of the 
Alumni Association for her behind- 
the-scenes diligent efforts. The 20th 
reunion was rewarding, as the turn- 
out was better than anticipated. 
Please keep in touch, as the 25th is 
not that far away and we hope for an 
even greater turnout. • Jayne 
Saperstein Mehne (who was also 
my classmate at Norwood High) 
wrote to tell me about a mini-re- 
union of the Mod 18 gang on April 
Fool's Day. It was a warm-up for the 
real thing on May 20. Jayne lives in 
Shrewsbury with husband Chris 
Mehne 74, Law 77, son Jeffrey and 



daughter Julie. Jayne, a former spe- 
cial ed teacher in Boston, is a man- 
ager with Discovery Toys, selling 
educational toys, books and games. 
Jeff and Tricia Jordan Graeber 
live in Quincy with sons Justin, Ryan 
and Adam. Jeff is a partner with the 
law firm of Boland, Frank and 
Graeber, while Tricia is the firm's 
administrator. Karen Maguire 
Reeves is a 4th-grade teacher in 
Boxboro; she and husband Dana live 
in Lunenburg with sons Jeffrey and 
Brian. Judy Rainha Whitney and 
husband Bob hosted the party at 
their home in Winchester, where 
they live with sons Robbie and Chris- 
topher and daughter Jeana. Judy runs 
her own aerobics school and stays fit 
by jogging, exercising and teaching 
from morning 'til night! Jayne, 
Tricia, Jeff, Karen and Judy expected 
to continue the reunion celebration 
with Mod-mates Ann Broderick 
Nieskins and husband Jack, Judy 
Forlenza Wesley and Suzanne 
Cadieux Eastman at the big event 
on May 20! • Leslie Visser, a pio- 
neer among women sports journal- 
ists, now with ESPN and ABC 
Sports, gave the main address at the 
1995 commencement exercises at 
Elms College in Chicopee. She re- 
ceived the Outstanding Woman 
Sportswriter in America award in 
1983 and twice was named the New 
England Newswoman of the Year. 
In 1988, Leslie joined CBS Sports 
on a full-time basis, having served as 
a feature reporter in 1982. For CBS 
she covered the NBA, college bas- 
ketball and football, major league 
baseball, US Open Tennis, and gym- 
nastics, bobsled and luge at the 1992 
Winter Olympic Games. In addi- 
tion, Leslie has been on NFL Today 
since 1990. In 1992 she became the 
first woman to handle the post-game 
presentation ceremonies at the Su- 
per Bowl. Leslie is married to sports- 
caster Dick Stockton and they live in 
Boca Raton, FL. 



75n 

Deborah Melino-Wender 
HOChamplinPl. N. 
Newport, Rl 02840 



76 



Reunion 



MAY17-!9»1996 



Gerald B. Shea, Esq. 

lOGreaton Rd. 

W. Roxbury, MA02132 

The Reunion Committee has met 
twice since the last epistle, and things 
seem to be going quite well. We've 



been graced with the input of several 
76ers who now have the time to 
plan what we all hope will be a memo- 
rable 20th Reunion. Has it really 
been that long? When I see the chil- 
dren of classmates, the answer is 
always a resounding affirmative. It's 
still not too late to get involved with 
the scheming and planning, so all 
are invited (again) to contact this 
writer with your thoughts about the 
reunion. What have you liked in the 
past? What do you think we would 
all enjoy at this phase of our lives? 
The Reunion Committee has au- 
thorized a (hopefully) representa- 
tive survey of classmates in order to 
make our 20th a wonderful time. So, 
please, take the time, drop a line, and 
let us know what you're interested in 
doing, because not everyone is being 
surveyed. • On Sept. 1 5 , Pops on the 
Heights returns for a third year. A 
BC scholarship fundraising event, it 
has been extremely entertaining; this 
year's goal is to raise one million 
dollars. If you like great music and a 
great cause, contactMeggan O'Leary 
at BC, 617-552-2234. • Ria 
Antonetz advises that she and eight 
BC roommates combined for a 
"Forty isn't Fatal" mini-reunion, 
apparently at a Marriott Hotel, given 
the stationery. Here's the scoop: 
Janice Clover Burke lives in Natick 
with husband Peter and three "ter- 
rific kids" — Danny, 7; Kaitlyn, 6; 
and Michael, 2. Donna Gaynor 
Cambria is assistant superintendent 
of schools and resides in Windsor, 
CTwith husbandjoe and son Bryan, 
8. Kathy Powers Haley spent time 
in England, but home is now 
Harvard, along with husband Steve 
and children Matthew, 7; Cortney, 
6; and Christopher, 2, who is bring- 
ing up the rear. Lynn Sterett lives 
in Edgewater, NJ and works in NYC 
(The Big Apple) for Estee Lauder as 
associate broadcast director for the 
corporate division. Carla Falento 
Lepke, "the carpool queen of N. 
Andover," has three munchkins: 
Eric, 11; Kirk, 9; and Brianha, 5. 
Husband George is also on site. Janet 
Nako Andreo and (my old Welch 
Hall pal) Andy Loren Andreo live 
in West Simsbury, CT with their 
lovely brood: Andy, 13; Melissa, 11; 
Meghan, 9; and little sisterMichelle, 
5. Andy owns and runs Andy's Su- 
permarket in Simsbury. (Hey, Andy, 
how's Mo doing?) Karen Chiacu 
lives in Bristol, Rl, where she serves 
as director of professional services 
for Caldre Tech. She's often seen 
floating in her boat, "Kalalla." Fi- 
nally, the aforementioned Ria 
Antonetz and husband Bob 
Battaglia live in Simsbury, CT with 
their two boys: Matthew, 6; and Billy, 



2 . Bob is corporation insurance man- 
ager for Locktite Corp. in Hartford, 
CT. (Thanks, Ria! See how much 
info, one can get from one infor- 
mant? Any more stool pigeons out 
there?). • He's a sole man (do, do 
,do, do, do)! Our own Charles 
Duczakowski has been named di- 
rector of business systems develop- 
ment at Thom McAn Footwear. 
After graduation, Charles completed 
graduate studies at Clark Univ., 
earned a certificate from the Insur- 
ance Institute of America, married 
Wanda Stakutis (not necessarily in 
that order) and moved from W. 
Roxbury to Uxbridge. • Peggy 
Ring-Moynihan, ever the 
Celticphile, criticized BC's inten- 
tion of honoring Maggie Thatcher 
last May. The Iron Lady's schedule 
was too full, she couldn't show, and 
that's all we really need to know! 



77 



Mary Jo Mancuso Otto 
256 Woodland Rd. 
Pittsford, NY 14534 
(716)383-1475 

I hope you are all having a wonderful 
summer! This column brings news 
of Mary Keenan Besser, a School 
of Nursing graduate. Mary and her 
husband Gary live in Newington, 
CT. They became first-time parents 
in Oct. '94 with the birth of twin 
sons, Daniel and Scott. Congratula- 
tions! Prior to the birth of the twins, 
Mary was working in a hospital out- 
patient department as a clinical man- 
ager. Her husband Gary is chief of 
finance for the U.S. Small Business 
Administration in Hartford. The 
godmother of Mary's sons is class- 
mate Carol McCarthy. Carol lives 
in Newton and works for WBZ ra- 
dio. • I know there must be job 
promotions, career changes and fam- 
ily news out there amongst the class 
of 77, so please write. There is a 
three-month gap between issues, so 
if you don't see your news immedi- 
ately, please be patient. I send in any 
and all news I receive. 



78 



CathleenJ. Ball Foster 
1 5 1 05 Cedar Tree Dr. 
Burtonsville, MD 20866 
(301)549-3211 
CathyBC78@aol.com 



BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 23 



CLASSES 



79 



Laura Vitagliano 
78 Wareham St. 
Medford, MA 02 155 

Michael Downey was elected presi- 
dent of O'Connell Engineering & 
Financial and O'Connell Properties. 
His responsibilities include all 
project development activities and 
the overall management of the real 
estate portfolio of the company. He 
received his law degree from West- 
ern New England Law. • I'm sad to 
report the following: Ann 
McSweeney's infant daughter, 
Ximaro, died suddenly on April 26 
in Managua, Nicaragua, where Ann 
teaches at the American School. 
Please remember Ann, her husband 
Mark and their child in your prayers. 
• Pops on the Heights has asked me 
to mention a concert which features 
Marvin Hamlisch, the Boston Pops 
Orchestra and the BC Chorale on 
Sept. 15. This concert raises funds 
for scholarship endowment. For 
more info., call (617) 552-2234. • As 
you can see, my mailbox has been 
empty! Please help! 



80 



Jay Geary 
1 1 Pond St. 

Needham, AM 02 1 92 
(617)449-9212 

I would like to invite all classmates 
to continue the good time enjoyed 
by all at our reunion last May by 
attending Pops on the Heights on 
Fri., Sept. 15. This concert, which 
features the Boston Pops Orchestra, 
raises money for much needed schol- 
arships and really deserves everyone's 
support. Watch for additional mail- 
ings about this event or contact the 
Development Office at (617) 552- 
2234.1 look forward to seeing fellow 
classmates at this event. • Thanks 
again to all the members of our class 
reunion committee for their efforts 
in putting together a successful re- 
union weekend. The members of 
the committee included: John 
Annese, Anne Baccari, Bob Bejoian, 
John Carabatsos, Larry Casey, 
Demse Clifford, Steve Daley, Anne 
Marie Fallon, Bruce Ginsberg, An- 
drew Glincher, Gary Houle, Lynn 
and Brian O'Connor, David Pirani, 
Brian Sullivan and Rosemary Traini. 
• Now for the updates: Timothy 
Perkins was appointed VP of mar- 
keting for Segue Software, Inc., an 
automated software testing company 



for client/server software applica- 
tions located in Newton Centre. • 
John O'Neill has joined Golden 
Bear International as corporate mar- 
keting manager for Jack Nicklaus 
Marketing Services, where he will 
be representing Golden Bear prod- 
ucts and services to the corporate 
marketplace. He and his wife Amy 
are living in the New York area. • It 
was great to see everyone at the 
reunion. Please send me a note or 
give me a call so I can pass along your 
updates to the class. 



81 



Reunion 



MAY 17 - 19 • 1 99 6 



Alison Mitchell McKee, Esq. 
c/o Hunton & Williams 
P.O. Box 3889 
Norfolk, VA 235 14 
(804) 640-5329 

Congratulations to Ralph Picardi, 

who was named a partner early this 
year with the law firm of Burns & 
Levinson in Boston. Ralph practices 
in the area of business litigation. He 
and his wife Diane reside in Belmont 
with their three children: Christo- 
pher, Robert and Emily. • Joy 
Haywood Moore was appointed 
director of development and alum- 
nae relations at Dana Hall School in 
Wellesley. Joy graduated from the 
independent boarding and day 
school for young women in grades 
6-12 in 1977 and served as a member 
of its Board of Trustees. Joy will be 
responsible for all development and 
alumnae programs, special events, 
reunions and other alumnae and 
donor activities. She will also over- 
see all external publications and pub- 
lic relations. Joy and her husband 
Robert have two children, Christo- 
pher and Amanda. • Rick Nunez is 
a partner with the law firm of Klar, 
Piergrossi & Nunez in Bronx, NY. 
He has a short commute from his 
home in New Rochelle, where he 
lives with his wife Susan and four- 
year-old daughter Julia. • Anne 
Kavanaugh was named executive VP 
and head of NatWest's North 
America Equity Division, NatWest 
Securities in New York. She is 
charged with managing the firm's 
U.S. research, sales and trading op- 
erations. • Congratulations to 
Domenic D'Intino who was re- 
cently promoted to principal engi- 
neer at Digital Equipment Corp. in 
Nashua, NH. Domenic and his wife 
Karen both completed the Boston 
Marathon in April. It was Domenic's 
twelfth Boston Marathon and 
Karen's second. Domenic sends his 
regards to his roommates from Mod 



3A and friends from South Street, 
especially Rob Wilson, his wife Kim 
and daughter Nicole who live in 
Trumbull, CT; and Tony Gray, his 
wife Judy and sons Anthony and 
George who live in Boxboro. • We 
have lots of news of babies this quar- 
ter!. Best wishes to Lee Slap and his 
wife Laurie on the birth of their 
second son, Andrew Quay, in March. 
Andrew, William (age 2-1/2), Lee 
and Laurie live in Belmont. • Robyn 
Kaminski Greene and husband 
Chris were blessed with their second 
son, Connor Philip, on April 8. He 
joins his brother Cameron who is 
three. • Jeannie Driscoll Howard 
and husband Joe have two daugh- 
ters, Kara Elizabeth, who was born 
Aug. '93 and Elizabeth Jean, who 
was born Dec. '94. Jeannie resigned 
from her position at Fleet Bank after 
the birth of her first child and is 
enjoying being a full-time mom. The 
Howards live in N. Attleborough. • 
Congratulations to my roommate 
Mary Ryan Kusiak and her hus- 
band Tony on the birth of their 
fourth child, Caroline, in Jan. The 
Kusiak clan lives in Springfield. • 
Best wishes, too, to my good friends, 
Bob Shea and his wife Julie, on the 
birth of their third daughter, Laura 
Catherine, in April. Laura joins her 
big sisters, Molly and Annie, in 
Westwood. • I am also delighted to 
report the birth of Brae's and my 
third child, Thomas Braxton McKee, 
Jr., born May 20. His big sisters, Alii 
and Katheryn, are thrilled with the 
new addition to our family. 



82 



Lisa M. Capalbo 
49 Maplecrest Dr. 
Greenville, Rl 02828 

Ellen Edelman married Josef 
Franklin last Sept. They spent two 
weeks in Tahiti and Bora Bora. Ellen 
is a national account manager for the 
Ross Products Division of Abbott 
Laboratories. They live in Alexan- 
dria, VA. • Denise Prenosil Stack 
and husband Ed announced the birth 
of their fifth child, Mary, last Dec. 
They recently moved to Pittsburgh. 
• Ann Marie Jasse and husband 
Bruce Fram became parents of a son, 
Nicolas Regan, who joins brother 
Benjamin. Ann Marie is a business 
re-engineering program manager at 
Apple Computer. They live near San 
Francisco. • James Connolly mar- 
ried Janet Keating last Sept. in 
Stoneham. James received a master's 
degree in management from 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He 



is a project engineer at Earthtech in 
Concord. The Connollys reside in 
Ayer. • John Simoneau recently 
became a partner in the New En- 
gland Financial Services practice at 
KPMG, the international public ac- 
counting & consulting firm in Hart- 
ford, CT. John lives in Farmington 
with his wife Mary Jane and their 
daughter. • Bill Merrigan an- 
nounced his candidacy for Town 
Moderator in Holbrook. He and wife 
Linda have three children: Brian, 
Kyle and Emily. He is a partner in 
the Braintree law firm of Merrigan 
& Merrigan. • News arrived from 
John Foo Feudo in western Mass., 
who wrote of his recent promotion 
to Associate Chancellor for Univer- 
sity Relations at UMass-Amherst. 
He's still responsible for alumni re- 
lations, but also assumes the leader- 
ship of the public relations, university 
and community relations efforts. Foo 
has spent the past two seasons as a 
member of the UMass basketball 
radio broadcast team. • Congratula- 
tions to Bruce Pearl and his Univ. 
of S. Indiana basketball team, who 
won the Division II national cham- 
pionship this year! As always, thanks 
for the update, Foo. • Jennifer Pline 
and husband Hans Dettgen an- 
nounced the birth of their daughter, 
Hannah Louise, last Dec. Jennifer is 
a VP and portfolio manager at 
Standish, Ayer & Wood in Boston. • 
Bill McGuire wrote that he received 
a BSEE from Northeastern Univ. 
He is a member of the Naval Re- 
serve and was sent overseas for Op- 
eration Desert Storm. Bill works as 
an IS manager for Subfina Machine 
Co. He lives in Warwick, RI with his 
wife Susan. • Congratulations to 
Dave and Bev Hayden Canavan on 
the birth of their daughter, Drew 
Anne. • Joe Blood is a municipal 
bond trader with Baybank in Bos- 
ton. • Marcy Granata and husband 
Tom Currier recendy returned to 
NYC after spending a few years in 
LA. Marcy is in PR for Miramar 
Pictures in NY. Welcome home! • 
Congratulations to Dorie Kraweic, 
who married Billy Cusick last April 
in Darien, CT. Diane Miller served 
as an honor attendant. Dorie and 
Billy live in West Roxbury. 



83 



Cynthia J. Bocko 

71 Hood Rd. 

N. Tewksbury, MA 01 876 

(508) 851-6119 

Gloria Mastrocola Gavris and hus- 
band Lee had a baby boy, Michael 



24 BOSTON COLLEGE AXUMNOTES 



Achilles Gavris, on Dec. 10. Gloria 
is an attorney and lobbyist for the 
law firm of Coyne, Kennedy & Kerr 
in Boston and was recently named to 
the board of directors for the Make 
a Wish Foundation of Greater Bos- 
ton. • After eight years as in-house 
counsel with Liberty Mutual Insur- 
ance Co., Susan Grondine is now 
counsel for ITT New England Man- 
agement Co., a reinsurance asset 
management group. Susan is at 150 
Federal Street in Boston and would 
love to hear from area alumni at 6 1 7- 
526-7720. • Margaret O'Connell 
is a software GUI development en- 
gineer at Iconics in Foxborough. 
Margaret was also a volunteer for 
Rosie's Place (a shelter for homeless 
women and children) and served for 
two years as its president. • Russ 
Joyner, general manager of Fox Hills 
Mall and former professional foot- 
ball player, received the Los Angeles 
Area Council Boy Scouts of America 
Vincent T. Lombardi Hall of Fame 
Award for his contributions in sports, 
community involvement and dedi- 
cation to improving the lives of in- 
ner city youth. Congratulations, 
Russ! • Alison Guiney married 
Bryan Sweeney and resides in 
Hingham. • Sally Hill Deehan and 
husband Alan proudly welcomed 
their third child, Caroline, on Feb. 
10. Sally and Alan live in Montclair, 
NJ with their other children: Allison, 
5; and Billy, 3. • Sue Kenneally 
Walton and husband Michael wel- 
comed their first child, Jenny, on 
Feb. 16. Sue and Michael live in 
Concord. • Irene Sullivan Herrera 
and husband James announce the 
birth of Maureen Teresa, born May 
10. Irene and James reside in Avon, 
CT, and Irene manages personal 
lines specialty markets for ITT Hart- 
ford, CT. 



84 



Carol A. Baclawski, Esq. 

29 Beacon Hill Rd. 

W. Springfield, MA 01089 

(413)737-2166 

On January 1, Ed Rabasco became 
a partner in the Lewiston, ME law 
firm of Gosselin & Dubord, PA. 
The firm's name has been changed 
to Gosselin, Dubord & Rabasco, PA. 
• Kirk A. Carters has become di- 
rector of the Worcester law firm 
Fletcher, Tilton, Whipple, PC. His 
practice includes corporate, com- 
mercial and immigration law. He is 
involved in community affairs in his 
hometown of Southboro, where he 
serves as chair and elected member 



of the Board of Assessors and as 
chair of the music committee of Pil- 
grim Church. • Philip Cate 
Huckins was named an adjunct fac- 
ulty member in the dept. of educa- 
tion of Merrimack College, and is 
currently a PhD candidate at BC. 
He also recently published an ar- 
ticle, "Selections From an Air Force 
Memoir," which appeared in the 
Salem State College faculty journal 
Sextant , and presented a paper en- 
titled "Broken Vows, Broken Ar- 
rows: A Critical Analysis of the 
Federal Government's Off-Reser- 
vation Boarding School Program, 
1879-1900," at a conference at the 
Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha. • John 
T. Holtquist, Jr. is a teacher at 
Hawkey Bluff Elementary School in 
Davie, FL. • Tom McNeice has 
been promoted to principal of Camp, 
Dresser & McKee's design/build 
subsidiary, CDM Engineers & Con- 
structors, Inc. Tom is an environ- 
mental technology specialist, 
responsible for industrial and pub- 
lic-section hazardous waste clean- 
up projects throughout New 
England and the mid- Atlantic states. 
He resides in Needham. • Navy Lt. 
Cmdr. Ann-Marie Looney is cur- 
rently stationed in Norfolk, VA and 
flies a Sea Knight helicopter. Most 
recently she was deployed aboard 
the amphibious assault ship, USS 
Wasp, while it operated in the Carib- 
bean and off the coast of Haiti. She 
flew missions in Haiti for two-and- 
a-half months. Next on her agenda 
is the command of a seagoing de- 
tachment of the Sea Knight • On 
January 19, Mary Ellen Quigley 
Breen and husband Mike '78 wel- 
comed their first child, a son, James 
Michael. They live in Westfield, NJ. 
• On Feb. 14, Melissa Baker and 
husband Wayne Chou had a special 
valentine, their first child, a daugh- 
ter named Lindsay Louise. • Beth 
Scott Widner is currently living near 
Boulder, CO with her husbandjames 
and their son Payden, 2. Beth works 
at Denver Children's Hospital. She 
would like to hear from Carolyn Y., 
Kim A. and Donna Z. 



85 



Barbara Ward Wilson 
32 Saw Mill Ln. 
Medfield, MA 02052 
(508) 359-6498 

The reunion party at McElroy on 
May 20 was a great success with a 
huge turnout. In addition, there were 
quite a few classmates at the after- 
noon cookout — with many, many 



children. • Steven Fachada is living 
in London and received his MBA at 
London Business School in July. 
Steven is planning a career in mu- 
seum administration and will read 
for a master's degree in art history at 
Courtauld Institute in London. • 
Billy and Kathy Reilly Britt were 
missed at the reunion, but they were 
quite busy with a new son who was 
born in early May, joining brother 
Sean, 2 1/2. The Britt family has 
recently moved to Chicago. • Diane 
Dahlquist Farina is a labor and de- 
livery nurse at Brockton Hospital. 
Diane and husband David have three 
children: Jaclyn, 5; and twins, David, 
Jr. and Allison who were born in Jan. 
"94. The Farinas live in Duxbury. • 
Mimi Barrett Bouchard and hus- 
band Bob had a new baby, Victoria, 
in Feb. • Nancy Schneibly Jones 
and her husband had a son, Airus, in 
June '94. • Bob and Sara McCarthy 
Casassa welcomed son Matthew 
Francis in July '94 and are living in 
Hampton, NH. • Angela Rella 
Manning missed the reunion for a 
very special reason. . . John (Jack) 
Manning rV was born on May 18, 
joining sister Allie, 2 1/2, who thinks 
he is great. • Caroline and Dave 
Smalley were joined by their first 
child, Madeline Quincy, on May 7. 
The Smalleys live in S. Pasadena, 
CA. • Maria Cachi Ramos is living 
in Madrid, Spain and in Sept. started 
as financial controller for Hard Rock 
Cafe in Madrid. • Mike McDonald 
and his wife Dinah '94 (master's in 
adult health) were joined Feb. 27 by 
Thomas Patrick McDonald II, who 
is named after his grandfather— BC 
'57. Mike is VP of Thomas P. 
McDonald Insurance Agency, Inc. 
in Quincy. • Lynn Desantels 
Gallandt and husband Bob are liv- 
ing in Long Beach, CA with their 
daughter Madelane, 3. Lynn works 
part time as a bilingual teacher in 
Lennox, CA. Lynn continues to be 
pleasantly surprised that even on the 
West Coast she works with and meets 
BC grads! Lynn would love to hear 
from Laurie Moran Light and 
Jeanne D'Olivera. • Mark and 
Grace Bergdahl McNamara live in 
Boston. Mark is VP and general 
manager of Boston Photo Imaging, 
a digital imaging archival company. 
He received his MBA from UNH in 
'93. Grace is director of marketing 
and public relations for Boston Cen- 
ter for Adult Education. • Mark 
Yamazaki recently began to publish 
a magazine for handicapped people 
in Japan, Active Japan, which pro- 
vides information on products avail- 
able for handicapped people. In 
addition, Mark started a company to 
import American-made wheelchairs 



five years ago. It is the first company 
to be successful in importing and 
marketing wheelchairs from the US. 

• Bob O'Brien, his wife Cathy and 
son Robert Emmett O'Brien III are 
living in Duxbury. Bob works for 
Merrill Lynch. • Ann Renehan is 
living in Norwich, CT with her son 
Mark, 6, and works as a substitute 
teacher. • Martha Bagley gradu- 
ated from New England School of 
Law in May. She passed the Mass. 
bar exam and is practicing law at 
Bagley and Bagley, PC in Boston. • 
Alec Petro is living in Paris and 
working for Banque Nationale de 
Paris Derivatives Trading Business. 

• Sue and Jim Ferrara live in Milton 
with their sons, AJ and Joe. • Con- 
gratulations to Scott and Mimi 
Mannle Humphrey on the arrival 
of Elizabeth on May 24, 1994. • Pat 
'82 and Resie Carney Flaherty live 
in Milton with Ian, 6; Heather, 2 1/ 
2; and Meredith, who was born in 
April. • Greg Perez is practicing 
dentistry in Nutley,NJ. •Since leav- 
ing the US Marine Corps in '92, 
Dan Murner has been practicing 
insurance defense lawwith Landrum 
& Shouse in Lexington, KY. Dan, 
his wife Beth and children Edward 
Teddy William, 4 1/2; and Kelly 
Elizabeth-Anne, 2 live in Lexing- 
ton. • Nancy Gonsalves is living in 
Colorado Springs and works and 
travels with the US Olympic Com- 
mittee. • Patrick Clifford is living 
in Woburn, working as a credit ana- 
lyst at Lifeline Systems in Cambridge 
and is working towards an MBA at 
Bentley College. Pat says hello to 
Kevin Convery and wants to hear 
from him. • Frederick Steeves, his 
wife Kippy and two children are liv- 
ing in N. Attleboro. Fred works in 
sales for Catalink Direct and is won- 
dering what ever happened to Glenn 
Fontaine? • Lewis Madley earned 
a master's in biology in '89 and is 
working as director of laboratories 
for New Haven Health Department. 

• Mary Kate O'Donoghue O'Mara 
is living in Oak Park, IL with her 
husband and four children. After 
teaching college writing and litera- 
ture courses at a local community 
college, Mary Kate is now teaching 
high school. • Laurie Blauvelt Cook 
is living in San Francisco and has 
been working for Sun Microsystems 
in marketing for five years. • Steve 
Orzell and wife Mimi live in Suffern, 
NY. Steve is a district sales manager 
for Abbott Laboratories in NYC. • 
After three years of practicing law in 
Hartford, CT, Rob McAndrew has 
relocated to NYC and is working as 
a financial advisor with Prudential 
Securities. • John Phelan is cur- 
rently a hematology/oncology fel- 



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CLASSES 



low at Univ. of Alabama/Birming- 
ham. • See you at Pops on the 
Heights Sept. 15! 



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Reunion 



M A Y 17 • 19 • I 9 9 6 



Karen Broughton Boyarsky 
34 Powder Hill Road 
Bedford, NH 031 10 

One of our beloved classmates, An- 
drew Docktor, was recently 
awarded the Young Alumni Achieve- 
ment Award. Doc is a homeless shel- 
ter liaison to Hope House in 
Milwaukee, WI. His work in edu- 
cating homeless youth is an inspira- 
tion to us all. Congratulations, Doc, 
we're so proud of you and your mis- 
sion. • The mail has been steady and 
I appreciate it! Carolyn Morrissey 
Lemone sent a lovely birth an- 
nouncement for her daughter 
Margot. Carolyn, husband Scott and 
daughters Katherine and Margot live 
in Greenwich, CT. • Hi to Elissa 
Rearing O'Hara, who wrote with 
news of her new baby, John. 
Congrats! She also informed me that 
Carolyn Boldry Weiby welcomed 
their new baby Hannah in Decem- 
ber. • Hi also to Rob McLafferty, a 
vascular surgeon in Oregon. He 
sends his best to all BC friends! • 
Anne Marie Meyers Miller is the 
proud mom of Kelly and new 
brother, Andrew! • Andrea Gagne 
Pierce, husband Brian and two little 
ones, Kevin and Margaret, recently 
moved to Andrews AFB, where Brian 
will do his medical residency in fam- 
ily practice. Andrea would love to 
hook up with any classmates living 
in the Maryland/DC area. She hopes 
to pursue a master's in museum edu- 
cation. • Dave and Karen Smith 
live in Morristown, NJ and are the 
proud parents of a new baby, Gerard 
Clancy. Congrats to the Smiths! • 
Martha Lee was married recently to 
Dave Slocum '85 and lives in 
Scituate, where she is a teacher at 
the Mass. Hospital School. She will 
soon begin a graduate program at 
Wheelock. Jenny Miller Rand and 
Ruth Fusco both attended the wed- 
ding. Ruth has completed her MEd 
at Harvard. • Rev. Mark O'Connell 
has recently completed his first term 
as a priest at St. Barbara's Parish in 
Woburn. He's now on his second 
term at St. Mary's in Danvers. All 
the best with your new assignment! 
• Congrats to Bob and Margaret 
Leighton who have a new baby, 
David, who joins two-year-old An- 
drew! Bob is the VP of Norcross and 
Leighton Insurance in Lowell. • 
Greg Licholai recently graduated 



from Yale Medical and will begin his 
residency in neurosurgery at 
Harvard — at both Children's and 
Brigham and Women's. He and his 
wife Charlotte live in Brookline. 
Congrats and good luck, Greg! • Hi, 
Tricia Casey Sullivan! Tricia writes 
that she and her husband Tim have 
a new baby, Kevin, and that they live 
in Bristol, CT. Tricia works at Hart- 
ford Hospital in the pediatric inten- 
sive care unit. She reports that 
Cheryl Wade Murphy has a new 
baby, Katherine, and lives in 
Stoneham. • Kerri Moroney mar- 
ried Jimmy White last fall; they live 
in Georgetown. • Maureen Walsh 
Giggey has another new baby, Alex, 
who joins two-year-old Matthew; the 
family lives in Dunstable. • Bruce 
and I (and of course Michael, 5 and 
Katherine, 3) ran into Vinnie 
Sylvestri and his family at Burger 
King. (We usually don't go there 
without the kids!). Vinnie and his 
wife have a beautiful daughter and 
Vinnie works for Digital in 
Merrimack, NH. • Jose R. Andrade 
is now the AHANA Alumni Council 
VP. He encourages all AHANA 
alumni to contact him through the 
Alumni Association, (800) 669-843 0, 
and reconnect with friends from BC. 
Jose's wife, Vilma Rodriguez 
Andrade '85, received her master's 
in moderate special needs at BC in 
May. They have two children, 
Claudia, 7 and Ricardo, 3. Good 
luck with your post, Jose! • Want to 
know how high-tech I am now? You 
can now e-mail me at 
boyarsky@aoI.com! 



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Catherine Stanton Rooney 
343H Bolivar Street 
Canton, MA 0202 1 
(617)821-0746 

Hi! Another football season is upon 
us already. • As you may have no- 
ticed, there's been a slight name and 
address change up above. After re- 
porting so many weddings, I finally 
get to write about mine! I was mar- 
ried on May 20 at St. Ignatius to my 
college sweetheart, Sean, by my 
cousin, Fr. Jack Hanwell, SJ '78. 
Molly Martin and Julie Stamos 
were two of my bridesmaids, and 
some of our guests were Dave and 
Shawn Curren Widell (Dave just 
signed on with Tom Coughlin's Jack- 
sonville Jaguars), Rob Sabella, and 
Eric and Laurie Quint Slifka . I've 
also left the beer business and am 
now working as the Mass. on- 
premise manager for Bacardi-Mar- 



tini, USA (Bacardi Rum and Martini 
& Rossi products). • Karen 
McKenzie and Mike Gorman were 
also married on May 20, and they're 
living in Middleton. Some other 
weddings to report: Gerard Frost, 
Jr. was married to Jennifer Matthews 
by Rev. Edward Hanrahan, SJ, and 
they're living in NYC. Kathryn 
Horton married Daniel Caldicott 
in July '94. She's a sales manager at 
Pitney Bowes, and they live in Con- 
cord. Robert Burke III married 
Kelly Ann Barrett in July '94. He's 
employed by Star Market, and they 
live in Plymouth. Stephen Masiello 
and Suzanne Swain were married in 
June '94. Steve is the regional direc- 
tor at Trust Fund Advisors, and 
they're living in Winchester. 
Kathleen MacDonald and Will- 
iam Murray, Jr. were married in 
June '94. William is a business con- 
sultant with MetLife Corp., and 
Kathleen received her master's from 
Yale. Sharon McCarty married 
David Fitzgerald last summer. 
Sharon attends Suffolk Univ. Law 
School and is working at Sullivan, 
Sullivan and Pinta. Steven O'Brien 
wed Erin Drakeley '89 in June '94. 
Steven is a branch manager of US 
Telecenters in San Francisco where 
they are now living. Christine Fettig 
was married to Timothy Dever last 
fall. She is a registered nurse, and 
they are living in Woburn. Michelle 
Casavant married Timothy Ber- 
nard, and she's employed at 
Children's Hospital in Boston. • 
Kathleen Koen wrote in with this: 
Ellen McDonald Muller and her 
husband Joe welcomed their first 
child, Emily Kathleen, in Nov. • 
Rebecca Rose Bocian, her husband 
Frank and son Jake, 4, live in Old 
Lyme, CT where Rebecca is teach- 
ing. • Christine Wisleder Burke 
wrote in with the news of her new 
daughter Erica's birth in March. She 
joins brother Matthew and dad Rick. 
Christine is a compensation analyst 
at Putnam Investments in Boston. • 
Natalie Ricciuti Ducharme wrote 
with the news of her son's birth in 
April. Johnathan William was born 
just a few weeks before Natalie and 
husband Bill's 5th wedding anniver- 
sary. She's a sales manager at AT & 
T in Boston. • Paul Martin wrote in 
from Santa Barbara, CA where he 
owns a growing career consulting 
and job s. arch assistance business. • 
Mary Kenney Monagle and hus- 
band Bill welcomed their first child, 
Eileen, in Jan., and they're living in 
Wellesley Hills. • Karen Murray 
Wargovich and husband Jim are 
also the proud parents of a baby girl. 
Mairead Christina was born in Jan., 
and joins two others, Bridgette and 



Paul. • Congratulations to Gina 
Caruso who landed a great new job 
with the Boston Athletic Associa- 
tion as project coordinator for the 
100th running of the Boston Mara- 
thon. • Mark Haddad completed 
his master's in creative arts educa- 
tion at Lesley College, and is now 
heading the music and drama dept. 
at Newton Country Day School. • 
Margie Campbell, RN is complet- 
ing her second year at Suffolk Law. 
• Gina Calise is the manager of the 
actuarial dept. at Blue Cross of RI. • 
Kim Machado is still working for 
Marriott Corp., but has moved from 
Orlando to Scottsdale, AZ. • Dr. 
Paul Aswad, DMD recently opened 
his own practice in Needham. • 
Debbie Garcia Carey and husband 
John welcomed Allison Marie in Feb. 
Debbie is a foreign equities trader at 
AIG Global Investors. • Nick and 
Barbara Barry Gendron have two 
sons, Nicholas and Kevin, and are 
living in Ramsey, NJ. • Cindy Pierce 
Marett has "retired" from her job as 
Newton's health inspector to be- 
come a full-time mom. She and hus- 
band Mike have two children, Ryan 
and Amanda, and they live in 
Londonderry, NH. • John and 
Cathy Blasi Petosa are living in 
Camillus, NY with their two chil- 
dren, Jay and Allison. Cathy's also a 
full-time mom, while John's run- 
ning the family deli business, at- 
tends Syracuse Law and has his own 
independent accountant business! • 
See you at Pops on the Heights on 
Sept. 15! 



88 



Kara Connell Thompson 
338 Meadowview Dr. 
Collegeville, PA 1 9426 
(610)489-0837 

Sheila McCarthy DeFelice wrote 
in to let us know that she and Paul, 
her husband of six years, had a baby 
boy on Dec. 30, 1994 (cutting it 
awfully close for that tax break!). 
James Patrick weighed in at 7 lbs., 5 
oz., and the three of them are living 
happily in Pelham Manor, NY. • 
Mary Wasmer Heuring was mar- 
ried on July 3 , 1 993 to Kevin Heuring 
of Point Pleasant, NJ. The couple 
lives in Colorado where they own a 
construction and development firm 
in the Vail Valley. Mary has two 
stepdaughters, Caroline and 
Whitney, ages 9 and 12. • Doreen 
Dantono graduated from an ultra- 
sound program at Yale in 1993 and 
has been employed as a clinical ap- 
plication specialist with ATL since 



26 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 






January '95. Doreen is now living in 
Munich, Germany and covers 2 3 for- 
eign countries as her territory! So 
far she loves it (who wouldn't?) and 
is hoping that if any BC buddies are 
in the area they'll look her up. • Eve 
Rutyna was married this past Dec. 
to Taso Daskalakis. Eve received 
her master's in human resources 
management from Emmanuel Col- 
lege in May '94 and is currently 
working for EG&G in Cambridge. 
Eve and Taso live in Watertown. 
Some of the BC classmates attend- 
ing Eve's wedding included Cathy 
McCarron and her husband Bert 
Entwhistle '89, as well as Julie 
Carrigg Charrette. Also spotted at 
the wedding was Moira Clancy, who 
is living in Charlestown with Ann 
Kulevich. Moira is working in sales 
for American Express and is getting 
married this Sept. to Felix Riccio. 
Other attendees at Eve's wedding 
included Ellen Broderick Brock 
and Kathy Brustman Rasor, who 
was married to Rich Rasor last sum- 
mer and is now living in Larchmont, 
NY. • We received word that 
Pamela Genovese Baltz and her 
husband Raymond CGSOM '95 are 
currently residing in Atlanta, GA. • 
A BC campus wedding was held last 
fall for Ellen Principato and John 
McNamara, now residing in 
Cohasset. Ellen is employed by Clean 
Harbors, Inc. where she is a cus- 
tomer service account manager. • 
Also married last fall were Jennier 
Deveney and Thomas Anderson. 
The couple lives in Newton, and 
Jennifer is working for Liberty Mu- 
tual in Boston as a communications 
specialist. • Hearts were breaking 
up and down the east coast when 
Sam Palmisano announced his en- 
gagement to Victoria Evans. The 
couple was married in Milton in June 
and resides now in Vermont. For the 
most part, "The Dorks" were present 
and accounted for and a great time 
was had by all! • Speaking of the 
dorks, word is out that den mother 
of the dorks, John Scoop Morrier, 
and his lovely wife Lori are expect- 
ing a baby in Nov. • Also in the baby 
department, Joe and Kim Fontaine 
Gindhart will have had their baby 
by the time this letter is published! 
Details on that one will be included 
in the next issue. • It's also been 
rumored that Keith and Kathy 
O'Brien Longson are expecting 
their second child as this column is 
heading off to print. Their first, 
Charles, was born last spring and by 
the time we're reading this, he should 
have a playmate!! We've also heard 
that they've relocated to California, 
so we'll wish them all the best on the 
West Coast. Say hi to Rob Murray 



(still in San Francisco) for us ! • Laura 
Nelson was spotted at Comedy Cen- 
tral in NY and is apparently living in 
the City. • Dan Gilligan and his 
lovely wife Jodi have moved out of 
NYC and are now residing in Port 
Washington, NY (on the island). • 
Dr. Anne Boyd (still so hard to 
believe) is living and working at a 
hospital in Beverly (okay, she's not 
living at the hospital, but it seems 
she may as well be) where she is 
doing a residency. • Elizabeth Lisa 
Colpitts married Matthew Hall in 
Bedford, NH in July '94. Lisa is a 
special ed teacher in Pembroke, NH; 
Matthew is a civil engineer. They 
live in Manchester, NH. • Natalie 
Renee Munroe married Leo Hill of 
Newton in June '94. Renee is a spe- 
cial ed teacher in Litchfield, NH. 
She and Leo live in Bedford. • The 
girls from Mod 43 A wrote in to let us 
know what they've been up to. Stacia 
Krowski married Peter Speliakos 
last Aug. Mary Dwyer also tied the 
knot, marrying Jack Chapin in Oct. 
'93. Kendra Maisitis Condon had 
her second daughter, Lauren. Kim 
Moore Smith and husband Greg 
have two sons, Connor and Brayden. 
Chris and Deanna Sullivan Moran 
bought a new home in Westwood. 
Last but not least, Jackie Cox and 
Michael Sly were married in May. 
The girls are looking forward to 
getting together over the football 
season. 

89 

Joanne Foley 

936 E. Fourth St. #3 

S. Boston, MA 02 1 27 

(617)464-3300 

Heard from Christine Pier and 
Suzanne Suppelsa with much info. 
• Thomas and Christine Bracciotti 
Pier were married in summer '91. 
They live in Montclair, NJ and work 
in NYC at Andersen Consulting and 
the FDIC, respectively. • Suzanne 
Suppelsa and George Zlvetti are 
planning an Oct. 14 wedding at St. 
Ignatius. Suzanne currently teaches 
biology at Teaneck High in NJ, and 
George graduated with his MBA 
from Michigan this past April. •Julie 
Tierney Spurr graduated from 
Leslie College in '94 with a master's 
in education and is currently teach- 
ing in Needham. Tim Spurr is a 
consultant for Parthenon. They re- 
side in Charlestown. • Colleen 
Borger O'Connor and husband 
Kevin live in Buffalo, NY with 
Murphy, their black lab. Colleen 
teaches kindergarten. • Gianni and 



Laura Pollock Salamone currently 
live and work in Piano, TX. • Karen 
Sullivan Garry and husband Joe are 
busy with Katie Erin, who was born 
Nov. '93. • John Skwiot continues 
to work in Washington, DC. He has 
recendy become a nationally-ranked 
triathelete. • Matthew Ray works 
for Andersen Consulting in Hart- 
ford, CT. He and his wife Cio are 
enjoying their baby boy Max. • 
Steven Pellegrino enjoys living in 
his Back Bay apartment and contin- 
ues to work in public relations for 
Kortenhaus Communications on 
Newbury St. • Wesley and Kaoru 
Numata Wenig are new 
homeowners in Simi Valley, CA. 
Wes, who graduated from law school 
in '92, works for Michaelis, 
Montanari and Johnson, a law firm 
specializing in aviation-related liti- 
gation. Kaoru works for a company 
that imports and exports steel prod- 
ucts. • Jim Massman is engaged to 
Diane O'Donnell '88 and is plan- 
ning a Sept. wedding. Jim works for 
Fleet Bank in Boston and lives in 
Charlestown. • David Meyer, wife 
Karen and their daughter Caitlin 
live in Kansas City, MO. David 
graduated from law school in '92. • 
Paul Stefanacci, MD graduated 
from NJ Medical School in '93 and 
is currently doing his residency in 
San Diego. • John Beil and Mike 
Salvato can't escape those college 
days and are rooming together in 
Norwalk, CT. • Joshua Plorde, MD 
graduated from Univ. of Washing- 
ton Medical School in '93 and is 
currendy doing his residency in ra- 
diology in Seattle. • Bob Savio also 
graduated this year from Univ. of 
Washington Med. School and will 
be doing his residency in the San 
Francisco area. • Tom Civitanova 
graduated last year from Univ. of 
Michigan with a degree in facilities 
management. • Mark Donohoe 
graduated from Suffolk Law School 
in '94. • Kenny Alleyne works for 
Bank of Tokyo in Boston. • Tim 
Lopes married Jen Flaherty in July 
'92. Tim and Jen recently relocated 
to Dalton, GA where Tim works for 
International Carpet Mills. • Mike 
Darling is still out on the West 
Coast. He lives in Carlsbad, CA and 
works for a brokerage firm in San 
Diego. • Sean Blair and his wife 
Vicki live in suburban Dallas. Sean 
graduated from Univ. of Chicago 
with an MBA in '94. He works for 
American Airlines in Dallas. • 
Cynthia Recchia was recently en- 
gaged to Jeffrey Graff; a May '96 
wedding is planned. •Jeffrey Silvia 
is working at RM Bradley in Boston. 
Jeff is living in Cambridge with Ted 
Anderson. • James Gasperoni is 



happily married to wife Lisa and 
lives in Danvers along with their 
"newest edition:" daughter Rebecca. 
• Michael Passanisi was married in 
Oct. '94 to Joanne at the Hillview 
CC in Reading. The couple resides 
in Somerville. Michael recently 
passed the bar exam. • Lynn 
DellaPietra recently received her 
PhD in clinical psychology from 
Hahnemann Univ. in Philadelphia. 
Lynn will be finishing her intern- 
ship at Univ. of Florida and then 
plans to head back to the Boston area 
to do a Harvard fellowship at 
Children's Hospital. • John 
Wilkinson and Cheryl Home 
Wilkinson announced the birth of 
their first child, daughter Lindsey 
Rose, born May 28. John is a senior 
accountant for Gallo Wines and re- 
cently sat for the CPA exam in May. 
Cheryl is a human resources admin- 
istrator for National Electronic In- 
formation Corp. • Catherine 
Garvey Welsh and her husband 
Richard leftMaplewood, NJ lastyear 
and moved to Kansas City, MO 
where Richard is working for Twen- 
tieth Century Mutual Funds. On 
Jan. 28, Colin Richard Welsh was 
born! Congrats! • Grace Cho is 
currently working in GE Capital, a 
company based in Stamford, CT, as 
a manager of international market- 
ing and strategic planning. Grace 
has had the opportunity to travel 
and work in various countries in 
Europe and Asia, including England, 
Sweden and Germany. Grace cur- 
rently has an office and an apart- 
ment in both Stamford, CT and 
Tokyo. • John Horvack married 
Stacy Tutino last Sept. John is an 
attorney with law firm of Gager and 
Henry. • Maria Joseph married 
Philip Peckham last Aug. in Milton. 
Maria is a business development 
manager at Allied Security, Inc. • 
Carol Anguilla and Eric Weissman 
were married last Oct. in Newport, 
RI. The couple is currently living in 
Arlington, VA where Carol is an 
attorney at the office of Bryan Cave. 



90 



Kara Corso Nelson 
2 100 Dover Ct. 
Windsor, CT 06095 
(203) 285-8626 

It was wonderful seeing everybody at 
reunion weekend! There was quite 
an impressive turnout of '90ers. • 
Did Walsh Hall feel like a time warp 
to anyone else? ! I think the fire alarms 
each night really clinched it for me. 
A note of thanks to our reunion 



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committee for their hard work in 
putting it together: Maureen 
Appleyard, Elise DeWinter, Dave 
Flynn, Fran Forte, Willie Gartner, 
Jean Graham, Jim Hickson, Tom 
Nee, Mike Pimental and Debbie 
Sprindzunas. There are Class of 
'90 T-shirts available through the 
Alumni Office; call (800) 669-8430 
to order yours. Jean Graham also 
wanted to thank everyone who voted 
for her — she was elected to the 
Alumni Board of Directors! • 
Minnie Tse and Nick Husni were 
married on May 6 in Boston. They 
honeymooned in Disney World and 
are currently living in Boston, where 
they are both medical students at 
BU. • Monique Choiniere, Chuck 
Clapton and Paul McCullagh are 
currently studying for their law de- 
grees at Catholic Univ. in Washing- 
ton, DC. Chuck just finished his 
term as president of the student bar 
association; Paul served as president 
of the Federalist Society this past 
year; Monique is currently on the 
staff of the Health Law Journal. • 
Lynnly Tydings and Philip Lynch 
celebrated their first anniversary May 
2 8 . Lynnly works for Catholic Chari- 
ties in Washington, DC and Phil is a 
special education teacher with 
Chelsea School in Maryland. Lynnly 
is completing her master's in theol- 
ogy at Washington Theological 
Union. • Since graduation, 
Kathleen Straub McAuslin has 
spent time in Haiti and Romania 
doing volunteer work. She is pres- 
endy living in Rhode Island with her 
husband Jeff and newborn son Joel 
and is a full-time mom. • Phil Rectra 
is a corporate account manager for 
Harvard Business School Publish- 
ing. In his spare time Phil trains for 
competition in short-track 
speedskating, and fronts a cheesy 
(his description, not mine!) cover 
band called Organic Panic — great 
name! • On Dec. 1 5, 1994 Stephanie 
Tang Bartoldus gave birth to Alison 
Lucy — she, baby and husband Joe 
are doing fine. Alison's godmother 
is Diana Winarski. • Keith Wargo 
and Anne Margiloff were married 
April 8 at Trinity Church in Boston. 
(They met on a blind date!) John 
Hefferon, Charlie Yzaguirre, 
Steve Soukup, Peter Alia and Matt 
Jeannerer '89 were members of the 
wedding party. They honeymooned 
in St. Vincent, West Indies. Anne is 
a consultant with Mercer Manage- 
ment Consulting. Keith has finished 
his MBA at Harvard Business School; 
they have moved back to NYC where 
Keith will return to Goldman Sachs. 
• Denise Angelo landed a great 
promotion with Roll Systems in 
Burlington {way to go, Dee!) and will 



be going back to school for her MB A. 
• Shannon Smith Brown and hus- 
band Jeff live in Texas with their two 
children, Tucker and Ryan. Jeff is 
finishing medical school with the 
US Army Special Forces and Shan- 
non is gearing up for law school. We 
hope they end up back in New En- 
gland soon. • Larissa Castriotta 
became engaged to Daniel Marshall 
this past Christmas. A June '96 wed- 
ding is planned — congrats, Lara and 
Dan! Larissa is completing a master's 
degree in Chinese at UMass- 
Amherst and is planning to study in 
China this summer. • Amy 
MacDonald finished her master's 
in education at BC and will be mov- 
ing to Arizona this fall to do her 
student teaching in health science 
on the Fort Apache Indian Reserva- 
tion at Whiteriver High School. • 
Katie Spain McLaren and husband 
Frank are expecting their third child! 
Daniel and Meghan are eagerly 
awaiting the arrival of their newest 
sibling some time this summer. • 
Patrick McEleney married Kesae 
Ishiwa of Japan on June 11, 1994. 
They live in Huntsville, AL where 
Patrick works as a computer pro- 
grammer for the US Army LOGSA. 
They were expecting their first child 
in June. • Xavier Pedroza married 
Alison Hume in 1993; they have 
since had twins (who are just over a 
year old). They live in Boston where 
Xavier is an administrator for Bos- 
ton Primary Care. • Kevin Mahoney 
married Karen Basta on March 1 7 in 
Garfield, NJ. Sean Gavin was best 
man; ushers included Mike DeSala, 
Pat Patruno, Mike Foley and John 
McKenzie. • Wedding bells will be 
ringing for Robert Romano and 
Rita DiCecca this July. Robert is a 
CPA and has established his own 
firm in Arlington. • Leslie Laroche 
Bishop and Richard Bishop '92 were 
married July 1 6, 1 994 at St. Ignatius. 
Leslie is working on her doctorate in 
chemistry at BC; her husband is a 
fund accountant at State Street Bank 
in Quincy. • On October 26, 1994 
Maria Elena Nadarse lost her battle 
with cancer. Our thoughts and 
prayers go out to her family and 
friends. She will be greatly missed. 



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Reunion 



MAY17 19»1996 



Christine Bodoin 
55 Lands End Ln. 
Sudbury, MA 01 776 

I had a large response this time, so if 
you don't see your info, here, it will 
be in the next issue. • Martin 
Hernandez will attend Thunderbird 



American Graduate School of Inter- 
national Management in Phoenix for 
his master's this fall. • Ted Jenkin 
married Gena Ranellone Oct. 9, 1 994 
in Dobbs Ferry, NY. They live in 
Chevy Chase, MD. Ted is a district 
manager for American Express Fi- 
nancial Advisors in Washington, 
DC. He completed studies to be- 
come a certified financial planner. 
Harold H Ehrmann, D.J. Simon, 
Dan Bevere, Mike Nangle and 
Shaun Spencer were all at the wed- 
ding. Heming Nelson was not able 
to make it because he is in a one-year 
program at the London School of 
Economics. Tom Hines was also 
unable to attend because he had a 
role in his first movie, Exit to Eden. • 
Annie R. Edwards married Rev. 
Eric Edwards in Feb. 1993. Annie 
works in marketing and corporate 
communication at EBSCO Indus- 
tries, an international manufactur- 
ing plant in Birmingham, AL. Annie 
also teaches Sunday school (grades 
K-5) and travels throughout the US 
with her husband as he teaches the 
Word of God. • Bea Maloney re- 
ceived her law degree from Univ. of 
Montana in Missoula, MT, Bea mar- 
ried Joel Kaleva on Aug. 13, 1994. 
Pam Parker was her maid of honor. 
Also in attendance were Tim 
Minahan and Renee Rabeni. • On 
June 4, 1994, Stephan Wronski 
married Inga Usalis '90 at St. 
Ignatius. Tim Morse was their best 
man. Also in attendance were Tom 
Penque, Matt Samson, Don Niss, 
Jon Gallagher, Dina Coffman, Sheila 
Finan, Savina Mallozzi, Laura 
Gallagher, Laura Prantil, Dave 
Delaney, PatMoran, Mike Primiano, 
John Padilla, Lara SanGiovanni and 
Kate Jacinto. Stephan is a buyer-in- 
training at Filene's and lives in 
Quincy. • Nancy Lee Wheeler was 
admitted to the California bar on 
Dec. 5, 1994. She graduated from 
Loyola Law School and studied 
abroad, both at the London School 
of Economics and the London Insti- 
tute of International Law. Nancy 
intends to specialize in entertain- 
ment law in the Los Angeles area. • 
Andrew Piela and Rebecca Coo- 
per were married at St. Ignatius May 
28, 1994. Anna Crane was a brides- 
maid. At the wedding were: Claudia 
Rodriguez, Corinne Knolblach, 
Maribel Custodio, David Daly, Jon 
Gelber, Dana Ducharme, Ken Small, 
Susan Masters and Erin Miller. An- 
drew passed the New Hampshire 
bar exam and works as a law clerk for 
the NH Superior court. Rebecca 
passed her ANCC Nurse Practitio- 
ner Certification Exam and works as 
an adult nurse practitioner in 
Nashua, NH. • Anthony Parlato 



and Kellyann Bartolomei were 
married Sept. 12, 1993 on Long Is- 
land. Present were Keith Solomon, 
Gene Reed, Jacqueline McClean, 
Tsedal Beyene, Dominique 
Verdieu, Monique Acevedo and 
Alycia Sarjeant. They are also the 
proud parents of a baby girl, Alexis 
Torri Parlato. Anthony would like 
to know Kenny Norwood's '92 
whereabouts. • Attending Teri and 
John Spielberger's last Labor Day 
on the Cape were: bridesmaids Patty 
Donahue and Christine Pokoly, best 
man Amue Thapar, ushers D.J. 
Simon and Mark Sexton. Also, Troy 
Bracher, Biz Renick, Christine Berl, 
Kari Cadwallader, Kathleen Cronin, 
Sarah Lev, Kerry Carmody, Jeff 
Jerrier, Dan Grady, Harold 
Ehrmann, Gregg George, Lois 
Hanrahan, Brian Wogenson, Neil 
McCullagh, Robjasminski, Jennifer 
Silvernail, Sherry Rutherford, Kevin 
Reid, Sean Salene, Diana Schnitka, 
Drew Tripodi, Laura DeBrux, 
Christopher Zoidid, Craig 
Tagliamonte,andJim and Pat Wood. 

• In San Francisco, Christine 
Pokoly, Karen Olson, Sandy 
Uribe, Lena Kim and Tara 
Henwood all get together once a 
month. • On Oct. 15, 1994 Katie 
Bresnahan and John Ragan were 
married at St. Ignatius. Kelly Biby- 
Morales was a bridesmaid, and Matt 
Metz an usher. Also there were: 
Andy Klare, John Ravenna, Mike 
Delwiche, Matt Burke, Dave Per- 
gola and Roland Pritchett. • Rey 
Roldan is a publicist at IRS records 
in NYC. He is also a music review 
editor of LOOK! Magazine and a 
contributing writer for Boston Rock 
and Cake Magazine. Rey still main- 
tains a long-distance relationship 
with Maureen Blandino in Boston. 
Rey's e-mail address is 
Raybee@aol.com. •JohnMontrone 
is working on his MBA at Columbia. 

• John Olson graduated from 
Fordham Law. • Mark Sexton and 
Kathleen Byrne are married and 
living in St. Paul, MN. Mark is a 
lawyer in St. Paul, and Kathy works 
for Aetna Health Plan in Minneapo- 
lis. They have assumed leadership of 
the Twin Cities BC Club. • Ken 
DeStephano lives in NYC. • Eliza- 
beth Johnston and Jean Newell 
work together as elementary school 
teachers. • Fran Clorio lives in 
NYC. • Peggy Morin is working on 
her master's in education at BC. • 
Petina Joe lives in Hong Kong. • 
Kerrie Shaheen is at Georgetown 
working on her MBA. • Maryann 
Brennan married Thomas Dillon 
March 25 in New Jersey. Peggy 
Morin was her bridesmaid. • Travis 
Thayer graduated from Vanderbilt 



28 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



Law School. • Sheila Rinaldi teaches 
fourth grade in W. Roxbury. • 
Sheree Nuccio teaches fourth grade 
in Enfield, CT. • Lisa Billings mar- 
ried Robert Cerulli in July '94. They 
live in Norwalk, CT. Lisa is a sev- 
enth grade social studies teacher and 
received her master's in education 
from Sacred Heart Univ. last Dec. • 
Roberta Lampoon passed the Vir- 
ginia bar and is a judicial clerk for a 
circuit court in Virginia. Roberta 
has been married for two years. 



92 



Paul L. Cantello 
1 30 Garden St. #3 
Hoboken, NJ 07030 

Drew Massey has founded a new 
magazine called P.O. V. The current 
issue is on newsstands now. Kramer 
from "Seinfeld" is on the cover. There 
are many interesting articles, like 
"Where the jobs are," "Mutual Funds 
you can afford " and "Choosing an 
appropriate bottle of wine. " Call 212- 
421-8676 for subscription info. • 
Trent Janik works for J. Crew as an 
assistant product manager of men's 
sweaters. She lives and works in 
NYC. Trent reports that J. Crew is 
an exciting company to work for and 
was able to travel to Hong Kong on 
business. • Dina Strada has been 
promoted to account rep for ABC's 
affiliate relations dept. in NYC. • 
Claire Kates was married in June to 
a doctor she met while working as a 
nurse at Brigham & Women's Hos- 
pital. • Kris Hager was promoted to 
promotion director at Classic Rock 
94.5 KFOX in San Jose, CA. • Alisa 
Picerno has been promoted to press 
secretary for the State of 
Connecticut's GOP. Alisa recently 
purchased a piano and acquired a 
family member — a new kitten. • 
Chris Eidt wrote in about a recent 
gathering of roommates in DC. 
Dean Kueter is working for Con- 
gressman Barney Frank.* Dimi trios 
Angelis has been a teacher with 
Teach for America in L.A. He earned 
his master's degree and decided to 
spend this summer teaching in Ja- 
pan. Dimitiros was also involved with 
interviewing prospective kids for ad- 
mission to BC. • Cynthia Finley is 
attending graduate school at Louisi- 
ana State Univ. She will receive her 
master's in social work in May '96. 
Cynthia is engaged to Eric 
Waguespack, whom she met at LSU. 
They will marry this Dec. in L.A. • 
Susan Hannifin and Maureen Wall 
are roommates in San Diego. Susan 
teaches at Polinsky Children's Cen- 



ter. Maureen is engaged to John 
Levangie of Lexington. They will 
marry in the spring with Susan as the 
maid of honor, and Maura Feeley, 
Trent Janik, Pamela Maskara and 
Mary Kate Meis as bridesmaids. • 
Brian Coleman is a DJ at The 
Linwood Grille (off Boylston St. near 
Star Market) Thursdays from 1 pm 
to 2 am. He spins deep funk, soul 
jazz and rare groove records. Brian 
also has a radio show, "Funk to the 
Folks," Tuesdays from 5-6 pm on 
WZBC (90.3 FM). • Ron Wessel 
won the prestigious Quimby Award 
from Creighton Univ. Law School 
in Omaha, NE. Ron graduated with 
his JD in May and is considering 
relocating to Denver. • Steve 
Lavelle proposed to Mary 
Wasserman on March 1 7 in Toronto. 
She said yes! A June '96 wedding is 
planned — with many '92ers expected 
to be in attendance. • Malena 
Amato is finishing up her third year 
at Georgetown Univ. Medical 
School and still lives with Caroline 
Mendoza and Tina Castellano. 
Erin Graefe lives nearby and is re- 
gional fundraising coordinator for 
the Democratic Congressional Cam- 
paign Committee. Tina is in her 
third year working for Special Olym- 
pics International. Caroline is the 
assistant press secretary for Con- 
gressman Henry Bonilla of Texas. 
Ann Kurtz is in her first year of law 
school at Catholic Univ. All three 
roommates attended Sheila Mahony 
and Steve Schlageter's wedding in 
Edina, MN in April. Billy 
McMurtrie, Pat Caulfield, 
Brendan McGowan, Bryan 
Bourke, Amy Brown, Stephanie 
Sayfie and Todd Johnson also at- 
tended. The couple honeymooned 
in the Cayman Islands and returned 
to live and work in the Seattle area. 
Steve works for Arthur Andersen; 
Sheila is a sales rep. for Pfizer Phar- 
maceutical Co. • Michelle Korn 
lives in NYC and works for CBS 
news. • Kelley Noreen is in Minne- 
apolis working as a stockbroker with 
Dean Witter. • After a year-long cou- 
rageous battle with leukemia, Kevin 
Rappa passed away. He loved BC and 
our prayers are with his family. 



93 



Alison J. Pothier 

c/o BC Alumni Association 

825 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02158 

pothier_alison@jpmorgan.com 

The class officers have already started 
planning ahead for football season 



by reserving Harper's Ferry for 
homecoming weekend again this 
year. If you're in town that weekend, 
hope you can join us for a quick 
reunion! • Please note the new ad- 
dress to which you can mail all cor- 
respondence to me. If all works out 
as planned, I will be relocating to 
London with my job and can be 
contacted through either the alumni 
office or the above e-mail adress 
until my home address becomes 
more permanent. If your letter is not 
included here, keep an eye out in the 
next article to see that they've been 
forwarded and published. • Saw 
many '93 classmates at the Presiden- 
tial Scholars dinner sponsored by 
die NY Alumni Club earlier this 
year — a few representatives included: 
Jose Garcia, Noelle Brogi, Mike 
Ascione, Pat Lalor and Rob 
Carroll. • Recently heard from 
Wendy Burgess and Nicole 
Choiniere. Nicole is a 3rd grade 
teacher at the Commodore 
Macdonough School inMiddletown, 
CT and is living in Rocky Hills. 
Wendy, who is currently living in 
Chicago and working at the Run- 
away Switchboard, will be attending 
graduate school for social work this 
fall. • Congratulations to Tammy 
Bouda and George Doehner '94 who 
are planning to marry in August of 
this year . Tammy recently finished 
her second year at Univ. of Ne- 
braska Medical Center. • Congratu- 
lations also to Carrie Malone and 
Chris Rivera '94 who are planning 
to marry at BC in April '96. Carrie 
lives in Walpole and works for CIBA/ 
Corning. Her roommate, Sarah 
Bintinger, is a human resource ad- 
ministrator with the Mass. Co. in 
Boston. • Best wishes to Mary 
Orlowski and Jay Yuskis, who are 
engaged and are planning a May '96 
wedding. Mary is attending gradu- 
ate school at Arizona State Univ. to 
pursue her master's of education. 
She works as a graduate assistant in 
undergraduate admissions at ASU. • 
Congratulations to Laura 
Maniscaleo and Damon DeLise, 
who were engaged in January and 
are planning a March '96 wedding. 
Laura received her master's in envi- 
ronmental management and Damon 
works for Andersen Consulting in 
NJ. • Heard from JP Plunkett, who 
recently joined the Boston office of 
Cushman & Wakefield as a com- 
mercial real estate broker. He also 
writes a monthly column for Eagle 
Action covering BC sports. • Kelly 
Johnson graduated from Boston 
Univ. in May with a master's in sci- 
ence in occupational therapy. She 
works at the Mayo Clinic in Roches- 
ter, MN as an intern in physical 



rehabilitation while working toward 
her certification in occupational 
therapy. • Kathy Cammarata re- 
ceived a university fellowship from 
Ohio Univ.'s Scripp's School ofjour- 
nalism and will continue on in the 
master's program this June. She also 
let us know that Ellen Gallagher is 
the editor of a local newspaper in 
Buffalo. • Heard from John Kim, 
who is living outside of Washing- 
ton, DC. After spending time work- 
ing as a marketing consultant at an 
advertising firm, he has decided to 
change career directions. John is now 
heading off to Virginia Tech to study 
accounting and information systems. 
• After graduation, John Snoey trav- 
elled throughout Europe for two 
months and spent the next year es- 
tablishing his own construction com- 
pany in Oregon. He is now doing 
consulting work for Ernst & Young 
in Chicago. • Mike Burke and Jenny 
Osborne '94 are engaged and plan- 
ning a July wedding. Congratula- 
tions! • Heard that Louis Tirino is 
living in Norwalk, CT where he 
now works as a consultant for Hewitt 
Associates. • Lorajakubczak is cur- 
rently working at the Italian Home 
for Children in Boston. She would 
like to extend a hello to her previous 
roomates: Michele Egan, Chris 
D'Ellesandro, Stacy Stecher and 
Kara Heffernan — all working in San 
Francisco. # Monique Laflamme 
Hapgood is living in Honolulu, HI 
attending a pediatric specialty nurs- 
ing course at Tripler Army Medical 
Center. She and her husband will be 
moving to Tacoma, WA where she 
will work at the Madigan Army 
Medical Center once she has com- 
pleted the course. • Heard from Ja- 
son Raia, who is currently living in 
Allston while working on his master's 
in philosophy at BC. He works as a 
full-time youth minister at St. 
Joseph's Parish in Medford. • 
Phoebe Loyer is working toward 
her master's in social work at UPenn; 
word has it that, though she enjoys 
PA, she misses life in Boston. • Con- 
gratulations to Tom Hickey and 
Jennifer Sarnie who were married 
on July 9. Tom is working as a his- 
tory teacher in a high school on the 
South Shore. • Congrats also to 
Robert Drapeau, who received his 
master's in Anglo Irish studies from 
Univ. College, Dublin, Ireland. 



BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 29 



CLASSES 



94 

Alyce T. Hatem 
208 South Ann St. 
Mobile, AL 36604 



Brian Falvey is entertaining another 
football season; however, this time 
he was behind the scenes. He had 
the opportunity to be the first former 
mascot to judge the Eagle Mascot 
tryouts. Hey Brian, tell us your se- 
cret! • Derek Hughes was appointed 
to marketing trainee for Janssen 
Pharmaceutical, NJ in Jan. After a 
year of training he will become a 
sales rep. • Christine Leonard 
joined World Teach in Feb. and is in 
Costa Rica teaching English. • We 
have some more JVC updates: this 
list just keeps getting longer and 
longer. Keith Haig is in Anaheim 
working with the homeless, trying 
to find them transitional housing. 
Maria Haggarty is in East L.A. 
teaching physical education. Dave 
O'Toole is in L.A. teaching history 
in an alternative high school. Debbie 
Carrasquillo is living in Manhattan 
Beach, CA and working with home- 
less and mentally handicapped 
women. • BC grads just don't like to 
leave Boston. Here goes it. Mark 
Viveros is a fund accountant and 
recently took his CPA exam. Good 
luck, Mark. Sharon Friedman is a 
high school math teacher. Jim Kelly 
is working at Tower Records. 
Carolyn Healy works at Sun Life of 
Canada as a programmer for indi- 
vidual systems development. • 
Cheryl Hockman and Paul 
McNamara work at KATZ radio. 
They love their jobs so much they 
are planning to get married in June 
'96. • The New England Patriots 
have a new star with them. Katie 
Delay is in the Foxboro offensive 
line office. Jerry Caruso is working 
for Arthur Andersen. John Burns is 
at Merrill Lynch. Katie Rollins is 
working part time as a shoe shiner in 
downtown Boston and for the Visit- 
ing Nurses' Association on the week- 
ends. Matt Finte is working at a 
bakery in the North End, with aspi- 
rations to have one of his own one 
day. Ann Highland and Jen 
Phillippe work at Fidelity. Mike 
Spalla has returned from playing 
hockey in Italy and is also working at 
Fidelity with Ann and Jen. Andy 
Mahar is a high school hockey ref- 
eree. Tom Ryan was promoted to 
senior account executive with 
Baybank, Inc. Meredith McNeilage 
is working for Furman Selz. Tara 
Goshco, Ann Brisetle and Andrea 
Palermo are living together and 
working in Boston. BenD'Agostino 



and Jerry Spencer are living in 
Medford and working in Boston. • 
Melissa Mastriani is living and 
working in Norway. • Brian Saxton 
and Steve Marciano are playing 
baseball for Moe Maloney's '95 BC 
team. • Stephanie Nakielny was a 
contestant in the Miss Rhode Island 
Beauty Pageant on April 22. Hope 
you did well! Please tell us the re- 
sults. • Chrisy McLain is working 
in Australia at the Consulate. • Brian 
Delaney has taken a leave of ab- 
sence from Coopers and Lybrand to 
pursue a singing career in NY. • 
Chris Woody Accardo and his group 
the "Reitions Brothers" were sched- 
uled to tour ten cities in the Midwest 
this summer. Cooll • We still have 
some folks who are attending school. 
Rich Alcock will attend Harvard 
Law School in the fall. Michelle 
Damian is attending law school at 
American Univ. Gaew Phadungchi 
is a medical student at Georgetown 
Univ. Antonia Moser is a grad stu- 
dent studying English in Nashville, 
TN. • Jenny Osborne called to let 
us know she's engaged to Mike Burke 
'93. AJuly weddingis planned. Con- 
gratulations! • John Joyce is cur- 
rently skating in Disney on Ice's 
production of "The Lion King. " • 
Charlotte Altmeyer is living and 
working as a nurse in Charleston, 
SC. • Dennis Thornton is a finalist 
for MTV's Real World production 
in London. • Martha Lynch has 
recendy moved to NYC and Kelly 
Mulcahy is working at Lord Abbet 
Mutual Funds in NYC. Melanie 
Prusinki is working for Price 
Waterhouse. • Jack Callahan has 
finished his season in the East Coast 
Hockey League and will be training 
as a franchising associate for 
McDonald's • John Driscoll has 
moved to Honolulu to train for the 
Ironman Triathlon. • Connie 
Cicolini is opening a new office for 
the company she is working for. 
Good luck, Connie! 



EVENING 
COLLEGE 

Jane T. Crimlisk '74 

416 Belgrade Ave. Apt. 25 

W. Roxbury, MA 02 1 32 

Jeremiah J. Lonergan '55 informs 
me that on Dec. 24, 1994, Channel 7 
showed "Christmas in Massachusetts, " 
an animated Christmas story. The 
voices of Santa and The Snowman 
were Jerry's. • Jerry Long '62 re- 
tired last Sept. after 3 3 years of teach- 
ing — 32 in the Norwood public 
schools. Jerry's sister, wife, two 



daughters, and one son-in-law are 
all BC grads. • Gerry Harvey 79's 
daughter Kristen will enter BC in 
the fall. His daughter Carol Ann will 
receive an MS in nursing in '96 and 
his wife, Ginny, who works at BC as 
a librarian, will receive a BA in '97. • 
Susan G. Robinson '85 was elected 
an officer with Paul Revere Insur- 
ance in Worcester. Susan received a 
law degree from New England 
School of Law. She is a member of 
the Mass., Worcester and American 
Bar Associations and is a Worcester 
Legal Services volunteer. • I met 
Walter Sullivan '64 and his wife 
Joan at Pops on May 19. Walter 
expects to retire from the Federal 
Reserve Bank in Oct. Walter and 
Joan have three sons: John, Ed and 
Jim. They are proud parents of a 
daughter Gourtney, born April 26. • 
Condolences are extended to the 
family and the Sisters of St. Joseph 
on the death of Sister Mariona 
Hurley '45. Also, condolences are 
extended to the family of Dorothy 
Devlin '53. May they rest in peace. 



GA&S 

Dean Michael A. Smyer 
McGuinn Hall 221 A 
Boston College 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02 167 
(617)552-3265 

Karen Hassey Dow, nursing '92, 
PhD '94, is a recipient of both the 
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)/ 
Schering Corp. Excellence in Can- 
cer Nursing Research Award and 
the ONS/Upjohn Co. Quality of 
Life Award, which were presented at 
the Society's 20th Anniversary Con- 
gress in April in Anaheim, CA. Dr. 
Dow is a cancer consultant in 
Melbourne, FL. • Robert J. 
Gerardi, DEd '79, retired Lynn su- 
perintendent of schools and most 
recently VP for education sales with 
Eastern Building Services in 
Woburn, has now been appointed 
superintendent of schools in 
Kingfield, ME in the Sugarloaf 
Mountain area. • J. William Harm- 
less, PhD religion and education 
'90, assistant professor of theology, 
was awarded Teacher of the Year at 
Spring Hill College last spring. This 
fall, Liturgical Press will be publish- 
ing his new book, Augustine and the 
Catechumenate. • Philip Cate 
Huckins, MAT '85, had an article, 
"Selections from an Air Force Mem- 
oir, " published in the faculty journal 
of Salem State College, Sextant, late 
last year. He also presented a paper, 
"Broken Voids, Broken Arrows: A Criti- 
cal A nalysis of the Federal Government 's 



Off-Reservation Boarding School Pro- 
gram, 1879-1900," at the Pedagogy 
of the Oppressed Conference at the 
Univ. of Nebraska, Omaha in Feb., 
and was recently appointed as an 
adjunct faculty member in the edu- 
cation department at Merrimack 
College. • P. Patrick Leahy, MS 
geology '70, has recently become 
chief geologist and chief of the geo- 
logical division of the U.S. Geologi- 
cal Survey. The geology department 
at BC is nominating Pat for the 
Alumni Achievement Award in Sci- 
ence next year. • MaryKay 
Mahoney, MA English '73, an En- 
glish professor at Merrimack Col- 
lege, has contributed an essay, "A 
Train Running on Two Sets of Tracks: 
Highsmith 's and Hitchcock 's Strangers 
on a Train " to the book, It's a Print!: 
Detective Fiction fro?n Page to Screen. 
She has presented papers on detec- 
tive fiction at national Popular Cul- 
ture Association conferences, and 
participated in a panel at the annual 
conference of the New England As- 
sociation of Teachers of English. • 
Christopher Martes, PhD ed. 
admin. '93, director of personnel for 
the Brookline schools, became su- 
perintendent of the Medfield Schools 
in June. • Rev. Francis S. Tebbe, 
OFM, MEd '82, was unanimously 
elected to serve a second term ('95- 
'98) as president of the Nat'l Orga- 
nization for Continuing Education 
of Roman Catholic Clergy. It was 
the first time in its 22-year history 
that a president was re-elected. He 
edited their Handbook for the Con- 
tinuing Formation of Priests. He also 
wrote, "Living with Pain: Windows of 
Hope, " which was published by Di- 
ocesan Publications of Columbus, 
OH; the Catholic Chronicle, the news- 
paper of the Diocese of Toledo, re- 
printed the article in a special insert 
in its May 27, 1994 issue. • Rev. 
Charles Vavonese, MEd 78, has 
been appointed to the New York 
State Regents Review Committee. 
He is a member of the U.S. Catholic 
Conference Federal Assistance Ad- 
visory Council, advising bishops on 
federal legislation affecting educa- 
tion. He serves on the Syracuse and 
Onondaga County Drug and Alco- 
hol Abuse Commission. • Linda 
Brown Wilson, PhD counseling 
psych. '80, was elected interim presi- 
dent of Quincy College in Jan. She's 
been affiliated with the college since 
'79 and with Quincy public schools 
since '69. 



30 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



GSOM 

Lesley Fox Denny '91 
1 1 Tumelty Rd. 
Pea body, MA 01 960 
(508) 535-8791 



GSSW 

Sr. Joanne Westwater, RGS, '55 
57 Avalon Ave. 
Quincy, MA 02 169 
(617)328-5053 

Fr. John Driscoll '41 has retired 
after eight years of serving as execu- 
tive director of the GSSW's Alumni 
Association. Father will be living at 
a retirement center called New Pond 
Village, located at 180 Main St., 
Walpole 0208 1 . His telephone num- 
ber is (508) 668-8553. Words can 
never express our thanks and appre- 
ciation for all his years of generous 
and dedicated service in a variety of 
important human service positions, 
including as dean of GSSW. Our 
fond memories and best wishes are 
extended to Father. • Tom 
O'Donnell, '59, after many years 
working for the Veterans' Adminis- 
tration in Brockton, the Commis- 
sion for the Blind and Catholic 
Charities of Boston, is enjoying his 
retirement. He has been volunteer- 
ing at The Good Shephard's Maria 
Droste Services in Quincy and re- 
cently was elected to the GSSW 
Alumni Board for a two-year term. • 
Bill Allen 71 is executive VP for 
community services at the United 
Way of Southeastern New England. 
His office is located in Providence, 
RI. Bill has been with this United 
Way for 18 years. He is also on the 
GSSW Alumni Board. Bill resides 
with his wife Anabel and two daugh- 
ters in Cumberland, RI. • Margaret 
Vann 72 just concluded her two- 
year term on the GSSW Alumni 
Board. Margaret volunteers with 
several agencies and she recently 
returned from Saudi Arabia, where 
she visited her son and his family. 
When speaking of this, Margaret 
can be heard to say, "I had a great 
visit there; I had a wonderful time; 
and I had an extraordinary adven- 
ture." • Nancy C. Slamin 74 is 
executive director of the Newton- 
Wellesley-Weston Committee for 
Community Living. This private, 
non-profit organization provides 
community residences/group 
homes, family support services, and 
leisure and recreation for develop- 
mentally-disabled individuals. 
Nancy is married and has two boys. 
• June Cooper 76 of the Cooper 
Group in Jamaica Plain, is a consult- 



ant working with a variety of pro- 
grams, particularly maternal and 
child health. June also provides di- 
versity training to various organiza- 
tions and teaches two courses at BC: 
Racism and Cross-Cultural Inter- 
ventions. • Connie K. Wilhite '89 
received a graduate certificate from 
BC's Women in Politics and Gov- 
ernment program in 1 990; she gradu- 
ated from South Texas College of 
Law in Houston in 1994. Connie 
passed the Feb. '95 Texas bar exam 
and is now a licensed attorney. She 
works for the Attorney General's 
office in Austin and plans to special- 
ize in civil rights and employment 
discrimination law. Connie lives in 
Austin. • Rick Goggin '90 com- 
pleted his term as president of the 
board of the GSSW Alumni Asso- 
ciation. Rick has now assumed the 
role of president emeritus and is 
heading a committee of all former 
GSSW executive board presidents, 
now in the process of being estab- 
lished. This new committee will serve 
in an advisory capacity. While doing 
all of this, Rick continues to work 
full-time at Mentor as a clinical su- 
pervisor of traumatically brain-dam- 
aged individuals. • Our new 
executive board members are: 
Donald J. Emond '62, president 
(Donald is president and CEO of 
Family Services in Fall River); Paul 
Segal '66, vice president (he is ex- 
ecutive director of Jewish Family 
Services in Providence, RI); Mary 
Ellen Provencher -66, treasurer (she 
is a consultant for two agencies work- 
ing with the developmentally dis- 
abled); and Catherine Nowak 
DeMassi '90, secretary (Catherine 
is a full-time mother taking care of 
her first child, Nicolas, born in Sept. 
of '94.) 



LAW 

Amy S. DerBedrosian 
Director of Communications 
Boston College Law School 
885 Centre St. 
Newton, MA 02 159 

The Honorable James A. Redden 

'54, a federal district court judge for 
the District of Oregon, has stepped 
down as chief district judge and as- 
sumed senior status. • Richard J. 
Tobin '62 has become a Connecti- 
cut Superior Court judge. • Herbert 
L. Turney '62 has become a partner 
in the Boston office of the law firm 
of Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & 
Krupman. • Thomas J. May '66 
recently was named a judge in the E. 
Boston District Court. • David F. 
Hannon '68 has been included in 



the most recent edition of Best Law- 
yers in America. * Alan S. Kaplinsky 
70 has become a partner in the busi- 
ness and finance department of the 
Philadelphia law firm of Spahr, 
Andrews & Ingersoll. • Ernest B. 
Murphy 70 has been appointed to a 
four-year term as a member of the 
Board of Bar Overseers by the Su- 
preme Judicial Court of Mass. • 
Raymond J. Brassard 71 has been 
named a Mass. Superior Court judge. 

• Harold Damelin 72 recently was 
named staff director and chief coun- 
sel for the Governmental Affairs In- 
vestigations Subcommittee by 
Senator William Roth of Delaware. 

• Timothy E. Kish 72 has been 
named an executive VP of Capital 
Bank in Miami, FL. • Dennis J. 
LaCroix 72 has joined the Boston 
law firm of Schwartz, Shaw and 
Griffith, where he is involved in 
healthcare business and regulatory 
law. • Walter A. Costello,Jr. 73 
has formed the law firm of Walter A. 
Costello, Jr. & Associates in Salem. 

• Thomas A. Connors 76 has been 
nominated as a circuit judge for the 
District Court of Mass. • Mary J. 
Healey 76 has been named VP, 
general counsel and secretary of 
Yankee Energy in Connecticut. • 
Alan G. Philibosian 78 has been 
appointed Commissioner of the Port 
Authority of New York and New 
Jersey. • James J. Yukevich 78 has 
formed the law firm of Yukevich & 
Sonnett in Los Angeles. • John P. 
Pucci '80 has become a partner in 
the Northampton law firm of Fierst, 
Mitchell & Pucci. • Mary Ann 
Chirba-Martin '8 1 is the co-author 
of the article "The Critical Role of 
ERISA in State Health Reform;' 13 
Health Affairs 142 (1994). She also 
has been teaching health care law at 
BC Law School. • Christopher P. 
Kauders '81 has formed Pre-Trial 
Solutions, Inc. in Boston. • Leonard 
F. Zandrow, Jr. '81 recently was 
elected to the board of directors of 
the National Spinal Cord Injury 
Association. • John A. Herbers '82 
has been named a fellow of the 
American College of Trust and Es- 
tate Counsel. • Jonathan P. Norris 
'83 has formed the law firm of 
Jonathan P. Norris, P.C. in Chest- 
nut Hill. • Daniel B. Winslow '83 
has been named a judge in the 
Wrentham District Court. • Susan 
L.S. Ernst '84 recently was ap- 
pointed treasurer of the franchise 
section of the Dallas Bar Associa- 
tion. • John P. Connolly '85 has 
been named a partner in the Boston 
office of the law firm of Peabody & 
Arnold. • Richard H. Durben '85 
has joined the Boston law firm of 
Gilmore, Rees & Carlson as a senior 



associate. • Robert D. Hoffman '85 

is now a partner in the Los Angeles 
law firm of Charlston, Revich & 
Williams. •Jeremy Ritzenberg '85 
has been named a partner in the law 
firm of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder. • 
Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick '85 is the 
author of an article titled "Protecting 
the Rights of Nursing Home Residents: 
How Tort Liability Interacts with Statu- 
tory Protections" and published in 19 
Nova L.R. 630 (1995). • Abigail R. 
Hechtman '87 has been named a 
member of the Boston law firm of 
Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer. 
• Patrick Q. Hustead '87 has been 
named a partner in the Denver, CO 
law firm of Rothgerber, Appel, Pow- 
ers & Johnson. • Andrea Peraner- 
Sweet '87 has been elected a partner 
in the Boston civil litigation firm of 
Sally & Fitch. • A. Brian Albritton 
'88 has been elected president of the 
Hillsborough County [Florida] As- 
sociation of Criminal Defense Law- 
yers. • Leizer Z. Goldsmith '88 has 
established a Washington, DC law 
practice emphasizing employment 
litigation. • Christopher J. Devlin 
'89 is now an attorney in the com- 
mercial department of the Portland, 
ME law firm of Bernstein, Shur, 
Sawyer & Nelson. • Kathleen 
Connelly Moline '89 has opened a 
general law practice in Danvers. • 
KevinJ. O'Connell '89 has become 
associated with the New York law 
firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt 
& Mosler. • Alina P. Marquez '90 
has joined the criminal division as an 
assistant U.S. Attorney in Connecti- 
cut. • Brian R. Connors '91 has 
become an associate in the business 
department of the Boston law firm 
of Perkins, Smith & Cohen. • Erin 
K. Higgins '91 has become associ- 
ated with the Boston law firm of 
Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch 
& Ford. • M.J. Reynders 
MacKenzie '91 has become an as- 
sociate in the Syracuse, NY office of 
the law firm of Harris, Beach & 
Wilcox. • Timothy J. Shea II '92 
has joined the science and technol- 
ogy department of the Boston law 
firm of Perkins, Smith & Cohen. • 
Gina M. Signorello '92 is now as- 
sistant city solicitor for the city of 
Lowell. She also serves on the board 
of directors of Rape Crisis Services 
of Greater Lowell. • Joseph J. 
Centeno '93 has joined the Phila- 
delphia office of the law firm of 
Swartz Campbell & Detweiler. • 
Jason A. Farber '93 is now an attor- 
ney with the law firm of Davis Wright 
Tremaine in Seattle, WA. • Julie 
Park Farber '93 has an insurance 
defense practice with the Seattle, 
WA law firm of Johnson & Martens. 



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CLASSES 



DEATHS 



George W. Boner EX '21, 

Groveland, 12/31/94 
Francis J. Hickey, '23, Medford, 

1/14/94 

Frederick W. Blatchford, SJ '25, 

GA&S '26, Weston, 3/29 
Joseph V. Sheerin '27, 

Lexington, 1/31 
Edward L. Monahan, Esq. '28, 

Lowell, 12/9/94 
John Lloyd Carnegie '29, GA&S 

'32, Denver, CO, 7/10/94 
Keelan S. Milbury '29, Medford, 

1/22 

William J. Toomey '30, GA&S '31, 

Cambridge, 12/29/94 
Thomas F. McGann '31, Long 

Beach, CA, 1/14 

Sr. M. Rose Sheehy, CSJ '31, 
Framingham, 1/22 

Thomas F. Collins '32, 
Dorchester, 7/29/94 

Francis J. Crump, OMI '32 

Washington, DC, 12/08/94 
William S. Downey '32, Silver 

Spring, MD, 12/23/94 
Arthur F. Ward '33, Lawrence, 

11/23/94 
John T. Broderick '34, GA&S '35, 

South Harwich, 6/16/94 

Sr. Mary Rosella, RSM, GA&S '34, 
Cumberland, RI, 12/15/94 

Flavio J. Tosi EC '34, Beverly, 

12/28/94 
Raymond N. Funchion '35, West 

Palm Beach, FL, 1/22 

Daniel P. Keenan '35, Venice, 
FL, 2/19 

James A. McLaughlin, MD '35, 

Marshfield, 2/26 
Edwin J. Crowley, SJ '37, WES 

'40, '50, Dorchester, 1/14 
Arthur E. Durkin '37, Melrose, 

1/29 
Charles J. Quigley '37, Salem, 

NH, 1/7 

Amos J. Guarente, MD '38, 
Winchester, 3/28 

Oliver Laronde '38, Waltham, 
12/7/94 

Paul F. Sharkey '38, N. 

Hollywood, CA, 11/21/94 

William J. Condon, Esq. '40, LAW 
'47, Larchmont, NY, 3/25 

James M. Doonan, MD '40, 
Milton, 2/16 

Leo F. Fittabile GA&S '40, 

Willimantic, CT, 1/4 
Charles M. Normile, Esq. LAW 

'40, Newport, RI, 2/25 

Mildred Kinnier Delrios GA&S 
'41, Framingham, 3/8 



John V. Guinee '41, Acton, 
12/30/94 

John F. O' Brien '41, Cohasset, 
1/3 

Sr. Clare Marie Russell, SCH, 
GA&S '42, Wellesley Hills, 1/13 

Donald E. Bonnette '43, 
Atdeboro, 11/23/94 

Walter F. Cassell '43, Vero 
Beach, FL, 1/7 

Joseph F. Dinneen, Jr. '43, 

Needham, 1/8 
James D. Edgeworth '44, GSSW 

'49, Houston, TX, 1/11 

William F. Haley '44, Belmont, 
12/26/94 

Frank H. Harris '44, Salem, 2/18 
Arthur J. O' Connor, MD '44, 
Newton, 12/29/94 

Robert F. Sullivan '44, 

Hendersonville, NC, 4/30/94 
Sr. Mariona Hurley, CSJ, EC '45, 

GA&S '49, Weymouth, 1/6 

Robert P. Murphy '45, 
Brooklihe, 3/2 

C. Richard Powers '45, Weston, 

6/15/94 
Sr. Ruth Marie Kelley, SND, 

GA&S '46, Ipswich, 1/27 

Arthur M. Fagan, Jr. '47, 

Levittown, PA, 4/16 
Rita M. Canney GSSW '48, 

Belmont, 2/13 
James F. Kearns, Esq. LAW '48, 

Miami, FL, 1/16 

Paul A. Lovett '48, Randolph, 1/3 
Richard L. Wilder, Esq. LAW '48, 

Parish, FL 3/11 
JohnJ.Hogan,Jr.'49,N. 

Andover, 3/9 

Sr. Victorette Mary Kiczuk, 

CSFN '49, Monroe, CT, 1/20 

Edward J. Furey '50, Lynnfield, 

12/26/94 
JohnH. O'Neill, Jr. '50, 

Needham, 2/9 

Joseph A. Torchio, Esq. LAW '50, 

Pittsfield, 12/18/94 
Arthur J. Collins '51, N. Reading, 

3/4 
Lawrence E. Delaney '51, 

Derwood,MD, 1/12/94 

Donald J. Evans '51, Dedham, 3/4 
William J. Meehan, Esq. LAW '51, 
Worcester, 1/8 

Gerald T. Peters '51, Chatham, 

3/26 
James M. Doyle '52, Waltham, 3/26 
Thomas F. Martin '52, Fort 

Myers, FL, 1/6 

Patricia Cuttell Murray '52, 
Na tick, 9/15 



Sebastian Sicari '53, Medford, 

12/4/94 
Mary T Loftus '54, N. Easton, 

11/20/94 
David G. Sanford '54, Old Town, 

ME, 2/5 
Rev. Walter R. Lethin '55, 

Canton, 3/4 

Sr. M. Anita Salmon, PBVM 

GA&S '55, Leominster, 1 1/30/94 
Francis X. Curry '56, Medfield, 
1/1 

George R. Riley '56, Quincy, 4/8 

James L. Leary '58, Winthrop, 1/04 

Edward F. Phelan, Jr. '58, CGSOM 
'65, Milton, 1/16 

Sr. Ann Edward Regan , SND, 

GA&S '58, Lawrence, 1/20 
Florence Michaud Bourcier '59, 
GA&S '63, Claries Green, PA, 
11/26/94 

John L. Dennehy '59, Laguna 

Hills, CA, 2/1 
John J. Finn, Esq. '59, GA&S '60, 

law '70, Augusta, ME 1/23 
Dorothy Terrio Devlin EC '60, 

Washington, DC, 10/25/94 

William L. Hammond '60, 

Marblehead, 2/23 
Francis P. Keaney '60, Millis, 1/12 

Martin R. Lee '60, Woburn, 
1/10/94 

Robert J. Mc Donald '60, W. 
Roxbury, 3/19 

Vincent S. Siefcak '60, N. 
Weymouth, 11/18/94 

Elizabeth Scheib Anderson '61, 

Darien, CT, 11/24/94 
James J. Doherty, Esq. LAW '61, 

N. Hampton, 12/8/94 
Patricia O' Neill Wagner '61, 

Palo Alto, CA, 2/1/94 
Ann M. Cahill '62, ga&s '69, 

Newton, 12/19/94 
Arline Gehrmann Hilditch '62, 

Finksburg, MD, 10/14/94 
Joan Roth I .in nan '62, 

Charleston, SC, 9/12/94 

Owen A. McCarty '62, Lawrence, 

2/28 
Howard D. Ponty CGSOM '62, 

Andover, 11/17/94 
Rev. James Francis Kenney, SSE 

GA&S '65, Fall River, 11/21/94 
Michael T. Clifford '66, Hanson, 

1/25 
Sr. M. Alberta Nicewicz, CSSF 

GA&S '66, Enfield, CT, 10/1/94 
Richard A. Rogalski, Esq. '67, 

law '70, Saugus, 11/26/94 
Robert F. Wallwork '67, 

Chicago, IL, 12/5/94 



Thomas J. Whalen GA&S '67, 
Bridgewater, 3/9 

Sr. Jeanne Frank, OSF, GA&S '72, 
Buffalo, NY, 12/16/94 

Bathelemy A. Rousseve WES '72, 

Brighton, 8/13/94 
Nancy Cox DeSheplo '74, Fort 

Lee, NJ, 11/22/94 
Jean Hudson Ransden '75, 

Framingham, 1/19 

David Francis Gallerani GA&S 
'77, Provincetown, 2/21 

Brian F. Wilkins '77, Milton, 3/13 

Richard M. A. Beaudoin '78, 

Milwaukee, WI, 1/06 
Robert Francis Kiley '78, GA&S 

'83, Milton, 3/17 
Janice E. O' Grady GA&S '79, 

Needham, 12/16/94 
Fay J. Henry '81, Dorchester, 1/4 
Brendan L. Hickey, PhD GA&S 

'83, '87, Boston, 1/6 

Barry P. Karamourtopoulos, 

CGSOM '83, Lawrence, 1/20 
Theodore T. Poulous '84, 
Weston, 11/22/94 

David W. Alessandrini GA&S '86, 
Orlando, FL, 12/5/94 



32 BOSTON COLLEGE ALUMNOTES 



by everyday teachers, one truth at a time. 
It's about life. We're all in Peru, and if 
we pay attention to the world around us, 
these insights can be ours. 
De Leeuw: You found the insights useful? 
Schervish: Absolutely. The major one — 
and it's true of all these books, I think — 
is that the divine is approaching us in 
addition to us approaching the divine. 
That's what grace is about; that's what 
these angels are about in some ways. 
Scott Peck's emphasis on grace is in the 
dreams that come to you. There is this 
emphasis on mediators, on mentors; if 
you can learn how to learn, the world 
will teach you. The grace of the universe 
is coming to you; it's flowing through 
you. The Celestine Prophecy is about seeing 
this energy. 

Ultimately, it seems to me that the 
thing all these books converge on and 
miss is worship: bowing our heads be- 
fore this incredible flow of energy. That 
is probably the one nonpsychother- 
apeutic dimension of religion at its deep- 
est that these books have omitted 
explicitly. Though I think it's implicitly 
there. So we're in the middle of this 
incredible story, and we have only a 
glimpse of how rich it is and how pro- 
found it is. That's what I got out of The 
Celestine Prophecy. 

Fortin: But The Celestine Prophecy has pre- 
tensions like the others. What are these 
prophecies? It's a condensed form of 
some currently fashionable philosophy. 
It's too cliche ridden in that sense. The 
other books didn't strike me as being as 
committed to fashionable modes of 
thought. The book disappointed me, al- 
though I liked the conceit, this business 
of an ancient manuscript. I must say that 
I was greatly interested in the premise 
when I began. 

Often: The search for the exotic put me 
off. You can see this being turned into a 
movie with Harrison Ford. My own sense 
of Christian spirituality is that it can be 
in the ordinary. You don't have to go to 
Peru. You don't have to retrieve some 
paradise. 

Confoy: May I make the point that if the 
fundamental spirituality that's implicit 
in Moore's book is Benedictine, con- 



templative, then the fundamental spiri- 
tuality in The Celestine Prophecy seems to 
be Ignatian. This is a book about a spiri- 
tual quest. That sense of the quest and 
defining God in all things strikes me as 
Ignatian. While in one way it could be 
seen as going out into the Peruvian wilds, 
in another way it's really just the raw- 
ness of life. It's exotic, yes, but it's na- 
ture; it's human beings in a house; it's 
buying gas; it's all of that ordinariness. 
And the story isn't really completed — 
there's no conclusion to it. I think that's 
another dimension of Ignatian spiritu- 
ality; it moves us along toward some- 
thing more. 

Schervish: What it's moving us along 
toward is a sequel. 

De Leeuw: In the author's note to The 
Celestine Prophecy, he says that for half a 
century now a new consciousness has 
been entering the human world, an aware- 
ness that can only be called transcendent 
or spiritual. Is he right about that? 
Fortin: Well, it's certainly conceivable. 
One never knows when something new 
flourishes and imposes itself as an or- 
thodoxy. That can be the start of it. We 
may live in that kind of period. New 
things emerge when the old things have 
lost -their power and everybody is grop- 
ing for something, something that will 
satisfy their curiosity or their longing. 
We may have to wait a long time, how- 
ever, to know if this really marks a de- 
parture. 

Schervish: I do think this marks a trend. I 
think the popularity of these books paral- 
lels the tremendous growth of wealth in 
the United States and the world. We're 
increasingly able to have what we want 
materially, which simply leaves us more 
time to consider what we want. 

Secondly, part of our culture is the 
notion that we as individuals have a 
right to salvation: if I'm not feeling good, 
I should feel good. We believe this in a 
spiritual context; we believe it in a thera- 
peutic context. The notion that we ought 
to remain unhappy is no longer cultur- 
ally acceptable, and we have a great range 
of spiritualities and therapies to help us 
be less unhappy. This trend allows for a 
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hat we're looking 
at on the best-seller list is a 
source of teaching other than 
mainstream religious teach- 
ers. People want more, and 
they're not accepting the less 
that they get from traditional 
sources. So who is the 
teacher? It's not the pope; 
it's not the pastor; 
it's reality. 



spiritual evil, but also a deeper spiritual 
opportunity. 

Finally, I think there is a crisis of 
teachers. What we're really looking at 
on the best-seller list is a source of 
teaching other than mainstream reli- 
gious teachers. People want more, and 
they're not accepting the less that they 
get from traditional sources. So who is 
the teacher? It's not the pope. It's not 
the pastor. It's reality: the pulse of my 
heart; the energy in nature; the sea's 
rise and fall; the gospels; the life, death 
and resurrection of Jesus. There is no 
teacher but reality. This is what these 
books are about. This is what these 
angels are all about. 
Fortin: You cite prosperity as a precon- 
dition for this situation that we're in. I 
think you're right, but that's another 
way of saying these books are bour- 
geois. There is a problem there. Bour- 
geois life is not conducive to the kind of 
exploration you say is now possible be- 
cause we have time to engage in it. That 
intense desire to find the truth about 
these matters tends to be weakened by 
the conditions of life in the modern 
world. Easygoing modern life does not 
lead to manifestations of an intense spiri- 
tuality. The bow has been unbent. There 
is something missing. We don't have 
intense desires anymore. That is to say, 
there is no real passion. 



I try to get my students to express 
their deep feelings. They don't even 
dare talk about love. The other day a 
student came to see me; something was 
eating away at her. It had to do with a 
boy. Finally she blurted it out: "I like 
him." Like him? She was madly in love 
with him; she had gone out of her mind. 
But that word so intimidated her that 
she didn't dare use it. Students are afraid 
of these wild passions that make you go 
up like a volcano and transform a young 
person's life. I found that revealing. 
Otten: I'm not sure that's true, but I do 
think some of this interest in exotic 
spiritual quests may have to do with the 
approach of the end of the millennium; 
around the year 1000 you had the same 
thing. I'll be curious to see if any of 
these books are still being read in the 
year 2004. 1 think there is some kind of 
anxiety about approaching 2000. 

Another element of this, I think, is 
postmodernism, and that has to do with 
the dissolution of structures, the disso- 
lution of culture. You're not going to 
have a post-postmodernism. You're go- 
ing to have something new after this. 
And I think people are trying to find a 
way to really combine various resources 
that were not traditionally combined 
before. 

Fortin: The first millennium is men- 
tioned in the Bible — the devil at the end 
of the first 1000 years. Maybe people 
had reason to be worried, though I'm 
not sure they were on a large scale. You 
know the story about the Bishop of 
Fulda. Parishioners came to him asking 
what they could do with the end of the 
world coming, and he told them to build 
a cathedral. That took care of their anxi- 
eties for the next 200 years. They sailed 
right through the turn of the millen- 
nium. 

Confoy: In some ways, the author's note 
in The Celestine Prophecy is a comment 
on all of the books. He talks about a 
spiritual unfolding that's personal and 
enchanting. But that's the delusion be- 
cause if we stay with that, we're sold 
short. I like where he talks about maxi- 
mizing the occurrence of that search in 
our lives so that history and society will 



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take a quantum leap. That's what I'm 
yearning for when I critique the lack of 
social consciousness in the books. And 
Paul, when you talked about those dif- 
ferent sets of needs, that was a reminder 
to me of the way in which there is a 
continuity of healing , a redemptiveness 
that is always present in our society — 
people are looking for a new ethic, a 
new set of values, a new set of teachings. 
And I find myself wondering whether 
we'll come back from this and claim the 
traditional wisdoms of humanity, the 
mainstream religions, the classics, but 
in a new way, with a new understand- 
ing. So rethinking, rewriting and then a 
revisioning of the vision that's there. 
Schervish: That's how I would express it. 
De Leeuw: These are all rebuilding 
books, aren't they? 

Fortin: They are, but at least they be- 
lieve in the possibility of a rebuilding. 
The greatest crisis I know of today is 
the notion that we have not only burned 
our bridges behind us, but we have also 
burned our continent; there is no going 
back to anything. Everything has to be 
reinvented from scratch; everything has 
to be created. I think that a lot of people 
are affected by this without knowing it. 
But crises, we've had them galore. I 
think you have to think of history in 
exactly the opposite terms. You have 
these very brief periods of noncrisis, of 
real creativity, when great things hap- 
pen. Fourth-century Greece, the so- 
called Greek miracle, how often do you 
find that? And it lasted about 75 years. 
Confoy: I think one of the problems is 
that we're looking at spirituality from a 
primarily Western classicist viewpoint. 
And I think we've yet to hear the voices 
of a global consciousness. They're be- 
ginning to be heard. We're beginning 
to be aware of the fact that there is a new 
conversation that is taking place about 
spirituality, and so that sense of a mar- 
riage of the East and the West is begin- 
ning to take place. The South Side of 
Chicago, yes, but also South Dakar. 
And I think that is shaping our under- 
standing of spirituality. 
Fortin: You're talking like a Westerner. 
If the people of Dakar talk about this at 



all, it's because they've been educated in 
Western universities. 
Schervish: The thing about this trend 
that I find new is that intellectual and 
psychotherapeutic approaches have be- 
come the allies of spirituality instead of 
the Enlightenment enemy, so that so- 
phisticated knowledge among scholars 
and artists — not just theologians now — 
is turning into kind of a counter- 
Enlightenment appreciation, so that the 
resources of intellectual life are being 
used to reinforce spirituality instead of 
being its enemy. 

De Leeuw: There has always been a 
tension between the intellect and the 
spirit. Look at the late Middle Ages; 
people argued that to save your soul you 
had to stay as far away from the univer- 
sity as possible. And in the 19th century 
people veered away from industry and 
technology and the intellect, embracing 
an emotional, romantic spirituality. I 
don't think this is new. 
Schervish: I don't see this current phe- 
nomenon as veering away from the in- 
tellect, do you? 

De Leeuw: I do in Moore especially. 
He's the one who most explicitly says, 
Stop thinking. 

Schervish: I read his book for hours, 
though, and I was thinking and thinking 
and thinking. 

Otten: I was worried by the anti- 
academic tone in these books; a lot of 
them get their facts wrong. Why can 
you not tell a story and have the facts 
right? Even Moore, whom I liked best, 
had mistakes in his information, and he 
also has a penchant for deliberately us- 
ing exotic sources such as Renaissance 
alchemy. I think you can find pretty 
much the same message in mainstream 
Christian sources. One of the tragedies 
for me in this regard is that there are so 
many resources inside the Christian tra- 
dition that people do not pick up on. 

Although I like Moore, compared 
with Augustine's Confessions or some of 
St. Anselm's prayers or Bernard of 
Clairvaux, some of this reads like chew- 
ing gum. I mean there is taste, but there 
is not immense nutritional value. I would 
like, after this stage, to see a stage in 



which people are really going to read 
some of the classics and can savor them 
again somehow. 

De Leeuw: Before we go, some conclud- 
ing words from each of you, please. 
Confoy: I think that each of these writ- 
ers, in inviting us to be attentive to our 
experience, our sufferings, the ordinari- 
ness of our lives, offers us hope and 
invites us to the possibility of a vision of 
something other. So I think this is a 
spirituality of hopefulness that we are 
about, that we see in these books and in 
the culture. 

Otten: We are yearning for some re- 
birth. I think it's going to happen. 
Postmodernism is so centrifugal that 
it's ultimately not going to last. A real 
cultural pessimist would say everything 
is coming to an end. But I think there 
will probably be some new cycle. 
Fortin: I would like to say something 
about spirituality. The first author to 
use the word spirituality was Shakespeare. 
At the beginning of Henry V, the two 
bishops come to see the king. He wants 
them to validate his claim to Burgundy, 
and they want to get back their land, 
which has been expropriated by the gov- 
ernment. So there's a marvelous under- 
standing; each needs the other, but for 
different reasons. The spokesman for 
the bishop presents the two of them as 
"we of the spirituality" — like we of the 
admiralty. The ironic thing, of course, 
is that there is nothing spiritual about 
their concerns. They're talking about 
money on both sides. So, it's funny that 
the word spirituality should have been 
used for the first time in that context. 
Schervish: What seems to motivate a lot 
of this is people wanting to understand 
their suffering. Before the Enlighten- 
ment we could say it was God's will. But 
after the Enlightenment we have to 
blame ourselves or social injustice. 

Now I am going home. I'm going to 
go back to my office and get my stuff; 
then I'm going to be with my kids this 
afternoon. I really am because of the 
issues that I've been reminded of this 
afternoon. • 



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Deliveranc e 



By Bruce Morgan 

ONE DAY SHORTLY AFTER HE WENT BLIND, PETER 
Callahan walked into his mother's kitchen in 
Somersworth, New Hampshire, to make himself 
some tea. He put the water on to boil and left the 
room. Before long he smelled something burning. 

Edging back toward the stove, he felt intense heat on his face and 
sensed a brilliant orange glow in front of his eyes. (He learned later 
that a pot holder had dropped onto a burner and the blaze had 
spread.) Callahan threw water in the direction of the glow but 
completely missed the flames. A blind man trying to fight a fire, he 
thought — hey, this was just too crazy. So he dialed 911. Then he 
stepped out onto the front porch and sat down to wait for help. 
Behind him the house was filling with acrid smoke. In little more 
than a year Callahan, 26, had lost a beloved older brother, a girlfriend 



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Photography by Geoff Why 







Raised in a gritty New Hampshire mill town, 
Peter Callahan '96, could never see much 
of a future for himself. Sudden blindness 
at age 26 would change all that 



and his eyesight. Now he had managed to set his 
parents' house afire. He was at the lowest point in 
his life. 

So far, that life wasn't much to brag about. Dur- 
ing his high-school days in this blue-collar town 
hunched up against the Maine border, he had distin- 
guished himself by shirking class work, getting drunk 
early and often, and wading into fistfights at the least 
provocation. He had graduated from Somersworth 
High into a series of dead-end jobs, working on 
construction jobs, building swimming pools, scrub- 
bing pots and pans. His early twenties found him 
locked in a rut of hard work, hard partying and 
abusive relationships. 

Peter's life had always been tightly bound by 
geography and class. His horizons extended as far 
as — well, maybe Portsmouth on a clear day. By his, 
own description, he was "just a local yokel, New 
England Yankee." 

Blindness made him a double loser. Now not 
only did he have no future, but he needed other 
people to help him tap his way toward it. Drive 
nails? Shovel cement? Chase girls? Roar around on 
motorcycles? Forget it, pal. Those days and that 
life were gone. Blind, Peter Callahan would be 
shunned by some people, including many old 
friends, and pitied by the rest. The town — "very 
French, very closed minded and conservative," 
according to one resident — would surely talk. And 
the gist of that talk would be as follows: this time 
the Callahan boy has fallen into a hole he'll never 
get out of. He's young, uneducated, moody, a 
boozer, unemployed and blind. 

Slumped on the porch with the fire smoking 
away in the background, Peter could not glimpse 
the unlikely and exorbitant brightness to come. 
The life he would discover for himself over the 
next few years would bear little resemblance to the 
grindingly physical life of his past; it would be 
something altogether new. In effect, he would 
walk off this porch, turn on his heel and never look 
back. And blindness would be his ticket out. 



No direction 

Pizza joints and blank storefronts line the 
broad main street of Somersworth. Where 
the road dips around to the right, the Salmon 
Falls River churns under a stubby bridge linking 
Maine and New Hampshire. In the middle dis- 
tance a modern General Electric plant, smooth 
skinned and pastel on the exterior, resembles an 
alien pod set down amid the roughage at water's 
edge. Callahan, now 31, describes his hometown 



unsentimentally. "It's a mill town from the early 
1 900s that's washed up now," he says. "Most people 
born there die there. The majority of those who go 
to college go to the University of New Hampshire 
[in Durham, 10 miles away], come back and work 
in the GE plant." 

Peter and his family — his two brothers, two 
sisters, plus mom and dad — lived in a three- 
bedroom Cape at the edge of town. There wasn't a 
lot to go around. Peter, second youngest, re- 
members eating the same brand of breakfast cereal 
every day for 1 5 years and riding secondhand bikes 
whose chains always fell off. "We made do with 
what we had," he says. The Callahans were a tight- 
knit family, Peter always had someone to play with, 
and a stretch of deep woods beckoned out back. 
Now and then he would see deer standing in the 
yard. 

At age 13 Peter was diagnosed with diabetes. 
That meant he needed daily insulin injections and 
a strict diet; it also meant he was vulnerable to a raft 
of sobering long-term diabetic complications such 
as kidney failure, heart disease, nerve decay and 
blindness. "It was traumatic for Peter," says Louise, 
his mother. Paul, his father, dates an attitude of 
withdrawal and hostility in his son from the time 
that Peter became diabetic and was forced to live a 
regimented life under his parents' thumb. 

A resdess, moody teenager, Peter didn't take well 
to a regular daily routine, with meals measured out 
and eaten by the clock. His dad's alcoholism didn't 
help, either. "When I was very young, I just assumed 
he was tired," says Peter. But his father's distracted, 
unresponsive air had a more troubling cause. "I was 
a very heavy drinker then," concedes Paul, who quit 
drinking six years ago. His alcoholism undermined 
the family's stability, and Peter went wild. Dr. Wil- 
liam Dudley, Peter's physician of the past 1 5 years, 
uses one word to sum up his patient's preblindness 
level of self-control: "awful." 

Peter was by his own admission a mediocre 
high-school student who seldom bothered to do 
his homework, but he knew about booze and he 
knew how to throw a punch. Tom Sevigny at- 
tended Somersworth High with Peter but didn't 
become a friend until later. He remembers watch- 
ing Peter dive into fistfights on many occasions. 
"He was drunk, Irish and ready to go," says Tom, 
now a hydrologist and a part-time bike messenger 
living in the Boston area. Peter's class of 150 
students was "one of the king partying classes at 
Somersworth High," Tom says. "Almost no one 
went to college." 

Fighting, Peter now says, "was the thermom- 



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eter by which you would gauge who was who. 
That's where guys got their self-esteem. A lot of 
those guys I fought with in high school are still 
sitting in bars around town." Although slight in 
build, Peter became an occasional member of a 
bunch of 20 local toughs who called themselves 
The Gang. "They'd beat everybody up," Peter 
relates. "After a while they'd gotten so proficient at 
what they did that they had to go to UNH to find 
guys to fight." 

Peter's teens were bleak. "There were a lot of 
times when I went to bed not feeling like much," he 
says. "I didn't feel that I mattered much in the 
world." The bare-knuckled culture waiting out- 
side his front door kept him fearful. "When I was 
15, I used to worry, Am I going to get through 
today, or am I going to be a wuss?" Being a wuss 
meant being pushed around, meant having one's 
face, and one's pride, rubbed in the mud for the 
world to see. 

It may have been a life with determinedly low 
horizons, but young Peter had little incentive to 
imagine any other kind of life — anything much 
beyond the models available to him near at hand. 
Neither of his parents had been to college and they 
seemed to be doing all right, with his dad employed 
as a car salesman and his mom a secretary at UNH. 
The same was true of his friends. "I thought I'd do 
what the others did — try to get into one of the 
better factories in the area," Peter says. 

Locally, thinking big was as suspect as Roman- 
tic poetry or quiche and not much encouraged. 
"We had this one girl in my class who was really 
smart," Peter recalls. "The counselor told her not 
to bother applying to Boston University, because 
she wouldn't get in." The young woman went on 
to earn her bachelor's degree at Stanford Univer- 
sity and her master's at Tufts. She picked up a 
doctorate from one of the better academic facto- 
ries (Harvard) not long ago. 

Senior year, Callahan applied to UNH and was 
rejected. It didn't faze him. He went to work, shut- 
tling from one manual-labor job to another for the 
next nine years. He worked construction. He helped 
install and repair swimming pools at sites around 
New England. Out in the sun, sweating hard and 
lugging things around, Peter was right at home. 

"I have a lot of respect for blue-collar work, 
going home sore at night," he says. "I miss it, in 
fact. I was in good shape then. I was getting bigger, 
stronger. And the camaraderie among the guys is 
great. You're all in the same boat; you have to 
depend on each other. You might be 60 feet off the 
ground, standing on someone else's planks." His 



righting, Peter says, "was the thermometer by which you 
would gauge who was who." He became an occasional 
member of a bunch of local toughs who called themselves 
The Gang. "They d beat everybody up. After a while they'd 
gotten so proficient that they had to go to the University of 
New Hampshire to find guys to fight." 



life felt as loose and natural as a stone skipping 
across a pond. As Peter asks, "What did I have to be 
stressed about? Just make sure all my tools were in 
my belt." 

Callahan came from a long line of hard workers; 
his maternal grandparents had toiled in shoe shops 
in the northern Massachusetts mill town of 
Lawrence their whole lives. Installing pools, Peter 
had a backbreaking specialty. Whenever the pool 
walls were sprayed on too thick, the mix would 
slide down, forming a slurry of cement at the 
bottom of the pool. Someone would yell, "Get 
Callahan!" and Peter would hop in to shovel three 
tons of cement out of the pool single-handedly. "It 
would be 120 degrees in the pool, and I'd be 
shoveling cement 10 feet into the air for maybe a 
half hour," recounts Peter. "I don't know anybody 
here at BC who could do that, but I did, and I'm 
proud of it." 

Although Peter may have been gaining physical 
confidence in his early twenties, other aspects of 
his life were classically self-destructive. His rela- 
tionships with women were superficial and empty, 
if not downright dangerous. For several years he 
was involved with a girlfriend who once pulled a 
knife on him and another time clunked him on the 
head with a beer bottle. During one rampage Peter 
was calling the police when she ripped the phone 
out of the wall. The police arrived with guns drawn. 

Peter was drinking heavily. He'd become friends 
with Tom Sevigny, and the two of them would put 
away two cases of beer between them — that's 24 
beers each — on an average night, beginning at five 
o'clock and continuing past midnight. "We partied 
a lot," says Tom. "We'd go bar hopping or to small 
parties; we'd also go hiking or ride our bicycles 
around. It was like we'd wreck our bodies, then 
take care of them." Still living at home, Peter was 
moody and uncommunicative with his family when 
he wasn't dashing out. "If I came home, he'd be 
sitting in a corner, brooding," says his dad. "I'd be 
lucky to get a 'Hiya' out of him. 

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■ or Peter, the summer following his brother's death was a 
blur. By late fall he was troubled by light-headedness and a 
rapid heartbeat — ailments for which no ready medical expla- 
nation could be found. Soon after, his eyesight began to fail. 



twenties, him and I didn't have the best of relation- 
ships," Paul admits. "My drinking, combined with 
the diabetes, made it very difficult on Peter. He 
had no direction to his life. He would drift in and 
out of jobs; things were pretty much helter-skelter 
for him. During that time he had probably as poor 
a control over his own life as I did mine. I could see 
he was going nowhere." 

Knife-wielding girlfriends, grueling work, his, 
dad's alcoholism, his own thirst, and the shadow of 
an incurable disease had put Peter on the ropes at 
age 25. Unfortunately, the news would get much 
worse before it got better. 

The real game 

Peter's mom came home from work one 
spring day six years ago and found her 
oldest son, Scott, sprawled on the couch. 
She assumed he was napping. He was dead. 

Scott, then 29, had suffered from an irregular 
heartbeat since birth — an arrhythmia severe enough 
to bring on frightening seizures periodically. Once 
Peter and his brother were shooting hoops when 
Scott collapsed and turned blue; Peter got him 
breathing again through mouth-to-mouth resusci- 
tation. The two brothers shared a bed for 1 3 years. 
Asked to describe his brother, Peter grows quiet. 
"He was indescribable," he says finally. Peter and 
Scott were unusually close, says Louise, pointing 
out that Peter was the only one of her children who 
went to the hospital to view Scott's body. 

For Peter, the summer following his brother's 
death was a blur. By late fall he was troubled by light- 
headedness and a rapid heartbeat — ailments for which 
no ready medical explanation could be found. Even- 
tually Peter was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress 
disorder. Soon after, his eyesight began to fail. A 
cloudiness appeared in his right eye, quickly fol- 
lowed by a similar condition in his left eye. The haze 
in both eyes grew worse. "Every time I'd go to see 
the doctors, they'd start shaking their heads and 
sighing," Peter remembers. Within 14 months of his 
brother's death Peter was legally blind. 

It was July 1991. In personal terms, for those 
friends and family members who witnessed Peter's 



descent into blindness, it was a nasty and surprising 
twist of fate. Medically, the phenomenon was not 
so peculiar. Only about one percent of those with 
juvenile-onset diabetes go blind these days. But 
Peter had let his illness run uncontrolled for a 
dozen years, and his lifestyle had lifted him into a 
high-risk category. The clouded vision that Peter 
experienced was the result of diabetic retinopathy, 
which begins with bleeding at the back of the eye 
and progresses in severe cases to detachment of the 
retina. When the retinas detach, the result is blind- 
ness. That is what happened to Peter. 

Did the death of his brother trigger Peter's 
blindness? Here the answers are not so clear. Some 
doctors believe emotional trauma is a contributing 
factor in the onset of diabetes and plays a role, 
however ambiguous, in subsequent diabetic com- 
plications. However Dr. Dudley quickly dismisses 
the suggestion of a simple psychosomatic cause 
and effect in Peter's case. The more compelling 
cause of blindness, he suggests, was his patient's 
profligate behavior. 

"We brought to bear all our high-tech weap- 
onry, but the damage was already done," com- 
ments Dr. Matthew Norman, the ophthalmologist 
who did the initial diagnosis of eye trouble and 
handled Peter's early laser treatments. Following 
the laser intervention, Peter underwent two opera- 
tions per eye at the New England Medical Center 
in Boston to reattach his retinas, but all four sur- 
geries failed. 

Immediately after he went blind, Peter lived at 
home with his parents. He was like a child again. 
He couldn't see to butter his toast. He couldn't 
shave or squeeze a dab of toothpaste onto his 
toothbrush or tell containers of shampoo and con- 
ditioner apart. His family treated him protectively, 
like an invalid. Once when Peter ventured out to 
the mailbox using a golf club as a cane, his parents 
urged him back inside, saying, "Oh no, Peter, you 
shouldn't be doing that." Relatives would tiptoe 
into the house bearing thoughtful gifts such as 
cassette recorders and touch him lightly on the 



arm. 



Friends were less solicitous. A girlfriend who 
had been with him for three years was among those 
who could not make the adjustment. Shortly after 
Peter began to go blind, she told him the relation- 
ship was no longer working for her. "You can't 
expect it to," argued Peter. "I'm going through a 
tough time — I'm losing my sight." She split. Other 
friends, too, backed off in a hurry. "They'd tell me, 
'I don't know what to say,' " Tom remembers. 

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He would show up, slap Peter on the side of the 
head, and say, "C'mon, man, let's go out." And the 
two of them would go to a bar and dance and flirt 
with girls, just like before — only now, Peter drank 
water or sipped a single glass of wine. Tom's 
attitude rescued Peter from the cardigan-sweater- 
in-the-wheelchair mind-set and the self-pity that 
threatened to smother him. "He kept me in touch 
with my personality," Peter says gratefully. In the 
days before Peter got a cane, Tom helped him walk 
the streets of Somersworth, the two men proceed- 
ing slowly, arm in arm. 

Peter needed something akin to a new naviga- 
tional system. His old life had been entirely physi- 
cal; that no longer made sense. "If seeing nature, 
playing ball and riding my motorcycle were the 
world, then I was a loser," he explains, with syllo- 
gistic logic. "My world had to change." Peter was 
surprised to find himself reasonably happy, even as 
he sat around the house going in and out of funks. 
The disastrous year gone by "should have killed 
me, and it didn't," he recalls thinking. "So what am 
I supposed to be doing here if I'm not supposed to 
be playing ball or finding a pretty girl?" 

Family friend and advisor Sister Judith Moun- 
tain, now 82 , visited weekly to talk with Peter. The 
Callahans had attended Holy Trinity Church in 
Somersworth for years, and Peter had been an altar 
boy there. Suddenly unable to see the most basic 
elements of the church — the crucifix over the altar 
or the stained-glass windows or the priest's vest- 
ments — he felt guilty and estranged from their 
meanings. Sister Judith, who had known Peter 
since he was in first grade, told him, in her soft, 
deliberate manner, "No, don't feel guilty, those 
things are merely symbolic. You've gone to the 
next step." She cited John 20:29, Jesus' words to 
Thomas: "Blessed are they that have not seen, and 
yet have believed." 

Peter — "not terribly religious, but awfully spiri- 
tual," in his father's words — was already looking 
beyond the religious framework he had known. He 
had begun studying Ram Dass, an author who 
promoted, in books such as Be Heir Now, a pared- 
down life built on awareness of the moment. With 
Tom, he ventured to Portsmouth to attend a "chan- 
neling" session, in which a spirit from the 1600s 
named Scotty assured Peter that everything that 
had happened was supposed to have happened. 
Peter, who had begun to toy with the idea of 
attending college, confessed to the medium that he 
was nervous about being a student again after so 
many years. "You're not a student; you're a teacher," 
the voice told Peter. 



"What I was searching for was peace," Peter 
suggests. "I could no longer see outwardly so I 
concentrated on what was going on within me." 
Always observant, he was becoming more so now, 
in the stillness of his parents' house. He noticed 
that his cat, Jasper, would sidle over to comfort 
him when he was in a bad mood. He noticed the 
slow, lovely way that winter sun would advance 
into his bedroom and flood the corners with 
warmth. He came to appreciate the nimble touch 
his father used when assembling a sandwich, so 
that the crust would crunch just so in the mouth. 

According to Peter, the goal of all his reflec- 
tiveness was to become a kinder and a more "cen- 
tered" person and, after a dozen years of thrashing 
back and forth, to settle himself lightly on the 





Blindness led Peter into a new life — one less physical and more cerebral, less 
reactive and more responsive. He must listen carefully now, whether he is 
being read to by another student (top) or trying to follow a discussion in class. 



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With his dog, Stella, Peter walks a campus he has never seen. "Doors have opened that I didn't even know were doors," he says. 



earth. Even in high school, Mahatma Gandhi had 
been a secret hero of his, for the inner peace that he 
had embodied. "That was something I always felt 
was missing when I was bangin' around 
Somersworth," says Peter. "In my dreams as a 
teenager I was infatuated with Gandhi, who could 
live amid the violence [of Indian resistance to 
British rule] and take it." 

Blinded, Peter reclaimed a gentler self, one he 
had submerged years earlier. The centered life 
"didn't come with my blindness; it came out with 
my blindness," Peter emphasizes. Does a general 
correlation exist, then, between physical affliction 
and insight? Yes, Peter responds unequivocally. 
"You no longer play the game that people have 
created," he explains, "and so you start playing the 
real game." 

Brawn for brain 

In February of 1992 Peter came down from 
New Hampshire with Tom to join Tom's 
cousin and three other women at a coffee- 
house in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massa- 
chusetts. Folksinger Greg Greenway was 
performing. Previously a fan of heavy-metal bands 



such as Van Halen and Thin Lizzie, Peter had 
recently discovered the quieter, ringing charms of 
the acoustic guitar. In the group that night was 
Suzanne Guiod, a soft-spoken graduate student in 
English at UNH. That first evening she and Peter 
talked pleasantly about folk music. At their next 
meeting, when Peter stood up to give Suzanne a 
quick hug goodbye, he misjudged her position and 
smacked his forehead into hers. They laughed and 
moved on from there. 

Peter's face lights up when he's asked to de- 
scribe Suzanne now. "She's beautiful," he says. 
"She's petite, about five-foot-three, with brown, 
curly hair and delicate features. I was really at- 
tracted to her voice; she has a good vocabulary and 
uses words well." Suzanne began reading books 
aloud to Peter — classic works he had never cracked 
open, like Wuthering Heights. She also gave him 
confidence, assuring him that he had the ability to 
do anything he wanted. 

He had already decided to dip a toe into the 
academic waters at Keene State College in New 
Hampshire. The summer Peter enrolled, he was 
the only full-time blind student on a campus of 
6,000 students. The place proved a difficult testing 
ground for someone just learning to use a cane. "It 



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was tough," says Peter, "and a little humiliating — 
being 27 or 28 years old and being led 200 yards to 
your classroom." 

Living on his own was risky, too. Once Peter 
moved the stereo speakers in his bedroom and 
forgot about the change. Later, bending down to 
put on his sneakers, he whacked his head so hard 
that he almost knocked himself out. "I would swear 
and curse and throw things," says Peter. Then he 
adds ruefully, "patience is necessary if you're going 
to lose a major sense." Bit by bit, he was learning 
how to be blind and mobile in the world: to recog- 
nize the edges of buildings by the puff of wind 
detectable at their corners or to pick up the faint 
drone of approaching cars. 

At Keene State, Peter learned he was a gifted 
student. After a year of taking courses in history, 
English and psychology, his grade-point average 
stood at 3.9, and he found himself wanting greater 
challenges. Encouraging him to move on, a profes- 
sor put him in touch with Richard Ely MS'88, who 
had earned his master's degree at Boston College 
and was also blind. Ely persuaded Callahan to cross 
the state line. 

In the fall of 1993 Peter came to BC as a 
sophomore transfer student. Here, on a campus he 
has never seen, he has flexed his brainpower and his 
confidence and thrived. "Doors have opened that I 
didn't even know were doors," he says, still sound- 
ing a little awestruck. 

Leaving his dormitory room for a history class 
in Higgins Hall this spring, Peter does not appear 
from a distance to be blind at all. He strides briskly 
along, gripping the harness of his guide dog, Stella 
(the two have been inseparable since the summer 
of 1993 — a clear boon for Peter in mobility and 
companionship), swings through the arboreal cool- 
ness of Linden Lane, then off toward the open air 
of O'Neill Plaza. He seems about to enter O'Neill 
Library by its main glass doors when, without a 
blink, Stella veers right. The two advance in the 
narrow space between the slanted concrete col- 
umns and the building's exterior. Then out the end 
of the portico and downhill goes Peter at a clip, 
right to the Higgins entrance. 

Once in the classroom — the class is "Cultural 
History of Modern Europe," taught by Associate 
Professor of History Francis Murphy — Peter settles 
into a chair up front with Stella sprawled at his feet. 
"Is Raoul here?" he calls out, turning around and 
angling his gaze toward the ceiling. "Here," an- 
swers a classmate from the back of the room. "Can 
I talk to you after class?" Peter asks; he wants to 
consult Raoul about organizing a study group. 



Blindness has been Peter's deliverer; it continues to be his 
friend. "My blindness has gotten me so far that now I've 
climbed onto the blindness and I'm riding it for all it's 
worth, all the way to happiness," he says. 



Then Fr. Murphy begins his lecture, and Peter 
presses the button on his cassette recorder. 

Peter tapes courses such as this one, with its 
peppering of dates and facts; for an afternoon class 
in logic, he leaves the recorder at home. Back in his 
dorm room Peter has a special "talking" computer 
that reads aloud what he is typing, enabling him to 
compose and type papers the same as any other 
student. For eight or 10 hours a week, the Univer- 
sity hires a student to read course materials to 
him — Peter has never learned Braille, which he 
deems difficult and cumbersome. His professors 
give him tests orally. 

Despite these hurdles, Peter outshines all but a 
few of his classmates. He works as hard at his class 
work as he used to work shoveling cement 10 feet 
into the air. After two years on campus, he is a 
psychology major with a cumulative GPA of 3.7. 
He is unusually charismatic and focused as a stu- 
dent, betraying no hint of the crippling self-doubt 
of his teens and twenties. Associate Dean of Arts 
and Sciences Carol Hurd Green, Peter's advisor, 
comments that her office colleagues are "all vying 
with one another to write letters of recommenda- 
tion for him because we feel such confidence and 
borrowed pride." 

Peter's dry humor percolates through every- 
thing he does. Associate Professor of Psychology 
John Mitchell tells about Peter showing up late for 
class one day. The room was jammed. "Can any- 
one tell me where an open desk is?" Peter asked, 
standing inside the door. In response, four or five 
students simultaneously called out differing direc- 
tions. "OK, let's have fun and confuse the blind 
guy," Peter joked. 

Under Mitchell's supervision, Peter and a team 
of four other students have been using a computer 
model to explore alterations in brain chemistry 
that characterize Alzheimer's disease. The pur- 
pose is to discover "what happens to old memories 
with gradual and accumulating damage to the cor- 
tex," explains Mitchell. Describing the project, 
Peter becomes animated. "Essentially, our brain 
works by neurotransmitters," he begins. "It's a 
binary code, either on or off ..." The reporter 



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scribbles a few notes but can't keep up. This young 
blind man in tattered jeans and a flannel shirt, 
using his hands so expressively, his gaze slightly 
askew, is in his element. He has superb control of 
his diabetes; he sees Suzanne often; his future is a 
translucent, shimmering thing. 

Asked to connect his campus life with his years 
in Somersworth, Peter shrugs. They are two dis- 
tinct worlds 75 miles apart. "I'm much more de- 
pendent on my brain now," he says. Then he adds 
with an edge of ferocity, "If there was an argument, 
I know. I could make any lug go away with his tail 
between his legs." Peter returns periodically to 
touch base with the old gang but finds he has less 
and less to say to those guys or that part of himself, 
still lodged in a time when college "didn't seem like 
something I Could touch." At a birthday party in 
Somersworth this year he found himself listening , 
to friends get drunk all around him. "Nobody was 
interested in what I'm doing now," he says. 

From the Somersworth newspaper recently, 
Peter was shocked to learn about some cats in town 
that had been hanged — by parties unknown — for 
fun. "That's barbaric," says Peter, with a slow, 
marveling shake of his head. After a pause he 
concedes, "But I might have done that at age 15. 
Thank God, the Good Lord took away my sight 
and got me out of there." 



Deliverance 

When you consult Peter's family and 
friends about the effects of blindness 
on the course of his life, there's a clear 
uniformity to their response. "He changed. He be- 
came far, far more sensitive," says Tom. "One time 
he told me, 'In many ways I can see much better 
now.' I think he meant that he could see his own path 
in the world. Before, he had been clouded up in a 
lifestyle with not much learning or wonderment." 

Peter's father remembers, "Peter made the re- 
mark to his cousin, a couple of years after he went 
blind, that if he had the chance to get his sight back, 
he wouldn't want it. And I think I would say the 
same thing — that he's better off being blind. He 
seems a lot more contented." 

Pat Hilton, a psychotherapist in Dover, New 
Hampshire, met Peter shortly before the onset of 
his blindness, while counseling the family. She 
continued to treat Peter privately, off and on for 
four or five years. Hilton views Peter's earlier self- 
destructive lifestyle as a defense against his father's 



alcoholism. "Peter was very, very, very angry," 
Hilton recalls. 

"His anger came from sensitivity. He could see 
other people's pain, and he needed to medicate 
himself against it. Because of his family situation, 
he worried, Was it OK to be a sensitive, loving guy? 
He didn't have any model. So he took his sensitivity 
and put it in a box and covered it with a lot of anger 
so he wouldn't be hurt." 

Together, the sudden death of his brother and 
rapidly failing eyesight posed a critical challenge 
for Peter, Hilton reasons. "He could get more 
angry, more into drugs and resentment," she says, 
"or he could look at the pain and look at his life. To 
his credit, he chose the latter process. Peter's situ- 
ation was that he was either going to get crushed or 
he was going to change. And he changed." In effect, 
she says, Peter's blindness enabled him to shed the 
brute armor of the tipped-back bottle and the he- 
man swagger. As Hilton puts it, the blindness was 
"totally humbling." 

Blindness has been Peter's deliverer; it contin- 
ues to be his friend. "My blindness has gotten me so 
far that now I've climbed onto the blindness and 
I'm riding it for all it's worth, all the way to happi- 
ness," he says. 

Law school will likely be the next step. "I know 
it sounds crazy, but I'll be disappointed if I don't 
get into Harvard," says this kid who barely mus- 
tered Cs in high school. He has a decent shot. On 
an initial diagnostic version of the LSAT, which he 
took early this summer before enrolling in a special 
preparatory course for blind students, Peter placed 
in the 88th percentile in the nation. "It's hard for 
me to sit back and let someone else take the reins," 
he has said. It's becoming more apparent by the day 
that he may not need to ever again. 

Over every prospect hovers the enigma of Peter's 
blindness, its purpose in the cosmic scheme of 
things. "For some reason I was meant to be blind," 
Peter says simply. "I don't yet know why." Seated 
in the living room of her second-floor apartment at 
the edge of Somersworth, Sister Judith contends 
that her longtime friend is "very special. God is 
using him as an instrument for something. It's all 
mystery, and that's the way it should be. It's like 
death," she offers with a serene smile. "We're all 
given our own way to get there." 

Bruce Morgan is this magazine V associate editor. 



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_L JlIiL JcvjlL 1 . 

OF TH 



A quarter century ago they were part of a 

startling exodus from the Jesuit order. 

Last fall they held their first reunion. 

The tales of a lost generation 



By Jan Wojcik *68 



% 






AMID HAPPY SHOUTING THE REUNION BEGAN IN THE 
tarred parking lot of what's now called Campion Center — 
the New England Province Jesuit retirement home, infir- 
•mary and place of retreat. It was early Saturday morning of 
Old Saints and Old Souls weekend last October. "O my Captain," the still 
robust Denny LaCroix called out to me from a distance. I'd been primus 
inter pares with him on the work detail of maintaining the novitiate septic 
beds. Drawing near, he took an awkward second before recognizing my 
face. "It's your mustache," he suggested charitably. 



(previous page) 
photo illustration 
by Gary Gilbert 



We were standing in a loose 
knot, 1 1 former Jesuits in our late 
forties and fifties, returning to 
what had been called Weston Col- 
lege, in the elegant suburban vil- 
lage of Weston, Massachusetts. Our ranks included 
Phil Rose, Charlie O'Leary, Joe Mendola and Nick 
Corvino, all psychologists or counselors; Paul 
Quinlan, a driver for United Parcel Service; Paul 
Howard, a sanitary engineer; Fran Walsh, a plan- 
ner for a nonprofit elder-services organization; 
Steve Conner and Bill Carlson, both businessmen; 
Denny, a corporate lawyer; and me, a college pro- 
fessor and farmer. Behind us, as we hugged, loomed 
Campion Center, its burly Italianate wings fending 
off a spare New England sky. 

In the 1960s and 70s all of us had lived here, 
commuting daily to our undergraduate classes on 
the Chestnut Hill campus of Boston College. As we 
carried our bags to our assigned rooms, we found the 
once-bustling halls haunting; a thin maroon carpet 
stifled the creak in the old wooden floors. 

Initially this weekend had begun as a reunion of 
singers. The organizers, Phil and Joe, had be- 
longed to several traveling singing groups 25 years 
ago, calling themselves the Celibate Six, the Good 
News Singers and the Unrestricted Notion, a name 
they took from a chapter heading in one of Jesuit 
Bernard Lonnergan's philosophy books. As old 
singing friends called other ex-Jesuits, the evolving 
reunion's compass widened. Still youthfully slim, 
Charlie had traveled the farthest, from California, 
insisting his wife had given him permission. At 56, 
the oldest to return was Paul Quinlan, who as a 
scholastic had written new melodies for the psalms 
and canticles the groups had sung. Now he had 
seven children and hair as white as a grandfather's; 
his wit and anguish were as youthfully sharp as 
anyone's memories. 

During the eight rich years of my youth I had 



shared with these now-grown men, being Jesuit 
had meant an immortality of continuity. I wore a 
black robe as Jesuits had for 400 years, and it did 
not matter to me whether any one of those men 
was living or dead; those temporarily out of sight 
were simply in a place I'd reach eventually. It was 
because we shared this feeling, I think, that after 
unpacking our bags we agreed with surprising 
warmth and unanimity to convene our first gath- 
ering Saturday morning in the New England Prov- 
ince cemetery on the grounds at Campion. The 
day was mild, and bronze oak leaves hung over the 
gravestones. Overhead, pairs of ducks flew south. 
Quickly the names of the dead cast spells over us. 

In the cemetery identical Jesuit gravestones 
form evenly spaced rows, providing each name an 
initial prefix: "P" for Pater, or priest; "F" for 
Frater, or brother; and "S" for Scholastiais, or 
seminarian. For a suffix are two initials: "SJ" all. 
First names are latinized where possible: Joannes 
and Carolus, but not Harveyus. Otherwise, egali- 
tarian severity levels all distinctions. Three suc- 
cessive lines bear three designated dates: ortus, 
ingressus and obiit, for born, entered and died. As if 
to suggest it takes three days to perfect the life of 
a Jesuit. 

At breakfast Sunday morning Pat Sullivan, SJ, 
now the administrator of the hospital at Campion, 
stopped by our table and recognized among us 
some of his former classics students from the novi- 
tiate. When we mentioned rediscovering the aura 
of the gravestones, he described the recent Prov- 
ince discussion whether to cast future inscriptions 
in English, because, he said laughing, "soon the 
only people who could translate the stones would be 
lying under them." For now the tradition held, and 
we could still read them. Former Boston College 
presidents Seavey Joyce and Michael Walsh were 
buried in adjacent rows, along with the lesser- 
known Jesuits Ola Nelson and Neil Callahan. The 



38 BOSTON COLLEGE MACAZINE 



ingressus dates for the latter two men held our eyes 
because they were the same as ours. Ola had died of 
leukemia contracted in the Brazilian mission. 

Later that morning we gathered in the dark- 
paneled receiving room of the original mansion on 
the Weston site. Beer, fruit juice, bread, chips and 
cold cuts were laid on sideboards, guitars and a bass 
fiddle uncased, and music stands set up. Songbooks 
were opened, still expressing in ghostly mimeo- 
graph blue the words and chord progressions of the 
lively sacred songs we used to sing as young men. 
After a few flat starts we belted out the harmonies 
of Paul's psalmic anthem "It's a Brand New Day." 
Then we dropped into armchairs and couches. We 
quickly agreed on a protocol for the two days of the 
reunion: each would tell his story to the others, 
speculating on why he had left the Society of Jesus 
and telling what had happened since. In between, 
we would sing our old songs in what would become 
a ritual of readings and songs. 

In his story Paul told us he had been unable to 
sing his own songs after he left because they still 
expressed so much of the anguish he had felt as a 
Jesuit and afterward. This amazed us, because many 
of us remembered his writing and music as the 
source of our deepest spirituality as young Jesuits. 
"Paul, doesn't the reverence we always held for 
your songs make you feel any differently about 
them?" I asked him. 

"I wasn't really the writer," he said. "Whatever 
energy I put into my music I was just gathering.up 
from all of you." At first he would not join us when, 
after listening to several stories, we wandered over 
to the music stand and sang a psalm in his vernacu- 
lar translation. 

The psalms' moods moved between sadness and 
joy, just as our stories did: "I yell, 'God, where are 
you?/ Where can you be? '/But I know after all is 
said and done/That my God has known me from 
before all time/ And I'll see His face." On Sunday 
morning Paul finally got up to sing, once again, 
"It's a Brand New Day." His bobbing to the beat 
with the rest of us seemed as natural as another shift 
of mood, even as we found ourselves belting with a 
little more emphasis and, to extend the harmony of 
the moment, repeating extra choruses. 

MISSING JESUITS 

The demographics that emerged from our 
stories reckoned us exemplary Boston 
College alumni of a certain age. We prac- 
ticed professions we had begun training for there. 



We had been successful and unemployed by turns. 
We were responsible for 27 children — eight of them 
adopted. Ten of us had been married a total of 12 
times, with two divorces. We included one bachelor. 
We had kids in trouble and kids in good schools. 
Bill's daughter was a freshman in music at a small 
college in Wisconsin. Driving there earlier in the 
fall, she and her father had sung all the way. "It seems 
the day they become adults and friends they move 
out," Bill said with a sad smile. 

But we were not typical BC alumni, in the sense 
that we had also been Jesuit scholastics in the 
1960s. During our two-day reunion we sharpened 
and deepened one another's thinking about what 
that difference had made of us over 25 years. 

"We all had the same yearnings for something 
bigger than ourselves when we joined," Steve told 
us in his story. "First we found it in a Jesuit commu- 
nity, and I still think I want what I found there. One 
of the reasons I joined the Lutheran Church is that 
there is a more comfortable place for women within 
the denomination. We have women clergy and the 
like. But I still get upset when we wind up bickering 
at church com- 
mittee meetings. 
It's hard to find 
the spirit there. 
One woman in 
our congregation 
lost her husband 
and then stopped 
coming to the 
church. I said to 
myself, 'What is a 
church for unless 
we can console 
one another?' It's like the old Ignatian idea of the 
gift of tears, the consolation we bring to one 
another." 

Each of us remarked during the weekend and in 
phone calls to one another over the next few weeks 
how easily we validated one another's stories, what- 
ever our differences. Some of us remained Catho- 
lics. There was another Lutheran; there were several 
Unitarian Universalists and several indifferent ag- 
nostics — one describing himself as "a Catholic pa- 
gan." We had struggled with alcoholism, infertility, 
other illnesses and the enthralling drama of the life 
of a handicapped child. 

We had joined the Jesuits for many different 
reasons — to do God's will, to follow a relative, to 
escape a family. But we had stayed as long as we did 
because of the family we found in one another. 




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TWO WHO STAYED 

BC Jesuits who watched friends and associates leave 
the Society in the 1 960s reflect on that loss 



In a small, humbly furnished room on the first floor of St. 
Mary's Rectory, William Leonard, SJ, is remembering a 
friend he lost 50 or 60 years ago. The friend was a high-school 
classmate who had entered the novitiate with him at 
Shadowbrook, in western Massachusetts, studying, working 
and praying beside him— a man seemingly devout and utterly 
committed to a spiritual life. Three months before his ordina- 
tion, the young man dropped out to become a lawyer and raise 
a family instead. He announced his decision to Leonard in a 
letter. "I remember looking at that note in my hand. I just 
couldn't believe it," Leonard says softly, decades later. 

In 1965 American Jesuits numbered more than 8,000, but 
by 1990 their numbers had dropped to less than 5,000. Many 
Jesuits experienced the loss of a brother. The exodus caught 
these men at different points in their lives. Leonard, for one, 
was nearing retirement age when the young men started 
packing up. He had cast his lot with the Jesuits in 1 92 5 and had 
served on the BC faculty since 1939, chairing the theology 
department from 1965 to 1969. Some of those who left were 
his former students. 

To David Hollenbach, SJ, the young Je- 
suits who left were peers — his classmates as 
well as his brothers. He'd entered the novi- 
tiate at St. Isaacjogues in Wernersville, Penn- 
sylvania, in 1964 and was in his twenties 
during the tumultuous years. After being 
ordained in 1 97 1 and earning his doctorate in 
religious ethics at Yale University, 
Hollenbach lived among the Jesuits in suc- 
cessive stints at the Woodstock Theological 
Center of Georgetown University and at the 
Weston School of Theology. He joined the 
BC faculty as the Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of 
Catholic Theology in 1991. 

Although Hollenbach and Leonard are among those who 
stayed within the fold, neither bears any hint of hard feeling 
toward those who departed. Years of reflecting on the ordeal 
of his early religious training have given Leonard a large 
measure of sympathy for the restlessness that led Jan Wojcik 
'68, and his fellow scholastics to leave. "The life was rigid and, 
well, suffocating," Leonard says of his time at Shadowbrook. 
"We of my generation tolerated it; we found it supportable. 
You could say we knuckled under to it. 

"Why did people leave religious life?" Leonard wonders. "It 
was in the air, I guess." He and Hollenbach both see the 1960s 
exodus as a direct consequence of that volatile era. They believe 
the spirit of radical change then transforming other institutions 
in Western culture could not help but touch the Jesuits. "It was 
a time of enormous ferment and considerable upheaval in 




Fr. Leonard 




Fr. Hollenbach 



American society and in the life of the Church," 
Hollenbach says. "The upheaval made it pos- 
sible for people to consider changing the di- 
rection of their lives in ways previous 
generations might not have. A fluidity of com- 
mitment was more part of the accepted social 
picture than before." 

Both men cite the signal role played by 
the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) in 
opening up life within the Church — and, 
paradoxically, perhaps making it easier for 
Jesuits r in-training to abandon the rigorous 
and demanding life they had chosen. As Leonard remarks, 
"Pope John, who called the Council, said he just wanted to 
open a few windows and let a little fresh air into the Church. 
I don't think he knew what a tornado would come in." 

Jesuits who stayed behind watched those who fled the 
Society in the late 1960s with decidedly mixed feelings, 
according to Hollenbach and Leonard. "The reaction among 
older Jesuits was disappointment, of course. There was some 
anger — but mostly, I think, perplexity," Leonard says. "There 
was a sense of What's happening?" 

Hollenbach, about the same age as many of the men who 
left ("I was given the gift of stronger reasons to stay than 
reasons to leave," he explains), remembers his fellow scholas- 
tics as being generally supportive of the men's decisions but 
saddened, too. "These were people you had been living with 
for years and with whom you had been engaged in a common 
effort. To have them leaving — some piece of your own life 
goes out the door when they leave," he says. "One could 
understand why they had decided to leave even if one didn't 
want to celebrate it." 

Fewer young American men are entering the Society now 
than 30 years ago, notes Hollenbach, and that decline in 
numbers is likely to continue. The relative thinness of the 
Jesuit ranks has many implications for Boston College. 
Leonard points to the difficulty of finding a successor to 
University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, as one example of 
an obvious effect: "There just isn't the abundance of candi- 
dates there once was," Leonard says. At a lower institutional 
level, he cites the diminished Jesuit presence on campus. "I 
can think of only one Jesuit department chairman — Fr. Frank 
Kennedy of the music department," he says, "whereas 40 
years ago every department had one." 

Still, Hollenbach believes the current trend "is forcing 
Jesuits to take a more focused approach to their work instead 
of simply filling a slot somewhere. These days, one has to be 
quite intentional about where one puts one's time and energy 
in the service of God." 

Bruce Morgan 



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40 BOSTON COLLEGE MAGAZINE 



Sunday morning, as our final ceremony, we sat in a 
close circle holding hands. Each told the others 
what their stories had meant to him. A few who had 
not been friends 30 years ago found themselves for 
the first time comfortable with our old official 
term for one another — brother. We found our 
stories answered questions we hadn't known we 
had had about who we had been and what we had 
become. After the ritual was over, we laughed and 
shook arthritic stiffness out of our fingers. 

Many of the intimacies we shared were in- 
tensely private and remained so, I suspect, even 
after we returned to our families and friends. Who 
else could understand this stuff? But we all agreed 
to share with a wider readership these reflections, 
which bear on the mass exodus from the Society 
that occurred in the late '60s and early '70s. We 
know many people involved in Jesuit education 
who think about what happened to us. If we had 
remained Jesuits, we would be the 45- to 5 5 -year- 
old men ripe to be tapped as deans, rectors, college 
presidents, provincials, spiritual fathers — ready to 
assume leadership positions in the Jesuit institu- 
tions that the men we revered had led. 

Once, the talent pool of Jesuits seemed oceanic. 
Since its formation in 1924, some 3,000 men have 
entered the New England Province, most of them, 
like us, matriculating at the novitiate called 
Shadowbrook, in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 1964 
the New England Province was at its apex with 
1,180 men. Perhaps 500 were between 35 and 65 
years of age, working as missionaries, parish priests, 
teachers, spiritual fathers and superiors through- 
out New England and the world. Another 500 or 
so were younger Jesuits in formation. Every year 
another 30 or 40 young men joined us; the future 
looked black with robes. 

Five years later a dramatic winnowing was un- 
der way. Starting in 1969 and continuing for the 
next seven years, an average of 2 5 Jesuits a year left 
the order. Significantly, many of these men had 
been Jesuits for between eight and 20 years. This 
outflux represented a profound and permanent 
loss. Today approximately 580 Jesuits remain mem- 
bers of the New England Province, many of them 
retired or close to it. 

We did not leave the Jesuits to get rich. Judging 
from the rust spots on the cars and pickup trucks 
parked in the Campion lot, only the lawyer among 
us could afford anything like the clean, new house 
cars we'd occasionally get permission to drive as 
Jesuits. Women, on the other hand, obviously did 
have something to do with our leaving. We all 
agreed celibacy hadn't been a problem by itself. 



w*aul told us he had been unable to sing 
his own songs after he left because they still 
expressed so much of the anguish he had 
felt as a Jesuit and afterward. 



Most of us had left before we met the woman we 
would marry. When I asked if anyone would have 
remained a Jesuit if Jesuits could marry, everyone 
quickly answered no. Instead, each of us had found 
celibacy insufferable only after the events of the 
'60s had delivered profound shocks to the Jesuit 
tradition of obedience to religious authority. 

A NECESSARY LONELINESS 

Even after 30 years it was still painful to 
recall what we had endured under the stric- 
tures of obedience. Paul only half jokingly 
described the towering rage of a houseful of Irish 
priests at what he acknowledges was a foolish prank. 
Before dawn on St. Patrick's Day in 1963, he had 
raised a British flag on the Shadowbrook flagpole. 
For the usually trivial offense of leaving the house 
without permission, his superiors forced Paul, al- 
ready a graduate of Dartmouth College, to spend a 
penitential year at Shadowbrook taking entry-level 
courses among young Jesuits with no more than a 
high-school education. 

We remembered other events of this kind. In 
1964 the relatively liberal-minded New York Prov- 
ince had closed its novitiate and sent its novices to 
New England. At first we were delighted by our 
sudden surge in numbers. But culture shock fol- 
lowed. The New Englanders observed rules of si- 
lence and still spoke Latin in the house, at table and 
on work details; the New Yorkers had long aban- 
doned the use of house Latin. Our superiors insisted 
that everyone follow what struck the New Yorkers as 
brutally archaic house rules. And the young New 
Englanders found that to obey their elders was to 
betray their peers. At dinner one scholastic would 
ask in Latin for the butter, and another would mock- 
ingly pretend not to understand. 

This sounds trivial to anyone but a kid in a 
novitiate whose walls seemed to encompass the 
whole world. At the reunion Joe asked plaintively, 
"Why didn't any one of our superiors ever sit down 



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£ach of us discovered himself one day having 

drifted over a blurring line between loneliness 

within the Society and solitude without. For 

people who know us, that line is still blurry. 



with us and try to help us work things out?" 

"At that time the Jesuits hadn't changed in 400 
years," someone answered. "Suddenly they were 
supposed to, and all our superiors could do was 
what they had always done — just more of it." 

In 1966 some of us who had been Jesuits for 
three years had been promised we could leave for 
Boston College one year earlier than the tradi- 
tional four years that novices and young scholastics 
spent at Shadowbrook. That promise was rescinded 
by orders from Rome. With an ashen face, Shadow- 
brook rector Thomas M. Lannon, SJ, called us 
together in the conference room and told the 
unfortunate three-year men to unpack their trunks. 
We asked our superior bitter questions and filed 
out of the room in silence. At the reunion Denny 
could still fit an Italian accent to the phrase he had 
made popular back then: "We want you to be 
where the action is — not." 

But none of us had stormed out in reaction to a 
dumb decision, whether someone else's or our 
own. What led to our undoing as Jesuits, it now 
appears, were the consequences of our superiors' 
resolve to avoid making such terrible demands on 
our obedience again. 

In Boston, progressive liberations came rapidly. 
Leaving Shadowbrook, we all finally got to Weston 
and began taking a yellow school bus each day to 
our classes at Boston College, where, in a radical 
break with tradition, Professor Peter Kreeft, a 
non-Jesuit, was permitted to teach some of us our 
official Jesuit philosophy courses. After one year 
our superiors allowed us to join in extracurricular 
activities. Our most famous classmate, the late A.J. 
Antoon, began staging plays on campus, beginning 
a directing career that would win him a Tony 
Award five years later. Enthusiastically, we began 
writing for campus periodicals, acting in plays, 
tutoring in Roxbury, and singing at Masses and 
hootenannies throughout the Boston area. 

Originally our superiors allowed themselves to 
think they were simply extending to us the tradi- 



tional Jesuit cultivation of theater, music, art and 
spiritual counseling. But there were hot ideas in 
the wind at the time, buffeting large and traditional 
institutions like the Roman Catholic Church. Our 
superiors approved our requests to pursue the 
apostolates of the light cavalry and the barefoot 
doctors. The singers took Paul Quinlan's psalms 
into prisons. Extracurricular activities tookjesuits 
and other undergraduates afield of the BC campus, 
where we worked in shelters, drug programs, and 
inner-city health services. Back in the rec rooms at 
Weston, our discussions began to raise questions 
about social and political structures, about class, 
race and gender. 

We were men of our times. In those times the 
company of Jesuits — a small band that had grown 
huge — was rediscovering its inner armature of Jesus' 
style of teaching. He had wandered alone and in 
small groups throughout the Galilean countryside, 
finding the spiritual meaning of a child's illness, a 
heretic's desire and the hunger of the poor. Like 
him, we followed our apostolic yearnings, which led 
us into small circumstances as retreat directors, coun- 
selors, community organizers, hospital chaplains and 
writers. But in these small circumstances we found 
our necessary loneliness greater than the grace we 
had been granted to bear it. 

Over and over at the reunion, we mentioned 
how terribly lonely our lives became as we — to use 
a phrase from those times — got so far out we could 
not find our way back. Fran, who had remained a 
Jesuit for 25 years before becoming involved in 
elderly care, had succeeded at almost a half-dozen 
different apostolic endeavors. He spoke for the rest 
of us when he described the emotional crisis each 
success would eventually bring. "I used to love 
giving retreats at Gloucester," he said with a strained 
smile, "but after everybody would go home, I'd go 
walking on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. A 
loneliness like a physical presence would hit me so 
hard I'd almost stand still." 

Each of us discovered himself one day having 
drifted over a blurring line between loneliness 
within the Society and solitude without. For people 
who know us, that line is still blurry. My wife calls 
me a Jesuit whenever she thinks I'm too regi- 
mented — for example, I always cook two boiled 
eggs for breakfast on Wednesdays — and my aca- 
demic colleagues have called me a Jesuit for teach- 
ing literature as humane scripture. Bill spoke for 
most of us when he said, "I am sometimes consid- 
ered an oddity at work and have been told I never 
left the Jesuits. But I think that way because of a 
spirit of community I got from you. We see life not 



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as a race with winners and losers but as a journey on 
which we all share the same perils and can only 
succeed by helping one another." 

LOST AND FOUND 

We still felt what we had lost. Paul 
Quinlan remembered the day he 
signed his papers of resignation. He 
said it felt like he was falling down a long hole. 
Acting for the Provincial, Paul Lucey, SJ, had tried 
to buoy him up, saying, "Today we are losing a 
treasure." Paul had countered, "Today I am leav- 
ing a treasure behind." 

We talked about our saints as well as our souls. 
At an impromptu memorial service Saturday night 
we stood in a circle around a large table telling 
funny and sad stories about those we knew as 
Jesuits who had died. Everyone had a story about 
A.J. Antoon, our most dramatic brother, and usu- 
ally it was about how difficult he was. "You couldn't 
type in the same room with him," Joe said. I told 
about periodic stretches in our 30-year friendship 
in which A.J. would get so mad he would refuse to 
speak to me for days or weeks, usually for my being 
solemn about something he wanted to laugh about 
or curse. Standing at the table, I wept in gratitude, 
remembering that A.J. had been speaking to me 
again — and I had fed him some soup — just before 
he died. 

In our elegies, several of us mentioned taking 
walks with Thomas Hennessey, SJ, at whose grave- 
stone we had paused during our morning gather- 
ing. As a wizened old man he had suffered through 
the terminal tremors of Parkinson's disease in the 
infirmary at Shadowbrook. Novices were assigned 
to help him with his therapeutic afternoon walks. 
Being young and wanting to cut loose for a few 
hours a day, we griped childishly about the assign- 
ment. Several of us remembered how ashamed we 
all felt the day Fr. Lannon called us together in the 
conference room. He said our Stockbridge Bowl 
neighbors had made a point to tell him they were 
deeply moved when they drove past us young men 
in black robes leading the lurching, old priest by 
the arm down the road. 

We recalled another occasion, when the French 
theologian Henri de Lubac, SJ, visited Shadow- 
brook. During a tour of the infirmary, he had 
shaken Fr. Hennessey by the shoulders and said to 
him, "Father, without your prayers, my work would 
be a failure." Remembering that scene, one of us 
said, "Both of them believed that. It was the most 
powerful act of faith I have ever witnessed, before 



or since." Talk of Fr. Hennessey led Steve to 
describe the last walk he had taken with his neigh- 
bor Jim O'Hare, another beloved former Jesuit 
classmate, who had died subsequently of brain 
cancer. The last time their families sang Christmas 
carols, Steve and Jim's wife had flanked him, ready 
to grab him if he stumbled. Like Fr. Hennessey 
before him, Jim had walked lurching, on the verge 
of falling. 

Phil figured we had carried off a treasury of 
stories since leaving the Jesuits. As Steve had hoped, 
our stories included and conveyed the gift of tears, 
an unusual-sounding phrase for which we sug- 
gested new meanings. Paul said it meant "the magic 
of belonging" to a group of people who still yearned 
for greatness. "It's like picking up a conversation 
that we suddenly stopped 25 years ago," Fran said, 
"and everything fits right in." 

Our first days in formation as young Jesuits had 
prepared us for living apart from one another for 
long periods of time. We were taught that St. 
Ignatius had turned monasticism on its head by 
adding a new fourth vow to the standard three 
religious vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedi- 
ence. While other monks took a fourth vow of 
Stability, promising to remain in the same resi- 
dence for life, Jesuits took a vow of Instability, 
agreeing to go anywhere in the world that a supe- 
rior beckoned, as God's will inclined. All our train- 
ing followed from that because if you took the man 
out of a monastery, you had to put a monastery into 
the man — build in him peace and reliance and a 
commitment that would remain secure within, 
whatever the weather outside. 

What no one anticipated was that for some of 
us, the landscapes over which we would travel 
would be interior as well as geographic. The fierce 
integrity of the intellectual and spiritual explora- 
tions we began as youngjesuits would lead some of 
us outside the formal religious organization that 
had given us our original sense of direction. What 
we discovered at Campion on a gray autumn week- 
end was that however errant our lives by anyone 
else's standards, we still loved the Jesuits we found 
in ourselves. 

Jan Wojcik '68, left the Society of Jesus in 1970. He teaches 
literature at Clarkson University and raises sheep, chickens, 
turkeys and geese in the foothills oftheAdirondacks. His profile 
of A.J. Antoon appeared in the Fall 1992 issue ofBCM. 

Photographs by Gary Gilbert, taken at Campion Center in 
Weston, Massachusetts. 



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With strong assistance from 
the two major giving so- 
cieties, Fides and President's 
Circle, the University reached 
two significant fund-raising mile- 
stones in 1994-95. BC posted a 
record total for cash gifts of $23 
million and raised $29.1 million 
in new pledges. The latter mark 
topped the previous record for a 
noncampaign year of $23 mil- 
lion, which was set last year. 

While applauding all of the 
volunteer groups that drove the 
fund-raising effort, Vice Presi- 
dent for University Relations 
Mary Lou DeLong singled out 



record-breaking performances by 
Fides and President's Circle. 
"They are the foundation of our 
development program," she said. 
Both set new membership records 
for the second consecutive year: 
Fides grew to 1,605 members, 
and President's Circle totaled 493 
members. 

"Our success was really a mat- 
ter of spreading the word about 
Fides," said University Trustee 
Patrick Carney 70, who leads that 
group. "The society has a long 
history of providing Boston Col- 
lege with financial support that 
ensures the University's status as 



one of the premier Jesuit colleges 
in the nation. Today the group is 
more dynamic and forward-look- 
ing than ever. Fides and the future 
of Boston College go hand in hand, 
and people responded to that mes- 
sage with enthusiasm." 

University Trustee Thomas 
P. O'Neill III '68, who heads 
President's Circle, attributed its 
growth to the University's 
strength in general and to its em- 
phasis on attracting top-notch 
undergraduates in particular. 
"The importance of increasing 
student financial-aid resources 
was a powerful message for po- 




STATE OF THE ART— The 
new Law School Library's 
cathedral ceiling nears 
completion. Scheduled to 
open next January, the 
Sl4-million building will 
provide cutting-edge tech- 
nology in a comfortable, 
open setting for legal 
study and research. An el- 
egant rare-books room 
will house important his- 
torical texts. A year and a 
half into a five-year fund- 
raising campaign, donors 
have contributed $ 1 .6 mil- 
lion toward the building's 
$5-million goal. 



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tential President's Circle mem- 
bers," he said. "They're attuned 
to leadership, and they recognize 
that one important measure of a 
great university is its ability to 
educate young men and women 
who will be leaders in their cho- 
sen fields." 

Gifts from reunion classes also 
contributed significantly to fund- 
raising success this year (see story 
below). Pledges from the 10 re- 
union classes reached an all-time 
high of $6.3 million, led by the 
Class of 1970, which set a 25th- 
reunion-gift record of $ 1 .2 5 mil- 
lion, and the Class of 1 960, which 
raised a record 35th-reunion to- 
tal of $1.7 million. 

Such successful fund-raising 
during a noncampaign period 
shows that BC has reached a new 
level of giving, said James Cleary 
'50, chairman of the Trustee De- 
velopment Committee. "For the 
University to achieve such a lofty 
goal without the impetus of a 
campaign highlights the strength 
of Boston College and its posi- 
tion as one of the nation's leading 
Catholic universities. Each year 
we are broadening our traditional 
circle of support." 

The University's 1 994-95 cor- 
poration and foundation funding 
totaled $8.5 million in new pledges 
and $7 million in cash grants. 



MONEY TALKS 



While As a Tree Planted: The Endowed Funds of Boston 
College is unlikely to show up on many coffee tables or 
best-seller lists, it can lay claim to one distinction. It is 
the first complete listing of every endowed fund be- 
stowed upon Boston College — from the first, a $1,000 
fund established in 1 865, to the $ 1 -million-plus endow- 
ments of the 1990s. 

The book is 52 pages thick, it contains the names of 
nearly 700 of the University's most stalwart supporters, 
and published in July, it took more than a year to 
compile, index and print. 

As a Tree Planted was created as a reference and 
marketing tool for staff, volunteers, and potential and 
current donors, but it tells a story that goes beyond lists 
and numbers. BC's rapid growth in endowment mirrors 
the University's growth over the past quarter century 
from a regional to a national university. The en- 
dowment's history also reveals the broadening of the 
University's educational mission, noted Director of 
Donor Relations Katherine MacDonald, who headed 
the project. "You can see in the book the kinds of things 
donors believed were deserving of their strongest sup- 
port and how that has changed over time," she said. 

For anyone curious about that very first endowment 
given 130 years ago, the book contains a thumbnail 
sketch: it was a scholarship fund established by a Phila- 
delphian named Joseph J. Sinnott — $1,000 at a time 
when annual tuition was $60. The first recipient, Henry 
Towle, eventually became a physician. 



Return receipts 

Competition among classes boosts reunion gifts 



This year reunion-class giv- 
ing continued its upswing, 
with 1994-95 pledges rising 
sharply to a record-setting $6.3 
million. The previous high, es- 
tablished last year, was $4.6 mil- 
lion. This marked the third 
straight annual increase in re- 
union giving. Alumni gift totals 
at reunion time have more than 
doubled since 1992. 

"The Class of 1969 had just 
set the record, and we didn't want 
to let them beat us at anything," 
joked 25th-reunion co-chair 



Kevin Hines 70. His classmates 
set an all-time 25th-reunion-gift 
high of $1.25 million. 

On a more serious note, Hines 
said raising funds for financial aid 
was a big draw for his class. "When 
we could say, 'This money is go- 
ing to help the students,' it made 
a real difference. People liked to 
know that their gifts were going 
to ensure a place for the best stu- 
dents at Boston College regard- 
less of economic means." 

Robert Connor '70, who co- 
chaired the 25th-reunion drive 



with Hines, added, "BC's success 
in the last 25 years has been self- 
evident, and it just draws out the 
support." 

The Golden Eagle Class of 
1945 set a record for participa- 
tion: of the class's 105 members, 
104 (99 percent) made pledges. 
The class raised $378,000, nearly 
twice its goal of $200,000. Louis 
Sorgi '45, who co-chaired the 
50th-reunion effort with classmate 
John Campbell, said the fund-rais- 
ing drive helped make their re- 
union memorable. • 



NEVER TOO LATE 

The Student Center-to-be re- 
ceived a boost from BC-parent- 
to-be Michael Argyelan, who 
pledged a gift of $100,000. 
Argyelan's daughter Melissa 
will join the Class of 1999 in 
September. Her father, a mem- 
ber of the Class of 1972, said 
the new student center is 20 
years overdue. The University 
plans to begin the project's first 
phase next March (see news 
story page 11). 

REOPENING DAY 

Renovated and expanded 
Fulton Hall, which reopened for 
classes with little fanfare last 
January, will have its official 
unveiling September 19. Xerox 
Corporation Chairman and CEO 
Paul Allaire will kick off the cel- 
ebration with an afternoon lec- 
ture. Then, after a formal 
rededication, a reception will 
be held in Fulton's glassy new 
five-story atrium, and a dinner 
will honor contributors to the 
$22.4-million project. 

IN TRIBUTE 

The following are among 
named endowed funds recently 
established at Boston College. 
New funds may be established, 
and contributions to existing 
funds made, through the Office 
of Development, More Hall. 

LAW SCHOOL 

Black Alumni Leadership 

Initiative 

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS 
Terrence J. '42, and Virginia H. 
Geoghegan Scholarship Fund* 

Geraldine M. Lyon Endowed 
Scholarship Fund honoring 
James Ring, SJ, '35, MA'36, 
MS'38* 

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent F. Martin, 
Jr., '63, Scholarship Fund 

Remondi Family 
Scholarship Fund 

Richard L. Trum '37, Endowed 
Scholarship Fund* 

Frederick A. '32, and Louise J. 
Meier Endowed 
Scholarship Fund* 

* Established through the Deferred 
Giving Program 9 



BOSTON COLLEGE \1 U . \/I\E 45 




Q & A 




Sin deep 



THE ROOTS OF ANTI-SEMITISM 

To understand how the Holocaust happened, we must understand 
how the early Christians' refutation of Judaism evolved into fear and 
hatred of the Jews, says Theology Professor Donald Dietrich in his new 
book God and Humanity in Auschwitz (Transaction, 1995). An inter- 
view by senior writer John Ombelets. 



Where did anti-Semitism begin? 

Actually, anti-Judaism, which is the 
ancestor of anti-Semitism, predates 
Christianity. If you look back to the 
ancient Greeks, you can find thinkers 
such as Theophrastus, a pupil of Aristotle, 
hailing the Jews as great philosophers. 
That may not seem like bigotry, but it's a 
start: when you isolate individuals or 
individual groups in a category — even to 
praise them — you are already marginaliz- 
ing them in some way. And, of course, 
there were numerous instances in those 
pre-Christian times of more obvious 
bigotry against Jews. Anti-Jewish riots 
over food shortages in the Nile Delta 
around 500 B.C.E. suggest that Jews 
were being stereotyped. 

By their very nature, the original 
Christian communities were not anti- 
Semitic, not biased against the Jewish 
people; after all, Jesus was Jewish, and so 
were the original apostles. The preju- 
dice initially developed as a bias against 
Judaism. As Christian communities be- 
gan to grow, they found it easier to 
develop an identity in opposition to some 
other religion, and that was Judaism, 
Christianity's elder brother. 

If you read the Gospel of John, for 
example, we are told in the early part 
that the Jews are saved. But by the end, 
the verbal assault on the Jews is vicious. 
As this process of identity building de- 
veloped, there was a radical transforma- 
tion, so that by the middle of the second 
century C.E., the Jews were considered 
beyond salvation, and the dominant 
Christian theme was one of anti- 
Judaism. As Christianity became more 
institutionalized, Christian communi- 
ties also became more homogeneous, 
and others, such as Jews, no longer fit in. 
This development also coincided with 
the growth of the notion that the Jews 
had murdered God; diatribes to that 
effect were very useful in building iden- 



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tity within the young Church. 

There were those who wanted Jews 
and Christians to continue their dia- 
logue and seek common ground, but the 
institutional church won out, and that 
triumph was reflected in patristic refer- 
ences to Jews as pigs and goats. One 
father of the early church, St. Augustine, 
declared that the Jews must be kept as a 
remnant simply to remind Christians 
that they had been saved. 

Even so, at the noninstitutional level 
it seems that Christians and Jews con- 
tinued to mix fairly comfortably and 
without strong prejudice for several cen- 
turies. As late as the eighth century, for 
example, the institutional Church felt 
the need to prohibit intermarriage and 
other kinds of interaction, which sug- 
gested that what the Church had been 
saying for hundreds of years wasn't aw- 
fully significant to the average person. 

When did anti-Judaism develop into anti- 
Semitism and become violent? 

The hatred and prejudice became more 
widespread and violent around 1100, 
when the first crusade was launched. 
The logic was that if Christian soldiers 
were going to empty the Holy Land of 
the Muslims, it made sense to remove 
from Europe other alien groups — 
namely, Jews. 

From that point, prejudice against 
the Jews in Europe grew worse. Chris- 
tians began to create such anti-Judaic 
myths as the "blood libel" myth which 
claimed that Jews used the blood of 
Christian babies or small children to 
incorporate into the Passover bread. If a 
Christian child disappeared from a town, 
the local Jewish community frequently 
would be accused of kidnapping and 
slaughtering the child. That belief con- 
tinued right up until the 20th century. 
In 1215 the Lateran Council even in- 
sisted that Jews wear distinctive types of 
clothing. 

During the 14th century, when the 
Black Death stalked Europe, Jews were 
often accused of poisoning wells. Add- 
ing to that fear was a strong economic 
bias against Jews. Christians considered 



it a sin to charge interest on a loan; 
therefore, it made sense to relegate the 
job of money lending to Jews, who had 
no such prohibition. 

All of that led to the popular belief 
that Jews were a foreign and sinister 
element in an otherwise-homogeneous 
society. By the end of the 15th century, 
they had been expelled from England, 
France and Spain, forcing them to con- 
centrate in Eastern Europe, a circum- 
stance that would have direct and tragic 
consequences 450 years later. 

How did religious tensions play out in 
prewar Germany? 

Germany in the early 1930s was about 
69 percent Protestant, 3 percent Catho- 
lic and one percent Jewish. Initially, 
Martin Luther apparently had been pro- 
Jewish, but when the Jews refused to 
join his church, he came out against 
them as viciously as any Catholic cleric, 
employing the same arguments. In 
churches in southern Germany you can 
still see stained-glass windows with anti- 
Semitic depictions. One shows, of all 
things, the circumcision of the infant 
Jesus. A frightened Mary holds Jesus 
with the mohalim gathered around her 
looking evil and brandishing knives. Well 
into the 20th century, Catholic liturgy 
called on the faithful to pray every Good 
Friday for the "perfidious Jews" in the 
name of Jesus Christ; that only stopped 
in the past few decades. 

The point is that there was a 2,000- 
year social-learning process in which 
one group was marginalized — 2,000 
years of selective enmity. That partly 
explains how ordinary people in the 20th 
century could do extraordinarily evil 
things. They had been conditioned to 
look at the Jewish people as dangerous 
and alien and as economic exploiters 
who controlled the banks, the press and 
the department stores. 

And in the 1920s and 1930s Catholic 
bishops were saying the same kinds of 
things as the Nazis. It would be difficult 
for a German Catholic to distinguish 
Adolph Hitler's words at that time from 
those of the average bishop — although 



you must keep in mind that the Church 
sought conversion, while Hitler's 
agenda, ultimately, was extermination. 

Historians have argued that the Holo- 
caust could not have happened without 
Hitler — in effect, saying that the wide- 
spread anti-Judaism of Christian Europe 
was not, in and of itself, sufficient to 
cause genocide. Do you agree? 

A debate over that question has been 
raging for seven or eight years, so much 
so that the two camps are identified by 
name: intentionalists versus functional- 
ists. Intentionalists say that the final solu- 
tion occurred because Hider wanted it. 
Functionalists say that the causes of the 
Holocaust were more complex, that it 
evolved more out of circumstances and 
ruthless pragmatism than out of Hider's 
conscious will. For example, functional- 
ists would suggest that Nazi bureaucrats, 
discovering they didn't have enough food 
to feed the Jews in the Lodz ghetto, might 
simply decide that some Jews must be 
killed so others could eat. 

But someone had to give the order 
for extermination, and, as far as we know, 
that was Hitler. There was no written 
order, but there records of conversa- 
tions with Hitler during the spring of 
1941, in which he refers to his final 
solution to the "Jewish problem." In 
2,000 years of European anti-Semitism, 
no one had ever suggested exterminat- 
ing the Jews until Hitler came along. 

Were Hitler's audiences more moved by 
his appeal to their economic fears of the 
Jews or by his appeal to cultural and 
religious fears? 

The two tended to reinforce each other. 
If I were a father in 1933 Germany, and 
my son were graduating from law school 
into a depressed economy and I had 
been brought up with an anti-Judaic 
bias, it would not be hard for me to 
think, If the government would bar Jews 
from law, my son could have a great job. 
So cultural or religious anti-Semitism 
helped German citizens justify their eco- 
nomic anti-Semitism. 



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The Nazis killed nearly 6 million Euro- 
pean Jews. Why didn't the Catholic 
Church intervene? 

For one thing, it would have been dif- 
ficult for a church that had been preach- 
ing anti -Judaism for 1 ,900 years to take 
a pro-Jewish stand. Also the Church 
blamed the Jews for many of the prob- 
lems of the modern world. The Church 
bought into the myths that the Jews 
controlled the West economically and 
that they were leading the West into 
cultural decadence. Since anti- 
Semitism was so routinely ingrained in 
the culture of Christianity, many 
Catholics failed to see that Nazi-style 
anti-Semitism was a more ruthless, 
deadly strain. 

Privately, both Pope Pius XI and 
Pope Pius XII went as far as they be- 
lieved they could to defend Jews against 
Nazi persecution . In 1 93 8 Pius XI com- 
missioned Fr. John LaFarge, an Ameri- 
can Jesuit whose book on interracial 
justice challenged pseudoscientific 
claims of white supremacy, to write an 
encyclical on racism. At the Jesuit 
general's insistence, a German Jesuit, 
Fr. GustavGundlach, collaborated. But 
Pius XI died before approving their 
treatise, Humanae Generis Unitas (On 
the Unity of the Human Race), and it 
was subsequently deep-sixed by the 
Jesuit general and the new pope, Pius 
XII. Although Pius XII personally op- 
posed anti-Semitism — he ordered re- 
ligious institutions and monasteries in 
Italy to hide Jews from the Germans — 
he felt the timing for the encyclical 
wasn't right. His primary responsibil- 
ity, he felt, was to the institutional 
Church. Essentially, his view was that 
the Catholic Church had existed for 
nearly 2,000 years, while Hitler had 
been chancellor for fewer than 1 0. Pius 
assumed that the Church would outlast 
Hitler and that postwar Germany would 
need a strong Catholic Church to pick 
up the pieces after Hitler's defeat. He 
reasoned that forcing German Catho- 
lics to choose between Church and 
country during wartime might lead 



them to choose country and so weaken 
the Church. 

It took Pope John XXIII and Vatican 
II to resolve the issue by speaking pow- 
erfully in terms of the dignity of every 
individual human being and by broadly 
opposing anything that was an affront 
to human dignity. That encouraged 
Catholic clergy as part of the institu- 
tion to speak out against all kinds of 
discrimination. 

In your book, you present four Jewish 
theologians wrestling with the mean- 
ing of the Holocaust within the context 
of Judaism. In his early writings, Rich- 
ard Rubenstein says he could find no 
meaning except that God was dead 
and his covenant with the Jewish people 
was null and void. Others, such as Emil 
Fackenheim, find affirmation in the Ho- 
locaust. How about you? Do you find 
meaning in the Holocaust? 

I find Fackenheim's ideas most useful 
because he talks in terms of co-creation, 
the notion that you can't depend on God 
to do it all. Humans have to assume 
responsibility for preserving themselves, 
for structuring their world and for main- 
taining their dignity in the most horrible 
of circumstances. It is not enough sim- 
ply to leave that responsibility to God. 
Fackenheim's notion fits nicely with the 
Christian belief in the incarnation — that 
is, the idea that God has entered human 
history to help us do His work. Fac- 
kenheim saw humans doing God's work 
even in Auschwitz: people giving the 
sick food and risking their lives to help in 
small ways, like the man who sneaked in 
and out of Auschwitz two or three times 
just to get word to those outside about 
what was going on in the camp. That's 
phenomenal bravery. The Jews said 
their prayers, kept their holy days, taught 
their children. Faced with brutal totali- 
tarian rule, they maintained their com- 
munity and their faith. 

Have Catholic and Jewish theologians 
found any common ground in their 
treatment of the Holocaust? 



Yes, and the key I think lies in this 
notion of co-creation. It's a way for 
Christians to get into a discussion with 
Jewish colleagues and still maintain 
one of the fundamental events of our 
tradition. The incarnation — God be- 
coming human — is something we're 
all comfortable with because it puts us 
on an equal footing with God in terms 
of having responsibility for creating 
the world. The idea that we share re- 
sponsibility for the world can be found 
in the Jews' Exodus and Sinai experi- 
ences, and it was reinforced by the 
Holocaust. 

Another point that's come out of 
Auschwitz is especially important for 
Catholic theologians to remember: you 
have to live the theology of the Catho- 
lic Church in light of events. As the 
Catholic theologian Johannes Metz 
said, you have to do theology in the 
presence of Auschwitz. For instance, 
the Catholic Church has been ob- 
sessed with individual sin. Increas- 
ingly, in light of the Holocaust and 
more recent world events, Catholic 
theologians have begun to talk about 
sin as something that is built into a 
system of thought or belief, such as 
anti-Semitism or racism or sexism. 
Looked at in this light, sin is not just 
something to repent personally but 
something that can be attacked struc- 
turally through public and private ac- 
tion in politics, in the workplace and in 
the church, and it is something to be on 
guard against. 

David Tracy, a professor at the 
University of Chicago divinity school, 
warns us to be suspicious about our 
expression of theological doctrines be- 
cause it may lead to disasters down the 
line. In this case, the structural sin of 
anti-Semitism that was embedded in 
Christian doctrine prepared the ground 
for the Holocaust. This whole notion 
of structural or systemic sin has given 
Catholic thinkers a way to move the 
Church in directions that will prevent 
future holocausts. • 



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WORKS AND DAYS 



Perfect pitch 




'I can play anything I want," Richard Giglio deadpans, "except 'New York, New York 



FENWAY ORGANIST 
RICHARD GIGLIO '68 

It's the top of the seventh, with two 
outs, and Richard Giglio is ready. 
His long fingers are poised; his eyes are 
on the ball. As it floats effortlessly from 
Red Sox shortstopjohn Valentin's hand, 
nestling snugly into first baseman Mo 
Vaughn's glove, Giglio pauses a beat. 
Then he lets loose and the familiar 
calliope strains of "Take Me Out to the 
Ball Game" sail forth from his Yamaha 
electronic organ across Fenway Park. 
On cue, 23,000 fans rise as one in the 
ritual of the seventh-inning stretch. 
For Giglio '68, this is the best mo- 



ment of the game, and by season's end 
he will have enjoyed 72 such mo- 
ments — more if the Sox make the play- 
offs, a prospect that positively lights up 
his youthful countenance: "Wouldn't 
that be great}" he effuses. "And natu- 
rally, if they win the Series, it'll be 
because of the music." 

From his six-foot-square rooftop 
perch just a spit of chewing tobacco 
from the scruffy denizens of the press 
box, Giglio plays a repertoire that runs 
from "Tijuana Taxi" to "Love Boat," 
each tune accompanied by the appro- 
priately cheesy programmed beat. It's 
an odd job for a classically trained mu- 
sician who once served as pianist for a 
ballet company in Geneva, Switzer- 



land. But Giglio is 
not your average 
classical musician. 
For one thing, he's 
done this sort of gig 
before, playing organ for 
the San Diego Padres in 
1970 and 1971. ("They ac- 
tually wanted me to play 
the 'Mexican Hat Dance' 
during the seventh-inning 
stretch," he winces.) And 
Fenway is his second 
home; a native of Quincy, 
Massachusetts, Giglio 
grew up with the Green 
Monster and Pesky's Pole. 
His father, Kelly, has held 
season tickets since Ted 
Williams's rookie year as a 
professional, 1936, and 
threw out the first ball to 
open the 1985 season. 
Richard's mother, Dora, 
once confided to him that 
despite his attainments as a concert or- 
ganist, her dream was to hear him play 
Fenway Park. 

Dora Giglio got her wish on April 
26 — opening day in this strike-delayed 
season. By day a consultant to non- 
profit organizations on fund-raising and 
promotions, Richard hadn't played a 
note professionally since 1987, but an 
organ dealer friend recommended him 
for the Red Sox job. After two auditions 
in March, Giglio was hired — without 
knowing when or even if there would be 
a baseball season. Opening day, he says, 
"I was so terrified I wouldn't let my 
parents come up to the booth until after 
the game. My hands were shaking." 

John Ombelets 




Take Pride 



Boston College was there for you. 

Be there for Boston College. 

Support the BC Fund. We can't do it without you. 



BACK TO THE FUTURE 

This is as close as seniors Tom Godino, Jr., Amy Rolfe 
and Bridget Rooney will get to the new student center 
as undergraduates, but they helped make it happen. 
For their senior-class gift, members of the Class of 
1 995 raised more than $3 1 ,000 for the project, shown 
above in an artist's view from the corner of Beacon 
Street and College Road. 

Private gifts to the University, your gifts, help Boston 
College produce alumni who understand their 
responsibility to the future.