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True confession

Given the evidence of television, America may be the most
profusely confessional nation since the Spanish Inquisition
put aside its rack and auto-da-fe.

Center stage one recent morning, a man — urged on by a
pleasant master of ceremonies — confesses that he betrayed
his wife with her younger sister. Stage left, the sister crosses
her legs in a mini-skirt and confesses that she had always re-
sented her older sibling. Stage right, the wife weeps, confess-
ing that she had not paid sufficient attention to her husband.

A little farther along the electronic midway, an array of
sinners beckons: a former sitcom actress who has just pub-
lished the story of her decline and fall by drugs and bulim-
ia; an admitted murderer who has found God but is still
seeking commutation of his death sentence; a woman who
left her infant behind a police station; an athlete who is not
going to snort coke ever again; a genial mob hitman (subject
of a made-for-TV movie) on a velvet sofa in a ranch house
somewhere in the Southwest; an insurance appraiser who
duped car accident victims for 20 years and who says, from
behind the dark circle that chases his face like a tadpole
scurrying for the safety of shade, that he wasn't the only
guilty party, only the one they caught.

"We cannot well do without our sins. They are the high-
way of our virtue," Thoreau mused in his journal. Henry
David could be a wise-guy, and it isn't always safe to assume
his meanings. But I take his metaphors here for granted. Sin
is a road. It stretches to the horizon and never gets any
wider, deeper, or more interesting than it already was.
Brother kills brother. Lover betrays lover. President is un-
faithful to wife in Oval Office while at the same time talking
on the phone with a lobbyist from the sugar industry. It's a
repeated dim figure, dull and dulling as the TV shows that
profit by amplifying its banal strain.

I was reminded of this when I visited a courthouse a few
months ago to sue a guy who'd resurfaced a bathtub for me.
I was prepared with speech and photographs, but winning
the case took 15 seconds — the length of time it took for the
judge to determine that Alex B. hadn't showed up to contest
my claim that he'd made my bathtub look like a guano-cov-
ered atoll. Time suddenly bestowed on me, I went upstairs
to catch an hour of criminal court.

I happened to walk in on arraignment hearings and so
was tn at i to a swift parade of 10 or so sinners, including a
man wh< .;lked naked down a city street on a Saturday

afternoon with no expectation of being arrested. I seem to
recall that all the accused were men of about 30, many had
moustaches, all of them mumbled when addressing the
court, and all said "sir" as frequently as they could.

And then a door opened to admit a court officer leading
four young men who were manacled at arm and ankle and
shackled to each other with chain. Two of these sad figures,
it developed, had been arrested for assault, and a third for
car theft. Sitting side-by-side on a wooden pew, they be-
haved like fools. One admitted to a second crime while
being arraigned for the first and had to be told by the judge
to shut up. A second would not take his lawyer's advice re-
garding a plea bargain. A third ogled the young female dis-
trict attorneys and at several points urged his fellows to do
the same.

The fourth was a short, muscular young man who might
have stepped from a mural in an Aztec ruin. It developed
that he had beaten his roommate with a claw hammer and
was being charged with attempted murder. He stood at at-
tention and gazed at a place high on the courtroom wall
while his story emerged from a dialectic between DA and
lawyer: argument, struggle over hammer, 911 call, bloody
scene, quiet surrender to police, no previous criminal
record, references from an employer who wanted him back
at work, a plea for bail. Occasionally, the young man's chest
swelled suddenly, like the bosom of a child trying to catch
his breath after a crying jag.

Ultimately the man was refused bail. As he was being led
away, he turned to face the congregation of defendants,
lawyers, town counsels, nervous sweethearts, police wit-
nesses, and me. Red-eyed with exhaustion, he threw us a
look of anguish, remorse, terror, and appeal that landed like
a rock thrown through a window. "Salve ?ne," the note
would have read.

I have not heard from Alex B. since the court declared him
to be in my debt; nor do I expect to hear from him until the
contempt-of-court fines start to pile up. But if I should ever
see him again, I would not know him, despite the fact that he
once spent several hours in my company in my house.
His face is gone. The face of the sorrowful prisoner in the
Quincy District Court I believe I will always remember.

Our story on confession begins on page 24.

Ben Birnbaum

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VOL. 60 NO. 4







24 Hear no evil

By James M. O'Toole

Perhaps the most striking development in the practice of
confession in the U.S. has been its disappearance.

35 Beantown

By Thomas H. 'Connor
One man's tour of the details.

42 The hipster of Joy Street

By Pamela Petro

John Wieners left BC to live a Baudelairean life

of poetry. Amazingly, he survived. So have his poems.

52 The voyage of the Monte Carlo

By Charlotte Bruce Harvey

Daniel Linehan, SJ, '27 knew better than to sail into

the Arctic in a wooden boat, but did it anyway. The record

of his journey — photos and diaries — is in BC's archives.



Now arriving. Rankings filed.
Tea for 75,000. Out of Nigeria.
A Superior mystery. That certain
je ne sais quoi. Good chemistry.
The defendant. Flights of fancy.
Red all over.


62 Q&A

Political scientist Alan Wolfe
on intellectual ambitions at
evangelical colleges.


Painter Doug Safranek '78.


Follows page 32.


Photograph by Lee Pellegrini.




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Ben Birnbaum


Anna Marie Murphv


Susan Calla^han


Gary W. Gilbert


Lee Pellegrini


Annette Trivette


Elizabeth Gehrman


John Ombelets

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I disagree entirely with Profes-
sor Marc Landy's contention
that there have been no great
presidents since FDR ["Monu-
mental achievements," Sum-
mer 2000]. Whatever blem-
ishes the Watergate scandal
has left, the fact remains,
as President Clinton said in his
eulogy, that "the time for
judging Richard Nixon on the
basis of one aspect of his life
is long over."

Nixon is still the man who
ended the Vietnam War and
brought home the American
POWs, strengthened the
American military when it had
grown dangerously weak, initi-
ated the first meaningful
arms-limitation talks, opened
up China to Western diploma-
cy and business, improved
our relations with the Soviet
Union, launched one of the
most effective crackdowns
on organized crime in our
nations history, integrated the
vast majority of the American
Souths schools in a constitu-
tional manner, made giant
strides toward peace in the
Middle East, turned around
the American economy after a
long slump, restored law and
order to American campuses,
to some degree successfully
defended American business
against unconstitutional social-
istic legislation, and gave
18-year-olds the right to vote.

Waterbury, Connecticut

I find it incredible, though not
surprising given the ideological
bent of BC's faculty, that Marc
Landy chose to exclude Ronald
Reagan from his list of presi-
dential greats because the
Republicans did not gain in

Congress during Reagan's term.

Lest we forget, in 1980
there were many who openly
declared that the Cold War
was a lost cause. Reagan
proved them wrong. The suc-
cess of Reagan's fiscal policy
laid the groundwork for the
economic expansion we enjoy
today. The ultimate victory of
Reagan's ideas can be gauged
by the fact that the Democrats
have since appropriated his
positions on issues such as
reforming welfare, balancing
the budget, and strengthening
law enforcement. In my opin-
ion, that Reagan was able
to accomplish so much while
faced with a Democratic
majority in Congress only en-
hances his claim to greatness.

Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

Harry Truman did not need
Roosevelt's shroud to be elect-
ed in 1948. He made the
tough A-bomb decisions and
had served almost all of FDR's
final term. A recent C-SPAN
survey puts him at number
five — ahead of Thomas Jeffer-
son, which makes Harry great
in my mind. In June 1948,
Truman made the decision to
immediately recognize Israel,
an FDR-type move.

Re FDR: Of course his
pluses far outweigh his minus-
es. If he had followed George
Washington's two-term limit
— most of Roosevelt's faux pas
were in his third and fourth
terms — he could have been
called the greatest.


Framingbam, Massachusetts

FDR was a leftist liberal and
an ambitious, unscrupulous
egoist who would have stayed

on as president for 50 more
years, had he lived that long.
As for his initiating the path
toward a totally nonpartisan
government — isn't a nonparti-
san government what China
and Cuba have now and what
the Soviet Union had until re-
cently? Party politics, as frayed
as it is, is still a guarantee of
some form of liberty. Landy's
article smacked of revisionism.

Go/eta, California

Marc Landy replies: I very much
appreciate and empathize with
the ringing endorsements of
Truman, Nixon, and Reagan,
but I ask the letter writers
to remember my definition of
greatness. It is not goodness.
I agree, on the whole, with the
lists of specific accomplish-
ments they compile. But in
none of these cases do the lists
add up to a "conservative revo-
lution" on a par with those led
by the five greats.

Nixon was not a strong
party leader; he had made a
shambles of the Republican
party even before his ignomin-
ious resignation (an event
that Mr. Zanett chooses to put
aside). No new regime was
ushered in as a result of his
tenure. Reagan's unwillingness
to even try to obtain a con-
gressional majority in 1986
speaks to the strange lack of
ambition that undermined his
"conservative revolution."
Truman is number five with
C-SPAN, but he is number
one with me, in terms of my
affections. But the profound
political transformation that
greatness implies can only be
secured through a re-election
campaign (Andrew Jackson
in 1832, FDR in 1936).

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Perhaps we should invent
a new categoiy for Truman
called best one-termer. As for
FDR, maybe the letter writer
is correct to say "he would
have stayed on for SO years."
If so I would probably still be
voting for him. Come to think
of it, I still am.

Thank you for the update on
My Mother's Fleabag ["Free
play," Summer 2000]. I had
the pleasure of being a writer
and cast member for the very
first show in 1980.

I thought you might be
interested to learn the career
paths of members of die first
My Mother's Fleabag: Jim Pitt
'81 is a producer with the
Conan O'Brien Show and exec-
utive producer of Hard Rock
Live after a long tenure as a
producer at Saturday Night
Live; Anne Garefino '81 is ex-
ecutive producer of Comedy
Central's South Park; Cindy
Malo '81 is editor of the HBO
series Oz.

As for me, I turned into an
actor of sorts. I am a trial
lawyer in Chicago. Part of my
practice is devoted to enter-
tainment law.

Clarendon Hills, Illinois

When I first looked at the CT
scan frame on the table-of-
contents page of your Spring
2000 issue, I selfishly thought
for a few seconds that BC had
somehow gotten hold of my
CT scan. What a shock to see
"it" again.

I was moved by "Hello my
friends: The medical bulletins
of Jojo David" because
I have been down a similar

path. During the spring and
summer of 1999 I was treated
with chemotherapy and radia-
tion for early-stage non-
Hodgkin's lymphoma, the
same type Jojo had. Since De-
cember, I have been officially
in complete remission.

My attitude during much
of the ordeal was not nearly as
optimistic and spiritual as
that of Jojo and his wife. I was
angry and frightened, with
periodic states of optimism.
Despite myself, I knew —
maybe in my soul? — that I
would be fine.

I admit it's a bit miraculous
that what happened to me and
Jojo (and many others) can
be medically fixed; it takes
longer to fix the head, though.
Jojo's state of mind during
his extensive treatment is in-
spiring to me.

Palmetto, Florida

Congratulations on publishing
Ron Hansen's article, "Com-
munion" [Summer 2000]. So-
cial scientists well know that
religion and eating are two of
the most communal activities
in human society.

Associate Professor of Sociology

dalsimer's effect

I read with great sadness that
my former teacher Adele Dal-
simer died this past winter
["Italics," Linden Lane, Spring
2000]. I remember her vividly
in our Gasson Hall classroom,
engaging her colleague Kevin
O'Neill in vigorous debate.
But there is one scene that I
like to remember best.

In the summer of 1996, 1
was studying with Philip

O'Leary at the Abbey Theatre
Program in Dublin. We were
invited to attend the opening
evening of BC's Brian P. Burns
paintings at the Hugh Lane
Gallery in Dublin. Amid a
notable crowd of academics
and dignitaries, including the
then-president of Ireland
Maty Robinson, Adele min-
gled diroughout the room,
meeting and greeting every-
one. Then, among all these
luminaries, she recognized me
through the crowd and gave
me a wink. That was Adele
Dalsimer — a leader in her field
who never forgot her students.

Ansonia, Connecticut

In 1972, I had the great for-
tune to have Adele Dalsimer
as my freshman English
teacher. In May, when she
asked my plans and I told her
I wanted to major in econom-
ics, she did not simply argue;
she told me I must major
in English, and she selected
the two courses I would take
in the fall. I changed my
major and never looked back,
taking every course of Adele's
that I could possibly fit into
my schedule. I had three male
friends in a class of hers my
last semester — of course, they
all had huge crushes on her.
We were in awe; she'd even
named her children in iambic

Los Angeles

I noticed the passing of Pro-
fessor Raymond Keyes of the
School of Management on
July IS.

It was the first semester of
my junior year when I met

Ray, and pretty late in my aca-
demic career at BC to be
thinking about a major. I had
already flirted with account-
ing, finance, and computer
science, and contemplated
transferring to A&S. Sitting in
my first Basic Marketing class,
I was wondering when acade-
mic flirtation would turn to
passion when suddenly Ray
Keyes entered the room with
his booming voice and bound-
less enthusiasm. Within half
an hour my passion for mar-
keting was kindled. Over my
last two years at BC, Ray
Keyes served as teacher, men-
tor, and friend. We never
trulv comprehend how our
actions positively influence
the lives of others. Keyes's
accomplishments transcended
the classroom. God be with
you, Ray Keyes.
joe cordo •-'>
Sudbury, Massachusetts

I want to thank BCM and Tim
Hawley for the excellent arti-
cle on the optical memory re-
search going on in my
laboratory ["Under glass,"
Linden Lane, Spring 2000].
I would also like to point out
one very important aspect of
this research that was not
covered; namely, that it is
being carried out by two of
my talented graduate-student
colleagues, Michael Previte
and Chris Olson, who deserve
equal credit for even-thing
that has been accomplished.


Associate Professor of Chemistry

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



welcome chance — Long the homely stepsister of Boston College entryways, the Lower Campus Road has recently
been improved with trees, a plaza, cafe tables, and a food kiosk. Above, the view from Vanderslice Hall, looking west
toward the Middle Campus.



The leadership of the University
continues to evolve under President
William P. Leahy, SJ, as a new vice
president and dean were introduced
this fall. And with the announcement
of their appointments came news that
a senior administrator who played a
critical role in reviving Boston Col-
lege in the 1970s will he stepping
down after this academic year.

In October, Cheiyl Presley joined
the University as vice president for
student affairs, responsible for vir-
tually all aspects of BC students'
environment outside the classroom.
Presley was recently associate vice
president for student affairs and
associate professor in the education
department at Colorado State Uni-
versity. A Colorado native, she holds

4 FALL 2000

a Ph.D. in higher education
administration from the Uni-
versity of Michigan.

As an administrator at
CSU, Presley led the drive to
resuscitate the school's flag-
ging career center, which had
suffered during a state bud-
getary cutback in die late
1980s. She also focused on
raising undergraduate reten-
tion rates. The result was
the coordination of services
ranging from academic coun-
seling to financial aid, and
a program of clustered courses
for freshmen aimed at foster-
ing academic community. She
received Colorado State's
Distinguished Faculty/Staff
Award in both 1997 and 1998.

At BC, Presley inherits a
staff of some 200 full- and
part-time employees (and 300
student workers) involved in
services that include housing,
student development, AHANA
student programs, health and
medical services, counseling,
Learning Resources for
Student Athletes, the Career
Center, First- Year Experience,
Learning to Learn, and the
Robsham Theater Arts Center.
She succeeds Kevin P. Duffy,
who retired after 24 years.

Presley has been struck
by what she describes as BC
undergraduates' "pride in the
full experience here — what
they've learned, what they've
participated in, the University's
focus on service, the study-
abroad programs, athletics."
She would like to see that kind
of attachment grow among
graduate students as well. "It's
an issue at all universities," she
says, "not just BC. Graduate
students often get lost in stu-
dent affairs because they're not
a captive audience." After her
years at a public university,

Presley: A Colorado transplant
focuses on "the full experience"

Presley also looks forward to
opportunities for incorporat-
ing spirituality and religion
into campus life. "I understand
and respect the barriers that
exist at public institutions,"
she says, "but retention rates
are higher when we attend to
the full needs of students."

When she was 1 3 years old,
Helen Frame Peters, the new
dean of the Carroll School
of Management, spent a week
living in a 9-by-12-foot fall-
out shelter with her parents
and two sisters. Part of an
experiment conducted by the
National Civil Defense, the
experience, Peters jokes, may
account for her professional
interest in "risk management."
It may also explain her willing-
ness, over a 2 5 -year career,
to inhabit a variety of business
and academic environments.
Peters comes to BC from
a career that has taken her
from the Federal Reserve
Bank of Philadelphia (where,
as an economist finishing up
her dissertation, she rose to
become operating manager of
the research department) to,
most recently, the position
of director and chief invest-
ment officer of Scudder
Kemper Investment's Global

Bond Group, where she over-
saw the management of $150
billion worth of bonds and
money-market instruments.

Peters left the Federal Re-
serve in 1980, and went on to
manage Merrill Lynch 's debt
strategy group. At the time,
she says, "It was very unique
to see a Ph.D. on Wall Street.
Then the industry changed."
In 1984, she launched Security
Pacific Strategies, a research
arm of Security Pacific Na-
tional Bank created to bring
the commercial institution
into the investment field.
Dubbed a think tank by the
business press, SPS offered
high-tech financial analysis
and new financial products.
Peters eventually moved "from
the sell side to the buy side,"
as she puts it, spending seven
years at Colonial Management
Associates in Boston, where
she was named chief invest-
ment officer.

At a time when business
schools are debating the merits
of choosing their leaders from
academe versus the business
world, Peters emerges as a
hybrid. A graduate of the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania's arts
and sciences program (she
majored in economics), Peters
received a master's in statistics

Peters: A background in business
and academic experience

Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair


The husband-and-wife team of
Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
will share BC's new Norma Jean
Calderwood University Professor-
ship in Islamic and Asian Art. Both
scholars hold Ph.D.s from Harvard
University, he in fine arts and she in
fine arts and Middle Eastern stud-
ies. Both have been visiting profes-
sors at Harvard, Dartmouth, and
MIT. They are co-authors of three
books, including Islam: A Thousand
Years of Power and Faith (TV Books,
2000), and are the parents of two
young children. Bloom and Blair will
alternate teaching and child-care
duties on a semester rotation.


The first endowed professorship in
the School of Nursing, the Lelia
Holden Carroll Professorship, has
been awarded to Judith Vessey, a
professor at the Johns Hopkins Uni-
versity School of Nursing. Vessey is
a certified pediatric nurse practition-
er whose research is in developmen-
tal pediatrics and childhood pain.
She holds an MA and a Ph.D. in
nursing from the University of Penn-
sylvania and is the author of Primary
Care of the Child with a Chronic Con-
dition (Mosby, 1996).


The Interlibrary Loan Department
at Boston College has been named
Interlibrary Loan Department of the
Year by New England's 500-member
library cooperative, NELINET


Although BC accepted only 32 per-
cent of applicants for the class
of 2004, and sent out 400 fewer
acceptance letters than last year, it
wound up with a 1 percent gain in
yield (now 34 percent). The result
is a freshman class whose com-
bined middle 50 percent range of
SAT scores is 1230-1370, compared
with 1200-1340 for the Class of
2000. AHANA students make up
21 percent of the entering class.


Tax and fiscal specialists from
around the world attended
the symposium "Globalization
and the Taxation of Foreign Invest-
ment" in Munich last September,
held in honor of Law Professor
Hugh Ault. A special adviser to
the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development,
Ault has served as advisor to the
finance ministries of Sweden,
Albania, China, and Japan.


The Board of Trustees welcomes
three new members: Peter W.
Bell '86, president and CEO of
StorageNetworks, Inc.; Kathleen
A. Corbet '82, chief investment/
operations officer of Alliance
Capital Management Company;
and Robert F. Cotter '73, president
and chief operating officer of
Starwood Hotels & Resorts,
Worldwide, Inc.


The BC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
has recognized Associate Professor
of Communication Dale Herbeck
for excellence in teaching and
advising by bestowing on him its
2000 Teaching Award. Herbeck
teaches courses on the First
Amendment and communications
law, including a popular offering
on cyberlaw.

from the Wharton School of
Management. In 1979, she
also became the first woman
at Wharton to earn a Ph.D. in
finance. She serves on the
graduate board of overseers at
Wharton and on the Trustees'
Council of Penn Women.
At BC she succeeds John J.
Neuhauser, who has become
academic vice president.

Peters is only the third
woman to head a top- 50
business school (the others are
Carolyn Woo at the University
of Notre Dame and Laura
D'Andrea Tyson at the Univer-
sity of California at Berkeley).
Her biggest challenge, coming
from business, Peter says,
will be to maintain connections
to a more varied community
of stakeholders — faculty,
administration, trustees,
students. But, she says, "I've
always enjoyed working
the links. More than being a
specialist, I like to make an
environment for specialists."

There are many in the
University's administration,
faculty, and staff, as well as in
the local media, who say there
would be no Boston College
today were it not for the labors
of Frank B. Campanella, exec-
utive vice president for 24 of
the past 27 years. At the annu-
al Convocation in September,
President William P. Leahy,
SJ, surprised faculty and staff
with the announcement that
Campanella will leave his post
this spring and, following a
year's sabbatical, return to the
Carroll School of Manage-
ment to teach.

Campanella came to
Boston College as a member
of the faculty in 1970. An
ex-marine with a background

in the construction business
and a doctorate from Harvard
University, he was in his
third year of teaching in BC's
School of Business Adminis-
tration, "very happily," he says,
when then-President J. Don-
ald Monan, SJ, asked him to
take on the job of managing
the University's operating and
financial affairs.

The institution's condition
at that time was so endangered
that the Lmiversity of Massa-
chusetts was said to be eyeing
the Chestnut Hill campus

24-year man Campanella: No
eurekas, but constant progress

for its own expansion. BC
had been operating with what
Campanella calls "major"
deficits for five years, and its
liabilities exceeded its assets.
The University's endowment
was an insignificant $5 million,
and faculty salaries were
frozen at a level that took BC
out of competition for excel-
lent teachers. To make matters
worse, research showed that
the University's traditional
regional pool of applicants
was shrinking at a higher rate
than the pool of college appli-
cants nationwide.

The course Campanella
charted to revive BC has
become a model for other uni-

versities. First, he created op-
erating surpluses by raising
both the enrollment and
the tuition rate, all the while
controlling costs. He chan-
neled these surpluses into the
endowment, augmented
by gifts, which he protected
rather than spent. With BC's
debt capacity thus enlarged,
Campanella began borrowing
to build dormitories and ex-
pand academic facilities, with
additions such as the O'Neill
and Law School libraries,
and the Merkert and Higgins
science centers, to attract stu-
dents from across the country
and abroad.

As a result of Campanula's
financial strategy, the Univer-
sity has reported an operating
surplus every year since 1973.
Its net asset value is now $1 .34
billion, and its endowment has
grown to $1.1 billion. Faculty
salaries hover at about the
90th percentile among compa-
rable universities, while under-
graduate applications have
more than doubled, making
Boston College one of the top
five universities nationwide
in total applications. There
was no "eureka kind of experi-
ence," says Campanella, but
"a constant, steady, and persis-
tent movement forward."

When Campanula's
decision to step down was
announced at Convocation,
the full assembly of faculty
and staff rose and saluted him
with a standing ovation that
went on for several minutes.
Above the din, a faculty
member was heard to explain
to a neighbor, "When I first
came here in the '70s, people
would point him out to me.
They'd say, 'he saved us.'"

Anna Marie Murphy

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Undergrad admission and alumni gifts drive a critical ranking

The annual 17.5. News & World
Report survey of American
colleges and universities has
ranked Boston College 38th
among the country's 228
national universities in its
September 5 issue.

The rankings saw Prince-
ton University move into the
number-one position, replacing
the California Institute of
Technology. Harvard and Yale
universities tied for second,
with Cal Tech (4th) and MIT
(5th) completing the top five.

Boston College, which
moved up one place in the
overall rankings to 38th (a
position it shares with Case
Western Reserve and Lehigh
universities), was aided in
its advance by improvement
in admissions selectivity, from
36th place last year to 33 rd.
The percentage of alumni who
made a gift to the school —

one voice — Coretta Scott
King (center) linked arms
with BC's Voices of Imani,
joining in a rendition of
"We Shall Overcome" be-
fore addressing a packed
Robsham Theater audience
on October 16. King met
privately earlier in the day
with President William P.
Leahy, SJ, and with leaders
of Undergraduate Govern-
ment, which sponsored her
visit. She also presented
this year's Martin Luther
King, Jr., Community Ser-
vice Award.

averaged over two years — also
improved, from 47th to 32nd,
with BC enjoying an average
of 28 percent. Though the
University did move from
108th to 99th in the category
of financial resources — which
measures investment in
research and academics — BC
remains weak in this area in
comparison with other highly
ranked institutions.

Just one point separated
BC from sharing a 35th-place
ranking with Georgia Tech,
the University of Southern
California, and the University
of Wisconsin.

According to Dean of En-
rollment Management Robert
Lay, Boston College "contin-
ues to be ranked in the top 25
for two of the key criteria
that U.S. News recommends
for students and their parents
choosing colleges" — that is,

graduation rate (19th) and
acceptance rate (23 rd). In
fact, notes Lay, BC ranked
5th this year among national
private universities in fresh-
man applications, just behind
Cornell University and USC,
and ahead of Harvard and
Stanford University.

Boston College, the Uni-
versity of Notre Dame (19th),
and Georgetown University
(23 rd) were the only Catholic
universities in the top 40,
and BC was the only one of
the three to advance in the
rankings. California boasted
the most schools in the top 40
with six, followed by Massa-
chusetts with five — Harvard,
MIT, Tufts University,
Brandeis University, and BC.
Jack Dunn

Jack Dunn is director of public
affairs at Boston College.

Michael J. Buckley, SJ


The Catholic Theological Society of
America has bestowed its highest
award for excellence in theology,
the John Courtney Murray Award,
on Canisius Professor of Theology
Michael J. Buckley, SJ. Since 1992,
Buckley has been director of the
Jesuit Institute at Boston College.


Eighty-eight players competed in
the first annual "Sonny" Nictakis
Memorial Golf Tournament
October 8 at the Bay Pointe Coun-
try Club in Bourne, Massachusetts.
The tournament raised close to
$3,000 for the Peter "Sonny"
Nictakis Baseball Scholarship
Fund, established this year in
memory of Nictakis '99, who died
of Hodgkin's disease in August.
Nictakis was catcher for the
Boston College baseball team, and
1998-99 team captain.


"The Art of the Book," an exhibit
of early printed books and illumi-
nated manuscripts, miniatures,
and single leaves from the fifth to
the 16th centuries, ran October 12
to November 19 at the Burns
Library. Included in the 100 exhibit
items were narrow strips from
a mid-fifth-century rendering of St.
Hilary's treatise on the Trinity —
plundered centuries ago to make
repairs to another manuscript —
and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible,
circa 1455.


The making of JFK


On November 4, 1952, John F. Kennedy, a
three-term congressman, defeated incum-
bent Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., to become
only the third Democrat in history elected
to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. It
was a decisive moment. Had Kennedy lost,
it is likely that his political career would
have ended right there. Lodge, in all likeli-
hood, would have emerged as one of the
most powerful political figures in the coun-
try, with a good chance of succeeding Ohio's
Robert A. Taft as Senate Majority Leader.

But Lodge didn't win in 1952. In fact, he
never held elective office again. Instead, he
served the remainder of his years in public
life in a series of appointive offices, starting
with his posting as the U.S. representative
to the United Nations in 1953. Although
many factors contributed to the Democrat-
ic victory, it was Kennedy's blunt, inspired
courtship of the relatively new and unchart-
ed women's vote, introduced in 1920, that
gained him a Senate seat.

"These tea parties that Kennedy is hold-
ing the length and breadth of the state ap-
pear to have many women, of all ages, quite
excited about the young candidate," reported the Haverhill
Gazette, a conservative daily published 30 miles north of
Boston, on October 7, 1952. "They ooh and they aah when
you mention him, they tell you they think he is wonderful,
they give every indication of yearning to run their fingers
through his tousled hair. They never mention any qualifica-
tions that he may have or may lack for service in the Senate,
but this would be too much to expect."

Carefully planned by Pauline "Polly" Fitzgerald, a first
cousin of Rose Kennedy, and Helen Keyes, a popular gym
teacher from Dorchester, the Kennedy teas were a frank
play for the women's vote, which one publication at the time
put at more than 52 percent of the electorate in Massachu-
setts. An estimated 75,000 women from diverse socio-
economic and cultural backgrounds went to these affairs.
Though most of the teas were concentrated in the Boston
metropolitan area — not surprising given the traditionally

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Women turned out
U.S. Senate. Above,

by the thousands to greet the handsome young (and single) candidate for
Kennedy is joined by his mother, Rose, on the receiving line.

strong Democratic Party base there — a significant number
were staged in populous outlying communities like Lowell,
New Bedford, Worcester, and Springfield. Always, their pri-
mary function was to attract as many potential female voters
as possible.

The procedure used for setting up the tea parties was
straightforward: In every city or town where a reception was
scheduled, Fitzgerald and Keyes would recruit a locally pop-
ular Kennedy supporter, usually a male professional, to help
organize the event. "It was very unusual for women to par-
ticipate in politics at that time," says Fitzgerald. "The man
we'd get from each community would form a committee of
50 women who were prominent for one reason or another,
and we'd ask each of the 50 women to get in touch with 10
people to see if they would come to the tea and then ask
each of those 10 people if they could think of 10 more; in
the end, you'd have 5,000 people."

Engraved invitations were mailed. For some recipients,
explained Kennedy aide Dave Powers, "the only thing they
ever find in the mailbox is a bill, and they find this invitation
to go to a reception at a hotel and meet Rose Kennedy and
the rest of them — they'd put on their best hat and coat and
be there."

Of a reception in Lenox attended by more than 2,000
women, the local Berkshire Eagle noted on September 8, 1952,
that, in terms of sheer numbers, the event "was the greatest
women's political rally ever staged in the area since women
were given the voting franchise more than 30 years ago." In
every sense, the paper concluded, the tea party was a success.
"The Kennedys, who footed the bill, were satisfied; the
women, most of whom were bedecked in Sunday's finest, en-
joyed themselves; and several milliners and dress shop opera-
tors of the county, who were in attendance, were more than
satisfied because [the tea] was responsible for an unusual end-
of-the-summer run on hats, frocks, and shoes." In Swamp-
scott, later that month, more than 6,000 women turned out to
meet the candidate at a tea in the New Ocean House, a hotel
along the rocky coasdine of Boston's North Shore.

Most of the teas were held in large rented halls or elegant
hotel ballrooms such as the Hotel Sheraton in Worcester
and the Hotel Kimball in Springfield. With his charismatic
mother and sisters at his side, Kennedy usually began the af-
fairs by thanking everyone in the room for coming, while
expressing the hope that they would support his candidacy
in November. Following these remarks, the young Democ-
rat and his family would form a reception line and greet
every person in attendance. "A few women," a veteran jour-
nalist later wrote, "got so carried away with the graciousness
of the Kennedy receiving line that they concluded it by
bussing the candidate on the cheek."

Afterward, guests would receive in the mail a note from
John Kennedy thanking them for their support, along with
a reminder that they could render even greater service to
the campaign by helping out on a local Kennedy-for-Sena-
tor committee.

Though issues such as domestic Communist subversion,
Soviet expansionism, and the high cost of living were
touched upon, the primary focus of the teas was the candi-
date himself. As Cabell Phillips of the New York Times ob-
served: "Unmarried, wealthy, Harvardishly casual in his
dress, and with a distinguished war record in addition to his
other attainments, he just about bracketed the full range of
emotional interests of such an all-feminine group — mater-
nal at one end and romantic at the other."

Publicly, Lodge ridiculed the Kennedy teas. "I am told
they are quite pleasant little affairs," he informed one audi-
ence, "and I'm sure they are nonfattening." Privately, he was
less flippant. Fearing the women's vote was slipping away
from him, the Republican lawmaker agreed late in the cam-
paign to accompany his publicity-shy wife, Emily Sears, to a

series of house parties organized by his supporters across
the state.

The Times's Cabell Phillips wrote, "At one I went to the
introductions were a trifle stiff. There seemed to be some
awe both of the Lodge name and the presence of a United
States Senator. But the Senator wandered informally into
the kitchen for a brief chat with the husbands gathered
around the ice bucket, and then into the living room to meet
their wives. In a few minutes, he was seated comfortably on
the arm of a chair and talking casually about Korea, the
Taft-Hartley Act and the prospect of developing New Eng-
land water resources." In a further attempt to attract female
voters, Lodge prevailed upon his sister-in-law, the glam-
orous Francesca Braggiotti, to come to Massachusetts to
campaign on his behalf. The wife of Connecticut Governor
John Davis Lodge, the senator's younger brother, Braggiotti
had been born and raised in Italy, where she had achieved a
small measure of fame as a dancer and movie actress.

On November 3, 1952, a record 2,422,548 persons went to
the Massachusetts polls. Early returns suggested that a Re-
publican sweep was in the making. But at dawn, results broke
in the Kennedy camp's favor. The final tally read Kennedy
1,211,984 (51.5 percent), Lodge 1,141,247 (48.5 percent).

Lodge initially blamed his defeat on "those damned tea
parties." He may have been on to something. Though offi-
cial election statistics from 1952 are frustratingly silent on
the gender breakdown of voters due to the poor reporting
methods of the times, some extrapolations can nevertheless
be made.

To begin with, Kennedy's final victory margin of some
70,000 votes closely matched the number of guests, mostly
women, who attended his tea receptions statewide during
the campaign. Indeed, communities participating in large
tea receptions recorded extraordinary increases in the num-
ber of voters who went to the polls in comparison to 1946,
strongly suggesting that women might have picked up the
electoral slack in 1952. "Everywhere," the Boston American
reported on election day, "there was evidence that women
for the first time were taking complete advantage of their
political emancipation. . . . They were turning out en masse,
with babes in arms, in many cases."

A record 90.94 percent of all eligible voters cast ballots
statewide in 1952, an increase of more than 17 percent over
1946. "[Kennedy's] theme was to hit on the women's vote,"
remembered Kennedy campaign volunteer Edward C.
Berube. "He indicated this to me when I met him. . . that he
figured the woman was the one that was going to put him in."

Thomas J. Whalen

Thomas J. Whalen, AL4 '91, Ph.D. '98, is an assistant professor
of social sciences at Boston University. This article is excerpted
from his Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Alassachusetts
Senate Race (Northeastern University Press, 2000).



First place in the health sciences
category of the Alpha Sigma Nu
Book Awards has gone to a 1999
publication by Nursing Professor
Calista Roy, CSJ. The honor society
of the Association of Jesuit Col-
leges and Universities recognized
The Roy Adaptation Model-Based
Research: 25 Years of Contributions
to Nursing Science with its first
award in the new category. Roy has
developed a holistic approach
to nursing that considers clients
(whether individuals or whole
communities) as adaptive bio-
psycho-social beings.


Formal dedication of the Carolyn
A. and Peter S. Lynch School
of Education took place on
November 2, with the symposium
"Educational Excellence and Equity
through Partnerships." Boston
Superintendent of Schools
Thomas Payzant served as moder-
ator, and U.S. Senator Edward M.
Kennedy (D-Mass.) delivered
the keynote address. Last year,
the Lynches donated more than
$10 million to the University. Peter
Lynch '65 is a BC trustee and
vice chairman of Fidelity Manage-
ment and Research Company.
Carolyn Lynch is a graduate and
trustee of the University of Penn-
sylvania and president of the Lynch


The Lynch School of Education
has entered into a partnership with
Facing History and Ourselves, a
Massachusetts organization that
trains teachers and develops
curricula examining racism, anti-
Semitism, and prejudice. Eighteen
BC undergraduates will take
part in Facing History seminars,
design curriculum units, and train
in secondary-school classrooms
alongside mentors.


Rhoda Nafziger 'on got Nigerian students talking

"In every school I went to, when I asked for 10 volunteers, I got 40," says Nafziger, second from left with students at
a Nigerian secondary school. The youngsters were initially surprised by Nafziger's interest in their views on AIDS.

In May, Rhoda Nafziger, a BC
senior majoring in sociology,
boarded a plane for home.
The month before, tJie U.S.
State Department had warned
against making the trip.

The government's warning
had been addressed to all U.S.
citizens considering a visit to
Nigeria; reading like a rap
sheet, it ran down the dangers
of Africa's most populous (and
newly democratic) country:
"violent crime, committed by
ordinary criminals as well
as by persons in police and
military uniforms," "kidnap-
ping for ransom," and various
scams. A Consular Informa-
tion Sheet offered more de-

tails, citing unauthorized vehi-
cle checkpoints; the crossfire
of Christian-Muslim "distur-
bances"; and the penalties for
taking photographs of govern-
ment bridges, airports, or
"official-looking" buildings.

That is not the Nigeria that
Nafziger knows. "Nigeria is
just home," she says, sitting on
a shaded bench in front of
Bapst Library. Her home city
of Jos is a "very quiet," peace-
ful place high in the moun-
tains, blessed with temperate
weather. Nafziger, a soft-
spoken young woman, talks
about the beautiful market-
place, the vegetables and
vendors, and how there are

more tribes in Jos than she
can name: The town attracts
refugees from all over Nigeria.

And that travel warning?
It's the same one the U.S.
government has been issuing
for years, she says. How would
a travel advisory for New
York City read?

Nafziger's trip home to see
her mother, a businesswoman
in Jos, wasn't strictly for plea-
sure. As last year's recipient
of the Amanda V. Houston
fellowship, named for the first
director of BC's Black Studies
Program and awarded to a
student of African descent,
Nafziger elected to spend the
summer in Jos with the goal

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of establishing a grass-roots
program to combat AIDS.
The disease has interested
Nafziger since high school; it
has preoccupied Africa for
years. Nigeria's AIDS rate is
not at the epidemic level
found in other parts of Africa,
but at 5.4 percent of the adult
population, it is nearly nine
times the U.S. rate.

Once on the ground in
Nigeria, Nafziger says she
"went on a scavenger hunt,"
rooting out general attitudes
and perceptions about die
disease: "I talked to doctors,
teachers, taxi drivers . . . just
to find out what they knew
about AIDS." A general fear of
AIDS, reports Nafziger, was in
the air in Nigeria. But her orig-
inal goal of building a commu-
nity-based outreach program
lost some of its shine when she
found many people already
doing what she had hoped to
pioneer. Jos had a coordinator
in place tied to AIDS programs
statewide; nongovernmental
organizations were channeling
foreign grants into initiatives
such as counseling and educa-
tion; and the new civilian gov-
ernment in Nigeria was making
headway against the disease
where the previous military
regime had shown only indif-
ference. A government pro-
gram for secondary-school
teachers, for instance, called
"Faith-based AIDS Awareness,"
had begun providing training
in teaching sexual morality,
using separate Christian and
Muslim curricula.

This left Nafziger wanting
to apply herself where she
could be of the most use, and
the need she found she could
fill related directly to her
major. What Nafziger says has
been lacking in Nigeria is

detailed demographic studies
of the disease's carriers; break-
downs of how different seg-
ments of the population
acquire AIDS and pass it on;
and data on local attitudes,
perceptions, and awareness.

One fact about AIDS in
Nigeria that is widely acknowl-
edged is that the disease has hit
young people from ages 1 5 to
25 the hardest. Nafziger visited
eight local schools and con-
ducted surveys of secondary
students in focus groups of
eight to 10, boys separate from
girls. The response was enthu-
siastic. "In every school I went
to, when I asked for 10 volun-
teers," Nafziger recalls, "I
got 40." The students, says
Nafziger, were "pretty sur-
prised" that someone — espe-
cially one of their elders — was
bothering to ask them their
thoughts, questions, and fears
about AIDS, sex and sexuality.
Nigerian students assume that
elders do not speak about such
diings to young people, and
indeed would not bother to ask
a young person's opinion about

One of Nafziger 's most
salient findings was that young
people in Nigeria are not
unlike young people in the
United States when it comes
to the subject of sex and AIDS.
Among both groups there are
myths and misconceptions
about how AIDS is contracted;
there is fear about the disease
and curiosity about sex (Niger-
ian youth, discussing sex,
snicker and giggle just like
their U.S. counterparts); girls
are reluctant to insist that
their boyfriends wear con-
doms; boys are timid about
asking for condoms in the
local pharmacy. Nigerian cul-
ture, says Nafziger, casts every

elder in the role of protective
parent: If a young man tried to
buy condoms, it wouldn't be
uncommon or untoward for
the man or woman behind the
counter to retort, "What do
you think you're doing, having
sex at your age?"

"A lot of people don't use
condoms," Nafziger says,
"because they think they're
not going to work [anyway]."
Rumor has it that Nigerian-
made condoms are defective,
and young people believe (er-
roneously) that there are mi-
croscopic holes in all condoms
through which HIV can pass.
Nevertheless, Nafziger favors
a "condom-based" approach to
fighting AIDS in Nigeria over
a "religion-based" abstinence
message. Lower-class Nigeri-
ans, she says, often don't have
a strong religious upbringing.

After her summer fellow-
ship, Nafziger remains hopeful
for her country. In Jos, she
says, the buses are extremely
crowded (the U.S. State
Department warns travelers
off them), and when two
Nigerians start having a de-
bate, soon the whole bus joins
in. "Nigerians can get through
any problem by talking,"
says Nafziger, smiling — and
with democracy in place now
for more than a year, the air
feels a little more open in Jos.

Nafziger presented the
findings of her fellowship to
an audience at Boston College
in October. After graduation,
she plans to get her Ph.D.
in public health and eventually
return to Nigeria to work in
the country's National Youth
Sendee Corps.

Timothy S. Lemire

Timothy S. Lemire 'S9 is a writer
living in Nntick, hlassachusetts.

James Erps, SJ


James Erps, SJ, Director of BC's
Campus Ministry, had a cameo role
on the television program ER on
October 19. He played a priest
called in to baptize a premature
infant. The part grew out of a con-
versation between Erps and Jack
Orman, the executive producer and
a friend from Erps's days in the
chaplaincy at Loyola Marymount
University in Los Angeles. Erps
pointed out that in cities with large
Catholic populations like Chicago,
where ER is set, priests are often
seen in emergency rooms. "I told
him there weren't enough priests
on the show," says Erps. "So he
wrote a part for a priest and I vol-
unteered for it."


Three Boston College scientists
have joined with colleagues at
Boston University to form a
cross-disciplinary team working
to develop three-dimensional glass
micro-electro-mechanical systems
(MEMS). They are Associate
Chemistry Professor John Fourkas,
Assistant Chemistry Professor
Scott Miller, and Physics Professor
Michael Naughton. MEMS, which
draw on the technology used in
making computer chips, are now
essentially two-dimensional. Going
to three dimensions will greatly
increase their range of functions.
The team recently received a $1.5
million grant from the National
Science Foundation.


The Superior


Sr. Mary Edmond St. C
unflattering newspaper
be difficult for any man

On a spring evening in 1836, a middle-
aged woman walked out through the
wrought-iron gates of the Ursuline con-
vent in Old Quebec City and vanished,
never to be heard from again. Women of
that era often left the thinnest of traces
for historians to follow. But this particu-
lar woman, a cloistered nun, had never
been one to go quiedy.

Mary Anne Moffatt, or, as much of
the American public knew her, Sister
Mary Edmond St. George, had just
two years before been the proud superi-
or of the Mount Benedict Community
in Charlestown, Massachusetts. On the
night of August 11, 1834, in an act of
anti-Catholic violence that stood out
even amid widespread animosity toward
Catholics, a Protestant mob burned the
convent and school to the ground. In-
stead of retreating into life in a cloister,
Moffatt confronted the public's gaze. She published a de-
fense of her convent that became a best-seller. Her testimo-
ny at the trial of the arsonists' ringleader, spread by
newspapers and a hastily printed popular book, gripped
readers around the country.

Today no one knows what Mary Anne Moffatt even
looked like. A formal portrait in the Quebec Ursuline col-
lection, like the subject herself, has mysteriously disap-
peared. Only a cartoon printed in an account of the trial
survives, but it depicts her as an old hag.

I first encountered Mary Anne Moffatt through the writ-
ings of those who despised her. I had just completed an arti-
cle on Harriet Beecher Stowe, and had become interested in
that author's ambivalence toward Catholicism. I was astound-
ed to discover that a liberal abolitionist family like the Beech-
ers had members who were virulently anti-Catholic. Stowe's
father, the Reverend Lyman Beecher, had given three anti-
Catholic sermons in Boston on the day before the convent
riot. In retrospect, they had helped ignite the violence.

When I first learned of the convent fire, I was living in
Somerville, Massachusetts, where, in a section of town that
had once been part of Charlestown, Moffatt's academy had

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eorge in a deliberately
illustration: "It would
to control me."

stood high on a hill. In a neighborhood
still known as the Nunnery Grounds,
the hill has been razed for landfill. A
faded plaque on die Gold Star Memori-
al Libraiy marks its location. But if you
walk east a few blocks from the library's
door and take a left up Austin Street, you
can climb a segment of the hill that re-
mains and look out toward the Atlantic
Ocean. From the windows of her con-
vent, Moffatt could have viewed the
white sails of clipper ships.

The attack had been personal, in part.
A complex web of tensions — ethnic,
religious, economic, misogynistic — had
contributed to Mount Benedict's de-
struction. But the trial records and news
accounts show that it was Moffatt who
drew out the resentments of the work-
ing-class Protestant men.
More historical records survive about
Moffatt than about most 19th-century women. I was fortu-
nate to locate 20 letters in her hand, sent to friends, col-
leagues, and her attorney, in addition to a considerable
number reprinted in documentation of the convent's burn-
ing. All convey a refined but headstrong voice. In archives
scattered from Quebec to South Carolina, I found some 50
letters about her by convent patrons and Church authori-
ties, some laudatory, many highly critical. From these texts,
a portrait emerges of a woman out of joint with her time.

According tO Canadian land-grant applications and
notary records, Moffatt's parents were Protestant British
loyalists who settled near Montreal after the American
Revolution. Moffatt was born in 1793 and educated in
Catholic schools. In 1810, at the age of 16, she converted to
Catholicism and joined the elite Ursulines.

The Roman Catholic ecclesiastical tradition of meticu-
lous record-keeping has preserved many aspects of her life,
routine and significant. And so I learned that, at the age of
30, Moffatt was sent by her monastery to assume leadership
of a new convent and school for poor Irish girls in Boston.

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Within two years, in collaboration with Bishop Benedict
Joseph Fenwick, she succeeded in moving the facilities to a
24-acre farm in Charlestown on Ploughed Hill, newly re-
named Mount Benedict in honor of the Bishop. Moftatt and
Fenwick had an ingenious plan: By educating rich girls, the
genteel Ursulines would elevate Catholicism's image while
contributing to the coffers of the diocese. The institution
became a European-style boarding school catering to the
Protestant elite who could afford a tuition of $160 a year.

Moffatt employed Scots-Presbyterian brick makers from
the nearby neighborhoods to construct her elaborate hilltop
mansion. (It was from their number that the future arsonists'
leaders would come.) She oversaw the cultivation of the land
into terraced gardens, orchards, and pastures that looked out
on the surrounding working-class precincts. Her letters from
this period reveal a savvy businesswoman accustomed to set-
ting her own terms. To a student's father she once remarked,
"It would be difficult for any man to control me." She signed
her letters with a distinctive flourish, sometimes writing sim-
ply "The Superior." For 10 years, she was, in effect, the CEO
of a prominent and profitable enterprise. By 1834 the Ursu-
lines' spacious farm with its splendid structures was worth
more than a million dollars in today's currency.

As the founder of one of the first academies for women in
New England — one with a challenging curriculum — Moffatt
might well have gone down as a trail-blazing educator. In-
stead, on a sweltering summer night in 1834, she looked out
of an upper window and saw a mob of drunken workmen
gathering outside her convent. Moffatt shouted that if they
did not leave her property, she would see to it that an army of
20,000 Irishmen destroyed their houses. The ringleader, a
strapping brick maker named John R. Buzzell, later called her
"the sauciest woman I ever heard talk." When the men bat-
tered down her front door, Moffatt, her community of 10
nuns, and about 50 students fled to the safety of neighboring
homes. They watched as the vandals reduced the compound
to smoldering rubble, while a crowd of thousands cheered.

Three brick makers, two shoemakers, two mariners, a rope
maker, a gardener, a carpenter, a painter, and a baker were in-
dicted for the arson. Testifying at Buzzell's trial, which seems
to have cast the Catholic religion in the role of defendant,
Moffatt suffered the indignity of unveiling her face before a
packed courtroom and answering such questions as whether
two nuns ever slept together in the same bed. The jury found
Buzzell not guilty, to great rejoicing throughout the city.
Eventually, every rioter was set free.

Like the legendary dragon-slayer St. George, whose
name she had adopted, Moffatt fought on. When men call-
ing themselves "The Convent Boys" threatened her new
home in West Roxbury, she raised and commanded an
armed guard. When, in 1835, a former novice named Re-
becca Reed published Six Months in a Convent, accusing the
superior of torturing her frailest nuns with severe penances,

Moffatt published her rebuttal, An Answer to "Six Months in
a Convent." It sold well at 20,000 copies, but Reed's volume
sold 10 times that number. In the end, Moffatt's unyielding
disposition appears to have left her without real allies. Her
former supporter, Bishop Fenwick, in an apparent ploy to
relieve growing anti-Catholicism in his territory, conspired
with Church authorities to have her recalled to Canada.

When the order came down, Moffatt argued so forcefully
with die bishop of Quebec that Fenwick wrote letters plead-
ing with his northern colleague not to be influenced by "her
representation of things." The priest sent to retrieve her went
so far as to confide to the Canadian bishop that it might not
be such a bad thing if her new convent were also destroyed.
Finally, in June 1835, Moffatt returned to Canada.

Well Over a Century later, in Somerville, I turned the
soil in my back yard each spring just a few miles west of where
Moffatt's gardens once bloomed. Remnants of pottery —
sometimes white pieces etched with delicate indigo vines —
and shards of glass in green and ocean blue worked their way
to the surface, pushed up, perhaps, by the freezing and thaw-
ing of the ground, or by the force of bulbs shooting their way
to the light. Letters, diaries, and other archival materials form
the remnants and shards that help us read the lives of the dead
for the act of resurrection that is history. If we find enough
pieces, we might fashion a mosaic or solve a mystery.

I had hoped to solve the mystery of Moffatt's disappear-
ance. I had expected that genealogical research and docu-
ments from the Ursuline monastery in Quebec would finally
uncover her fate. But the death of Moffatt's father before
1810 closed one trail, since 19th-century records primarily
detailed men's lives, and only incidentally sketched the
women connected to them. Stringent Quebec laws that pro-
tect the privacy of individuals have blocked another path.

What I know of Moffatt after the debacle in Boston is
this: On May 18, 1836, at five o'clock in the evening, she ex-
ited the Quebec monastery to begin a thousand-mile jour-
ney south. Moffatt had asked for and received permission to
transfer to an Ursuline convent in New Orleans. Strangely,
there is no record that she ever wrote to anyone at her pro-
fessed destination, and she never arrived there. Letters from
other Ursulines and from the bishops in Boston and Quebec
express bewilderment over her whereabouts. When the
monastery door closed behind her, Moffatt seemingly
stepped off the pages of history.

Nancy Litsignan Schultz

Nancy Litsignan Schultz, Ph.D. '84, is a professor of English at
Salem State College and the author of Fire & Roses: The
Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834, just published by
Free Press. Schultz maintains a clearinghouse for information on
Moffatt and her ill-fated convent at www.fireandroses.com.



Picasso, self-portraiture, and the roar of the crowd

Moments before her talk, "An Artist's Journey," Francoise Gilot (right), speaks with Michael Brummel, a patron of
BC's McMullen Museum, and Dorothea Elkon of the Elkon Gallery in New York.

It's not often that artists are
hounded like rock stars, but
that's just what happened when
more than 1,600 people over-
ran the McMullen Museum on
Sunday, September 17, for
the first public appearance in
Boston of Francoise Gilot,
a painter whose 10 years as
Pablo Picasso's companion and
status as the mother of two
of his children has touched her
with an apparently irresistible
glamour. From June 14 to
September 24 the McMullen
held the first show ot Gilot in
Boston, exhibiting works from
1940 to 1950, but was not pre-
pared for the intense, curiously
personal interest in Gilot her-

self. At the last moment tickets
to her talk were printed and
given to visitors on a first-
come basis, but still more than
a thousand people were turned
away. Six hundred others
surged through the museum,
some of them pressing up
against die diick glass doors of
the adjacent Admission office
that served as the greenroom
for the event to try to glimpse
this woman who knew so many
of the giants of modern art.

At 79 Gilot is a tiny woman of
striking beauty, thick black
hair in an angular bob, held
back this day with a chocolate
brown headband, setting off

the kind of strong bone struc-
ture that endures. Garbed
in black slacks and an elegant,
geometric-patterned jacket
(which she removes before her
talk), she wears jewelry de-
signed by her daughter Paloma
Picasso, including a heavy gold
cuff on her wrist and a chunky
square ring on her left pinky
finger that remind one that
abstraction can still startle. At
the luncheon that precedes her
talk, she moves among the acid
yellow tablecloths in her kelly
green sweater, Picasso's Femme
Flew, a delicate stalk with a
luminous face. She is her own
subject, having done many
self-portraits as a young artist,

but she has also been the
object of other painters' eyes.
As she tells the story of the
genesis of that famous portrait
of her as flower, it is a story
of male rivalry, both artistic
and sexual. When Picasso took
Gilot to meet Matisse, his
great friend and colleague,
Matisse announced, "I would
paint her hair green and the
body in light blue." Picasso
was miffed, pointing out later
to Gilot that Matisse had over-
stepped his bounds; why, he,
Picasso, had never proposed
painting Lydia, Matisse's mis-
tress and assistant! Not long
afterward, Picasso trumped
Matisse, painting Gilot in
Matisse's colors, her stem-like
body a light blue.

Gilot's appearance today at
the McMullen betrays once
again the struggle to be known
as subject, not object, a struggle
for many a beautiful woman
with a sharp mind (or eye).
Nancy Netzer, the museum's
director, introduces Gilot's
lecture by saying it will be "not
about life with Picasso, but
life with Francoise," alluding to
Gilot's 1964 book Life with
Picasso. Gilot wants to be seen
as the serious artist she is and
has always been. As a guest on
Christopher Lydon's WBUR
radio show "The Connection"
two nights before her appear-
ance at BC, Gilot bridled when
asked what museums and gal-
leries she visits in New York,
where she makes her home: "I
am not a spectator of life! I'm

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working in my studio — that is
more interesting!" This is a
woman who began making art
at age seven when her mother
gave her ink but no pencils,
forbidding her to erase; later
she would use pencil and
choose not to erase, pronounc-
ing each stroke "an affirmative
action without remorse."

Gilot's talk at BC is a
painter's talk, not the lecture
of an art historian. Titled
"An Artist's Journey," it chron-
icles 60 years of painting, pre-
senting 60 slides two by two,
decade by decade, style by
changing style. Gilot includes
only two pairs of paintings
from the period of the BC
show: self-portraits (which
she recommends for young
artists — "Know thyself." — but
doesn't do any more herself,
declaring with humor, "I know-
all I need to know about
that!") and more representa-
tional, melancholy paintings
from the war years. The
slightly later abstract paintings
in the show reveal a young
artist who was growing in con-
fidence and mastery, all the
more astonishing in that she
was painting in the very lair of
the Minotaur. Their titles
hint at struggle, artistic and
personal: Dynamic Tensions
(1945); Complementary Forces
(1945), a meeting of male and
female forms; Precarious
Balance (1948).

After these colorful abstrac-
tions, Gilot had what she calls
her "White Period" of using
almost no color, exemplified in
a slide of a 1952 portrait of
her son Claude at age five, in
which the shadows of leaves are
rendered white and the leaves
dark, "an inversion of reality, so
to speak." In her book of the
same name as this lecture,

Gilot writes of the paintings
she made of her children that
they were "neither sentimental
nor illustrative but rather hero-
ic and architectonic in style."
The grown Claude sits in a
front row ot the auditorium,
a black-haired man with his
father's blunt stockiness; he
wears expensive European
clodies of a casual but aggres-
sively fashionable mode —
square-toed leather shoes and
spandex fingerless gloves. His
son, a student in an art school,
sits beside him in baggy jeans.

In 1955 Gilot returned to a
representational style in angry
response to a critic's comment
that she could do modern
art but not something classical.
Walking through the BC show,
two women are overheard
saying "She's nobody's patsy!"
Perhaps that helps to explain
Gilot's personal appeal to
the many who descended on
the museum — her willingness
to take up a challenge, the
intellectual curiosity that

drives her artistic experimenta-
tion, and the lucid self-analysis
that informs her books. And
it can't go unsaid ... it blazed
from the yellow banners on
Commonwealth Avenue
this summer: her unflinching
confrontation of Picasso,
represented in her drawing
of his face — all angular planes
and basilisk eyes. If he didn't
blink, neither did she.

In the most recent paintings
Gilot shows her audience, she
admits that now, at the odier
end of life, she is trying to get
in touch widi the cosmos. In
her strong French accent,
she says, "I am enamored of
comets"; the disorder of comets
in an orderly universe makes
the cosmos more lively. Show-
ing the last slide, Fugitive
Comet, Gilot says, "Definitely
that comet wants to escape . . .
where I don't know." She notes
that it is certainly a "she."

After the lecture Gilot
mingles briefly with a few invit-
ed guests in the safety of the

Admission office while the
shut-out crowd is told they can
see a videotape of her talk at
4:00 (which Claude Picasso has
graciously agreed to introduce).
She is shepherded toward
the exit, swept out toward a
waiting taxi, but she stops to
shake hands, formal and poised,
not to be rushed. In 1946,
when Picasso put on a full-
press campaign to get her to
live with him, she painted
her feelings of turmoil on a
canvas that hangs in BC's
exhibit, House in the Autumn
Wind. Shutters blown open, a
house withstands a swirl of
leaf-like shapes that morph into
spades or carrots or hearts.
It is not clear whether they are
being scooped into the house
like a harvest or blown out to
freedom. The artist no doubt
likes it that way.

Clare M. Dunsford

Clare M. Dunsford is an associate
dean in the College of Arts and

"I am not a spectator of life," says Gilot. Above she is greeted by spectators who jammed Devlin auditorium to see her.



Chemistry by invitation

Associate Professor John Fourkas performs under pressure.



Chemistry 117/121

Principles of Modern Chemistry

Associate Professor John Fourkas, et al.

Chemical Principles

The moment of reckoning has
arrived. It's 10:30 a.m., the
Tuesday after Labor Day, and
for most of the freshmen
entering Merkert Chemistry

Center lecture hall 222 it's
their first class of college.

Associate Professor John
Fourkas wheels a metal cart
bearing gadgets and glass

beakers of various sizes into
the room. He has a boyish
face, and were it not for his
sports jacket and tie, he might
pass for a student. Fourkas
begins not with a lecture but
with magic.

"I'm going to show you
some tricks," he announces,
"and as with any good tricks,
I need volunteers."

There's a moment of hesi-
tation, then one student raises
his hand. He is given a hard,
hollow, plastic ball — it is actu-
ally two hemispheres held
together with a gasket. Before

class, the air was suctioned
out of the ball with a pump
attached to a small port in the
sphere, creating the vacuum
that is holding the two halves
together. Fourkas challenges
the student to pull the halves
apart, expecting the task to
require considerable effort.
Instead, the ball opens easily.
The professor frowns; some-
thing's amiss. A quick ex-
amination of the port reveals
a crack, which means the
seal was never tight. Fourkas
laughs and moves onto his
next — and this time success-
ful — trick.

He picks up a small eye-
dropper bottle full of water
with his right hand, then holds
a slip of plastic transparency
(the type used with overhead
projectors) tightlv over the top
with his left hand. Next, he in-
verts the two and, grasping the
bottle between the thumb and
forefinger of his right hand,
removes his left hand from the
transparency. The water stays
in the cylinder. He repeats the
trick with a 16-ounce flask of
water. Same result. "Now," he
says, disappearing behind the
cart as he bends over, "who
wants to try it with this?" He
comes up grinning, hoisting a
five-gallon, water-cooler-sized
jug onto the table.

No one budges.

"Good," he says. The
experiment wouldn't work
with a vessel this size, he
acknowledges. "Why not?"

He gives them a clue by
writing the formula for atmos-

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pheric pressure on the board:
14.7 lbs/irr.

"What is pressure?" he asks.

"Force," someone replies.
And they're off. Question
quickly follows question, as
Fourkas connects the respons-
es like dots in a puzzle.

"Is that all there is to this

"Force applied over a cer-
tain area?" a student ventures.

"Yes, force per unit area,"
Fourkas translates, stating it

The lesson gradually be-
comes clear: When the pres-
sure of the water pushing
down on the transparency is
greater than the pressure of
the air pushing up on it, the
transparency will yield and the
water will spill out. Fourkas
works out the formulas on the
board as they go along, far less
interested in whether the stu-
dents remember the equations
than in whether he's got them
thinking about what's actually
occurring in the experiment.
"My goal," he says later, "is
teaching them how to think
about the problem so the for-
mula becomes self-evident."

Finally, Fourkas is satisfied
that everyone has grasped
the principle. It is nearly 1 5
minutes since class began, and
only now does he formally in-
troduce himself and his teach-
ing assistant Rob Harris. After
class, student Chris Kolodziej
says it intrigued him that
Fourkas flip-flopped the tradi-
tional lesson plan. "He gives
us the experiment and then
provides the principles. Usual-
ly it's the other way around."

Honors-level Chemistry
1 17 is the heavyweight among
Boston College's introductory
science offerings. Former stu-
dents describe it as "intense,"

"incredibly difficult," even
"scary." Still, every year about
40 freshmen sign up for the
intellectual thrashing.

Fourkas's "Principles of
Modern Chemistry" is the first
installment in the four-semester
course taught by the depart-
ment's "most popular and in-
demand faculty members,"
according to the invitation
mailed to a select group of 60
incoming freshmen. This year,
the prospectus went to stu-
dents who scored 700 or high-
er (out of 800) on the SAT 2
chemistry test, and it lured
them with the promise of
smaller classes, more one-on-
one student-teacher interac-
tion, and an emphasis on
learning science through logic
rather than memorization. In
exchange, the students who
accept — and die dozen or so
freshmen who find the course
on their own — are expected to
keep up with an accelerated
pace and carry a heavier work
load than is required by the
department's general introduc-
tory offerings.

During the first week,
pre-med student Aria Ash-
Rafzadeh got a taste of how
the exchange can work. She
went to see Fourkas in his
office after his introductory
lesson, concerned about
whether she could keep up.
Fourkas not only recognized
her, he mentioned a question
she'd asked in class. "That was
really impressive to me," she
says. Equally impressive is the
long list of national and inter-
national academic and research
awards accrued by Fourkas
and other members of the
department who participate
in the course — among them,
professors Amir Hoveyda,
Ross Kelly, Marc Snapper,

and Lawrence Scott.

Since 1994, these teachers
have accounted for four Drey-
fus New Faculty or Teacher-
Scholar awards (which go
to no more than 20 academics
in a year); three comparably
select Sloan Research Fellow-
ships; two American Chem-
istry Society Cope Awards
(only 10 are offered annually);
two National Science Founda-
tion Career Awards; and
Germany's Humboldt Senior
Scientist Award, to name
but a few.

Hoveyda, who teaches the
second-semester sequel to
Fourkas's "Principles," came
up with the idea for the course
six years ago when he realized
that some prospective pre-
med and science majors were
being turned off by introduc-
tory chemistry courses that
repeated what they'd learned
in high school. His sense that
top-tier students would thrive
on greater challenge proved
correct. The dropout rate over
four semesters is less than
1 percent.

"Students don't run away if
it's exciting," he says.

The course is not limited
to science majors. Indeed,
Hoveyda, who majored in art
history at Columbia Univer-
sity, has written, "I want
my students to see chemistry
as art, as literature ... I tell
undergraduates in my research
lab that if they make an obser-
vation for the first time, some-
thing that no other scientist
has seen before, it is like T. S.
Eliot writing a poem."

The professors who teach
the course rotate among the
four semesters. Their teaching
styles vary dramatically, but
the cumulative result, students
say, is highly effective. Lindsay

Woodward and Vincent Chen
are sophomores who studied
under Fourkas and Hoveyda
during their freshman year.
They describe Hoveyda as
an aggressive, "in your face"
teacher, while Fourkas's
approach, they say, is more
low-key. With Hoveyda, says
Woodward, if you had a wrong
answer on a test but supported
it well, he considered it correct
or gave you some credit. "It
was more about getting there,"
she says. She remembers him
kicking everyone out of
class when no one had ques-
tions, and his custom of calling
on her every single day. "He
expects you to be 110 per-
cent," she says, and then Chen
corrects her: "120 percent."

As early as the second day
of Fourkas's class, it's easy
to see that he expects no less
of his students. By now the
freshmen are deep into gases:
how temperature affects their
behavior, what pressure does
to them, how the so-called
Ideal Gas Law isn't ideal at all.

The mist from dry ice
issues spookilv from a contain-
er on Fourkas's cart. Different-
colored balloons bounce,
sputter, or deflate, depending
on the principle Fourkas is
demonstrating. A gauge mea-
suring the pressure inside a
metal ball falls and rises as the
orb is passed from cold water
to hot. Equations and draw-
ings cover the blackboard.

"Next time," Fourkas says,
looking up from the flotsam of
another day in chemistry class,
"it's on to atoms, molecules,
and molecular bonding."

J icki Sanders

Vicki Sanders is the editor of
Boston College Law School






Thomas Capano '64: "Sinister, controlling, malignant," said the judge.

On June 27, 1996, Thomas Capano '64, JD71, of Wil-
mington, Delaware, murdered Anne Marie Fahey, his for-
mer mistress. For almost three years afterward, as the
investigation and trial moved forward, the crime was the
subject of acres of newsprint. Since Capano's conviction and
subsequent death sentence in March 1999, four books have
been published about him: Ann Rule's And Never Let Her Go
(Simon and Schuster), Cris Barrish and Peter Meyer's Fatal
Embrace (St. Martin's), George Anastasia's The Summer
Wind (ReganBooks), and Brian J. Karem's Above the Law
(Pinnacle). Capano has the dubious distinction of having
had more books written about him than any other Boston
College graduate.

Certainly, the murder came at an opportune moment in
publishing. In the past few years, the genre known as "true
crime" has exploded, thanks, in part, to O.J. Simpson. Still,
highly lucrative though it is now, the field is not peculiar
to these latter days. By any name, "true crime" has had a
long, unvenerable career. In England it flourished in the
ISth and 19th centuries as street literature, in broadsides
and chapbooks, as well as in the quasi-official Newgate Cal-
endar, with its biographical records of the worst criminals
confined in that notorious prison. These popular works —
lurid, melodramatic, and purporting to offer instructive ex-
amples of the wages of sin — related melancholy histories of
murder and mayhem, and usually concluded with an edify-
ing ascent to the gallows. A similar literature proliferated in
this country as the growth of cities spawned street culture

with its insatiable appetite for sensation.

But the success of such works doesn't depend solely on an
appetite for grisly detail; it also draws on an innate moral in-
terest in how a person can abandon conscience and con-
struct a "reality" with himself as its beginning and end. This,
in particular, is where Capano's story seizes our attention.
There is no sociological explanation for his character or
deeds. His manipulations and machinations were freely un-
dertaken. His tortuous reasoning and self-serving ratio-
nale — exercises in self-delusion though they were — were the
workings of free will, or rather, of free will working over-
time, and, as such, close to diabolical.

Capano came from a wealthy Wilmington family that
had made its mark in the construction business. A lawyer
and big bug in Wilmington politics, Capano was married
and had four children, and was also involved with a series of
women including a mistress of 13 years, Debby Maclntyre.
Their relationship continued while the good-looking Ca-
pano successfully wooed Fahey, and as the two embarked on
an affair in 1 994. For her part, Anne Marie Fahey, 2 8 to Ca-
pano's 43, was one of six children from a working-class
home in Wilmington and served as the much-valued ap-
pointments secretary to the governor.

The next two years saw breakups and reunions, rage and
importuning on Capano's part; guilt, uncertainty, and pain
on Fahey's. A monster of control, Capano drew the young
woman tighter into his coils. A little over a year into the af-
fair, Capano left his wife, explaining to Maclntyre — to her
joy — that it was a step toward marrying her. He told some-
thing similar to Fahey, that he was freeing himself for her.
But Fahey, increasingly frightened by his controlling behav-
ior and not wanting to be the cause of a broken marriage,
was appalled. Shortly after, she met Mike Scanlan, a man
who respected her and came to love her; a man whom she
loved in return, and to whom she eventually became en-
gaged. Capano could not — would not — tolerate it. He
stalked her and phoned her persistently. He planned her
death, purchasing a huge cooler and persuading Debby
Maclntyre to buy a revolver for him — spinning her a tale of
needing protection from extortionists. It was with this
weapon that Thomas Capano killed Anne Marie Fahey at
his home on June 27, 1996.

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Much frantic scrubbing and furtive journeys to cart away
bloody evidence ensued. Capano bullied his weak, self-
indulgent brother, Gerry, into helping him dispose of the
body (the corpse, supposedly, of one of the fahled extortion-
ists), now in the cooler. The two ran it well offshore in
Gerry's boat and jettisoned it. Weighted with chains and an
anchor though it was, the cooler would not sink. Gerry, sick-
ened and scared, left the next act to Thomas Capano: remov-
ing the body from the cooler, weighting it with two anchors
and chains, dumping it. It sank; the cooler bobbed away.

Fahey's family and friends dedicated themselves to ensur-
ing the case would not drop out of sight. Evidence accumu-
lated — all described in absorbing detail in the books
mentioned earlier — and increasingly pointed to Thomas
Capano as the culprit. Even the cooler appeared, salvaged
from the sea by a fisherman six days after the murder.
Months later, it was recognized for what it was.

It's hard not to see the hand of God in this last event —
just as it's hard not to see real evil in Capano, in his passion
of possession and intellectual pride. Finally arrested and put
on trial, the guilty man, incredibly, with grotesque audacity,
attempted to pin the murder on Debby Maclntyre. Defend-
ing himself and accusing Maclntyre, Capano — domineer-
ing, relentless, and egotistical — fabricated exonerating
versions of reality, sometimes through ludicrously wrong-

footed casuistry, a method he claimed to have learned from
the Jesuits. He was found guilty and sentenced to death.

In passing sentence, the judge, William Swain Lee,
summed up the part Capano played in his own undoing.
The "harsh confrontation with reality which is a criminal
trial . . . eventually revealed an angry, sinister, controlling,
and malignant force which dominated the courtroom for
months. . . . The defendant fully expected to get away with
murder and, were it not for his own arrogance and control-
ling nature, may well have succeeded."

Evil intent, cold-blooded deliberation, hubris lay behind
Capano's crimes. But should he be executed? Moral interest
in the case arises because Fahey's murder was not the con-
sequence of an inadequacy in social policy or the failure of
some agency or of flawed legislation, but of human nature
unchecked. There is no social solution to some evils, a real-
ity that's hard for the modern mind to accept. Indeed, the
desire for social solutions to moral problems is the reason
the death penalty survives: as a pitiable assertion that society
is in control.

Katherine A. Powers

Katherine A. Powers lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and writes the
column "My Back Pages" for the Boston Sunday Globe. Her essay on
her father, J. F. Powers, appeared in the Summer issue of BCM.




United Kingdom 146

Spain 92

Ireland 81


English, Communications, Finance, History



Approximately 26% in each school


Less than 10%



INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS 1979-1980 1999-2000

Undergraduate 61 304

Graduate 141 470

Faculty 18 58


South Korea 42

Indonesia 20


China 68

Canada 29


China 10

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Chemistry and Physics



The Eagle gets a makeover

The new Eagle's range, from kid-friendly to resolute raptor.

The Boston College Eagle,
EC's athletics totem since stu-
dents selected it in a 1920 vote
over the owl and the antelope,
underwent a change in appear-
ance this summer. At high
noon on July 26, in a function
room in Conte Forum, before
an audience of about 100 that
included sportswriters, broad-
cast executives, a television
crew, and a dozen BC adminis-
trators who'd sniffed out a free
lunch, a new version of BC's
bird was unveiled in a video
that featured some of the Uni-
versity's coaches and players
in their redecorated uniforms.

Presiding over the event
like a nervous mother-in-law-
to-be was Sue Mosher, direc-
tor of marketing for the
Athletics Association, who had
overseen two years of plan-
ning and review that led to the
new look. (Full disclosure: I
was a member of a small panel
that met periodically to exam-
ine revised Eagle proposals.)

It was a makeover under-
taken with a good deal of trep-
idation on the part of Mosher

and Athletics Director Gene
DeFilippo. Though the
origins of the previous athlet-
ics logo — an Eagle with wings
spread between an inter-
locking "B" and "C" — are
unknown even to the longest-
serving athletics staff mem-
bers, the image has represent-
ed BC teams for at least 40
years. "People have a deep
respect for athletics tradi-
tions," said DeFilippo, "even
when no one remembers how
the tradition started or why."

But left untended, tradi-
tions and logos grow stale. At
BC, Eagle mutations had
begun to proliferate, and uni-
forms had in some cases begun
running to mustard, crimson,
tan, or red. Lately, sales of BC
logo athletic apparel (a $2.5
billion national market for col-
leges) were not what they
might have been — particularly
among the young consumers
who constitute the most lucra-
tive market for logo items.
Overall, according to industry
sources, sales were dominated
in the 1990s bv the resonant

greens and purples that
adorned cartoon ducks, rap-
tors, and sharks. "Maroon
is not the first color of choice
for 15-year-old bovs," Book-
store Director Thomas
McKenna noted dryly. And
eagles — though the most pop-
ular of college mascots, with
74 known exemplars — are the
subject of few Disney movies.

Still, teal, jade, and cute
were never on the table. "The
older logo had a great heri-
tage," said DeFilippo, "and we
didn't want to damage that
heritage that goes back to leg-
endary figures like Bill Flynn
and Snooks Kelly and some
of those great hockey and
baseball teams of the postwar
period. What we did want to
do was improve on the inter-
locking BC, to try and display
what Boston College athletics
is about in the year 2000."

Developed by SME De-
sign, a New York City firm
whose clients include 300
teams ranging from the
University of North Carolina
to the New York Nets, the

new logo retains the eagle
with "BC" backdrop, but
modernizes the lettering, adds
black to frame the maroon and
gold, and turns the bird from
a cruiser to a dive bomber.
In addition, SME developed
uniform specifications, a word-
mark for every varsity team,
a look-'em-in-the-eye Eagle
suitable for clothing patches,
and a goofilv friendly "youth
mark" Eagle, which now exists
in a nine-foot version that
patrols the sidelines during

In a recent interview, Sue
Mosher seemed very relaxed
about the revised look, noting
that several new national retail
vendors are vying to carry
the BC line. Moreover, Mosher
reported, she'd received few
complaints from individuals
seeking the older Eagle look.
Tom McKenna is also happy.
"The new graphics," he said,
"have real pop." They also have
retail power. Sales at the book-
store and on its Web site are
up 20 percent over last year.

Ben Birnbaum

20 FALL 2000


By Francis Blessington

These paintings don't show dragons,

or snarling guardian spirits or Foo Dogs —

just miniatures in dark robes,

a third of the way up a mountain,

climbing past carefully composed pagodas,

teahouses, and foot-bridged ponds.

Even birds are scant. Calligraphy

in the margin comments on the quality

of the art, but tells us nothing

really, like why they seem

always to go up, never down,

and more importantly how part

of the landscape is mere air that

we must fill in. Perhaps

those white spaces are ours

to see the drift into

eternity that the present

always provides, never filling

in the whole space, unlike children,

who color all sky and yard and house,

putting it together like a puzzle.

Surely here part of the puzzle is

Lost, or is part of something else.

But what is missed stays here

in what may be snow: that

path to the fourth dimension:

the city and the network of

friends and enemies who have been

taken out, who do not lead to this

cold elevation of self, where only

the priest and the novice arc

always on the ascendant, leaving

things out of the world, finding

not things, but the negative forms

of things and color patches like footprints,

whitening out, as it were, objects,

till only a few landmarks are left,

but just enough, so that they — and we —

can find the way back again through

the vanishing ground and the words in the margin

that mark the way.

The author of Lantskip, a collection of poems, and Lorenzo
de' Medici: A Verse Play, Francis Blessington '63 teaches
English at Northeastern University. This poem appears in
his new collection, Wolf Howl (BkMk Press, 2000).

anniversary waltz — Twenty years ago,
Robert VerEecke, SJ, premiered "A Dan-
cer's Christmas" before a modest audi-
ence of about four dozen people. Now an
annual event, the creation of BC's Jesuit-
Artist-in-Residence will be seen by some
3,500 spectators in a production that
runs December 8-17. The professional
dancers, alumni, BC students, and local
children who make up the 50-member
cast have become part of a Jesuit tradi-
tion of dance that dates back to the n 6th
century, when, says VerEecke, "dance
was part of the curriculum — a way of
communicating gospel and scripture —
in lesuit schools."



Notes on the Little Red Book

1 n everything there is a witness 10 Him
That points to the fact that He is One.

articular strengths and talents that you possess. You
'��irn to distintrtiish interests from abilities, hobbies
from rrnfcssions. sell-interest from communal needs.
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Sufi recitation

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Mjiunun of the parable did. The Samaritan looked at

Remembrance makes people desire the jourace

uh.it lit possessed at that moment: his presence to the

it makes them into travelers.

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strength, his wine and oil. his beast, his money, his

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luthority. He chose to use his assets (o create, in one
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exist, while wc are necessary to Him in order

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that He may be manifested to Himself I pre
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Pages from the Boston College prayer book.

The freshmen who thronged
campus this fall all received
tours of O'Neill Library,
in which they will spend hun-
dreds of hours in the years to
come. They all received in-
struction in the computers, as
if they needed such a thing.
Nearly all made pilgrimages to
Fenway Park and to the shrine
to capitalism that is Boston's
Newbury Street. And, for the
first time in the 137-year
history of the University, all
BC freshmen were handed

the Little Red Book.

What Are We? An Introduc-
tion to Boston College mid Its
Jesuit Tradition, or "the BC
prayer book," as it is also
called, was created last summer
at the request of University
president William P. Leahy, SJ,
produced by the University's
Center for Ignatian Spirituali-
ty, and edited by two creative
Jesuit scholars (Howard J.
Gray, SJ, director of the Ignat-
ian Center, and Joseph A.
Appleyard, SJ, the University's

vice president for mission and
ministry)- The Little Red Book
is indeed little and fire-engine
red. It's also useful, graceful,
thorough, and refreshingly
open to all religious traditions,
even as it is firmly grounded in
the Jesuit tradition of Roman

"We wanted a book in
which there are prayers that
would help students discern
the direction they want to take
in their lives," says Fr. Gray.
"And we wanted a book that

would also provide the mission
and history of Boston College,
so that freshmen could plug
into the University's mission
right away." Attuned to a
campus that is both proudly
Catholic and enlivened by
women and men of a dozen
faiths, Gray and Appleyard
included prayers and quotes
both "genuinely Catholic," as
Gray says, and of spiritual
power and eloquence from
other traditions.

Thus the Little Red Book
brings some of the most inter-
esting, piercing, and substan-
tive Catholic writers and
thinkers to bear on new BC
students — Dorothy Day, Ger-
ard Manley Hopkins, Daniel
Berrigan, Thomas Aquinas,
Carlo Cardinal Martini — while
also introducing the freshmen
to the Torah, the Qur'an, the
Buddhist Dhammapada (a
scripture attributed to Gotama
Buddha), the Islamic Hadith
(the sayings of the prophet
Muhammad), the voices of
Rabbi Moses Maimonides, the
Persian poet Rumi, Mohandas
Gandhi, and more.

The curious cumulative
effect of so many voices from
so many spiritual traditions is
to illuminate the Catholicity of
Boston College; a friendly and
respectful catholicity reflects
well on Catholicism, and is, at-
tentive Catholics will remem-
ber, a clear mandate from
Pope John Paul II. Or, in the
succinct favorite phrase of the
recently beatified Pope John

22 I \I.I

XXIII: "Open the windows."

The book is also invigorat-
ed by great poets and thinkers
without specific religious
labels — Rainer Maria Rilke,
Simone Weil, and the fine
American poet Anne Sexton,
for example, who was born
a stone's throw from the BC
campus. "I cannot walk an
inch without trying to walk to
God," she writes (in the book
The Awful Rowing Toward God).
"He is in the swarm, the fren-
zy of the bees. He is in the
potter who makes clay into a
kiss. Is not God in the hiss
of the river?"

And the haunting remarks!
"Being a little fragment of
particular truth," writes Weil,
a genius modern mystic,
"every school exercise ... is
like a sacrament." "Lord, give
me a sense of humor, and I
will find happiness in life and
profit for others," says St.
Thomas More. "Was not Jesus
an extremist for love? . . .
Was not Paul an extremist for
the gospel?" asks Martin
Luther King, Jr., from his jail
cell in Birmingham. "So the
question is not whether we
will be extremist but what kind
of extremist we will be. . . .
Will we be extremists for the
preservation of injustice —
or will we be extremists for the
cause of justice?"

Structurally, what seems
awkward at the start — the
quoting of prayers and re-
marks on the left-hand pages,
and a book-length narrative
about BC and Jesuit history,
ideas, and practice on the
right-hand pages — turns out to
be a fine idea after you get
used to it. A reader can browse
the left and ignore the right,
or dip into the organized

sections of the right, or leap
about haphazardly, or even
read the book back to front —
a subtle compliment to Hebrew
tradition, perhaps, in which
texts are read right to left.

And the sections on Jesuit
education and spirituality, as
evidenced in the life and work
of Boston College, are alone
worth the effort. They are
pithy and gracefully written
summaries of very complex
ideas that have filled hundreds
of books.

There are some mistakes
and miscalculations in the Lit-
tle Red Book, of course — no
human enterprise is widiout its
flaws — but they are generally
minor: The type is too small,
the selection of a faint yet
lurid lime-green for a second
color (in which the book's
explanatory italic notes are
printed), is unfortunate, and
the very few typographical
errors include the interesting
news, on page 30, that Doro-
thy Day was born in 1997 and
died in 1980 — a miracle that
will strengdien her candidacy
for beatification.

The only serious flaw is the
"Further Readings" section,
which is mighty weak soup.
Instead of a brief lecture about
Catholicism and a smattering
of quotes from Jesuit docu-
ments, a useful appendix ought
to propose a huge pile of
books and writers and thinkers
and films and plays and music
and Web sites to which the
curious young reader might
turn for further illumination
about Catholicism and prayer
and spiritual search — not only
the great texts already cited
in the book, but sources like
Commonweal magazine, Flan-
nery O'Connor, Thomas

Merton, Dave Brubeck's jazz
Mass, Catholic Worker, Andre
Dubus, the Vatican's Web
site (www.vatican.va), the film
Dead Man Walking. Having
inspired the urge to spiritual
travel in its students, BC
should also give them a
plethora of destinations.

But, as editors Gray and
Appleyard note, the book is
a work in progress, with an
initial press run designed to
cover only two years' worth of
freshmen. They plan a second
edition, and they are already
accepting suggestions for the

"The deeds which yield
immediate fruit and continue
to yield fruit in time to come,"
says a prayer from the Baby-
lonian Talmud (quoted on
page 138), include "probing
the meaning of prayer";
and in the Little Red Book,
Boston College probes with
an admirable breadth and
humility. Not often does
a whole university's meaning
and effort distill into such
clear elixir; that it does here,
in a book to be found in every
freshman's room, is an occa-
sion for quiet delight.

A well-made book is a joy
forever, and this sturdy little
creature "is a book to be used,
not just read and tossed on the
shelf," as the preface says,
pointedly. You could carry this
book into a rugby match and it
would emerge intact. You could
even give it to a freshman.

Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle is the editor of Port-
land iVIagazine, published at the
University of Portland, Oregon.
He is the author of two collections
of essays: Credo and, with his fa-
ther, Jim Doyle, Two Voices.

Rabbi Ruth Langer


Assistant Professor of Theology
Rabbi Ruth Langer was among
more than 160 rabbis and Jewish
scholars who signed a landmark
statement on Jewish-Christian
relations calling for Jewish appreci-
ation of Christian steps toward
reconciliation between the faiths.
The statement, Dabru Emet
("speak the truth"), appeared Sep-
tember 10 as a full-page advertise-
ment in the New York Times and
the Baltimore Sun.


The roster of speakers scheduled
for the luncheon series of the
Boston College Chief Executives
Club this year includes Perot
Systems Corp. chairman and CEO
H. Ross Perot, Dell Computer Corp.
CEO Michael S. Dell, General Mo-
tors Corp. chairman and CEO
Richard Wagoner, Jr., and the chair-
man and CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Corp., Carly Fiorina.


The University's Dining Service,
under the direction of Patricia
Bando, has been honored for its
multiethnic menus as well as for
the diversity of its workforce by the
Multicultural Foodservice and
Hospitality Alliance. The service's
full-time staff of 245 is 50 percent
AHANA, 40 percent female, 9
percent senior citizens, and 12 per-
cent persons with special needs.


St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts







sion hours. Absent was the brightly lit, flower-bedecked scene of the
High Mass, the vast space of the nave filled with incense and music.
Rather, the church was dark and shadowy, illuminated only by
the sunlight striking the stained-glass windows and the flickering
flames of the sanctuary lamp and votive candles. The air smelled not
of incense but of wood and the varnish of the pews, and the only
sound was the quiet shuffling of penitents as they made their way,
one after another, into and out of
the confessional box. Sometimes
the rustle of indistinct whispers
could be heard from inside one
of the boxes, but etiquette de-
manded that one avoid making
out the words. Confession was a
supremely private ritual that hap-
pened to be carried out in public.
From roughly the beginning of
organized Catholicism in the
United States at the end of the
18th century through the early
1960s, confession was central for
American Catholics. It was a
sacrament — one of the seven es-
tablished by Christ to bestow
grace upon the living — and the

means by which Catholics attained absolution for
their sins. It was also something Catholics did that
their Protestant and Jewish neighbors did not do, a
distinctive marker of Catholic identity- Within the
Catholic community, it served as a yardstick; priests
sometimes measured a parish's spiritual well-being
by the frequency with which parishioners went to
confession. For more than a century Catholics con-
fessed more often than they partook of commu-
nion, another one of the sacraments.

Then, in the mid-1960s, confession seemed to
disappear almost completely from the fiber of
Catholic identity and custom. The sacrament un-
derwent a name change, as well. What once had of-
ficially been known as Penance became, in the wake
of Vatican II, the sacrament of Reconciliation. But
the change for American Catholics went deeper.
Practically overnight, the lines on Saturday after-
noons vanished and the hours appointed for con-
fession dwindled as even the most ardent Catholics
stayed away.

Because confession was (and still is) conducted
privately, exploring the role it played — and then
ceased to play — in the lives of American Catholics
is difficult. Most Catholics who experienced it have
their own stories to tell, but less anecdotal informa-
tion can be harder to come by. In contrast to other
sacraments, such as baptism and confirmation,
there are no records of who has gone to confession
and when; certainly no records have ever been
made of what actually happened once an individual
entered the confessional box.






"Auricular" confession — the expression itself is
telling. A persons confession goes directly "into the
ear" of the priest, and it vanishes with the sound of
the spoken words. It is rare even to find priests or
parishes that kept reliable counts of confessions,
but a few fragmentary computations have survived
to suggest the historical dimensions of confession
in this country.

Consider, for example, the experience of the Je-
suit priests at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park
Avenue in New York City. From July 1896 through
June 1897, according to reports sent to their Jesuit
superiors, the seven priests of the parish estimated
that they heard a total of 78,000 confessions:
76,000 of these were "particular," recounting sins
committed since a previous confession, and 2,000
were "general," covering a penitent's entire life.

One of those priests kept a more exact tally as he
sat for hours in the confessional. With the precision
and language of an accountant, Patrick Healy, SJ,
added up his confessions every week in his diary,
"brought forward" each sum into a monthly total,
and then computed his annual "score." Between
July 1, 1896, and June 30, 1897 — like his confreres,
Fr. Healy calculated on the fiscal year — he heard
9,047 separate confessions, about 1 1 percent of the
parish total. These ranged from a monthly low of
253 in August (he was away on vacation in Maine
for two weeks) to a high of 1,188 in October. Most
of these penitents clustered on Thursdays, Fridays,
and Saturdays. One Saturday, for example, Fr.
Healy heard 73 confessions during unspecified
hours in the afternoon, and then heard 102 more
between 7:45 and 11 that night. The day's total
(175) was apparently more or less normal. A few
weeks later, when he heard "only 88," he thought
the pace "slack." On another day, when he heard
124, he even managed to finish reading his daily of-
fice while sitting in the confessional box, waiting
for penitents to come to him.

In Boston, another priest was recording similar
crowds. Fr. James A. Walsh, who would later found

the Maryknoll missionary order, was in the waning
years of the 19th century a young curate in his first
assignment at St. Patrick's parish in the Roxbury
neighborhood, a densely packed working-class dis-
trict of Irish immigrants and their upwardly mobile
children. Walsh typically sat in the confessional for
four to five hours on Saturdays, during which time
he would hear between 100 and 150 confessions.
The pace might be uneven. One Saturday in Feb-
ruary 1899, just before the beginning of Lent, he
heard 137. They seemed to come in waves: "solid"
between 3 and 5 in the afternoon, "straggling" be-
tween 5 and 6, and then steady again between 7:20
and 9:20 that night.

Priests never discussed the details of the confes-
sions they heard, but they often spoke warmly of
the satisfaction they derived from the forgiveness of
their parishioners' sins. They even boasted of reel-
ing in "big fish" — meaning penitents who had been
away for many years. "Landed a 17-year fish," Fr.
Walsh exulted one day in Boston, while Fr. Healy
(he was a Jesuit, after all) expressed his excitement
in French: "Quelques gros poissonsl"

For parish priests the confessional was the pri-
mary locus of their sacramental ministry. Mass and
other sacraments, by comparison, took up only a
small percentage of their working days and weeks.

These large numbers of confes-
sions sketch out the broad oudines of Penance's
place in American Catholicism. More important to
understanding confession and its fate is the way in
which the laity actually experienced the sacrament.
Most Catholics were taught the proper form for
confessing at an early age, and for the rest of their
lives fell into its familiar rhythms.

"When the priest opens the little slide" in the
confessional window, a 1930s textbook explained
to elementary-school students, "make the Sign of
the Cross, and then ask the priest to bless you. . . .
Tell all of your sins, and always try to tell how

26 FALL 21)00

many times you have committed each sin. It is well
to begin your Confession with the most serious
sin. . . . When you have confessed all your sins, you
should say: 'Father, I am very sorry for these sins
and all the sins of my past life.'"

At that point, the priest might offer a word or
two of encouragement, then he assigned a penance
to be accomplished, usually in the form of a num-
ber of prayers to be recited. The penitent next said
a short Act of Contrition while the priest pro-
nounced his prayer of absolution in Latin. The
sacramental exchange ended there. On leaving the
confessional box, the parishioner returned to a pew
or to the church altar rail to recite the specified
prayers of penance, and was then free to go.

The procedure was simple enough, but whenev-
er ordinary Catholics discussed confession their
comments concentrated at the positive and nega-
tive extremes. The social activist Dorothy Day, for
example — not, to be sure, an "ordinary" Catholic in
any sense of the word, but a woman who, by her
own account, had some considerable experience
with sin — remembered affectionately in her 1952
autobiography the "warm, dimly lit vastness" of the
church as she waited her turn and the welcoming,
"patient" attitude of the priest. As Day acknowl-
edged, confession was "hard," forcing one to "rack
[one's] brain for even the beginnings of sins against
charity, chastity, sins of detraction, sloth, or glut-
tony." But many Catholics found confession worth-
while for just that reason. Its salutary effect derived
in large measure from the very fact that it was a dif-
ficult and serious business.

At the same time, the clergy had a tendency to
use the language of trial and punishment in talking
about confession. This heightened the dread a pen-
itent might feel before entering the box, and di-
minished the relief on leaving it. "The confessor is
primarily a judge," one priest asserted in the 1950s,
and the sacrament is conducted "after the manner
of a judicial trial." Another priest went even further.
At the altar, he wrote, a priest was "co-offerer with
Christ," but in the confessional he was "co-jailer
with Christ." Images of that kind led many to share
the view of the layman who, in a 1966 letter to a na-
tional Catholic magazine, described confession as
"the sacrament of fear."

PerhapS the mOSt striking feature of
the history of confession in the United States is
the speed with which it collapsed. Catholic com-
mentators began to note the falling numbers of

penitents shortly after the close of the Second Vat-
ican Council in 1965. Vatican II had initiated many
changes in Church practice — mandating that Mass
be said in the language of the people, for instance,
and turning the altar to face the congregation. But
it had said practically nothing about confession,
other than to authorize postconciliar work to "give
more luminous expression to both the nature and
effect of the sacrament." Even so, in 1968 a priest
wrote in the Passionist Fathers' Sign magazine that
"people are staying away from confession in

Parish schedules confirm the decline. In 1900,
for instance, Sacred Heart parish in middle-class
Newton, Massachusetts, had settled into a pattern
that would remain in place for more than half a
century: Four priests heard confessions from 3:30
to 6 p.m. and again from 7 to 9:30, a total of five
hours, every Saturday. "Housekeepers and all oth-
ers whose duties will allow them to do so should go
to confession in the afternoon," the pastor urged,
"and leave the confessionals free in the evening for
working people." In later years, as confessions de-
clined, fewer hours were set aside. By 1972, with
the decline fully underway, five hours were reduced
to three (4 to 5:30 and 7:30 to 9 p.m.), and by 1991
that was cut to only an hour and a half (2 to 3:30),
though the pastor was then also adding hopefully
"anytime by appointment."

Polling data likewise document confession's dis-
appearance. The National Opinion Research Cen-

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ter conducted extensive studies of American
Catholics in 1965 and again in 1975. During that
period, Catholics who went to confession once a
month declined from 38 percent to 17 percent,
while those who said that they "never" or "practi-
cally never" confessed increased from 18 percent to
38 percent. By the mid-1980s, the number of
monthly penitents had fallen to 6 percent, accord-
ing to a survey conducted by the University of
Notre Dame. Even among Catholics who were
most active in their parishes — volunteering, teach-
ing religious-education classes, or serving in other
capacities — 15 percent reported that they never
went to confession at all, while another 35 percent
said they went only once a year.

How are we to understand so dramatic a change
in American Catholic religious practice? In retro-

spect, it seems clear that as the 20th century ad-
vanced there was accumulating dissatisfaction with
confession among the laity, and this eventually took
its toll. One of the most common complaints was
the unseemly speed with which the sacrament
might be conducted.

Typically, the whole business lasted about two
minutes. On January 7, 1899, for example, Boston's
Fr. James Walsh heard 125 confessions in four and
three-quarter hours, meaning that, on average, he
was talking to a new penitent every two minutes
and 15 seconds. Some confessions could take
longer, but some could be shorter. At least once, Fr.
Healy in New York averaged less than two minutes
per penitent. All the data I have seen convince me
that these experiences were normal.

Of course, two minutes is longer than it seems.

28 FALL 2000

Chapel of the Most Blessed Trinity, Newton, Massachusetts

A penitent might take only about five seconds to
say the opening phrases of the rite, with perhaps
another ten seconds at the end for the Act of Con-
trition and the absolution. The rest of the time
could be devoted to the enumeration of offenses,
and a fast talker could pack quite a number of sins
into two minutes. The priest might interrupt to ask
questions, but confessors were generally advised to
keep such questioning to a minimum. The Jesuit
priest Gerald Kelly's popular manual, The Good
Confessor (1951), spelled out a number of "prudent
don'ts" for priests, and the first of them was "Don't
ask unnecessary questions." Confessors, particular-
ly the newly ordained, were enjoined to give each
penitent some particular words of advice or en-
couragement, but these too might become mechan-
ical and not take up much time.

Increasingly, lay people complained that the
pressure of long lines of penitents and the perfunc-
tory nature of the encounter lent an air of the
assembly line to confessional practice. When De-
troit's Archbishop John Dearden assembled a group
of lay people in 1962 to articulate concerns that
they hoped the impending Vatican Council would
address, prominent on their list was the hope that
Penance could be transformed into "a means of
spiritualizing the layman," rather than a mere "enu-
meration of sins and the provision of absolution."

Priests too objected to rushing confessions, at
least in theory. The crowds who waited to receive
the sacrament could create a temptation to hasten
the process along, but this "slot-machine" approach
had to be resisted, said the Homiletic and Pastoral
Review, a magazine for parish priests, in 1920. After


all, "what good is accomplished by hearing a great
number of penitents in a slipshod and unprofitable
manner?" At the same time, however, a common
parish practice encouraged lay people to hurry
through confession. Before Vatican II, it was not at
all unusual for Catholics to go to confession during
Mass itself. Since the liturgy at the time called for
little active participation by the laity, parishioners
could line up for confession as soon as Mass began.
It was possible to confess while the Mass was going
on, wrote Mary Perkins Ryan, the liturgist and ed-
ucator, in 1938, and still have the "virtual inten-
tion" — strikingly contemporary language! — of
assisting at the sacrifice, and thereby fulfilling the
Sunday obligation. This kind of "doubling up" re-
inforced the practice of speedy confession.

More fundamental than procedural

complaints in undercutting confession were chang-
ing notions of sin. Since the Middle Ages, auricular
confession had been built on a clear distinction be-
tween mortal and venial sins. Strictly speaking, only
mortal sins — those grave offenses that completely
ruptured the believer's relationship with God —
were "necessary matter" for confession. But the list
of mortal sins kept expanding. In the 1930s, for in-
stance, the popular magazine Messenger of the Sacred
Heart added several: reading even part of a volume
that was on the Index of Prohibited Books, doing
more than two-and-a-half hours of "servile work"

Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston

on Sunday, and (for women) wearing makeup "for
the purpose of enticing or encouraging others to
sins of impurity." Moreover, priests had long been
in the habit of urging penitents to confess their ve-
nial sins as well. "It is not necessary to confess our
venial sins," the Baltimore Catechism pointed out in
its 1941 edition, "but it is better to do so." If one
had committed no mortal sins, said this manual
from which generations of American Catholics
learned their faith, "we should confess our venial
sins or [even] some sin told in a past confession, for
which we are again sorry."

Suddenly, that advice no longer seemed right, as
American Catholics rethought their understanding
of sin. Writing in The Priest magazine in 1972, for
example, William Allen, a pastor from Florida, ex-
pressed the increasingly common rejection of what
he called an "act-dominated concept of sin." It was
"well nigh impossible," he said, for anyone "in the
normal course of events" to commit a sin serious
enough to require confession. John Carmody, a Je-
suit theologian, had written in the same magazine a
few years earlier that sin was best thought of not as
specific acts of commission or omission, but rather
as a "negative constant" — "hanging like a smog of
bad atmosphere around all human actions." The
parish clergy were losing some of their old confi-
dence. "Why do we say that some actions are
'wrong' while others are 'right'?" one priest asked
the Homiletic and Pastoral Review in 1970. "Where
does this idea come from?"

It is practically inconceivable that an American
Catholic priest a hundred years earlier — or even 20
years earlier — would have been troubled by ques-
tions of that kind. In this apparent vacuum, lay
Catholics may have begun to take upon themselves
the responsibility to decide whether their actions
were serious enough to lead them into the con-
fessional. Increasingly, the conclusion was that
they were not. "People have lost a clear-cut notion
of what sin is," the lay editors of Commonweal
observed in 1974, "and this new sense of the ambi-
guity of evil does not fit the popular understanding
of confession."

Reconsideration of certain specific "sins" con-
tributed to this shift in thinking, and no topic had
more impact than birth control. Long before the
publication of Pope Paul VI 's encyclical on the sub-
ject, Humanae Vitae, in July 1968, priests knew that
anything dealing with sexuality had to be treated
very carefully in the confessional, but the experts
disagreed on the best approach to take. One semi-
nary textbook in pastoral theology urged confessors

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to "use the utmost prudence and discretion" in ask-
ing about matters "de sexto. Do not teach evil. It is
often better to be silent on this matter." Another
textbook took precisely the opposite view. Peni-
tents, particularly the young, "must be questioned
closely about sins against the Sixth Command-
ment," it advised. Whichever general approach a
parish priest might adopt, he often had to address
contraception during confession, especially as the
20th century advanced. In some dioceses, priests
were specifically instructed to ask about the subject
themselves, even if penitents did not bring it up.
Widespread expectation that Pope Paul VI would
change the Church's teaching on contraception
gave way to confusion and anger when he did not.

Three months after the publication of Humanae
Vitae, the anguish of one woman was perhaps typi-
cal. A year earlier, she explained in a letter to the
magazine Sign, her priest had told her that she need
not confess her use of birth control pills; "it was a
very relaxed and wonderful year," she said. Now,
with the restatement of the Church's traditional po-
sition, she did not know what to think or do. Nei-
ther giving up the practice of contraception nor
going back to confessing it as sinful seemed satis-
factory. "All of a sudden," wrote another lay person,
"I see no sin involved in this practice." The Amer-
ican Catholic laity were getting used to the idea of
deciding such moral questions on their own, per-
haps even in spite of what official Church teaching
might be. "Rome has squandered its own moral au-
thority," Commonweal opined tersely.

A more general factor in changing Catholic no-
tions of sin was a new "psychologizing" of confes-
sion. At first, many 20th-century Catholics had
been horrified by the implications of Freudian
theory. Not only did the Viennese psychiatrist
overemphasize sex, one priest wrote in American
Ecclesiastical Review in 1926, but also the role Freud
accorded the unconscious seemed to undercut indi-
vidual moral responsibility. What need was there to
seek forgiveness for sins, the priest continued, if

"men are puppets, moved in their actions by the
strings of an irresponsible unconscious?" Interreli-
gious tensions redoubled some of these suspicions.
Since Freud and many of his disciples were Jewish,
some Catholics thought it best to keep a safe dis-
tance. "Only the psychiatrist who subscribes whole-
heartedly to the teachings of Christianity can be
trusted with the soul of a Christian patient," one
priest urged as late as 1960. What is more,
Catholics long thought confession a better remedy
for what bothered individuals, especially since it
was so readily accessible. Why pay an analyst for
what was available free every Saturday afternoon at
the local parish?

Despite the persistence of such attitudes,
Catholic caricatures of psychology and psychiatry
were fading by midcentury among priests and laity
alike, replaced by a greater appreciation of the
compatibility of these sciences with confession. In
fact, the sacrament was increasingly described in
psychological terms. Some priests began to offer
advice to their colleagues on how to deal with the
"phobias" and "compulsions" of "neurotic" peni-
tents. Regular practice of the sacrament even had
many positive "psychotherapeutic aftereffects," one
college and seminary textbook asserted. The sys-
tematic examination of conscience before confes-
sion could itself "promote a more complete
self-awareness" and thereby contribute to "mental
hygiene and prophylaxis."

At the same time, lay men and women, faced
with a choice of confession or psychological coun-
seling, were revising their estimate of which was
likely to produce the better result. "My priest never
had the training that my psychiatrist has," one
woman told sociological researchers in the early
1980s. "I go to [my psvchiatrist] out of an aware-
ness that I want to change, to grow. My priest never
allowed me to do that."

Also helping to accelerate the decline of confes-
sion was its shifting relationship with communion.
The two sacraments had always been closely linked.


St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill. Massachusetts

Confessionals were crowded on Saturdays precisely
because parishioners wanted to go to communion
at Sunday Mass. Confession was also an indepen-
dent devotional exercise, however, and throughout
the 19th century the practice of Penance had al-
most always outrun reception of the Eucharist; sta-
tistics compiled by Jesuits in the eastern half of the
United States between 1880 and 1940 show this. In
1886-87, for instance, priests of the Mary-
land-New York Jesuit province reported hearing
more than 1.2 million confessions, while they dis-
tributed only about 850,000 communions. This
ratio changed in the early years of the 20th centu-
ry, particularly after the eucharistic reforms of Pope
Pius X. With the lowering of the age of first com-
munion, the gradual relaxing of the rules governing

fasting before reception of the eucharist, and the
active encouragement of more frequent commu-
nion by the laity, the rate of confessions dipped
below that of communions and stayed there. In
1907-08, the Jesuits' tally of communions exceeded
confessions for the first time (1 .7 million to 1 .4 mil-
lion), and the gap steadily widened thereafter, even-
tually leveling off at a rough ratio of three to two.
This balance prevailed until the precipitous decline
of confession in the 1960s.

As American Catholics internalized the practice
of more frequent reception of the Eucharist, they
seemed to conclude that it was communion, not
confession, that performed the all-important work
of purification and reconciliation. One could take

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Maurice J. Downey
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Walpole, MA 02081
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Rita Quane GSS W '40 wishes to say
thank you on behalf of her brother.
Rev. Joseph F. Quane, SJ who, on
June 19, 2000, celebrated his sixty-
second year as a Jesuit priest. On
July 11, 2000, Fr. Joe reached his
ninety-fifth birthday and is residing
at Pierce Pavilion, Campion Health
Care Center, Weston, Massachu-
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not able to answer his correspon-
dence. He received many, many cards
and letters noting the above two
occasions. We both wish to say many
thanks to his friends, former stu-
dents at BC and academic associates
for their thoughtfulness. It would be
impossible to answer all of them


Charles A. McCarthy
2081 Beacon Street
Waban, MA 02468
(617) 244-9025

Henry O. Delaney of Cambridge,
about whom we wrote in the previ-
ous issue of the "Bulletin" died last
January 28. He had been in ill health
for some time and suffered an acci-
dent with a bus. May he rest in peace!
• On a more cheerful note, my wife
and I traveled to Tanglewood on
August 6 to hear Seiji Ozawa con-
duct the Boston Symphony in Ben-
jamin Britten's "War Requiem."
This was possibly Ozawa's last ap-
pearance in this country and the
"War Requiem" the most powerful
tone poem I have ever heard. The
performance was superb.


Walter M. Drohan
85 Nelson Street
Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 729-2899

Ed Cass's recent safari trip merits
all our interest. He went from Crane
Creek Palm City Florida on the way
to the port of Pirius Greece to the
Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal
to a Red Sea Cruise, then on to
cruise the Indian Ocean that included

stops at Cape Town South Africa.
All in all, 7,000 miles were covered.
A most interesting part of his trip
was the finding of a Boston College
Club in Cape Town. • Jim Curley
died May 28 in Wakefield. He was
the father of Joseph A. and Charles
R. of Wakefield and James J., Jr. of
Reading. He is also survived by eight
grandchildren and three great grand-
children. Jim had a great legal career
and was a true friend of Boston Col-
lege. Prayers are in order.


Atty. William M. Hogan, Jr.
Brookhaven, A-305
1010 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA 02421
{78!) 863-8359


Herbert A. Kenny
894 Summer Street
Manchester, MA 01944
(978) 526-1446

As we reported sometime back,
Dr.Theodore N. Marier, who holds
a chair in liturgical music at Catholic
University in Washington, D.C., was
featured in a ma jor story in the Wash-
ington Post. The story was reprinted
in a recent edition of the Catholic
Digest with its national distribution.
• Alphonse "Ike" Ezmunt, our
scholar-athlete? is back in Boynton
Beach, Florida, reflecting on his re-
cent visit to the North Shore to see
old friends and relatives. He stopped
in for lunch with Herbert A. Kenny,
class correspondent at his home in
that meets monthly at Herb's house
in Manchester just celebrated its thir-
tieth anniversary. • Nicholas
Fiumara recently heaped with vari-
ous honors for his longyears of medi-
cal service, goes to work three days a
week, two at the New England Medi-
cal Center and one at his office. •
William Joyce and his wife are in
Oberammergau for the Passion Play.


Edward T. Sullivan
286 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186


We have Dan Holland to thank for
this issue of our class notes. These

are Dan's words: "the class of 1935
was highly favored by beautiful
weather for our sixty-fifth Reunion.
Mass was celebrated in the Holy
Spirit Chapel on the Newton cam-
pus by Fr. Paul Messer, SJ who gave
an inspiring homily." Dan Holland
served as lector for the spiritual read-
ings. We were pleased welcome die
following classmates, representatives
of some of our deceased classmates,
and others. Anne and Milt
Borenstein made a cameo appear-
ance. A conflict in their schedule
required them to leave before the
appetizing luncheon but they en-
joyed the opportunity to greet their
classmates. Dib Destefano took
time from his nautical chores in
Scituate to be with us. Bill
Fitzsimons enjoyed the company of
his grandson, Matthew Dunn, for
the festivities. Bill Gallagher's
widow, Marge, brought along her
daughter, Stacey , who was Bill's guest
at several Laetare gatherings. Dan
Holland was accompanied by his
wife, Remona. *Paul Hurley's
widow came with her daughter,
Patricia DeBiase, whose husband is



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a member of the Class of '63. Tom
Kelley was represented by his widow,
Edna and daughter Joyce. Dr. Jim
McDonough came with his friend
Mildred Bagley and appeared fully
recovered from his recent setbacks.
Bob Mead arrived from the Cape
accompanied b his daughter, Mary
Jo. Bill Nash was with his son, Paul.
Eddie O'Brien from Dorchester,
the survivor of our three Eddie
O'Briens, had his son, Ed, Jr. along.
• Frank O'Loughlin's widow
brought a guest Rita Skinner. Tom
Ryan came with his wife Nancy. Ed
Sullivan was with his wife Annie.
Walter Sullivan had the company
of his daughter, Marie Cox. • Com-
fortable arrangements, generous re-
freshments, and a fine luncheon were
provided by the Alumni Association,
represented very capably by Arlene
Fleming and Lynne Velente. De-
spite the atmosphere of jubilation,
there was the inescapable wrench at
the lengthening list of deceased and
of those who are unhappily inca-

Joseph P. Keating
24 High Street
Natick, MA 01760

(508) 653-4902

Not much of anything in the way of
class news after the summer that
wasn't. So instead of looking back
it's time to look ahead - to Wednes-
day, May 23, 2001. That's the date
for our annual luncheon and this
time we will be celebrating our sixty-
fifth! So if anyone has any ideas or
thoughts as to how we can make this
a special occasion, let me know. I am
sorry to report the death of Mary
Mahoney, wife of our late classmate
Vin Mahoney of Lowell. Our
prayers and sympathy are extended
to their daughter, Mary Beth Plouffe
and other members of the family.


Thomas E. Gaquin
206 Corey Street
W. Roxbury, MA 02132

The month of August has been a sad
one for the class of '37. On August
21, Art Ciampa called to announce
that his wife, Phyllis ("Sissie")
McDonald Ciampa, passed away. She
is survived by her husband, Art, her
daughter, Millie McCarthy of
Scituate, granddaughter Kyle of
Scituate, and a sister, Donna Ander-
son of Braintree, and many nieces
and nephews. The funeral Mass was
held at St. Ann's Church in
Wollaston. On the same date Francis
X. Noonan, formerly of Brighton,
died at Scituate Life Care Center
after a lengthy illness. Frank had a
long career as an executive at
Massport, retiring in 1981 after
thirty-one years with that agency.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara
C. (Jordan) and his daughters,
Deborah C. and Deirdre M., and
two sons, Francis X. and Gregory,
and three grandchildren. A funeral
Mass was held at St. Mary of the
Nativity Church in Scituate. • On
Saturday, August 26, William J.
Meek of Wayland died of cancer at
his Wayland home. Bill was origi-
nally from Dedham and West
Roxbury, joined the Boston Globe
in 1936 as a copyboy and became a
police reporter in 1938. During
World War II he served in the
United States Navy, seeing action
during the invasion of Italy and later


in the Pacific at Iwo Jima and
Okinawa. Following World War II
he returned to the Globe as copy
editor and worked his way up to Day
Editor until his retirement in 1981.
He later taught journalism and world
affairs courses at the Chamberlain
School and Newbury College until
1998. He is survived by his wife,
Carolyn (Baker), a son William J. of
Marietta, Georgia , and four daugh-
ters, Susan Hesse of Chatham, Jen-
nifer Palmer of Newton, Alexandra
Shumway of Dedham, and Jocelyn
Meek of Brooldine, three grandchil-
dren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at St.
Ann's Church in Wayland. • During
August I checked on Leo Coveney at
his year-round residence in
Centerville and found that Leo is in
excellent health and waiting for our
next anniversary celebration. • Joe
Barry is recovering nicely after lac-
eration of his right hand suffered in
a fall in his neighborhood.


William D. Finan
1202 Greendale Avenue
Unit #134
Needham, MA 02492


John D. Donovan
12 Wessonville Way
Westborough, MA 01581


How to start? The weather is always
safe, SO- the weather this past sum-
mer left a lot to he desired but, hey -
this is New England. Just wait a
minute or more! The really good
news is that we have no "obits" to
report. Thanks, God. Other good
news includes the Ritz-Carleton cel-
ebration by Nelson and Joan
Erickson of their golden wedding
anniversary and the successful recu-
peration of Frank Brennan from
open-heart surgery. Congratula-
tions! Frank also notes with pride
that he has a granddaughter now a
B.C. sophomore. As always, Al
Branca generously passes along
news about other classmates. This
time he has been advised by Austin
O'Toole, brother of our late class-
mate John A. O'Toole, that John's
combat death during the assault on
Fedhala, Morocco was dramatically
recognized by the United State Navy.
His outstanding bravery was not only

recognized by the posthumous award
of the Navy Cross but by the subse-
quent name of the DE 527 as
O'Toole. His heroism and his
memory live on. For more class news,
keep us informed. 'Till next time,
let's hope that the Eagles have a
rewarding football season and also
do well in class. Cheers.


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Sherman Rogan
34 Oak Street
Reading, MA 01867

The Class of 1940 celebrated a gala
sixtieth reunion dinner at the Bos-
ton College Downtown Club on May
31, 2000. Everyone had a marvelous
time. The class wishes to thank the
Alumni Association for all their hard
work and assistance. Those in atten-
dance included: Frank and Doris
Ahearn, Elmore and Margaret
Campbell, Joe and Kathleen
Costigan, Henry and Muriel
Desmond, Rev. Erancis Diskin,
Helen Drinan, Tom and Mary
Duffey, Bill and Mary Duffey,
Mary Ford, George and Gertrude
Gallagher, Debra Gibbons, Kay
Gilligan, Barbara Goodman, Rev.
William Granville, Edward
Greeley, Paul Greeley, Joe and
Louise Groden, Art and June
Hassett, Robert and Virginia
Henderson, Joe Joseph, Maryjoy,
Ed and Joan Kenny, John and Dor-
othy Lyons, William Maisey, John
and Lucille McCarthy, Daniel
McCue, Robert and Charlotte
McGovern, Ed and Ruth Nagle,
Vinicio and Helen Nasca, Mary

O'Brien, Fred and Florence
O'Hara, John O'Hara, Robert
O'Malley, Bob Power, Sherm and
Joan Rogan, Dallas Russell, James
and Helen Ryan, John Ryan,
Marguarite Schofield, Beebe
Sinofsky, Rev. William Smith,
Thomas Smithers, Tom Sweeney,
Jeremiah Twomey, Joe and
Thelma Waters, and Kay Wright.
•Fred Robertie couldn't make our
sixtieth due to illness. He advises
that Charles B Thornton formerly
of Brighton and Scituate passed away
in December last in Florida leaving
his wife Betty and three sons. Fred
attended B.C. High and Charlie and
the two remained lifelong friends.
Naval officers during World War II,
they once enjoyed a reunion at Pearl
Harbor. William J. (Bill) Laverty
of Osterville (B.S. in Physics) passed
on this past spring leaving his wife
Margaret (O'Hara). A mass for Dr.
Edward J. Handy was celebrated at
the AnnunciationMelkite Cathedral
in Roslindale in July. Devoted hus-
band of Louise and much-loved
brother of Ernie of the class of '42.
Dr. Handy joins thirteen doctors
remembered at our twenty-third an-
nual Mass of Petition. A veteran of
World War II and the Korean "con-
flict," Ed is interred at the National
Cemetery at Bourne. One graduate
of the B.C. Evening College who
received her degree of Bachelor of
Arts with the Class of '40 was Sister
Jean Marie Callahan, O.P. Sister's
career as a Dominican nun included
terms a principal of St. Cecelia's
High School in Hastings, Nebraska
and a school in Gloucester, Massa-
chusetts. A loyal daughter of the
church, the lady is honored as the
founding president of St. Catherine's
College in Springfield, Kentucky.
Another Little Flower on the "Seven
Story Mountain." And so the roll
goes on, sons ad daughters of the
Heights, from a generation shocked
by the fall of France, who persevered
in love of God, man and country by
a lifetime dedicated to service. Those
living away from Massachusetts look
forward to news of their friends from
days when Shaw's "Begin the
Beguine" spirited our lunch-time
breaks. The Archdiocese has estab-
lished an honor memorializingMost
Rev. Francis J. Lally, award-win-
ning editor of the Pilot, longtime
Chairman of the Boston Redevelop-
ment Authority and well-loved com-
rade of '40. In May your
correspondent took title to a boat-
house in Swampscott adjacent to a
home owned by Dr. Ezio Tessone.
The boathouse once housed a Emited
States Coast Guard search and res-
cue detachment. Record the names

of your grandchildren here and let
the world know of their aspirations
and accomplishments. Your class-
mates are interested. The record of
the class '40 in religious vocations
may never be matched, but the aim
of the Eagle must be to lead the
world tomorrow. We rely on Provi-
dence to chart the course. Drop a
line, remembering always "to keep a
song in your heart."


James J. Kiely, PhD
2 Forest Lane
Hingham, MA 02043
(781) 749-2021


Ernest J. Handy
84 Walpole Street Unit 4-M
Canton, MA 02021
(781) 821-4576

Sincere wishes to my classmates,
their families, and those who read
this column for a happy and blessed
Christmas. May the day be filled
with the love and companionship of
all your loved ones. Kindly remem-
ber George Crowley, who died 2
June 2000, in your prayers. George
was very active as an attorney in
patent law. Our condolences to his
widow Helen, son Peter, daughter
Ann and his six grandchildren. Your
prayers are also requested for Tom
Duffy who died after a brief illness
14May 2000, exactly fifty-eightyears
from the date we graduated. Tom
did submarine duty as Executive
Officer in the Navy during World
War II. He rose to the rank of Com-
mander. He subsequently graduated
from Loyola Law School and later
became Vice-President of the
Northern Trust Company, one of
the largest banks in America. To his
widow Marjorie, daughters, Nancy
and Carolyn, and son, Thomas, we
extend our sincere condolences. •
He was a decorated veteran of three
wars, flying bombing missions dur-
ing World War II, commanding an
air squadron during the Korean war,
and commanding the aircraft carrier
Oriskany during the Vietnam War.
John Iarrobino died of cancer 23
June 2000. Please remember him in
your prayers. Our sincere sympa-
thies to his widow Grace, their
daughter lanice and their son James.
• While at B. C, Joe Sherry had a
strong opinion on freedom of con-
versation during lectures and train



rides. During World War II he
brought honor to the Marine Corps
as a First Lieutenant but he is best
remembered as the 1986 Volunteer
of the Year for North Shore Catho-
lic Charities. In 1 984 he retired after
twenty years of teaching high school
social studies. Joe died 26 August
2000. Please remember him in your
prayers. To his widow Kathleen, sons
Joseph and Peter, daughters Chris-
tine, Adrianne, Sara & Maria, and
his ten grandchildren we extend our
sincere sympathies. • Also in your
prayers, please remember my brother
Ed '40, who died 14 July 2000. •
With great pride I report that more
than fifty percent of our classmates
contributed in excess of $50,000 to
Alma Mater during fiscal 2000.
Hopefully, the percentage will in-
crease during fiscal 2 00 1 . We can do
it. • Because they were attending
the famous Passion Play, performed
every ten years, in Oberammergau,
Germany, Beth & Tom Hinchey
missed Memorial Mass 2000. Tom
writes, "It was a most memorable
experience." • Despite a heavy sched-
ule, which included a high school
graduation address, teaching law
courses, lecturing in Portugal, and
preparing his tenth book for publi-
cation, Bob Drinan was present at
our Memorial Mass. • Retirement
has not slowed down Joe Downey.

HOME, be it ever so humble. Once
again, may your Christmas be all
that you want it to be.


beside his son, Lt. James Ward, who
was killed in action in the Vietnam





This past October he served as Spiri-
tual Director on a pilgrimage to Italy
for the Feast of St. Francis. • My
tailgating days are now just wonder-
ful memories. Our group included
Julie & Jim Cahalane, Marie & Frank
Driscoll, Dorothy & Ed McDonald,
and Marie & Frank Dever. Before
the game we'd have omelets with
bacon or ham. After the game there
would be another feast. Of course,
liquid refreshments were never for-
gotten. Today, my social activities
consist mainly of whatever is served
at the Hall of Fame Room. As you
read this, I will be counting the days
until I will be relaxing on the beach
in Naples, Florida, swimming in
warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico,
playing golf, socializing with class-
mates, enjoying the activities spon-
sored by the B. C. Club of
Southwestern Florida, and, yes,
counting the days till we return

Thomas O'C. Murray
14 Churchill Road
W. Roxbury, MA 02132-3402
(617) 323'3737

We must start again with some sad
news: our condolences to Agnes and
the family of Joe Lyons who died on
July 5 after a prolonged illness. Joe
was a decorated Navy vet, a triple
Eagle, a former Assistant Attorney
General and a lawyer in Boston for
more than fifty-two years. Condo-
lences also to Tom Manning on the
death of his brother and to Dr. Hal
Habib on the death of his sister.
Seen at the wake/funeral were Alex
Skene, Bob Donelan, Jean and Jim
Harvey and Marie and Tom
Murray. • I had a call in June from
Fr. Gene McKenna who wished to
be remembered to all. We missed
Fr. Bill Commane at the golf day
since he was in CA and recently
underwent some surgery and at last
report was doing well. Another case
of health problems reported by Marie
Meagher: husband Tom recovering
from a heart operation in July and is
now on the road to recovery; a card
would be welcome! Speaking of
health, Frank Hill reports he had
one of those bypass operations with
no side effects; as a matter of fact,
he's back playing tennis feeling fine
and planning a Florida vacation next
spring. • We recently had a nice
note from John Rafferty with a gen-
erous contribution for class dues.
Jim Considine reports he's sorry to
have missed the golf day but looks
forward to next year's event. From
Florida, I received a nice letter from
Marcella Lanigan, widow of our late
Ed, telling us how much she enjoys
reading the '43 news. • Still much
involved in B.C.'s Second Helping
is Ernie Santosuosso. Lost among
our letters, one from Fr. Tom Heath
who regrets he had to miss our golf
day and fall festival, but was called
back to Africa in August, hoping to
return in three years. Look for a full
report of our annual fall festival in
our next column, but in the mean-
time please keep in touch. Any news
from classmates is most welcome!

Jim (James) O'Donnell
3317 Newark Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-3371
FAX: (202) 966-2933

At the end of August last, in a phone
conversation while on the Cape, I
thanked Dr. Don White for mailing
to me in D.C. the IBEW baseball
cap I left at his Chatham home weeks
earlier. • He exacted a price for re-
turn of the cap. I agreed; and now I
must try to perform my end of his
bargain, viz. accepting the challenge
of being contact person to collect
notes and submit copy on the illus-
trious Class of 44. My commitment;
to give it my best shot from D.C. - at
least through 2001, D.V. • I hardly
resisted. It would be too difficult to
turn down a request so rare from
Don White. Over the years, since he
ably managed production of the Sub
Turri for '44, as classmate, as dean,
he has stayed the course with sailor/
columnist Jim MCSorley, Jim
Dowd, Paul Burns, Joe Bains
(R.I.P.)as well as with Dr. John
Duggan and Joe Delaney, keeping
our class connected and bringing us
together at the Heights for refresh-
ing reunions. • In or brief phone
chat before Labor Day, I told Dean
Don of the flash-back I experienced
after visiting with him and Helene in
Mid-July. Prior to the attack on
Pearl and long before the Los Alamos
Test, Don made a report in Profes-
sor Robert Buck's Economics class
when he alerted students and Pro-
fessor Buck to the advent of U-235,
the coming on nuclear fission and of
energy almost without limits. I'm
still sure Don compiled his report
without downloading classified se-
crets. But how? • Classmates from
Plymouth, Million, and beyond the
sacred bounds of Massachusetts, I
need and would welcome your help
and input. Until the fatal contact in
summer-2000 with persuasive Dr.
Don White, I deserved a Class of '44
characterization as "Out-ofTouch".
I expect to hear from the class histo-
rian in Plymouth. I'm promised a
healthy networking by my daughter
Karen in Waltham, now that I've
recovered her IBEW baseball hat
from Don White. • A couple of final
notes for now: "Of Counsel" Len
Collins and my spouse Jeanne
(Conners) O'Donnell still spar oc-
casionally on legal matters in D.C. •
Col. "Jim" Games R.) Ward, Class
of '40, was interred with full honors
on, September 14, 2000 at Arlington
National Cemetery. He was buried


Louis V. Sorgi
5 Augusta Road
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 698-0623

Mea Culpa! I forgot to report last
time about Laetare Sunday. The
turnout was light for our class be-
cause of the Florida travelers. In
attendance were Tom Loftus, Neil
Restani, Jack McCarthy, MaryLou
and Lou and Lillian. John
Harrington was the featured
speaker. Thanks to our treasurer,
Jack, for handling this event. • Our
medical report this time is very good.
Joe Figurito had angioplasty and
aneurysm surgery. He is doing well
and expects to be doing his usual
spotting for the home football games.
He no longer does any kind of teach-
ing at BC. 1 Jack McCarthy had sur-
gery for a new valve and triple
by-pass. He is also doing very well
and should be back playing with the
legends by the time you read this
report. • Dennis Condon had sur-
gery for an aneurysm and is also
doing very well. Hopefully, he too
will be joining the legends before
the year closes. • Charlie Earley
has fully recovered from his mild
shock and joined the legends for the
first time at Wollaston. Leo
McGrath has just gone in for a bi-
opsy of his vocal chords. I will report
the results in the next issue. • As I
write this, John Hogan is feeling
better but not up to par. We miss
him at the legend tournaments. •
The legends played their first round
of golf at Heatherly Golf Course.
Bill Cornyn was our smiling host
because his team of Kineavy,
Catalogna took first place and the
money. By the way, I forgot to men-
tion that Vin Catalogna is suffering
from a very sore back due to his war-
time injuries and arthritis. We ended
up the day at Barker's Tavern in
Scituate for a good dinner and a
lively discussion about our golf play.
The second match took place at
Wollaston Golf Club, hosted by
yours truly. As the host for the day,
I thought I had put together a win-
ning team, but we did not win.
Charlie Earley, who played with us
for the first time, did very well and
helped McCready, Hamrock and Dr.
Colpoys win all the money. Dr.
Colpoys • forty two joined us as a
member of the Club and we thank


him for his help. Also playing that
day were Bill Cornyn, Paul Ryder,
Dave Carey, Jack Kineavy, Vin
Catalogna and Ed Burns. Dave
Carey also played with a sore back
but hit the ball very well. • Lillian
and I went to the annual football
cookout at the Heights. Jack
McCarthy, Charlie Earley and Jack
Kineavy were there with their fami-
lies. Tom O'Brien talked about the
team and said he was pleased so far
with their performances. By the time
you read these notes, they will have
played many games and you can make
your own judgment. • The Ever to
Excel campaign is off to a good start
through July. BC has received gifts
and pledges of more than $26 mil-
lion toward the goal of $400 million.
We still need the help of every alum-
nus in the country to reach the goal.
Our class continues to do well in
percentage of giving and my hope is
to see our class reach as close as
possible to 100%. There are many
ways to give money which not only
helps your alma mater, but also can
help you. Thanks to all of you for
what you do for alma mater. 'There
are many good things going on at
BC and they were all listed in Father
Leahy's letter to all alumni. If you
haven't read it by now, you are miss-
ing a lot of good news. One of things
mentioned was our strength in en-
rollment. Freshmen applications for
the class of 2004 numbered 20,742,
breaking 20,000 for the first time.
Applications have risen by a total of
25% over the last two years. Great
things are also going on in the qual-
ity of research and scholarship. The
more you know about your college,
the more your support and admira-
tion will grow. • The sympathy of
the class goes to the family of Rob-
ert Mealy, M.D. who passed away
this year in St. Petersburg, FL. Bob
was the first pediatrician to practice
in Taunton. He was an army veteran
of World War II and Korea.


Leo F. Roche, Esq.
26 Sargent Road
Winchester, MA 018
(781) 729-2340


A mini-reunion was enjoyed at La-
etare Sunday last spring, with Midge
and Jim Ryan, Jim McTaggart, Fa-
ther Mark Carr and Jim and Mary
Kiley along with two of their sons in
attendance. Jim Kiley's family is now
a three generation group ; his daugh-
ter, Mary '76 and his granddaugh-
ter, Robin Leone, a junior in the
school of nursing. 'If you are going
on an ocean cruise, you'd do well to
have Henry Francis as a bridge part-
ner. He is editor in chief of the sixth



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North Falmouth, MA 02556
(508) 563-6168

edition of the encyclopedia of bridge
and was editor of the fourth and fifth
editions. He is also editor in chief of
"The Spectator," an on-line bridge
magazine; he is also affiliated with
North American Bridge Champion-
ships and is the president of the
International Bridge Press Associa-
tion. • Sorry to report the deaths of
Joe McDavitt, Father PaulMoynihan
and George Donelan. Joe had been
retired after a career as teacher/coach
with the Cambridge school system.
Father Paul entered Pope John XXIII
Seminary after working several years
as a librarian. He served in parishes
in Danvers, Norwood, Lowell and,
most recently, in Quincy. George
Donelan is remembered as a football
captain for two successive years. Also
for his beautiful singing voice.
George was featured in a Chronicle
broadcast on WCVB-TV channel 5
diis past spring which highlighted
the famous Brinks Robbery. George
had written a short story concerning
the robbery and had considerable
insight into the event. George spent
a good deal of time in a hobby of
woodworking; I am in possession of
a handsome clock, which adorns my
living room wall. • Drop a line to
bring us up to date.

Timothy C. Buckley
46 Woodridge Road
Wayland, MA 01778
(508) 358-4519


William H. Flaherty, Jr.
44 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
(978) 670-1449

Things are quiet, not only on the
Western Front, but also on the East-
ern and Central Fronts as well. It is
one thing in the winter months when
everyone, and I do mean everyone,
is in Florida, but the summer time
when the livin' is easy and the cotton
is high, to quote a phrase. Our class
is not only inactive but quite dull.
Have not heard from anyone, but I
know you are out there- I can hear
you breathing - thank God. • While
there was a little talk of a golf outing
- maybe on the Cape - as yet no
details are forthcoming. I am wait-
ing to hear from our South Shore
correspondents: John Joseph
Turner, Jr. and Jon Joseph Hickey.
It is difficult to get word to the
northern part of Massachusetts, I
know, It must be the Big Dig - it is
getting blamed for everything else.
• SawJoeQuinn at a birthday party
this summer. Looking good, as
usual. • It is August when I am
writing this piece and this is Saratoga
month for the Flahertys. I know
Peter and Paula Rogerson and
Sahag and Margaret Dakesian will
be there. With Sark's new "system"
for picking winners, he will be un-
derwriting a the class activities for
many years. President John Joseph
McQuillan will be in attendance.
His track record is so terrible; we
won't see any big deposits in the
treasury from that area. • As usual,
we cannot get by a deadline without
the word of some classmate passing
away. Victor J. Sarno of Jamaica
Plain, formerly of Stoughton, died
on April 26, 2000. He was the
beloved husband of the late Marga-
ret (Goldrick) Sarno. He is survived
by several children. Victor was the
late retired Assistant Commissioner
of Veteran Services for the City of
Boston. • The other death hits close
to home with the announcement of
the passing of Frances B. Hogan in
Lowell on May 28, 2000. She was a
'49 graduate of the Boston College
School of Nursing. Frances was

married to John Hogan, Class of
'45. She earned a Masters Degree in
Education from Salem State Col-
lege. She and John have five chil-
dren, two of whom were Eagles:
Maureen in 1977 and Chris in 1985.
John and she were avid football and
basketball fans with season tickets
for over fifty years. Frances was in
attendance at the Miracle in Miami
and Flutie's Hail Mary pass. • Liv-
ing in Billerica, as I do, anyone from
Lowell is family. IknewtheHogans
when I was a member at Vesper
Country Club, which is really a
Lowell athletic club. John and I
share a mutual friend in John
McGowan of Woburn. Her passing
is a loss to me. I join our class in
extending our deepest sympathy to
John and the family. • Ending on a
bright note: Eileen and I will be
joining our son, Richard, his wife,
Mary, and son, Rory, for a little
excursion to Ireland in September -
another trip to the Aranlslands to
stare at the rocks. Rory will be the
fifth generation to kiss the ground at
Inishmore. • I'm reminded of one
day several years ago, playing a
Ballybunion with a wise old caddy,
Tom Connolly. - I invited Tom in
for a beer after the round, but he
informed me that caddy's were ex-
cluded from the clubhouse. I said,
"That's too bad." It didn't faze Tom.
He looked me square in the eye and
said, "There is no rule against talcing
one out." Oh, the clever Irish!


John A. Dewire
15 Chester Street, #31
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 876-1461

Joseph C. Gallagher retired in 1990
from the First National Bank of Bos-
ton as vice president of the Govern-
ment Relations Department. Joe and
his wife, Marie, are blessed with four
children. All four are BC graduates.
Susan '82 (1999 winner of the BC
Companion of Justice Award for ser-
vice to others), Lisa '63, Jay '86 and
Mark '91 Three have advanced de-
grees. They are also blessed with
four granddaughters. Joe and Marie
relocated from Milton to Falmouth
Heights in 1995 and they are enjoy-
ing the good life on Cape Cod. With
a considerable amount of free time,
he has come to realize how much a
Jesuit education has done not only
for him, but for the other four Eagles
in his family. • Bill Mulvey's son,
David, age 52, died two weeks after
he returned to Battendorf, Iowa from



our golden eagle reunion. • The
following classmates attended the
Flynn Fund Family Barbecue Au-
gust 11, 2000: Tom Lyons, Tom
Giblin, John Devvire, Bill Morro,
Sal Del Prete, Bob Dischino, Bob
Harwood. •tChester W. Lipka died
in Stuart, Florida on December 21,

1999. Anative of Clinton, MA, Chet
was a staff sargeant in the US Army
Air Force in WWII. He retired from
the Western Electric (AT&T) that
he worked for in North Andover,
MA and North Miami. He was a
member of the Polish American
Veterans and the Disabled Ameri-
can Veterans of Lowell, MA. survi-
vors include his wife of fifty years,
Stasia Lipka of Stuart, FL and two
sisters: Helen Faber of Tewksbury
and Bernadette Piekos of Lowell. •
William C. Hyland died on January
2 1 , 2000 in Arlington, MA. He was a
marine corp. veteran of WWII. He
leaves his wife, Judith, and a son,
William III, both of Arlington, and
one brother, Richard, of Spenceville,
Maryland. • John J. McCafferty of
Westwood passed away on July 5,

2000. He was a retired partner of
Ernst & Young. He leaves his wife,
Patricia, and four daughters and two
sons. *Joseph P. McCusker of
Watertown died on April 24, 2000 at
his home. He was a US navy veteran
of WWII. He played for the BC
1949 national championship hockey
team. John taught English and His-
tory at Waltham High School and
later at Waltham Vocational High
School. He was a member of the
ancient order of Hibernians and the
Pike's Peak Club at BC. He left 6
sons and 5 daughters, all of whom
live in Massachusetts, 2 brothers,
Jerome of Barnstable, MA and James
of Woodland, CA, a sister, Alice
Lydon of Wilmington, MA. »Leo J.
Parente died in Natick on May 18,
2000. The news of Leo's passing
reached us at BC during our golden
eagle weekend He leaves his wife,
Mafalda, a son, Leo J. Parente, Jr. of
New York City and I daughter,
Claudia Frolock, of Cape Elizabeth,
Maine. He was a retired professor of
accounting and finance at Simmons
College and a US army veteran of
WWII. On behalf of the entire class
of 1950,1 wish to extend our sincere
sympathy to the families of these
departed classmates!


Ann Fulton Cote
n Prospect Street
Winchester, MA 01890


Robert L. Sullivan
78 Phillips Brooks Road
Westwood, MA 02090
(781) 326-5980

For the record, I have not been the
class correspondent for "nearly fifty
years" as stated in the last issue. The
sentence should have read as fol-
lows: "As I've stated in the past, the
tough part of being the correspon-
dent for a nearly fifty year class is
reporting the sad news." Unfortu-
nately, a printing error occurred and
several key words were omitted.
There have been at least two other
correspondents over the years. Jack
Casey and Francis Quinn both pre-
ceded me in the job. • Here's some
fiftieth reunion news that is hot off
the press following a committee
meeting the other day. John Bacon
has organized a group of volunteers
including Joe Canney, Bob
Corcoran, Jack Casey, Jim Derba,
Maurice Downey, Jim Foley, Tim
Guinee, Bob Jepsen, Martyjoyce,
Charley Maher, Ed Quirk, Pat


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Roche, Ed White and yours truly.
The planning for the various events
is falling into place, but we can also
use more expertise, particularly in
the preparation of the fiftieth year
yearbook that Maurice Downey has
agreed to manage and with Laetare
Sunday which Tim Guinee will be
organizing. If you have some exper-
tise in these areas, drop us a note. By
the time you read this in December
we will have had a "game watch" in
Walsh Hall of the BC - Notre Dame
game at South Bend on November
1 1 . The next scheduled event will be

a Christmas Chorale on Friday,
December 8, 2000. This will be fol-
lowed by Laetare Sunday on March
25, 2001; Alumni Day at the Arts
Festival on April 28, 2001; a class
Golf Tournament at the Wayland
Country Club in mid May; the pos-
sibility of a Red Sox baseball game
and the exciting Reunion Weekend
ofMay 17 -21, 2001. Aformal mail-
ing regarding all the events will be
sent to each classmate for whom we
have an address. Unlike most of the
other classes that collect dues on a
regular basis, we have rarely asked
our classmates for class dues. This
year, we will be asking each class-
mate for a one-time $25.00 dues
payment to help defray some of the
expense of the fiftieth reunion. •
Giles Threadgold called me the
other day to report that despite bad
knees and other aches and pains, he
is feeling great and enjoying life on
Cape Cod. He also offered to help
with the reunion work in any way he
could. Giles adds his wit on a weekly
basis to the local Howie Carr radio
talk show. He recently got together
with the 1 949 NCAA Hockey Cham-
pionship Team, of which he and
several other '51 classmates (Fran
Harrington, JackMulhern and Len
Ceglarski) were members. Also rep-
resenting '5 1 on that team as man-
ager was Tom Livingston, who
unfortunately was killed in action in
the Korean conflict. After reporting
in the last issue on the deaths of Gil
Dempsey and Warren Ridge, I re-
ceived a nice note from Mrs.
Dempsey reporting the death of
Francis E. Cosgrove on May 21,
2000. Frank, Gil and Warren were
Business School pals who remained
close friends for more than fifty years
and all passed away within several
months of each other this year. It's
our sad duty to also report the deaths
of Gael D'. Coakleyjr. (2/23/00),
Francis C. Cadigan (3/17/00), Jo-
seph H. Malloy (4/22/00) and
George J. Wilson (7/23/99). May
they rest in peace!


Edward L. Englert, Jr., Esq.
128 Colberg Avenue
Roslindale, MA 02131
(617) 323-1500

News and dues keep coming and
recendy we heard from Joe Quinlan,
Beatrice Olivieri Ames, Ed Gor-
don, Bob Quinn, John Irwin, John
O'Connor, Henry Gailivnos,
Frank Canning, and Bob Early and

Phil Mitchell, who are enjoying life
on Cape Cod, Peter Genovese,
Ellen Lavin, Moe Miett, Larry
Durkee and Liz Cronin, who is in

Rye, New Hampshire. Nick
Loscocco and Bob Doherty are in
Florida and Bob Devoid is in
Brattleboro. Dr. Charlie Carroll
has retired and is doing grandfa-
therly things in McLean, Virginia
while Hohn Kastberg is up in
Valhalla, New York, and Arthur
Farley is in Nashua, New Hamp-
shire. Al Perrault, New Britain,
Connecticut writes that his sons Al,
Jimmy and Mark graduated from
B.C. Nick Gallinaro sent a nice
note from Homdel, New Jersey stat-
ing that he has retired and has spent
time traveling. Tom Cullinan,
Lynnfield, spends time in Florida.
Heard from Larry Murrin in W.
Springfield, who has retired from
the I.R.S. Larry spends time doing
tax work when he is not golfing.
That's par for the course! Received
a note from Jim Ryan, Brookline,
who is a professional writer. Jim was
a reporter and VPI correspondent
and editor, who also wrote prize
winning short stories. He was a
corporate public relations executive
and is the author of eleven books.
Jim Kenneally, Al Sexton, Jim
Mulrooney and Lex Blood were
among those attending the B .C. Club
of Cape Cod Grand Annual Lun-
cheon at Coonamesset Inn in June. •
Sorry to report the deaths of class-
mates George Campbell, Walter
J. Ferrera, Joseph R. McKenna
and Francis Glynn. George lived
in Hookset, New Hampshire and
wintered in Bradenton. He was a
retired school principal from
Manachester. Walter lived in East
Randolph, Vermont, formerly of
East Boston, Winchester and Ar-
lington. He owned several super-
markets in Vermont and Florida.
Joseph lived in Portland, Maine and
Sarasota and was former district
manager of the Social Security Ad-
ministration in Portland. Franklived
in Braintree and was a practicing
attorney in Boston. • The class had
its spring reunion at the Cranwell
Resort and Golf Club in Lenox in
June and a great time was had by all.
Attending were Rosemary Ahern,
John Burns, Joe Chisholm, Arthur
Farley, Jay Hughes, Dick
McLaughlin, Matthew Towle,
Dave Murphy, Charlie Sherman,
Dr. Art Powell, Jack Leary, Bob
Allen, Lex Blood, Tom Cullinan,
George Gallant, John Healy, Jim
Callahan, Jim Kenneally, Frank
Canning Tom Megan and Roger
Connor and Kathy, who worked


hard to make the gathering the en-
joyable affair it was. • If you looked
at the calendar lately, you know our
fiftieth anniversary is just around
the corner, and Roger has begun
working on details. A committee
met recently to formulate plains and
attending were Bob Allen, Roger,
Fr. Hugh O'Regan, Frank Dooley,
Gene Giroux, Jim Kenneally,
Mary McCabe, Matt Towle,
Charlie Sherman, Tom Megan,
Frank McDermott, Al Sexton, Art
Powell, and Jack Leary. All ideas
and suggestions are welcome by each
and every classmate. Please send
information requested by Frank
Dooley and George Gallant regard-
ing the fiftieth yearbook. It is our
intention to have a full year of activi-
ties and we urge all classmates to
participate. When plans have been
finalized you will be notified; how-
ever, we are getting an early start
because the amount of work involved
and so this will be a great anniver-
sary year. In the meantime, please
send the news to me and allow up to
six months for publication.


Robert W. Kelly
586 White Cliffs Drive
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 888-3550
Fax: (508) 833-9972

As I sit here looking back remem-
bering the great times we've had, at
anniversaries, class functions, sports
games and individual activities with
classmates, sometimes my mind
starts focusing on the future, let's
say our fiftieth. It will be on us
before we know it! • Met up with Bill
Brooks the other day, and was he
steaming about my remark "Don't
call him for Red Sox Tickets" -
Well!!! Bill says if anyone is looking
for tickets to Fenway Park, he'll set
them up with some great ones on the
fifty yard line. Remember those days?
I'm surprised he still has some!!!
What I'm now about to write about
is so great, so classical, so BC 'S3, it
has my mind in a dither!!! Roderick
O'Neil is "alive and kicking" al-
though Rod was diagnosed with in-
operable cancer last year, and wasn't
supposed to see the year 2000, Rod
is still with us, with a new prognosis
and chance to hang around a few
more years, at least till the fiftieth.
Tells me he received a phone call
from Tom O'Brien from California
recently (another classmate name
from the past).* Before I get off Rod
- in our communications he asked if

I was a member of the Fulton Debat-
ing Society? Rod the answer is no!
Sorry. However, I was in the Aristo-
telian Philosophical Society. We met
every Wednesday afternoon at the
Stable Bar in Copley Square for
Dimees, that is, until Black Mack
surprised us one Wednesday. That
was a sad day, we lost our charter!!
But those were the good old days,
the Copley Marriott rises above the
old stables now!! What a shame!! •
Received a long letter from John
McCauley updating me on his fam-
ily. I never knew John was into lit-
erature and poems as he seems to be.
It seems that the McCauley, head
the wedding of the year in Newport
last July. Kate McCauley '92 mar-
ried Rob Joanis '92 and a triple
Eagle(that doesn't mean Rob's a lot
older. Double promotions etc., can
do that for a person. There were
forty-two BC alums in attendance,
not me though! I'm writing this as
Hear Say! Supposedly it was held at
Ocean Cliff on Narragansett Bay
where the Tall Ships passed and sa-
luted the couple with Cannon Shots
Broadside! '53 classmates in atten-
dance were John Toppa, John
McKinnon and Ed Powers, whose
daughter Gail sang Give another
Hoya and a Cho Cho Go Rah. -Major
General Reginald A Cettnacchio,
Adjutant General of the Rhode Is-
land National Guard was there with
the Fifth Battalion, Infantry and re-
ported to, you know who, the old
snoop, that everything went well till
they ran out of food! Frank
Stapleton, writes that he retired from
his position as Vice President of Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Mass to han-
dling Real Estate with Hunneman/
Caldwell Banker in the Dedham/
Westwood area. • Frank and Marie
lost their oldest son, Michael (oldest
of six) in January due to surgical
complications. Their son Michael's
wife Judy is a graduate of BC nurs-
ing. • Richard Murphy who some-
time back was ushered into the ranks
of our deceased classmates, writes
it's not so! He also is alive and kick-
ing and living in Tampa, Florida for
the past twenty years. He has a son
and daughter both grads living in
the Boston Area and visits with them
several times in the fa!' So,ifyousee
him at a football game or Cape Cod
Club Function - stay alive, don't
drop dead, R. Leo Murphy is still
with us. In the future before I an-
nounce any passing of classmates -
I'll personally call them up so they
can tell me themselves they are not
with us. • Sorry for any confusion! •
Am I still here? Wait I'll call. • Phil
Natale writes he and his granddaugh-
ter Jessica hold certain records for

the class of '5 3.1. First and young-
est( 1 0-9-32) to have a granddaugh-
ter graduate from BC "99 •
2. Likewise to have a granddaugh-
ter receive a Graduate
Degree(M.A.) from BC • 3. First
also to achieve jointly "Quadruple
Eagle Status. Jess A.B. - M.A.
Boston College Himself BC High
& Boston College. • Any Chal-
lengers? • Finally - Labor Day
week Mary & I - Joanne & Guy
spent a wonderful evening-with
John and Thalia Irwin while they
were vacationing at the family
home in Buzzards Bay! We hope
to do this again, again, again.





David F. Pierre

P.O. Box 72

Prides Crossing, MA 01965

(978) 927-1149

Thanks to Frank Spellman we
have a great local reunion to re-
port on: Last June, a "Millennium
Reunion" was held at Teachers
Union Hall in Dorchester. Frank
was the spokesman for the era of
the fifties. In attendance was Joe
Doherty, who came in from Ger-
many, where he is involved in in-
ter-cultural relations. He is
married and has two grown daugh-
ters. A presentation was made to
the ReverendJohnJ. O'Rourke,
SSJ, who, along with being a class-
mate, was captain of the local Park
League football team. John is in
the Josephite Order, which is in-
volved with black communities
throughout the world. His cur-
rent address is St. Rose of Lima,
Post Office Box 126, Cecilia, Loui-
siana 70521. He'd love to hear
from some of his classmates. •
Tom O'Connell, former CEO of
Mass Safety Council, and for many
years a freelance writer and au-
thor of several books, has devel-
oped his own publishing
organization, Sanctuary Unlim-
ited. As an important element of
his Web site ww.sanctuary777

.com he recently launched the new
on-line publication "Lifestyle Jour-
nal", which is featuring his many
essays on the addictions, mental
health, and other health-related in-
formation. Tom served for many
years as National Correspondent,
United States. Journal of Drug &
Alcohol Dependence; Columnist,
"On addiction", Cape Cod Times;
Health & Lifestyle Columnist, Cape
Cod Journal; and communications
consultant to hospitals, addiction
treatment centers, mental health
clinics, health & human service agen-
cies. He is an adjunct faculty mem-
ber at Cape Cod Community College
where he teaches writing. • On a sad
note, we learned that Robert
Coughlin passed away last May. He
left his wife, Dorothy, and three chil-
dren. Last June, Dr. henry
Camerlingo passed away. He left
his wife, Nancy, and five children.
He was an orthodontist and a former
associate professor at Tufts.


Marie J. Kelleher
12 Tappan Street
Melrose, MA 02176
(781) 665-2669

The Passion Play at Oberammagau
seemed to be a favorite destination
for at least four of our classmates this
summer. Tom Griffin, John
O'Connell, Dan Foley, and Jean
O'Neil all managed to get there at
various times. John and Dan report
that they sang Foi' Boston 10,000 feet
up a mountain in Lucerne. Tom had
his own version of "It's A Small
World" while he and his wife Arlene
were visiting a Greek Orthodox
church fair back home in Pennsylva-
nia. While chatting with the pastor,
Tom mentioned that he had a B.C.
classmate who was a Greek Ortho-
dox bishop. Come to find out, this
priest knew exactly who he meant as
he and our Bishop John had been
altar boys together and were long-
time friends. Barbara Winklhofer
Wright now has more letters to add
to her name. She was accepted as a
Fellow in the American Academy of
Nursing and can use the initials
FAAN as part of her title. This is an
honor which is granted only to those
who have had a distinguished career
in nursing and few of those who
apply are accepted. I think that a
loud cheer of congratulations should
be sent her way. Barbara almost
joined the ranks of the retirees. She
did retire from her long time career
in politics, but her reputation is such



that she was sought out by Seton
Hall University and was convinced
to become an associate dean in the
school of nursing. The students and
faculty are lucky indeed. The OOPS
# 1 was in not acknowledging the fact
that Fr. Frank Strahan had been
elevated to Monsignor and I should
have remembered that when I wrote
about him in the last column. OOPS
#2, the addition of SJ to Msgr.
Strahan's and Fr. Stankard's names
was done by whoever edited the col-
umn. I indeed do know that on Feb.
2, 2001, they will celebrate their
forty-second anniversary as priests
of the Archdiocese of Boston. Many
times I hear about classmates or
members of their families who are
ill. I also receive calls or notes from
a spouse about a classmate who is
away from the church or who has
died. Throughout our lives, most of
us have prayed for someone's special
intention. My thought is perhaps we
could remember in prayer each day,
the special intentions of our class-
mates for surely God will know what
they are. Sadness has touched the
families of three of our classmates.
John McDonnell died on May 7.
He had been a teacher in the
Watertown School System before
he retired. John was also a Marine
Corps veteran and a member of the
B.C. Varsity Club. Our sympathy is
sent to his wife, Mary, and his entire
family. David G. Flynn joined his
late wife, Mary, in eternal life on
June 27. His children and grandchil-
dren can be assured also of our sym-
pathy. Less than a year after the
death of his wife, Kathy, Paul Fallon
experienced the sudden death of his
brother, Fr. Francis H. Fallon, SSJ.
Fr. Frank had been a Josephite for
over fifty years, serving down south
especially in Louisiana and Texas.
Fr. Frank was a member of the class
of '39. We send caring thoughts to
Paul and to his family. Because this
column will arrive just before the
holiday season, I hope that you and
you loved ones will be richly blessed
as you celebrate each one.


Jane Quigley Hone
425 Nassau Avenue
Manhasset, NY 11030
(516) 627-0973


Steve Barry

11 Albamont Road

Winchester. MA 01890
(781) 729-6389

Brian Concannon's son was pic-
tured on the front page of the Boston
Globe for his work during the last
four years, prosecuting the perpe-
trators of a massacre in Haiti. • Jim
DiGeronimo Jr. lives 25 Fann Hill
Road, Leominster, MA 01453 after
selling his house to his son, the third
generation taking over the Victory
Supermarket founded by Jim's fa-
ther in 1 92 3 . His youngest son is BC
'88. • E-mail reports: Tony
Cammarota wanted to contact Joe
Jepsen about the fiftieth reunion
for fellow classmates of Boston En-
glish High School. I sent him the
address in the last Alumni Direc-
tory. (Tony's aiming for our 45th in
May.) Kathleen Donovan Goudie
has changed her mind about retiring
and will be teaching Language Arts
at the Athol-Royalston Middle
School. Her son, Sean Xavier, was
married at Vanderbilt University,
where he and his bride are assistant
professors in the English depart-
ment. • John F- Boyle, Jr., writes
from Randolph that he was ordained
as a permanent deacon in Septem-
ber, with a reception at Alumni
House. John's wife, Pat, their four
children, and five of his six grand-
children attended, along with Frank
Falvey and his wife, Ann. The class
also included four other BC alumni.
John has been assigned to a parish in
Holbrook, where he was to baptize
his sixth grandchild the day after his
ordination. Frank Falvey is closing
his Lexington law practice to take a
position at the South Middlesex
Registry of Deeds. • Please remem-
ber in your prayers these class mem-
bers and spouses. Gene McCarthy,
MD, writes from New York Presby-
terian Hospital that Maureen, his
wife of forty-one years, died in Sep-
tember, 1999, after a three-year
battle with cancer. BC High awarded
Gene the Ignatian Medal last March.
Robert P. White of Cambridge died
last June. As a Jesuit priest, he taught
at Weston College and BC, and was
a founder of the Boston Theological
Institute, an ecumenical coalition of
seminaries in the Greater Boston
area. He left the order in 1976 and
joined a Philadelphia company man-
aging Penn Central real estate hold-
ings. In 1982, he became vice
president of the real estate division
ofJ.F. White Contracting Company,
a family firm. Barbara M. Timmins,
retired Lieutenant Colonel, United
States Army, died in May at
Manchester, New Hampshire. After
twenty-five years in the Army Nurse

Corps, she was clinical coordinator


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at Whidden and Quigley Memorial
Hospitals, and later director of nurs-
ing for Quigley, the outpatient de-
partment, and the Soldiers Home in
Chelsea. Rudolph Satlak's wife,
Frances, died in May. They had four
children and one grandchild. Our
condolences to them and their fami-
lies. Remember to send in a $25
check for your dues. • Thanks to
John Boyle, Kathleen Donovan
Goudie and Tony Cammarota for
the correspondence. Who's doing
what/going where? Your classmates
and I are interested.


Patricia Leary Dowling
39 Woodside Drive
Milton, MA 02186


Francis E. Lynch

27 Arbutus Lane, P.O. Box 1287

W. Dennis, MA 02670

(508) 398-5368


The class fall event, BC vs. Rutgers,
was held on October 28, 2000. The
festivities of the day included a post
game Mass celebrated by our class
clergy at Gasson Hall with a recep-
tion before dinner. I will fill you in
with further details in the next issue
of the BCM since this column has
gone to press before hand. 'Joseph
W. Burke reports that he is now
retired, and is living in a golf com-
munity in the Poconos. Joe, and his

wife have five daughters, and eight
grandchildren. My early recollec-
tion of Joe was that he was one of
many fine golfers that came out of
Brookline along with Chuck Lynch
and Bill Heavey.Joe, I hope that you
will be able to attend our upcoming
forty-fifth Reunion in May 2002. •
Paul Chamberlain called me re-
cently from Bel Air, MD, and re-
ports that all is well with he,
Maureen, and his family. • Bill
Cunningham is the new president
of the Boston College Alumni Asso-
ciation. Bill's youngest daughter
Kara has recently joined the faculty
of B.C. High teaching social studies.

• Norma Cacciamani has retired
from her position at the Mount
Auburn Hospital in Cambridge after
thirty years of service. She, and hus-
band Vin, have travel plans on their
agenda. • Joseph R. Fahey SJ was
recently appointed Treasurer of the
Jesuit Province of New England.
Good luck to you Joe in your new
position. • William J. Louis Ph.D.
is still very involved in art work. Lou
had a recent show of paintings, po-
etry, pots, and sculptures at the Kan-
sas City Clay Guild. Lou mentioned
that he made his annual pilgrimage
to Garahandal, Spain during Holy
Week of this year. • Frank
McManus just recently returned
back to the United States. Frank was
affiliated with Raytheon's Marine
Division in Portsmouth, England,
and has relocated to the Nashua,
New Hampshire area with Raytheon.
Good to hear that you are back. I
hope that we will see you at one of
our upcoming class functions soon.

• The class extends its condolences,
and prayers to the families of Ed-
ward M. Burns who passed away in
June, and Edward R. Masters who
died on April 20, 2000 in Kittering,
Ohio. Ed Burns was a former presi-
dent of the Greater Boston Real
Estate Board. Ed Masters was a "
Double Eagle, " and had been blind
since 1995 from the debilitating ef-
fects of diabetes. The class was also
saddened to learn of the death of
Rev. Arthur A. MacGillivray SJ on
September 1, 2000. As freshmen,
many of us experienced his brilliance
in the classroom. One of prerequi-
sites was that we had to learn all the
verses oft "Hound of Heaven." One
would never know when you might
be called on to recite some of the
lines of Francis Thompson's poem.
Fr. MacGillivray was one of the best
professors that Boston College had
to offer in our day. He taught us not
only how to study, but he made men
out of boys. • Class dues in the
amount of $25 for the 2000-2001
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01746. Drop me a note on what you
and your families are up to. Please
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Marjorie L McLaughlin
139 Parker Road
Needham, MA 02494
{781) 444-7252


David A. Rafferty, jr.

2296 Ashton Oaks Lane, #101

Stonebndge Country Club

Naples, FL 34109

(941) 596-0290


Sheila Hurley Canty

P.O. Box 386

North Falmouth, MA 02556-0386


Frank Martin

6 Sawyer Road

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

(781) 237-2131


Thanks again for all your notes and
e-mail. There is a lot happening in
our lives even as many are in retire-
ment or contemplating it soon. Pete
Delmonico has retired to Stow and
spends much of his time golfing with

his sons. Frank Smith received the
Alumni Award of Excellence for his
work in Education. Congratulations
Frank. Ken Kiely writes from Louis-
ville of his children, grandchildren,
and the Kentucky Derby. Ken is
active in the insurance business and
his photography hobby. Dick
Whelan writes from Windham,
N.H. to Section iG'i (A&S) class-
mates that he is relaxing in N.H.
before he and Barbara begin exten-
sive travel. Charlie Battaglia and
Grace are living in Alexandria.
Charlie has retired twice, once from
the Navy and in February from the
U.S. Senate where he had worked as
a National Security Advisor and Staff
Director of the Senate Select Com-
mittee on Intelligence. Does this
mean that he knows what really
brought down the Berlin Wall?
Their three children have graduated
from B.C. and are having children of
their own. Bob Coyne and Kathy are
enjoying retirement in Hollis, N.H.
and their two children live in
Marblehead and Kirkland Washing-
ton. John Keegan, SJ is President of
Cheverus High in Portland, Maine
where this Jesuit High School is ad-
mitting young women for the first
time. John Reardon has been retired
since 1993 and lives in Old Lyme,
CT and Marco Island. John is a
member of the SW Florida B.C.
Alumni Club and recently played in
the B.C./Doug Flutie Autistic Child
Golf Tournament. John doesn't tell
us how he scored. He has seen Bill
Romero and John Coney occasion-
ally . John thinks we should set up an
email network. That is a good idea
and I think that John should orga-
nize it. You can reach him at
jcreardon@webtv.net. Tim Cronin
retired this summer from Hambrecht
and Quist and will spend more time
with his two grandchildren. Leona
Donavan Magnarelli has lived in
Hingham for thirty six years and is
in her thirtieth year as a language
arts and literacy consultant in the
Hingham Public Schools.


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


Joseph R. Carty
253 River Street
Norwell, MA 02061

Recent deaths of our classmates who
are to remembered in your prayers.
William Dane of Quincy passed
away in March after a long illness.
Ralph Shea of Falmouth, a real es-
tate developer passed away in July.
Condolences to their families. Al
Hyland reports that all of his daugh-
ters are married. To keep busy Al
does some consulting and commu-
nity ventures. Mary Powell Hyland
living in Centerville has recently
retired from full time nursing and
now works part time. Bob Regan is
still teaching in Cambridge. Mar-
ried late and has two young sons.
Dan Sughrue working as a private
eye in Concord, New Hampshire.
Joan Tuberosa Wagstaff writes
from Wellesley where she enjoys
working in her home studio on oil
and pastel paintings. She has won
many awards on realistic and im-
pressionistic paintings. Jack
Matthews established the JOHN





in 1993. This award is made annu-
ally to a graduate of Trinity Catholic
High School in Newton. He was in
real estate and insurance and sold
that business a few years ago. He is
now one of the owners of the Char-
ter Bank in Waltham. Jack Falvey
who writes for the Union Leader in
New Hampshire sailed on the LTSS
John Kennedy from New York to
Boston as part of the Sail Boston
2000. Related it was a thrill of a
lifetime. Jack was involved with the
local high school band that played
on the deck of Bigjohn. Jack has also
started a dot com called
makingthenumbers.com which is
used for daily sales training and is
free forever. Mail me a note.


Patricia McCarthy Dorsey
53 Clarke Road
Needham, MA 02492
(781) 235-3752

Robert W. Sullivan, )r.

P.O. Box 1966/484 Pleasant Street

Brockton, MA 02303

(508) 588-1966

Fax: (508) 584-8576 rwsul@cs.com

Two of our classmates have been
formally honored by the BC Alumni
Association for Excelence: Tom
Martin and Dave Plante. It's my
pleasure to quote a passage from
each award. • "Commerce: Thomas
J .Martin, Founder, President and
Chief Economic Officer, Cramer
Productions, Incorporated. Chris-
tian gentleman, devoted family man,
loyal alumnus and accomplished
chief executive admired for his work
ethic, discipline and unflagging en-
thusiasm for competition, he per-
forms in the commercial arena with
the passion, skill and grace that
earned a collegiate hockey phenom-
enon Al Star, Olympic and Hall of
Fame honors." "Arts and Humani-
ties: David R Plante, Writer and
Professor of Writing at Columbia
University. A deep-rooted belief that
'without grace, a novel is entirely
without meaning' illuminates the
distinguished literary career which
has captured honors and critical
praise, earned him Writer-in Resi-
dence posts at American, Canadian,
British and Russian universities, and
won him a wide reputation as the
finest fiction writer Boston College
ever graduated." • Tom Martin has
also taken on the responsibility of
chairing the gifting committee for
our class's fortieth. He asked me to
convey to the readers of this column
that we seek 100% participation. BC
has done very well in recent years
but still ranks poorly when mea-
sured by financial participation of
alumni; so it follows that each of us
needs to do whatever is possible-
every commitment is a positive and
welcome one. 'George Downey
sent me a copy of the thank you he
got for our class's support of Second
Helping. • Ron Alcott wrote to say
he's still working and enjoying his
affiliation with MONY. He and
Maureen recently celebrated their
thirty-eighth. • Pete Mullen sends
greetings from South Bend where
he's Chairman of the Chamber of
Commerce when not earning his
keep in the building supply business.
Mary Lou (Newton '64) works at St.
Mary's College. Their oldest son is
an emergency room physician at
Stanford, daughter Tracy, BC '95, is


an investment banker and Brendan
was doing the place kicking for West
Point. Peter and Mary also do a lot
of interviewing for BC in the South
Bend area. • Our condolences to the
Brennan family on the death of Paul's
mother, Agnes. We have also lost
Mary Lamer who spent much of
her life as a nurse in the Boston
school system. In addition, Sister
Ann Mahoney, who was a member
of our class in the School of Nursing
while living her commitment as a
Sister of Providence, has passed
away. For these and all our deceased
classmates and their families we pray
in faith. • There's a lot being planned
for the coming year including a
Christmas Chorale, Laetare Sunday,
"Fiddler on the Roof and reunion
weekend; watch your mail and try to
participate. • Please keep the notes
coming; without you there is no col-
umn. God speed to all.

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Mary Kane Sullivan
35 Hundreds Road
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
(781) 235-1777


Richard N. Hart, Jr.
5 Amber Road
Hingham, MA 02043
(781) 749-3918


Mary Ann Brennan Keyes
94 Abbott Road
Wellesley, MA 02481
(781) 235-6226


Dianne M. Duffin-Stanley
6 Hanover Street
Newbury, MA 01951
(978) 465-0857
business: (781) 329-3200

Sorry for the absence everyone. But,
I've made a few changes in my life
which no sane, middle-aged person
would attempt, let alone all together.
First, I got married (to the great
relief of my three adult sons who

now figure I'm someone else's
worry). Then, I moved (major up-
heaval, especially finally tossing
books from college). At the same
time, I changed jobs to head up the
renaming/ rebranding of the com-
pany. It worked so well that a big
corporate suitor came calling and
now, I'm on the transition team over-
seeing the communications aspects
of our acquisition (which entails an-
other renaming/ rebranding effort)!
I'm still confused about what my
name is, where I live, and the name
of the company I work for. So you'll
forgive an aging fellow classmate for
not keeping up with column dead-
lines and any ramblings that may
follow. "On the saner, more stable
side of life, I heard from Ed J. Quirk,
Jr. (W est Haven, CT) who decided
that "after thirty-six years it's time
to bring folks up to date." (Hope
more ofyou realize that.) Ed, for the
past three decades, has been teach-
ing sixth, seventh, eighth and third
grades in various West Haven
schools. Currently, he is in charge of
the behavior modification program
at a local junior high. Happily mar-
ried for thirty-four years, he says he
is not yet ready to retire as he truly
loves what he does. Apparently, his
example has inspired two of his three
daughters to follow him into teach-
ing while his youngest is a college
junior majoring in communications.
Sadly, he lost his adult son six years
ago. Ed hasn't been back for any of
our reunions but says he is consider-
ing coming to our fortieth, espe-
cially if there were some separate
events for each of the schools.
Sounds like an interesting sugges-
tion. How many agree? Let me know
and I'll pass the word along. *tjack
McGann doesn't think we should
wait for reunions to get together. He
would like to see more informal gath-
erings. I would, too. Any ideas??
Jack also wants everyone to know
that he is still practicing law in
Fairfax, Virginia and I'm sure would
be glad to hear from any ofyou when
you're in his vicinity (703/3 52-5949).
i If you happen to be looking for a
great place to stay north of Boston,
check out The Salem Inn run by
Diane (Glennon) Pabich and her
husband, Richard. Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places,
the Inn is comprised of three im-
pressive, historic buildings, The
West House (c.1834), The Curwen
House (c.1854) and the Peabody
House (c. 1 874). You can get a look
at some of their wonderful guest
rooms by going to their Web site
saleminnma.com. One final word to
all of you who haven't sent in up-
dates: What are you waiting for?!

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Marie Craigin Wilson
2701 Treasure Lane
Naples, FL 34102


Maureen Gallagher Costello
42 Doncaster Street
Roslindale, MA 02131
(617) 323-4652



Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb
125 Elizabeth Road
New Rochelle, NY 10804-3106
(914) 636-0214


Patricia McNulty Harte
6 Everett Avenue
Winchester, MA 01890


Have you recently moved, changed
jobs or gotten married? Call us to
update your record so we can keep
you up-to-date on friends, class-
mates and BC happenings. You can
call (617) 552-3440 to change your
record by phone, fax {617) 552-0077,
e-mail at e-mail infoserv@bc.edu,
or drop a postcard to Boston Col-
lege Information Services, More
Hall 220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Don't forget to log on to:

There is no news to report. I will
give you my e-mail address if that
would make it easier for classmates
to send in information. It is
trishharte@aol.com .


Linda Crimmins
RR 1 Box 1396
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Robert M. Ford
22 Robbins Road
Watertown, MA 02472-3449

(617) 923-4823
bob_ford@watertown.ki 2. ma. us

There is the sad and disturbing news
of the untimely and violent death of
Monsignor Thomas M. Wells

(A&S), pastor of Mother Seton
Catholic Church in Germantown,
Montgomery County, Maryland. He
was murdered in the church rectory
overnight on June 7-8, 2000. Tom
was a native of Washington D.C.
and grew up in Chevy Chase. He
graduated from St. John College
High School in Northwest Wash-
ington before joining us at B.C. He
was an English major who went on
to attend Christ the King Seminary
in St. Bonaventure, New York, and
he was ordained in 1971. Father
Wells was named a monsignor in
1 99 1 , when he was pastor of St. Mark
in Hyattsville, and he became pastor
of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda.
In January of 1 999 he became pastor
of Mother Seton. Services were at-
tended by about 2,000 family mem-
bers, friends, and parishioners,
including 250 clergymen. Cardinal
James Hickey, Archbishop of Wash-
ington, remembered our classmate
as "...a man of deep faith, great fidel-
ity, and loving dedication". Tom
Wells, deceased at age 56, touched
the lives of so many in a positive and
unselfish way. - Many of us have not
been aware of the passing of Paula
(Corbett) Fedele (ED) last year on
June 5, 1999. Paula and her hus-
band, John E. Fedele (A&S '65)
raised three daughters. Laura Riccio
is now an attorney working in John's
office, Joanna Fedele is an account
representative at State Street Bank,
and Alicia Fedele is a 2000 graduate
of University of Massachusetts,
Amherst. The Fedele homestead is
in Westwood, Massachusetts. Paula
lived to see the birth of her first
grandchild, Robert Fedele Riccio,
two months before her death. - From
'across the pond' we the greetings of
Christopher P. Deering (CSOM),
who recalls his days in CBA with Bill
Hurley and Dick Syron and looks
forward to our upcoming thirty-fifth
reunion in 2001. He has been
bummed that he missed the twenty-
fifth, but reports that sometimes
there are B.C. events in London.
Chris Deering is running the SONY
PlayStation business Europe, Rus-
sia, Eastern Europe, Middle East,
Africa, Australia, and New Zealand
with many separate companies han-



dling sales in these areas. There are
about 500 employees in his division
involved in overseeing the process,
writing computer games, and devel-
oping marketing strategies. Chris is
living in London, but had the op-
portunity to see the latest changes to
the B.C. campus about a year ago
when his eighteen-year-old son was
checking out universities in the
United States. With the construc-
tion and congestion, it reminded him
of Northeastern in 1968. 1 must say
that he is very perceptive. The
'progress' is often hard to appreci-
ate, but I must admit that there are
still plenty of locations that can take
us back to our days on campus.


Have you recently moved, changed
jobs or gotten married? Call us to
update your record so we can keep
you up-to-date on friends, class-
mates and BC happenings. You can
call (617) 552-3440 to change your
record by phone, fax (617) 552-0077,
e-mail at e-mail infoserv@bc.edu,
or drop a postcard to Boston Col-
lege Information Services, More
Hall 220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Don't forget to log on to:


Catherine Beyer Hurst
49 Lincoln Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 497-4924
fax: (617) 441-6254

Congratulations to Barbara Childs
Dwyer who's joined the ranks of
grandparenthood. Barbara and Joan
Candee Collins and their respec-
tive partners vacationed in London
earlier this year — by all accounts, it
was a great trip! • Nicole Hatoun
reports that her New Year's Day was
a day to remember. She got two
calls — one from Adnan Khashoggi
offering her the exclusive to sell his

multi-million dollar condo on Fifth
Avenue, and the other from her
daughter in Florida announcing her
engagement to her high school
sweetheart. At this writing, Nicole
was thinking of attending a reunion
in Cairo this past October for the
bicentennial celebration of the open-
ing of the Sacred Heart School she
attended there. It was being orga-
nized by a friend of Nicole's, Mona
Latif-Ghattas, who wrote a book on
her year in the school, titled Les
Filles de Sophie Barat. (By the way,
Nicole had sold Khashoggi's condo
by early March!) • Our thirty-fifth
reunion will be held May 18-20 —
please plan to attend! Most of you
have come to at least one reunion in
the past, so I urge you to return for
a wonderful weekend with a great
group of women. Watch your mail
for more information.


Charles and Mary-Anne Benedict

84 Rockland Place

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464


Barry Mawn has been promoted
from special agent-in-charge of the
Boston Office of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation to assistant direc-
tor-in-charge of the New York Of-
fice. Barry is now living on the upper
east side. This writer goofed, and
misplaced a note from Bob
St. Germain who very graciously in-
vited classmates to join him at his
annual party/charity event on
Martha's Vineyard, in East Chop.
Hopefully Bob will extend the invi-
tation again next year and we will get
it out in time for all to make plans if
you wish to join in the festivities and
for a good cause. Bob lives in Dover
during the winter months. Under
the long-time-no-hear-from cat-
egory is a note from Paul Hughes,
who has now earned tenure at Sussex
County Community College in
Trenton, NJ. Paul currently lives in
Sporto, NJ with his wife Elizabeth
and invites any Eagles "balding or
otherwise" (his words) to visit his
aerie high above Lake Mohawk. Brad
Bigham hosted the sixth annual con-
vocation of the "Nineteenth of April
Fraternity" at his home in Concord,
Massachusetts. Brad was honored
earlier when British author Vincent
J-R Kehoe dedicated his book "The
British Story of the Battle of Lexing-
ton and Concord on the Nineteenth
of April 1775" to Brad. Brad was
invited to attend the opening of the

Newton College alumnae and friends gathered at Alumni
House on Tuesday, November 14, for a reception and
lecture by Rev. James Keenan, SJ. Father Keenan is a
professor of ethics and moral theology at the Weston
School of Theology. Father is an expert on health issues
and ethics. The Newton College Book Club met on
November 15th and discussed Daughter of Famine by
Isabel Allende. The next meeting is scheduled for Tues-
day, January 9 at Alumni House. Save the date - Reunion
2001 is scheduled for May 18-20, 2001. Members of the
classes of 1956, 1961, 1966 and 1971, please watch your
mail for special reunion mailings. Please advise the Alumni
Association or your class secretary if you are aware of any
Newton College alumnae deaths. We would like to notify
classmates, and offer condolences from our Alumnae Asso-
ciation. Obviously, a timely notice is important, so that we
can send a representative to the wake or funeral. A new
alumni directory is nearing completion, and we can expect
theBC online community to be up by January 2 001. Let's
stay connected! Drop your class secretary an email note
and let her know your address and news. Finally, don't
forget the retired Religious of the Sacred Heart, many of
whom are living at the Kenwood Community in Albany,
New York. These dedicated women would love to hear
from you. The address is Convent of the Sacred Heart, 799
South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 20017.

Lincolnshire Life Museum in Lin-
coln England where he met HRH
Prince Andrew. Mike Ryan, has
been appointed to the Historical
Commission in the town of Con-
cord, Mike was the leading force in
the discovery this year of the site of
the grave of the "third" British sol-
diers' grave near the bridge at Con-
cord. This significance is that the
first two graves were known at the
time, however the third was "lost"
until Mike researched it and discov-
ered its location this year after two
hundred twenty five years. The sol-
dier was shot at the North Bridge
and carried to Monument Square,
where he died. It was great to see
Mike at the wedding of classmate
Marty Paul who married his long
time squeeze, Joyce Caron. Their
reception was held at the Fuller Mu-
seum in Brockton. Also attended the
wedding of Diana Butters "92"

daughter of Cindy(Rae) and Alan
Butters of Westwood. By the time
you read this we will also have at-
tended the wedding of Sarah Pirolli,
daughter of Mike and Judy (Shea)
Pirolli of Newton. Paul (66) and
Denise (Roberto) Delaney are new
grandparents. Had a great conversa-
tion with Ron Logue at a reception
at the BC Club. We will be planning
our annual BC ice hockey game,
which will take place in January 2 00 1 ,
date to be announced. Start thinking
about our thirty-fifth Reunion which
starts a year of activity right after
commencement in May 2001. Be
prepared! Keep spreading the news.



M. Adrienne Tarr Free
3627 Great Laurel Lane
Fairfax, VA 22033-1212

NC '67 is alive and well. ..and busy
according to the recent messages
sent my way. • Gini Saviano Ayling
is still living in Tulsa and relishing
her new role as a grandmother; actu-
ally her grandson is already over a
year old. • She and Mike travel quite
a bit due to their online Internet
business, but they haven't made it to
New England. (Gini is already think-
ing about returning for our thirty-
fifth though.) Mike also has an
executive recruitment business for
the oil industry, so they have a full
life. Another one of our class travel-
ers this past summer was Faith
Brouiillard Hughes. The post card
was postmarked from Budapest,
Hungary, but depicted a scene from
Istanbul, Turkey. Someday soon we
expect all the details of your adven-
tures, Faith. Anyone else have a
recent grand adventure you want to
share? • Deborah Carr is still on
Cape Cod writing for local maga-
zines and journals, especially on the
arts. Noreen Connolly is settled in
GlenRidge, NJ with three handsome
boys to keep her busy. • Nancy
Birdsall changed jobs a couple of
years ago to work in a DC think tank
doing writing and research. Eldest
daughter is out in CO teaching, rock
climbing and enjoying the outdoors;
second daughter just entered
college. ..well-rounded and brilliant,
according to Mom; son is a talented
pianist winning competitions and
even playing in Carnegie Hall, as
well as playing very competitive soc-
cer. Nancy and husband, David, are
in the process of building a house in
Vermont where the construction will
be done by Kent Webster, husband
of Patty Lawlor Webster. The
Websters love their life in the Green
Mountain State. The Cape Cod
Museum of Fine Arts Media in Mo-
tion program presented a show in
mid-July which included a piece by
Suzanne Kuffler.: To quote their


DECEMBER 1, 2000


promotion piece... the work "focuses
on the creator's concept of 'com-
mon humanity'" and "shows how
the human spirit can survive even
die most testing events." Did any of
you Cape folks get to see it • Many
thanks to those of you who have
shared the latest from yourself and
your friends. I have just returned
from a family reunion where we col-
lected email addresses from the
twenty families who attended in an
attempt to continue the bonding
experience we had. In the year since
I began working on this column I
haven't been so fortunate in hearing
from a good number of you. Even if
you do not have an email to send, a
post-holiday note some day when
you New Englanders are snowed in
would help us stay in touch. Just let
me know what's up. We all know
Josie Higgins Rideg had a family
summer wedding.. ."tiring but won-
derful" was the report. Was there
anyone else? I look forward to hear-
ing from others of you soon. Mean-
while, God bless you all through this
winter season.


Judith Anderson Day
The Brentwood 323
11500 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 442-2613
fax: (310) 207-4158

Recently we received a delightfully
"newsy" e-mail from our old friends
Nancy (Needham) and her husband
Richard Burns. In our 'once upon a
time' student days, Nancy and my
husband Jim worked together at the
Wellesley Hills Post Office. The
Burnses have lived in Derry, NH for
twenty-six years, where Nancy is a
second grade teacher and Richard
works for the Defense Department.
They have three children. Their old-
est, Brenda, is married and works as
an accountant. She is a graduate of
the Whittemore School of Univer-
sity of New Hampshire . Their son
Richard, a senior film major at
Emerson College, is interning his
fall semester at a film studio in Los
Angeles. In the wonderful irony of
history repeating itself, young Rich-
ard spent his second summer work-
ing for the United States Post Office.
Their youngest, Maureen, sixteen,
is president of her senior class at
Pinkerton Academy where she is an
All-State field hockey player. She
also plays lacrosse and basketball.
Nancy's brother, our classmate Dan

Needham was recently honored for
his many years of service as Director
of Special Education for the
Norwood, MA schools. In addition,
our classmate Ed Nazzaro presented
for proclamation from Boston Mayor
Tom Menino of "Dan Needham
Day" in recognition of his work at
Campjoy for special needs children.
Dan and his wife Jean have four
sons. A gold star and sincere thanks
to Nancy for sharing this happy news
with our classmates... Robert
Gardella is Assistant Director of
Alumni Career Services at Harvard
Business School. He has recently
published "The Harvard Business
School Guide to Finding Your Next
Job." This comprehensive yet con-
cise guide draws on Bob's extensive
experiences as an outplacement spe-
cialist, job-search counselor, and
career consultant, and emphasizes
that the job search process must be
modified to fit each person's unique
needs... Again we shout from the
rooftops the greatest news that Jim
and I have been blessed with our
second gorgeous little granddaugh-
ter! Our beautiful little Catherine
Anne was born the first day of sum-
mer, June 2 1 , in Dallas, to our oldest
son Paul (BC '90) and his lovely wife
Paula. Catherine has lots of dark
curly hair, and holds our heartstrings
in her beautiful little hands! Her
cousin Zoe celebrated her first birth-
day October 25 with her parents
Christopher and Elizabeth (both BC
'93) in San Francisco. The happiest
of Happy Days!!!


Kathleen Hastings Miller
8 Brookline Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

(9M) 723-9241


James R. Littleton
39 Dale Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 964-6966
fax: (617) 964-8431

Frank Fish was selected recently as
Fellows of the American Institute of
Certified Planners. Frank was hon-
ored in recognition for his achieve-
ment in the field of urban and rural
planning at a ceremony in New York
City during the 2000 National Plan-
ning Conference. Frank is a founding

principal of Buckhurst, Fish and
Jacquemart, a planning and consult-
ing firm in New York and an adjunct
facutly at New York University. Barry
Gallup was named Assistant Ath-
letic Director for Football Opera-
tions at Boston College. Barry had
previously been head football coach
at Northeastern University. As we
head into winter please take the time
to write or e-mail me and let me
know what is new with you. I hate
having empty columns, however, I
can not invent the news, I need your
help. I will look forward to hearing
from you.


Mary Gabel Costello
4507 Swan Lake Drive
Copley, OH 44321-1167
fax: (330) 666-6170

SURPRISE!!! Yes, there is some
news from our class. We are alive
and still kicking. Actually, some of
us are working and playing really
hard. I want to thank PAT KENNY
SEREMET for being our class cor-
respondent for the past several years.
What a tough job soliciting news!
Pat continues to write forThe Hart-
ford Courant. Her column is called
"Java" and it's a mixture of national
celebrity news and local people in
the news. After years of covering
business, and knowing Allan
Greenspan's comings and goings,
she now has to be hip to rap singer
Eminem and Dr. Dre. The last time
I saw Pat we were both searching for
bargains at Marshalls in Avon, CT.
Now, that was a while ago, but I still
remember stopping to chat. Do you,
Pat? But now I am in Akron, OH.
Being here has not kept me from
seeing some our your classmates. A
recent rendezvous in Michigan
brought several of us together. We
had great fun and relaxation. We
walked the shores of Lake Huron.
We discussed two books we had read,
The Prophetess by B. Wood and
The Blue Bottle Club by P. Stokes.
We tasted different wines and fin-
ished them. We left each other with
thoughts of next summer's reunion.
As a result I decided to try to resur-
rect our class. I know all of you still
have a life!!! Let's hear about it. I
will be sending postcards a few at a
time soliciting news. Just jot down
some news and mail it back to me.
Hopefully, we'll be alive again. Of
course, you can e-mail me (please
identify yourself in the "subject"



box). So this is the news that I've
gathered about YOU, the gradu-
ates of Newton College, class of

DONOVAN, after several years
in New York State is now the
director of sales/marketing for
the Mystic, CT Tourism Bu-
reau. She has been in the tour-
ism industry since graduation.
She's focused!!! I am writing
this column on her birthday. So,
Debbie you know how much in
advance this is written.
arrived at my house last year. It
was part of the Boston College
viewbook for high school stu-
dents interested in applying to
Boston College. (My son, Dan,
applied and was accepted, but
chose to attend Miami Univer-
sity in Ohio.) Cornelia is the
first female head of the Boston
Latin School. Nice job,
Cornelia!!! POLLY GLYNN
KERRIGAN continues to be
the director of Catholic Chari-
ties in Yonkers, NY. She is a
practicing psychotherapist. She
brings her expertise to work each
day as she listens to her clients
and helps them sort out their
lives. A rewarding job, don't
you think? Polly's two daugh-
ters have both graduated from
college. Amy from Trinity(CT)
and Kate from Brown. Both live
and work in NYC. The Brown
tradition continues as CAROL
son, Richard, will be playing
football there as a freshman this
year. Her other son, Vincent Jr,
is a senior at Harvard. Carol lives
by the water in Annapolis. She
keeps busy by reading, garden-
ing and fixing up a newly pur-
chased older home. PAM
DELEO DELANEY is the ex-
ecutive director of the NY Po-
lice Foundation, a charitable
organization. She recently re-
turned from a week long trip to
Italy where she attended a semi-
nar related to her position. She
belongs to two book clubs and
keeps attuned to the politics of
New York State and NYC. Her
son, Carroll III, attends Hobart-
Smith College. MARY
CARROLL (Bebe) lives and
works in NYC, also. She is the
director of public relations for
Estee Lauder cosmetics.
WOW!!! She and her husband
Fred recently adopted a baby
boy from Russia. Congratula-
tions to all of them. SUSAN
vides her time between Belmont,

MA and the Cape. When she's in
Boston she works as the head of
Human Relations for the O'Hare
Company, a food distributor. Her
three children have also graduated
from college. Eddie Jr. graduated
from Babson and works in Jackson-
ville, FL for a computer company.
Mary finished at Harvard and works
in NYC for the College Board and
Tim just finished BC. Susan was
elected to the Alumni board as a
director. Congratulations!!! She
faithfully attends Newton College
functions in the Boston area. Con-
dolences are offered to her on the
death of her mother this year. She
was a great lady. Susan keeps in con-
STRUZZIERY (our class pres) who
is a psychologist in Boston. I saw
loanne last summer and she looks
who also looks wonderful (I saw her
on a recent trip to Boston, too) lives
in Wellesley and has returned to
teaching in the Boston City Schools.
Her daughter, Lindsay will attend
Bates College this year. PAULA
FISHER PATERSON lives in the
thumb of Michigan. She divides her
time between Michigan and Chi-
cago because three of her four sons
live or go to school in Chicago. Neil
graduated from Stanford and the U
of Michigan law school and prac-
tices computer law. Stephen gradu-
ated from U of M and works at the
Commodities Exchange. JP con-
tinues at U of M, and Clark is a
freshman at Loyola University.
Paula does a lot of reading and she
continues to be in charge of the
Picture Parent program at the local
elementary school. She and her vol-
unteers bring art into the classroom.
livesinBoxford,MA. She is a physi-
cal education teacher in the Reading
Schools. She claims she just has too
much fun each day and she doesn't
consider it a job. When she's not
"working" she's likely to be found
on a basketball court, soccer or la-
crosse field. She's your favorite "ref."
She travels and does college games.
Four of her five children have fin-
ished college. Kendall graduated
from the University of New Hamp-
shire and works as an occupational
therapist in Philadelphia. She
coaches an AAU girls basketball team
which finished third in the nation at
the Florida nationals (Jill was her
assistant coach that week). Erin
who went to Skidmore is married
and lives in Belmont. Jen and Blaire
both graduated from Cornell where
they excelled in soccer. Jen works in
NYC and Blaire is looking to move

there, too. Conor is a sophomore at
U PENN. Guess they all studied!!!
realtor in Greenwich, CT. Her five
children are all grown. Will, the
youngest, attends BC. Remember
him in your prayers as he was re-
cently involved in a serious car acci-
dent. And for me... I just returned
from a trip to London and Paris
with my family. I'm still in awe. The
paintings at the Musee d'Orsay were
magnificent. I, like Paula, did Pic-
ture Parent for several years when I
lived in Columbus, OH. I've always
seen the paintings in books and to
finally see them in real.... WOW!!!
It's worth a trip. In addition to my





son at Miami I have a daughter,
Meghan, who is a junior at Walsh
Jesuit High School here in the Ak-
ron area. I spend my time subbing in
the local school system, reading and
painting with watercolors. I close by
asking you to send me news of any
kind. If my 93 year old father can e-
mail me, I know you can!!! TAKE
CARE and remember each of YOU
is special in YOUR own way!!! Tell
us about it. We're readers and lis-
teners. Till next issue.


Norman G. Cavallaro

c/o North Cove Outfitters

75 Main Street

Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2301

(860) 388-6585



Andrea Moore Johnson

43 Pine Ridge Road

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-1623

(781) 237-0667


Robert F. Maguire
46 Plain Road
Wayland, MA 01778
(508) 358-4393
fax: (781) 893-7125

Our reunion committee met in Au-
gust under the direction of Class
President Edward Saunders, Esq.
A schedule of activities was planned
by Helen Walsh McKusker, James
Devaney and Chris Gorgone that
will culminate in our thirtieth Re-
union Weekend (5/18-20, 2001).
Return to campus; you will not be
disappointed! Also remember to
keep our Class Treasurer Charlie
Earley, busy with class dues remit-
tances. Bob and Andrea Foley have
agreed to co-chair our class gift. I am
sure you will be hearing from them.
Ask Bob about his new position with
the ITFactory in Cambridge, Mas-
sachusetts. If you misplaced the
mailings our contact at the alumni
office is Lynne Vellante at 617-552-
4757. You can also reach me through
the numbers above. • At the reunion
meeting we learned that Joseph E.
Rull has been named the assistant
superintendent of schools in
Weymouth. Joe and Mary Keefe
Rull live in Weymouth and are the
parents of Meghan, BC'97, Christo-
pher and Caitlan. Joe and Mary are
active reunion committee members.
• Former roommates John Mashia,
Russ Pavia, John Flynn and Joe
Collins got together for their own
reunion recently. This year's gath-
ering took place at Caesar's Palace
in Lake Tahoe, not far from John
Flynn's home in Sacramento, Cali-
fornia. Joe flew in from Kansas City,
Missouri, while Russ and the
"Masher" traveled from Boston and
Hartford respectively. Their week-
end consisted of sightseeing, hiking,
fine dining, reminiscing and, of
course, some games of chance. Russ
had some great stories of becoming
a father at fifty, Flynn and Masher
hit it big at blackjack and the Joe
won a music trivia contest at the
hotel. They report that a good time
was had by all. The group wishes all
their classmates well. • Remember
when it was reported here that
Marianne Cavicchi Drusano had
earned a black belt in Shodokan Ka-
rate? On June 30 Marianne earned
herNidan (second degree black belt).
She reports that karate has changed
her life and that the dojo floor is still
her fountain of youth. Reading be-
tween the lines, it appears that her
husband, George Drusano, M.D. has


his hands full. You will have to call
him for details. The Drusano's are
still in Latham, New York and
George is a professor of medicine
and director of the division of clini-
cal pharmacology at Albany Medical
College. Marianne is a meeting co-
ordinator for the clinical research
organization, Advanced Biologies.
They are understandably proud of
their three sons; two are still in col-
lege at John Hopkins and SUNY
Cobleskill. • Christopher L.
Gorgone was named vice president
of administration and treasurer of
ACT Manufacturing Incorporated.
Chris, when not busy planning our
reunions, is responsible for financial
and strategic planning, mergers and
acquisitions, information technol-
ogy, legal and treasury. ACT is head-
quartered in Hudson. Chris and
Marcia live in Wellesley with daugh-
ter Janet, BC '02 and sons Christo-
pher and Andrew. • Joseph C.
Maher Jr. Esquire was recently in
the news. Joe is with the firm Foley,
Hoag and Elliott. The Boston Globe
reports that he plans to retire after
seven years as the chief fund-raiser
for Boston Mayor Thomas M.
Menino. • Was that our own Phillip
Tracy, Esq. recently heard co-host-
ing a radio program in Boston on
FM96.9? • It is sad to report the
death of classmate Edward J. Th-
ompson Jr. of Clinton. A popular
high school foreign language teacher
and basketball coach he died sud-
denly last January from a heart at-
tack. Joe leaves four children and his
wife, Lois. As a tribute to Joe, schools
were canceled in Clinton on the day
of his funeral. The Clinton School
Committee described Joe in a single
word: gentleman. We extend our
belated condolences to his family. •
I look forward to seeing you at the
reunion events. I will be the one with
gray hair.

71 N

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

Typical me, Ed and I were going on
vacation and I was so busy at work
that I forgot about the newsletter. I
sent out an emergency email beg-
ging foe news and Jane Hudson
came to the rescue with the follow-
ing: "It was a Newton summer for
me as I shuttled between Hartford
and Washington, DC. Martha
Kendrick helped my son Jed find an

internship with Rep. Jim Maloney
(D-CT) on Capitol Hill, then Jed
and I stayed at Mart's house while
she and husband Harry Kettner and
kids Christine, Tommy and Brian
were in California. Did you catch
them on TV at the Democratic Na-
tional Convention? Wow — sure
doesn't seem like nearly thirty years
since Martie came to stay with me in
DC when she was looking for a job
after graduate school. I also had a
wonderful lunch with Marie Robey
Wood and dinner with Pat Chiota,
who was passing through DC on her
way back to Singapore with daugh-
ter Kendra. All this talk and laughter
with Newton friends meansl want
more — bring on the reunion!" By
the time this column gets published,
we will have less than six months 'till
the reunion. Start making those plans


Lawrence G. Edgar

530 S. Barrington Avenue, #110

Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 535-7401


Sorry to start another column on a
somber note, but I couldn't help but
notice in last issue's class of '7 1 notes
the passing of Pete (Lusty) Baltren,
the unofficial head basketball cheer-
leader at Roberts Center during our
first three years at the Heights. Much
as I like to think back to the great
season of our freshman year, my
enjoyment of the exploits of Mssrs,
Driscoll, Evans, Veronneau, O'Brien
et al, would not have been the same
had it not been for those of Lusty.
My condolences to his family. Speak-
ing of class of '71 notes, I had an e-
mail from Sheila Gagen 15 Likely of
Milford, Delaware, telling me that
she was reading the book "And Never
Let Her Go" when I recommended
it: in a previous column. She says
there's another book on the same
topic entitled "Summer Wind."
Sheila is a magistrate in Georgetown,
Delaware. Not much other news to
report, but I did have two other e-
mails, one from BC fundraiser
extraordinarre Mike Spatola, who
tells me that the eldest of his five
daughters, Elizabeth, has enrolled
as a freshman at the Heights; the
other message was from Tom
Holley, who reports from Maitland,
Florida that his son has just ma-
triculated at Notre Dame. Tom is a
vice president of an investment bank-
ing firm in Orlando and a city coun-
cilman in Maitland. Dave Pellow, a

partner in the fire of Bond,
Schoeneck, and King in Syracuse
has been appointed to chair the New
York State Bar's labor law commit-
tee. That's all for now. Please let me
hear from you. Class correspondent
is Larry Edgar, 530 S. Barrington
Ave., Los Angeles, Ca. 90049, (310)
471-6710, ledgar ©earthlink.net.


Nancy Brouillard McKenzie, Esq.
7526 Sebago Road
Bethesda, MD 20817-4840

Congratulations to Clare Pratt,
RSCj, the new Superior General of

Society, the first American elected
to that position, and of course a
Newton College graduate. ..Boston
Magazine again cited Mary
Catherine Deibel's Upstair's at the
Pudding in Cambridge as an excel-
lent restaurant in their annual Best
of Boston issue. ..Maureen Kelly was
at a Dreamworks Studio, her client,
for Democratic Women in Congress
and ran into Sarah Burns whom Kelly
had not seen since graduation. Kelly
reports that Sarah looks great and is
enjoying her new position with
Catholics for a Free Choice. Kelly
herself will be joining a dot.com com-
pany soon.. .Leave it to Shelly Noone
Connolly to remind my two poor
formerly broken ribs about football
our sophomore and senior years.
Shelly kindly sent along a copy of an
article from the Sunday Star- Ledger
about John Mara a Boston College
graduate, former coach of his sister
Susan Mara McDonnell's sopho-
more football team. John eventually
continued his interest in football and
is now the New York Football Gi-
ants Wee president and general coun-
sel. Sorry to remind everyone,
Susan's team lost.. .When we last
heard from Mary Margaret "Beany"
Verdon, she was on thin ice skating
and back to the books studying for
her third master's degree. Happily,
Beany now reports that she has
passed her Pre-Bronze skating test
and finished her master's degree in
Educational Administration and Su-
pervision. This summer Beany is
working on Richard Lazio's Senate
campaign. Beany also reports that
Richard is up and running after his
hip replacement in March. Please
send Beany a happy birthday card
for her 50th birthday celebrated in
July... Each year the Alumni Asso-
ciation honors graduates for an

Alumni Award of Excellence. Please
think about individuals who have
excelled in their fields and nominate
them for this prestigious award. You
may send me your

nominations. ..Once again, I am an
Alumni Admissions Volunteer for
Boston College. ..As someone who
just turned 50, I can report that it
does not hurt. Take care and please
send news by mail or email.


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

Hello classmates. Congratulations
to classmate Bob Brown who ran
for and won a position as director in
our Alumni Association. Bob sends a
special thank you to all of his fellow
classmates who voted for him. Hav-
ing someone from our class as a
director in our Alumni Association
is a special privilege, we all know.
You can contact Bob at: Rjb02180
©aol.com. * Recently received a nice
e-mail from classmate Patricia
O'Neil McGlone, (SOE). Here is
what Pat has to say: "I am still
married to the same great guy I mar-
ried in 1976 and have four wonder-
ful kids. I taught school for five years
but became a stay-at-home -volun-
teer-for-anything Mom. We have
moved seven times due to my hus-
band Joe's job but settled in Penn-
sylvania fifteen years ago. I'm the
radical Democrat in a heavily Re-
publican area and am currently man-


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aging a campaign for a state repre-
sentative candidate. I was a Bradley
delegate on the ballot, am a demo-
cratic state committee member rep-
resenting my county and successfully
managed to convince my oldest to
follow in my footsteps. A recent po-
litical science graduate of Univer-
sity of Pittsburgh, Meghan is also
running a state representative cam-
paign and has bet mom she can pull
off a better percentage for her candi-
date. A proud mom wouldn't mind if
she did." Pat, please write again and
let us know who won the bet, you or
your daughter! • The Alumni Asso-
ciation frequently forwards press
releases to be included in this col-
umn, and now it is time to pass the
following along to you: Starwood
Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.,
the company designated to build the
headquarters hotel for the new Bos-
ton Convention Center, announced
recently the promotion of Robert
F. Cotter, formerly president of in-
ternational operations, to chief op-
erating officer. Cotter will report to
Barry Sternlicht, chairman and chief
executive officer. Including Mr. Cot-
ter, executives reporting to him rep-
resent more than 150 years of hotel
industry experience. In his new po-
sition, Cotter will assume responsi-
bility for all company operations and
will be heavily involved in shaping
strategic direction for the Company.
His almost thirty years of Starwood
and ITT Sheraton experience in
Europe, Asia/Pacific and North
America uniquely positions him for
these new expanded responsibilities.
His son, Robert, Jr., graduated from
BC in May. When his next child
applies to BC, it will mark the 14th
time that a Cotter family member
has done so. He and his wife and
three children live in the White
Plains, New York, area. Starwood,
through its St. Regis, Luxury Col-
lection, Westin, Sheraton, Four
Points and W Brands is one of the
leading hotel and leisure companies
in the world with more than seven
hundred hotels in eighty countries
and 1 20,000 employees at its owned
and managed properties. Many
thanks to Steve Pellegrino, BC '89,
regional director of public relations
for Starwood, for sending the above
press release. And Bob, parents of
philosophy majors salute you. So,
classmates, that is all for this col-
umn. Please take a minute to email.
Your fellow classmates look forward
to hearing from you.

73 n

Nancy Warburton Desisto
18 Sheldon Street
Farmingdale, ME 04344

Patricia McNabb Evans
35 Stratton Lane
Foxboro, MA 02035

Thanks to everyone who took the
time to write or email for this issue.
We have a lot of good news! • Wil-
liam Stempsey, SJ, has published
his book Disease and Diagnosis,
Value Dependent Realism. After
graduation Bill earned his MD at
SUNY, Buffalo, his MA in Philoso-
phy at Loyola, Chicago, a M.Div. at
the Jesuit School of Theology at
Berkley and a PH.D. in Philosophy
at Georgetown. Father celebrated
our class sponsored Laetare Sunday
Mass with us last year, and is cur-
rently an assistant professor at Holy
Cross. Bill Murray and his wife Jo
have lived in the Philadelphia area
for the last ten years. After BC Bill
went on to LIniversity and a masters
in environmental sciences, then
worked in DC and New Hampshire.
He now works for URS, a large en-
gineering and environmental con-
sulting company, and deals with
cleaning up contaminated sites. They
have kept in touch with Henri Gatto
Bauer and Steve Bauer ('75), John
Guerra, Pete D'Onofrio ('73), but
would like to hear from Janice
Powell and other Geology grads.
Ellen O'Connell has been ap-
pointed secretary of the Newjersey
State Bar Foundation! The educa-
tional and philanthropic arm of the
state's Bar Association. Congratula-
tions to Mary Jane "Cookie"
Gilligan Kimball who in May re-
ceived the 2000 Advanced Practice
Register Nurses Award for Excel-
lence in Nursing at the Veterans
Administration in Manchester. She
is employed there as a gerontological
nurse practitioner, and would like to
hear from other classmates living in
New Flampshire. Last Easter she,
her husband Ted and fifteen year
old son Tad had a wonderful trip to
Italy. I got a very nice note from Joe
Rohner. He and Regina celebrated
their twenty-fifth anniversary in
March. They moved from Boston to
Dallas in '75 and have three chil-
dren: Allen, a freshman at the Uni-
versity of Puget Sound, Sheila a high

school senior, and Denise, a sopho-
more. Joe is a principal in IBM's
Global Services' SAP practice, and
Regina is a senior VP with
J. C. Penney. Surrounded by one
hundred and forty family members
and friends Betsey (Kain) and Chet
Labedz celebrated their twenty-
fifth at St. Joseph's in Providence.
Fr. T.P. O'Malley, SJ, recreated his
role as celebrant and the Mass fea-
tured excerpts from Peloquin's
Lyric Liturgy performed by singers
including Kathleen M. O'Donnell
and Elaine Dykstra ('75). Our class
was well represented by Rosina
Bierbaum, Tom Flynn, Ann
(Hoffman) and Chet Franczyk,
Michael Gallagher, Steve
McPartland, Jane McSoley, Rev.
Marty Moleski, SJ, MaryEHen
Raux and (by Chicago phone hook-
up) Barbara Bowler Malmin!
Betsey continues with her law li-
brarian and internet research du-
ties, while Chet is pursuing a Ph.D.
focused on organizational transfor-
mation at the Carroll Grad SOM.
Cheryl McEnaney works for Vir-
gin records as United States Label
Manager for Peter Gabriel's Real
World label, a catalog of excellent
music from many cultures. She has
worked with other leaders in the
important area of World Music:
Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead
and the Talking Heads' David
Byrne. Cheryl has been named to
serve on a screening committee for
the upcoming Grammies in this field
of music. Congratulations! Whew!
I appreciate all the news; keep writ-
ing and take care.


Beth Docktor Nolan
693 Boston Post Road
Weston, MA 02492


Hellas M.Assad
149 Lincoln Street
Norwood, MA 02062
(7S1) 769-9542

It was a privilege attending the
awards ceremony and reception last
fall to honor The 2000 Recipients
of the William V. McKenney
Award, especially when one of our
very own, Dennis P. Curran was
honored. He was the recipient of
the Excellence in Science Award.
Dennis is not only a caring educa-
tor and an innovative scientist, he is

a pioneer and leader in the field or
organic chemistry. Mike A'Hearn,
a member of the faculty at the Mary-
land astronomy department led a
team which proposed a seven year,
$240 million space flight project
called Deep Impact. This project has
been selected by NASA for funding
and flight. The project is slated to
culminate on July 4, 2005 when a
spacecraft will collide with comet P/
Tempel 1 . The impact will be visible
from telescopes on Earth, particu-
larly in Chile. Congratulations to
both of you! After fourteen years of
residency in France, Susan Speca
Duval lives in Doylestown, PA with
her children Christopher and Allison.
Her children have been fortunate to
have the opportunity to spend sum-
mers with their grandmother in
Normandy and are fluent in French.
Susan works in the front office of an
elementary school and tutors French.
Each May she looks forward to head-
ing to Cape Cod for a reunion with
her much loved BC roommates.
PatrickJ. Griffin enjoyed being back
in town with James Mortenson (A& S)
for the BC/Temple game. Pat is the
proud father of two lovely daughters.
Diana Kathleen (eighteen) is a zool-
ogy major at the University, of
Maryland and aspires to be a veteri-


DECEMBER 1, 2000


narian. His younger daughter Emily
Sara (fourteen) is a freshman at
Midwood High School in New York
City. At their reunion Tim Corrigan
(MS) turned Pat on to James Lee
Burke (The Neon Rain) and since
then Pat has plowed through four of
the Dave Robicheaux Series-giving
him the bug to visit Cajun country.
Paul M. O'Neil is employed at Eaton
Vance Management in Boston as Vice
President and Director of Compli-
ance. He is living in Hingham with
his wife Laura and their two chil-
dren; Taylor, a freshman at Suffolk
University and Blaire, a freshman at
Hingham High School. Kathleen
Curran was promoted to group man-
ager at MCR, Incorporated. She is
enjoying her newly-built home in
Andover, Massachusetts. Marcia
Hehir DePace has recently returned
to Sun City Center, Florida from-
Marion, Massachusetts. She and her


husbandjohn are official 'snowbirds'
and do all the things they never had
time to do. She would love to hear
from other Florida alumni. David L.
Johnson, a nineteen year veteran with
IBM, is vice president of finance in
the technology group in Somers,
New York. He and his wife Janis, BC
'8 1 and their daughter Laura, a fresh-
man in high school have recently
moved into their new home in
Ridgefield, Connecticut. Phillip
Adams is vice president of business
development for an Internet con-
sulting start-up. He and his wife
Ruth have five children. Their old-
est son is married and they are the
proud grandparents ofMickell. Two
daughters are in college and two
teens are living with them in an At-
lanta, GA suburb. A large portion of
the last issue of newsnotes was de-
voted to our wonderful reunion. I
tried to recognize, as best as I could,
all classmates who attended. How-
ever, two very important lines were
inadvertently left out! Thus, I would
like to mention that traveling from
the Big Apple to the reunion last
spring were classmates: Anne
Gobbo, Brother Paul Harmon,
Patrick Grimn, Timothy Kelly,
Cecilia Loscocco, Christine
Panson, and Donald Russo. My
very best wishes to you all for a
joyous Christmas and holiday sea-


Margaret M. Caputo
102 West Pine Place
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 361-7739
Business: (314) 444-5241

Happy Holidays! Memories of our
twenty-fifth reunion linger, and I
want to encourage all classmates to
send me their email address for in-
clusion on a list started that week-
end. This will help us stay in touch,
when time allows, and should facili-
tate mini-reunions between now and
our thirtieth in 2005. • Notes from
the following are greatly appreci-
ated: Pam Rice Boggeman has
changed jobs within the commercial
lending area of St. Louis Bank of
America that allows her to
telecommute from home, part-time.
Good luck, Pam! • Sandy Mc-
Donald Jones is designing fabulous
jewelry pieces, you may recall from
the last column, and had her first
professional show in Atlanta in Au-
gust. She also volunteered to orga-
nize the "pajama parry in the dorms"

for our 30th, based on the fun our
classmates had this past May. Those
who want to help her in this en-
deavor can contact her at pearlwrks
©aol.com. • Barbara Callahan
Saldarriaga was sad to miss the re-
union - the first one she hasn't made
- but was proud to attend the HS
graduation of eldest child, Peter, to
hear him deliver the Salutorian ad-
dress. Peter started Harvard in Fall
2000. Barb is also busy with the
activities of their other children, Paul
(16), Christina (14), and Michael
(11). They live in the Orlando, FL
area and have recently completed
remodeling an older home there.
Her summer plan included a visit
with Rita Carbone Ciocca at the
Jersey shore or in Orlando in Au-
gust, so I hope to hear some news
from them soon. Rita and husband,
Hank, live in Darien, CT with their
children Christina (16 yr), Henry
(13yr),andMariana(9yr). •Francie
Anhut looked terrific, as always, at
our reunion and was sorry to have
missed conversing with Mary
Ciacco Griffin, so I hope the class
e-mail list came in handy for you two
this summer. Francie took off the
summer from Requisite Tech to
spend more time with 4yr old daugh-
ter, Kelly, and to travel domestically
and to Buenos Aires to see family
members. Barbara Catalane
Farrell and family celebrated daugh-
ter, Allison's, First Communion the
same weekend as our reunion. This
year, she and husband, Tim, pur-
chased a vacation home in Naples,
FL, added a pool to their home in
NJ, and also kept themselves busy
with activities involving daughters
Kate, HS Sophomore, and Allison,
3rd Grade. Posey Holland Griffin
and husband, Greg, had plans to
travel to Paris in September for their
anniversary. I've not heard from
them yet, so I hope Posey sends me
some "ooh-la-la" news when they
return to the states. Karen Foley
Freeman, who stayed with Lee
Costello during the reunion, caught
up with Mary Ferris during that
weekend. Mary lives in Beantown
and works at the State House. Lisa
Antonelli Dellaporta sent her re-
grets for the reunion because she
was proudly attending the gradua-
tion of oldest son, Christopher, from
Notre Dame. Christopher is now
attending ND for graduate school,
where he was accepted into a two-
year service project called ACE (Al-
liance for Catholic Education)
during which he will earn a Masters
in Education and teach math and
science in Atlanta. Laurie Lawless
Orr and daughter, Kristy, spent a

July weekend with me in St. Louis.
Kristy was here to interview at our
prestigious Washington University.
They are true troopers to have spent
two days seeing the sights and en-
during a typical St. Louis 1 05 degree
heat index summer weekend, all with
great humor and lots of laughs.
Lastly, after toiling for nine years
with the CBS affiliate in St. Louis, I
proudly accepted a position in April
with the #1 station in St. Louis, and
#1 NBC affiliate in the country,
KSDK-TV. • My regrets to Carol
Finigan Wilson and her husband,
Tom, for "christening" him "Chris"
in the last column. • The Alumni
office is missing current addresses
for Sheila Barry, Jean Bittl, Ann
Brennan, Mary Ellen Conway, Pam
Delaney, Mary Kathleen Dwyer,
Carol Fitzpatrick, Francesca
Krogstad, Peggy Lyons, Nancy
Lyons, and Stephanie Martyak.
Please let them know where to find
you. Next, if you did not receive the
mailing about ordering the class pic-
tures from our 20th and 25th re-
unions, please contact the Alumni
office at 1-800-669-8430. Finally,
don't forget the class E-mail list. If
you would like to be included, and to
receive a copy of the list, please send
me E-mail. The response to this list
has been overwhelmingly positive,
so let's get everyone on it. A blessed,
Merry Christmas and Happy New
Year to you all!


Gerald B. Shea, Esq.

135 Bradstreet Avenue, #1

Revere, MA 02151


Mary Jo Mancuso Otto
256 Woodland Road
Pittsford, NY 14534


1978 Classnotes

BC Alumni Association

825 Centre Street

Newton, MA 02458


Well, guys, this could be yet another
blank column. I could fill up my
seven hundred word limit with ear-
nest inquiries as to how you all are
doing or maybe beg and plead once
more for some updates from the


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e-mail at e-mail infoserv@bc.edu,
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roughly 90% of the class who have
never bothered to write. I could re-
gale you with horror tales of corpo-
rate downsizing, job loss, the angst
of yet another job search, etc. Why
there are many ways tohitthemagic
number. I could discuss the strange
turn of events that had my father
suffering a major stroke on my last
day of work or explore the stresses in
having my husband hospitalized
twice within the last year, but that
would be whining, wouldn't it? • As
one pointedly anonymous resident
of Rochester, New York, put it, I
"have been doing this for a LONG
time." There followed the none-too-
subtle suggestion that I pass on the
torch, and you know, folks, that is
just what I plan to do. So, if there is
anyone out there who would like to
try his/her hand at being class corre-
spondent, jump right in. • Ahhh, but
first, the caveats: understand that it
is a volunteer position and your work
will go largely unnoticed. BC no
longer employs a clipping service,
so, if nobody chooses to write, you
may not have much to say. (Even my
charming NY critic neglected to in-
clude any newsworthy information
for publication. Too bad, Roches-
ter, you missed your fifteen minutes
of fame). Don't expect much in the
way of perks with this job, except
whatever gratification you get out of
it for your own reasons. Be tough;
I've been reamed by those who were
incensed that I published the infor-
mation that they themselves sub-
mitted and chastised by those who
did not like what or how I edited
their submissions. Understand that
this is largely a forum for classmates'
self-promotion, which is not a bad
thing at all, but which does not nec-
essarily lend itself to Pulitzer Prize
winning prose. • To those of you
who took the time to write and send



along a few words, my thanks. To
the rest of you, good luck and God
bless. And to the classmate from
Rochester, a bit of advice: anything
worthy of being written deserves
your signature. You can quote me on
that. Editor'sNote: Please contact Kathy
Gualco at kathy. gualco@bc.edii for in-
formation on how to become a class cor-
respondent for the class of 1978.


Laura Vitagliano
78 Wareham Street
Medford, MA 02155

Hi! As I sit here writing this column,
I'm again reminded of just how
quickly time is passing! The summer
is now ending and I'm getting ready
for another year of teaching, As you
read this column, the holiday season
will be upon you; I hope that it is a
wonderful time for you and those
you care about! When you have time,
drop me a line and let me know
what's going on in your life.


Dr. John Carabatsos
478 Torrey Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Thanks again for all your letters and
emails. I am sure your classmates
appreciate it. I spent time with Mike
DiBiase and Steve Balsamo this
summer. Steve brought out the best
in me as I broke eighty with him at
New Seabury in August. I haven't
done that much and I think his awe-
some golfing prowess must have in-
spired me. • After fifteen years of
practicing law, Doreen Cook Hope
recently became a federal lobbyist
with Washington Gas. In August,
she gave birth to Nia Lauren Hope
(BC Class of 2022!!). Doreen and
her husband Gregory reside in Sil-
ver Spring, MD. • Barbara
Theodoros King has resigned from
her actuarial position at New En-
gland Life Insurance Company in
Boston and returned home to be a
full time mom to her son Nolan.
Nolan will be attending Kindergar-
ten for half days and she plans on
enjoying him to the fullest. • Jim
Mulvaney e-mailed he and me to
say he is sorry he missed the reunion
but he was at BC in August could not
believe the changes. Fulton Hall was
totally unrecognizable to him. He
recently joined The Rockefeller

Trust Company as the senior vice
president. Upon arriving, he found
Bob Petit-another class of 80 ac-
counting major- workingin the same
offices for a related company. He
and his wife Margaret have three
children, ages five, four, and two.
TheyliveinMiddletown,N|. •Tom
Siegert has taken a new position
within American Home Products
Wyeth Ayerst division. His role is
director-internal pricing and logis-
tics for the international markets. (I
love a good title). He is still busy
with his kids and is trying to point
his niece in the direction of BC to
play soccer. • Dave Dionne is still
with American Express handling
business needs for the JP Morgan
account. He lives in Nashua, NH
with his wife Diane and two girls
Caitlin (twelve) and Colleen (nine).
He recently enjoyed a great vacation
at Sandals resort in Jamaica. He is
looking forward to hitting his six-
teenth Oktoberfest in Munich in the
fall. • Amelia Vitacco Duggan and
her husband Bill (SOM 79) will soon
celebrate the fourth birthday of their
triplet daughters. They were born
twelve weeks premature but are
happy healthy little girls. She is the
new director of brand management
for the Children's Hospital at St.
Joseph's Hospital and Medical Cen-
ter in Paterson, NJ. She also teaches
public speaking, public relations and
mass communication at the local
community college. She says it is a
blast. She is sorry to have missed the
reunion but wants Brian O'Connor
to know his fertility treatments
worked — and then some. • Mike
Dillon was also sorry he missed the
reunion but he is the coach of his
daughter's Softball team. The story
of the last twenty years goes as fol-
lows. He was married in 1985 to a
woman he met and married four
months later. They live in Orchard
Park, NY and have four children.
His oldest daughter is thinking about
college and he will be traveling to
Boston to look at schools. He is
confident she will easily qualify for
BC and sometimes wonders if all of
us could do the same now. He has
worked in the mortgage business,
opened a boutique investment advi-
sory firm, and now works evaluating
private equity transactions and with
bankers to obtain financing for real
estate development. He recently won
his club golf championship and
spends a lot of time with his kids in
various activities. He says hello to all
from 43 -A and wants to hear from
Wilson and Sweeney. • Congratula-
tions to Kathleen Lawrence for
winning the Dr. Rozanne Brooks
Dedicated Teacher Award at SUNY

Cortland. • Kevin McCahill re-
cently moved from Connecticut to
Seattle, Washington with his wife
Cindy Hockenhull ('85) and two
sons. He writes that he had a great
time seeing fellow classmates at the
reunion includingTom Lamb, Paul
Gallasch, John Lombardo, Andy
Skaff, Debbie Wicke, Joanne
Tierney, Jeannie Goldman and
Mike Brosnan. No one aged a bit!


Alison Mitchell McKee, Esq.
1128 Brandon Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-0861
amckee8i @aol.com

It was great to hear from so many of
you this past quarter! • Paul Burns,
also a '84 graduate of BC Law, is a
partner in the law firm of Gallagher
& Kennedy in Phoenix (along with
Bob Itri '82, Law '86), where he
concentrates his practice in technol-
ogy, intellectual property and enter-
tainment law for high-tech clients.
Paul founded the Arizona Internet
& Electronic Commerce Associa-
tion. Paul and his wife, Christine,
have two children, Kimberly, four,
and Tommy, five, and reside in
Scottsdale. Rick Comeau is teach-
ing learning disabled students in the
Baltimore area while working on a
masters in special ed. Rick's email
address is rjcomeau@yahoo.com and
he'd love to hear from any long-lost
BCfriends. • In 1997, Scott Palmer
moved from ME to PA where he
recently became a part owner of
Hakanson &; Company, an associa-
tion management company that
manages not-for-profit technology
based trade associations. Scott and
his wife, Lois, have two children,
Karl, four, and Shea, three. • Cathy
Petersen Keller and Ken '83 had
their fourth child, Alexandra
Michele, in September '99 in Fort
Morgan, CO. She is adored by her
siblings, Kirsten, Sara and Kenny.
The Keller family loves CO where
Cadiy is busy with the children and
Ken is an orthopedic surgeon. • Pe-
ter I3erni.ui lives in Birmingham,
AL with his wife, Elizabeth, and six
year old son, Matthew. As a veteran
of retail concepts, Peter has moved
frequently over the past nineteen
years, living in NJ, NH and PA. This
past year, Sharon Bray and Rich
Farrelly adopted their first child, a
ten-month-old girl from China
named Allison. They live in Berwyn,
PA. Rich is a SVP of operations for
General Electric Capital's financial




assurance division in Philadelphia
and Sharon is the budget director
for Widener University. Rich would
love to hear from his old roommates
(Rich Canning, Mike Fee, Kevin
Hicks, Bob Panaro and John Perry)
at rich. farrelly ©gecapital.com. •
Ken Troccoli thought he would use
the occasion of our twentieth re-
union year to update us on his where-
abouts. After BC, Ken graduated
from George Washington Law
School and worked as a clerk for the
chief judge of the trial court in Dis-
trict of Columbia and then for sev-
eral large law firms. He later became
an assistant public defender in Alex-
andria, Virginia and loved it. In 1 999
he left that job to return to school at
Georgetown University seeking a
masters in law with a concentration
in constitutional law. Ken now stays
at home in Bethesda during the day
with his two children, Nick , six, and
Jenna, two, while his terrific wife,
Karen, works full-time. Ken plans to
get his degree in 2001 and return to
public defender work. Ken would
like to reconnect with Charles
Bashara and Barry Armata email
him at troccoli@erols.com. • Tom
Cingari and his wife, Sue, just fin-
ished remodeling an older home in
Stamford, CT where Tom contin-
ues to work in his family business,
Grade A Markets (now Shoprite).
The Cingaris have five children,
Christine, seventeen, Tom, fifteen,
Daniel, twelve, Matthew, nine, and
John, seven. Are you ready for this?
Christine started BC this past Sep-
tember as a member of the Class of
2004. • Kim and Jim O'Cormell
also have five children, Jimmy, four-
teen Julianne, eleven, Jaclyn, nine,
Jennifer, four, and John, three. The
O'Connell clan lives in Atlanta where
Jim is the director of marketing for
the J W Marriott Hotel Lenox in the
Buckhead area. Jim is enjoying big
city life after Marriott stints inMarco
Island, Key West and Point Clear,
Alabama. This past year he attended
both the Superbowl and the MLB
Allstar Game and met Jimmy Carter
and Nelson Mandela. In April Jim
visited Jim Howarth at his home in
Evanston, IL to see his first child,
Katherine, who was born in January.
• Bill Stephanos is the business
development manager for Lucent


Technologies, South Texas Region,
and lives in Houston with his wife,
Claudia, who is a pediatric dentist.
Bill has a son, Greg, twelve. Claudia
and Bill are expecting their first child
together in February. • In July
Patricia McGaffigan was named
chairman of the board ot the Ameri-
can Association of Critical-Care
Nurses Certification Corporation
which provides credentialing pro-
grams for individuals and facilities
involved in healthcare. Patricia is
the director of new clinical markets
for Aspect Medical Systems in
Natick. • Unfortunately, I must end
my column with two pieces of sad
news. First, Joseph G. McGuire
forty-nine, the husband of Kate
Tucker McGuire and father of their
two children, Andrew, twelve, and
Maggie, ten, passed away in April.
He was a former swim coach for
Shawmut Aquatic Club, Weston
Swim Club arid the Lincoln-Sudbury
High School boys' varsity team
where he was named Boston Globe
All Scholastic Coach of the Year.
Our condolences to Kate and her
family. Finally, I am sorry to pass
along news from Tom Schneider
that David Marby passed away on
January eighth in New York City at
the age of forty-one. Dave gradu-
ated with high honors with a BA in
psychology and then graduated from
Yale Medical School. Dave was
known as one of Mass General's best
at caring for children with serious
and terminal diseases, having an in-
tense compassion for the patients
and their families. David later en-
tered a fellowship program at Brown
University's Hasbro Hospital where
he conducted extensive research in
the field of pediatric infectious dis-
ease. Last spring Dave received a
post-mortem award for being one of
the best new research doctors in the
country. In the summer of 1999,
Dave accepted a position as pediat-
ric attending physician and assistant
clinical professor at Columbia
University's New York Presbyterian
Hospital. In his last five years, Dave
became an avid sculptor, with one of
his pieces to be displayed at Hasbro
Hospital indefinitely. Notwithstand-
ing his many professional accom-
plishments, Dave is remembered by
his friends as the guy who held a
large network of BC alum's together.
He never lost contact with his large
group of friends and always made
the effort to bring everyone together
often. Our sincere condolences to
Dave's family and many friends.


John A. Feudo

8 Whippletree Lane

Amherst, MA 01002-3100



Even if the "Survivor" craze didn't
faze you this past summer, it cer-
tainly impacted the life of Tony
Giunta, Mayor of Franklin, New
Hampshire. It turns out that "Survi-
vor" star Jenna Lewis is a Franklin
native. Tony and Governor Jeanne
Shaheen proclaimed Jenna Lewis
Day in the town upon her return
from the island. Hey Tony, see if
you can get her to come to our re-
union in 2002!! • Scott Finlay, a
dentist in Arnold, MD, emailed to
say that he, Jon Rather, Jamie
O'Rourke, Pete Lipsky and TJ
Delia Pietra continued their quest
to be the next Tiger Woods with an
annual golf pilgrimage to Tampa.
Rumor has it the "Bash Brothers"
even made a special appearance. The
guys were gearing up for the annual
Michael Murphy Memorial Golf
fundraiser, held in CT in Septem-
ber. • Betsy Simpson Boyer wrote
to say that she just had her fourth
boy, Mitchell, all boys are under
four years old. "Saint" Betsy also
sent news about her roommates:
Annie Podesta Rose just built a
new home in Ipswich, Sue Hunter
Hayes visited Boston over the sum-
mer, Lizzie Catty is living in Vir-
ginia with her husband and daughter.
Janice Bolandz Hendricks is still
in San Diego with her husband and
their two boys, and there hasn't been
any word lately from Jeannie Wil-
son, although with four children of
her own, the two certainly need to
talk! Betsy also wanted me to re-
mind Mike Miller that the roomies
haven't heard from you in a while. •
Also in the "new baby" department,
Marjorie Pallone LoBono and her
husband, Joe, recently had twin girls,
Marion and Madeline. Marjorie is a
trial attorney in personal injury de-
fense in Manhattan. They live in
Scarsdale, NY. • Tracy Charlton
Acton wrote for the first time in five
years. She and husband Kipp are
moving to Atlanta with their two
children, Brady and Cory. Tracy
informs us that Rosemary Hatem
Hall also has two children. Rose-
mary has her own calligraphy busi-
ness in Chicago. • Bob Misdom
wrote from Atlanta, when he owns
an IT staffing and recruiting busi-
ness called Staffing Technologies.

Bob and his wife have three chil-
dren. He says hello to former room-
mates Chris Caffrey, Rob Eberle,
John O'Connor, Doug Ellis and
Dan Portanova. • My summer was
quite eventful. It began with a trip to
Toronto to receive an international
award for my book on alumni rela-
tions (although I left out the chapter
about "Writing Humorous Class
Notes"), and it ended with my mar-
riage to Jenn Bennett, a University
of Massachusetts graduate. Jim
Moran did the best man duties, and
Gil Boule gave examples of how to
dance when there aren't many people
around who know you!! Many other
BCer's at the wedding. Old roomie
Marty O'Hea wasn't back for it, but
he did return later in the fall for a BC
football game. • Love those emails —
keep 'em coming!


Cynthia J. Bocko
71 Hood Road
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Even if the "Survivor" craze didn't
faze you this past summer, it cer-
tainly impacted the life of Tony
Giunta, Mayor of Franklin, New
Hampshire. It turns out that "Survi-
vor" star Jenna Lewis is a Franklin
native. Tony and Governor Jeanne
Shaheen proclaimed Jenna Lewis
Day in the town upon her return
from the island. Hey Tony, see if
you can get her to come to our re-
union in 2002!! • Scott Finlay, a
dentist in Arnold, MD, emailed to


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Delia Pietra continued their quest
to be the next Tiger Woods with an
annual golf pilgrimage to Tampa.
Rumor has it the "Bash Brothers"
even made a special appearance. The
guys were gearing up for the annual
Michael Murphy Memorial Golf
fundraiser, held in CT in Septem-
ber. • Betsy Simpson Boyer wrote
to say that she just had her fourth
boy, Mitchell, all boys are under
four years old. "Saint" Betsy also
sent news about her roommates:
Annie Podesta Rose just built a
new home in Ipswich, Sue Hunter
Hayes visited Boston over the sum-
mer, Lizzie Carry is living in Vir-
ginia with her husband and daughter.
Janice Bolandz Hendricks is still
in San Diego with her husband and
their two boys, and there hasn't been
any word lately from Jeannie Wil-
son, although with four children of
her own, the two certainly need to
talk! Betsy also wanted me to re-
mind Mike Miller that the roomies
haven't heard from you in a while. •
Also in the "new baby" department,
Marjorie Pallone LoBono and her
husband, Joe, recendy had twin girls,
Marion and Madeline. Marjorie is a
trial attorney in personal injury de-
fense in Manhattan. They live in
Scarsdale, NY. • Tracy Charlton
Acton wrote for the first rime in five
years. She and husband Kipp are
moving to Adanta with their two
children, Brady and Cory. Tracy
informs us that Rosemary Hatem
Hall also has two children. Rose-
mar)' has her own calligraphy busi-
ness in Chicago. • Bob Misdom
wrote from Atlanta, when he owns
an IT staffing and recruiting busi-
ness called Staffing Technologies.
Bob and his wife have three chil-
dren. He says hello to former room-
mates Chris Caffrey, Rob Eberle,
John O'Connor, Doug Ellis and
Dan Portanova. • My summer was
quite eventful. It began with a trip to
Toronto to receive an international
award for my book on alumni rela-
tions (although I left out the chapter
about "Writing Humorous Class
Notes"), and it ended with my mar-
riage to Jenn Bennett, a University
of Massachusetts graduate. Jim
Moran did the best man duties, and
Gil Boule gave examples of how to
dance when there aren't many people
around who know you! ! Many other
BCer's at the wedding. Old roomie
Marty O'Hea wasn't back for it, but
he did return later in the fall for a BC
football game. • Love those emails —
keep 'em coming!

say that he, Jon Rather, Jamie
O'Rourke, Pete Lipsky and TJ




Carol A. Baclawski, Esq.
29 Beacon Hill Road
W. Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 737-2166

Hope you are all enjoying the holi-
days. Here's the news I received.
Laurie Pignatelli Schiff and hus-
band Scott welcomed the birth of
their second child, Ayva Claire, born
May 9, 2 000. Their first child Peyton
is now four years old. Laurie and
family live in Pittsfield, Massachu-
setts. • T.J. Kozikowski recently
joined Breakaway Solutions, the
leading full-service e-business solu-
tion provider for mid-market busi-
nesses, as a director and relationship
partner in the Washington, D.C.
office. In his new role, T.J. is re-
sponsible for business development
and application hosting service lines
in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to
joining Breakaway, T.J. was a man-
ager with Oracle Corporation. Please
write or email me and let me know
what you and your family are doing,
so I can share with our fellow class-
mates. Happy Holidays!


Barbara Ward Wilson
8 Via Capistrano
Tiburon, CA 94920

Hello and happy winter! Marcie
DePlaza, (SOM), is living in
Parkland, FL. She has been working
with GL Homes of Florida for ten
years. She is married to Brett Shecter
and they have two little girls: Dani,
age three and Tara, age one. Bill
Lanza and his wife Kathy welcomed
Anna Grace (seven lbs., three Oz.) to
their family on December 1, 1999.
She joins her two older sisters Katie,
eleven and Michelle, nine. Bill has
recently accepted a position as a soft -
ware developer for Aurion Tech-
nologies, a provider of Web based
gas and oilfield automation prod-
ucts, here in Dallas. Kathy contin-
ues to juggle neonatal nursing, real
estate, and motherhood. Mike King
would have been at the reunion, but
he got stranded at Los Angeles In-
ternational Airport. He was taking
the red-eye out on Friday night to
hit the reunion and return Sunday
morning. The only problem was that
his United flight got canceled. As a
result, he couldn't get there from
here (as they used to say in

Pepperidge Farms commercials).
Mike and his wife Linda recently
had their third child, Eliza be thMarie
(seven months), who joins their two
little ruffians: Jimmy (five) and
Steven Anthony (three). Linda's
home full-time with the kids and
Mike is a partner in a law firm in Los
Angeles, handling complex civil liti-
gation, primarily misappropriation
of trade secret disputes and products
liability matters. Mike can be reached
at mking@hgla.com. • Sally
Tychanich Healy and her husband
Thorn and daughters Sarah and
Elizabeth have moved to Potomac,
Maryland. • Kevin Clancy is vice
president and general counsel of
LavaStorm, Inc. an Internet systems
engineering company in Waltham,
MA. Prior to joining LavaStorm,
Kevin was a founding partner of
Cooke, Clancy & Gruenthal, LLP.
Kevin lives in Holliston, MA where
he serves as town moderator. Ed-
ward Capobianco was recently pro-
moted to senior vice president/law
for Citizens Bank in Providence.
Michelle Byrne-Danney is living
in Marlborough, MA with her two
daughters, Rachel, seven, and
Rebecca, five. Michelle works at
Polaroid in their corporate data cen-
ter in computer operations. Michelle
coordinates the operations support
group and handles all the crises and
disasters that come her way. Steve
and Lori Ebanietti Switaj have been
very active in the Cleveland hockey
community for the past ten years.
Both play locally in Cleveland for
adult teams. Steve coaches his son
Matt's (thirteen) Bantam team, and
Lori, one of Cleveland's only female
head coaches, coaches eleven year
old daughter Lynn's co-ed Pee Wee
team. Please send me your email
messages and they will be included
in the column. Happy Holidays.


Karen Broughton Boyarsky
2909 The Concord Court
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Greetings from New England!
Please note the change of address
above as we have relocated back up
north to RI! Bruce bought a book-
bindery (Ocean State Bindery) in
Providence in August and we all ar-
rived in East Greenwich in Septem-
ber. We would love to hear from
classmates in the area and are look-
ing forward to being closer to the
Heights for events, football games,
and alumni meetings! Ironically, the

Paul Scobie moved back to Rhode
Island the same week we did (he's
dividing his time between Los An-
geles and providence as vice presi-
dent of international sales for his
graphic arts distribution company)
and we are thrilled to be living five
miles down the road from him! •
Congratulations to Karen O'Keefe
Johnson and Ray Johnson on the
birth of their third child, Brian, who
joins Brendan and Bridget! The
Johnsons sent a picture which we
loved-the kids are adorable!! • Li-
ane and Ed McCarthy have big news
that they recently adopted two chil-
dren, Scott, age three and Desha,
age two. They will be joining sib-
lings Ryan, thirteen, Matthew, eight
and Michael, seven. Ed is still work-
ing with Credit Lyonnais in Man-
hattan and Lisa is working hard at
home with the kids! My hat is off to
you both! • Nunzia DeDominicis




and her husband Don recently had
twins and they join sister, Marisa
who is two. Katie and Lorenzo were
born in July-Luisa DeDominicis,
Nunzia cousin and our classmate, is
Katie godmother! Congratulations!
• Locher Mango wrote with news
of her family. She and her family live
in Simsbury, Connecticut. They have
three children, Ellie (eight), Tirmny
(five) and Sarah (two). She would
love to be in touch with classmates
and can be reached at
CBMangoOhotmail.com! Bill and
Pat McCarthy Christ wrote with
news of Bill making partner at his
law firm, Phillips, Lyde, Hitchcock,
Blain and Huber and Pat is busy with
the three kids doing swim team and
church activities! • Greg Licholai
recently finished his MBAat Harvard
and joined Medtronic in Minneapo-
lis where he will be working in the
neurological division developing
implant able devices to treat neuro-
logical conditions such as
Parkinson's and epilepsy. Greg is a
neurosurgeon and he has recently
celebrated his sixth wedding anni-
versary with his wife, Charlotte! •
Eileen Carr Forrest finished her
last year of pediatric residency at
Children's Hospital in Boston and
recently married to Major Kevin
Forrest. Carolyn Yee Grimes was a

bridesmaid. Eileen will relocate with
her husband to Fort Carmpbell,
Kenntucky where she will be a civil-
ian pediatrician. • Caroline Long
McKinnon and Brian McKinnon
wrote with news that Brian recently
completed his emergency room resi-
dency at Portsmouth (Virginia) Na-
val Medical Center and are now
moving to Charlottesville, Virginia
where he will do a fellowship in
Neurotology at WA Medical Cen-
ter. Caroline will also be in school at
University of Virginia Medical Cen-
ter doing a Master's in Psychiatric
Nursing. Classmates can reach them
at bjmckinnon@earthlinknet. • Ed
Miller and his wife, Sharon live in
Fairfield, Connecticut and have two
girls, ages eight and four. Ed man-
ages the internal corporate compen-
sation department for an human
resources consulting firm, Towers,
recent wedding in the Bahamas.
Drake and Maria Behrakis an-
nounce the birth of their second
child, Zoe Anastasia, in April. She
joins brother George, age two.
Thanks to all who write and a special
thanks to all who say such lovely
things to me about the article! I love
doing it and love hearing from you!
Let me know if your in RI!!


Catherine Stanton Rooney
4 Bushnell Terrace
Braintree, MA 02184


Laura Germak Ksenak
54 Kendal Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
(973) 313-9787


Cheryl Williams Kalantzakos
10 Devonshire Place
Andover, MA 01810

Steven and Lisa Szawlowski Leon

recently moved from Boston to Bay
Village, OH with eleven-month-old
daughterMadelyn. Steve completed
his neurosurgery residency in Bos-
ton at the Brigham and Women's
Hospital/Children's Hospital and is
completing a fellowship in spine sur-
gery at the Cleveland Clinic. Lisa
was working as a pharmacist at the


Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for
the Aged but is currently staying
home. The Leons live in the same
town as classmates Bill and Lisa
Priemer and their to daughters
Campbell and Helen. • Annemarie
Scanlon Harthun lives in Vienna,
Virginia with her husband Matt, son
Bryan (4/98) and daughter Caitlyn
(2/00). She is an attorney with the
Federal Trade Commission in
Washington, D.C. • Susan Cotter
Reinert lives in Walpole, MA with
her husband Tom. She works at
Newton-Wellesley Hospital as a
nurse in Labor & Delivery. They
have three children- Derek, Brett
and Stephanie. • Nora Leary is the
director of residential programs at
the Walker Home and School in
Needham. Nora lives in Dorchester.
• Meghan Kelley-Gosk lives in
Chapel Hill, NC with her husband
Chris and daughter Taylor. She is
expecting her second child this fall.
Meghan is a Training Specialist at
University of North Carolina and
recently completed her doctorate at
North Carolina State University. •
Susan Brodbeck Agnew, husband
John and big brother Patrick an-
nounce the birth of John Peter "Jack"
Agnew, Jr. on June 21. Susan and
family live in Chatham, New Jersey
where mom is now home full-time.
Beth Dedrick Lawlor and husband
Kevin have a new addition to their
family. Gillian Margaret, born last
March, joins brother Brendan
Dedrick (two and a half). Beth works
for American Express full-time from
home and Kevin is a financial con-
sultant with Merrill Lynch in New
YorkCity. They live inMaplewood,
Newjersey • John and Dawn Miller
Llewellyn celebrated the birth of
twins John IV (Jack) born April 17
and sister Mackenzie born April 18,
2000. John, Dawn, big sister Kelsey
(three) and the twins live in Fairfield,
Connecticut. • Rich Chutoransky
and wife Lisa announce the birth of
Nicholas Richard born on May 26,
2000. He joins his sister Macy Jean
(two). •Michael and Ellen
McSweeney O'Hara are currently
moving from Reading to Westwood,
Massachusetts. Mike is a General
Counsel atJBaker, Incorporated in
Canton and Ellen, a nurse practitio-
ner, is currently at home with their
boys Connor (three) and Nathan
(one). • Stephen Tomaselli left
Kennebunk, Maine for the warmer
climate in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Steve is running an Internet mort-
gage company ww.loansnap.com. He
is married to Gina Malacaria BC '90
and has two boys Christopher (five)
and John (six months). You can drop
Steve a line at stomaselli

©loansnap.com . • Bob Karwin

graduated from University of San
Diego School of Law in '97 and
passed both California and Texas
bar exams. He is currently working
as a senior associate attorney with
the firm of Calendo, Puckett, Sheedy
and DiCorrado in Los Angeles. In
June '99 he married Janissa Staton.
In attendance were: Tim Canty
(groomsman), Ellen Kurd (brides-
maid), Myles Cassidy (photogra-
pher) Theresa Barry and Liza
Farrell. You can reach Bob through
his Web site http://home.
earthlink.net/~karwin. • Megan
Sullivan Keady, husband John, and
daughter Rose (May 99) have moved
from Grapevine, Texas to Sydney,
Australia. Megan is a senior market-
ing manager for Kimberly-Clark
Australia. • Diane Russell-Will-
iams and husband Jason had second
daughter Rachel Lynn born on Feb-
ruary 1 1, 2000. She was welcomed
home (in Fairfax, VA) by older sister
Megan Sarah (18 months). Diane
has been working as an account ex-
ecutive in sales for EMC Corpora-
tion for the past eleven years. Other
classmates working at EMC are Ken
Grohe, Bill Hogan, Jim Gannon
and Mike DeLuca. • Karen
Neuhauser Daley had her second
child on Easter morning. Jack
Neuhauser was welcomed home by
his older sister Katie. Karen and her
husband live in Plymouth, Massa-
chusetts • Andrea McGrath is liv-
ing in Back Bay and working for
State Street Bank. • Carolyn
Croteau Rando, husband Joe and
children Ben and Rebecca relocated
last year from MA to Houston,
Texas. • TS and Liz Nelson Lemire
along with daughter J enna welcomed
Claire Elizabeth into their family on
December ember 16, 1999. TS is
editor-at-large with Community
Newspaper Company in Needham
and will be teaching writing at BC
fall 2000. • Thanks to everyone for
all of the letters and emails. If your
update did notmake this issue, please
look for it in the next column.


Kara Corso Nelson
67 Sea Island
Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 647-9200

There seems to be a bit of a baby
boom in the class of 1990! Jennifer
Duffy Ahonen and Kevin Ahonen
are living in Needham and are proud
parents of a baby girl, Grace

Katherine, who was born on March
26, weighing eight pounds, eight
ounces. Jennifer changed jobs just
over a year ago, moving out of the
agency side of advertising and into
the client side where she manages
the marketing materials for insur-
ance products at Putnam Invest-
ments in Boston. •Jennifer (Riddle)
and Greg Harrington had theirsec-
ond child, Daniel James on June 21.
They relocated to Lancaster, PA in
early 1999. Paula and Paul Day
welcomed their first child, Catherine
Anne Day, into the world on June
21, 2000. The Days live in Dallas.
Kerry and Sean Calnan live in
Belchertown, Massachusetts and had
their first son, Liam McDermott
Calnan on May Seventh, 2000. •
George and Christy Schwarz
Schultze want to share the exciting
news of the birth of their daughter,
Annabelle Celia Schultze! She ar-
rived on July 29th, 2000. • On
November 3rd, 1999, Susanne
Coulter Smith, husband George
and big brother Pierce (three) wel-
comed the newest member of their
family, Emily Elizabeth. Emily
weighed in at ten pounds, two
ounces! Amy Salvin's post-gradu-
ate history goes something like this:
After BC, Amy worked for one year
at the American Cancer Society in
Boston. She graduated from North-
eastern School of Law in 1994, and
clerked in Boston for a year, after
which she moved to Washington,


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D.C, to work at the Department of
Justice. For the past fouryears, Amy's
been an assistant United States at-
torney for the District of Columbia,
Criminal Division, but is planning a
move back to CT. In early Septem-
ber 2000, she married Gary Collins,
a fellow prosecutor and former Court

TV reporter. • Michelle Manware
was maid of honor. Michelle is in
her second year of physician's assis-
tant school at Yale Medical School
and is engaged to Dennis Murphy, a
lawyer she met while working at
Northeastern Law School. • An-
drew McAJeer's first novel, "Ap-
pearance of Counsel," is presently
under contract and will be available
this fall at Spenser's Mystery Books
in Boston, Kate's Mystery Books in
Cambridge, Amazon.com and
BarnesAndNoble.com. • Michael
Baroni is a senior attorney at
Metromedia, responsible for the le-
gal departments of two subsidiaries,
which are Internet infrastructure
companies in San Jose and Palo Alto
California. Michael married Lisa
Lynnette (an actress) in Jamaica, and
has moved from New York to
Californa. • Mike DiMauro and
Karin Crompton are engaged to be
married. Karin is a 1992 University
of Connecticut grad and is a re-
gional editor for HighWired.com.
Mike is a sports columnist at the
New London Day newspaper. •
They live in Niantic, Connecticut,
just down the road from Ellen
McGuinn Mahoney and Brian
Mahoney. • Andy Sriubas got mar-
ried on May 4th to Michelle Israel at
St. Peter's Basilica in Rome after a
brief audience with the Pope! •
Craig O'Donnell (BC roommate
and brother-in-law) was the best
man. Sister Beth '88 and Peter
Woodbury '86 were also in atten-
dance. Andy and Michelle built a
house in Pound Ridge, New York
and moved out of the city in May.
Andy works for Donaldson, Lufkin
& Jenrette Securities' investment
banking group in Manhattan, focus-
ing on international media clients. •
Michele Lombardo married Scott
Maclver on December 5 , 1 998 ; they
live in Winter Haven, Florida. Scott
is a Deputy Sheriff for the county,
and Michele is an assistant public
defender. ("He locks them up, I help
get them out. I guess that's job
security..."). Prior to that Michele
had been working at Disney World
in the Entertainment Department
at the Disney-MGM Studios.
Michele and Scott welcomed their
little boy (nine pounds, thirteen
ounces!), Luke Michael Maclver on
June 3 , 2 000. • After graduating from
BC, Maureen Hoffman Donohue
got her master's in educational psy-
chology at the University of Vir-
ginia. After living and teaching in
Washington, D.C, Charlottesville,
Virginia, and Cupertino, California
she and her family relocated to
Glastonbury, Connecticut in Janu-
ary of 1999 (we're neighbors!).



Maureen married Jim Donohue (a
UTC engineer) and they have two
children: Connor, five and, Kelly,
three. Maureen is a third grade
teacher at Hebron Avenue Elemen-
tary in Glastonbury. • Mike Dupee
graduated from Georgetown Uni-
versity Law Center and the
McDonough School of Business with
a JD cum laude and an MBA. Mike
moved to NY in August to work in
fixed income principal transactions
for Goldman Sachs. • In April 1995,
Amy Bettez Cronin completed her
master's in special education and
married her husband Thomas
Cronin. Recently, they moved back
to Amy's hometown of Coventry
with their two children Kathleen
(three) and Matthew (eighteen
months). A third will arrive in Sep-


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tember! Amy teaches high school
English in South Kingstown, Rhode
Island. • Richard Lee left the Uni-
versity of Texas at Austin for a new
position as an advanced assistant
professor at the University of Min-
nesota in Minneapolis beginning in
the fall of 2000. As always, thanks for
the updates and I wish you all the
happiest of holidays!


Peggy Morin Bruno

2 High Hill Road

Canton, CT 06019

(860) 693-3025

bcalumgi @worldnetatt.net

Stephen Sieh, an investment banker
with Lazard Freres, obtained his
MBA from Columbia University and
lives in Manhattan with his wife,

Ronna Reyes '92. They recently
attended the wedding of David
Dahan to Naomi Schachter with
Damian Platosh. • Jennifer
Pomerantz Minson and her hus-
band of seven years Douglas wel-
comed a baby girl, Mairwen on July
2 1 . She joins her brothers Gareth
(three) and Aneurin (two). They live
in Manassas, Virginia. • Cara
DeNuccio was married on August
13 to Dennis McShane in Detroit,
MI. Michele Casey-Driscoll and
her son Drew, Karen Kremer
Mahoney '90, her husband, and her
son Matthew, and Ailis Clyne and
her husband were all in attendance.
Cara graduated in May with her
MSW from Wayne State Univer-
sity, and has been working for five
years at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.
She is a human resources manager. •
Christopher Fontayn and his wife
Julie welcomed their first son, Lo-
gan Robert on August 9! They live
in Riverview, Florida. • Ana
Quadros married Mat Johnson in
Newport, Rhode Island on Augnst
5 , 2000. Dr. Anne Marie (Mallick)
Junge and Jane Ngara were brides-
maids. Also in attendance were Kim
LaBarbiera-Paschall, Nicole
Tufo, Jessica (Prata) Miller and
Frank Campbell '90. Ana and Mat
live in Mill Valley, California. • Jes-
sica (Prata) Miller, her husband
Steven and her son, David, moved to
Bangor, Maine. Jessica will be a phi-
losophy professor at the University
of Maine. • Allison Kopicki mar-
ried John Miller on May 20, 2000.
Allison is an editor and writer at
Bloomberg Magazine where she was
awarded a cover story. • Christy
Simpson was a bridesmaid. • Kim
LaBarbiera-Paschall also attended.
Allison andjohn live in Lambertville,
New Jersey. • Ann Marie Lynch
and Harry Patz were married on
April 15, 2000 in Newport, Rhode
Island. • Philip Eliopoulos was the
best man. • Peggy Goetz was a
bridesmaid. • Joe Furino and
George Skabardonis were ushers.
• David Anderson did a reading.
Also attending were: Paul
Barroquiero, Sherri (Nuncio) and
Pat Coleman, Jeff Eberwein, John
Kearney, Theresa (Breen) and
Marty Keaveney, Maureen
Marshall, John McGuire, Todd
Mitchell, Tom Moscarillo,
Alicemarie (Hand) and Jonathan
Mulrooney, Don Niss, and David
Rios. Ann Marie and Harry live in
Bronxville, NY. Ann Marie is an
assistantvice-presidentin human re-
sources at the Bank of New York.
Harry is a director of sales and con-
sulting at the Microsoft Corpora-
tion in New York City. • Andrea

Benoit is an attorney with the De-
fense Contract Management
Agency in Boston. On June 1 , 2000,
she and her husband, Gaetano
Polizio, welcomed their first child,
Luigi Polizio. • Mike "Gus" Kelly
is currently the assistant curator of
rare books and special collections
for New York University. His email
address is mike.kelly@nyti.edu. •
Leslie Strazzullo has been a public
relations executive in Miami for six
years and is now enrolled in the
MIBS (Masters in International
Business Studies) program at the
University of South Carolina. Leslie
was in Italy taking intensive lan-
guage and culture training and will
return for additional studies and an
internship. Email Leslie at
lafstrazz® email.msn.com. • Chris
Langway completed his MBA at
Arizona State University and is
working as a new media manager
for Digitas in New York City. Email
Chrisatlangway@yahoo.com. *Jay
Duke is married and getting his
MBA at Duke University and was in
New York City this summer with
Morgan Stanley. • Krista Zuber
is also in New York City working
for Paine Webber. She has been
there for nine years now. • Col-
leen (Hasey) Schuhmann and her
husband Paul are expecting their
first child in early December! Paul
and Colleen were married on July 3 ,
1 999. Jill Kaczynski has been work-
ing Tor the Boston Consulting
Group's Auckland, New Zealand
office since August 1999. She will
return to Boston in January 2001.
Email her at

kaczynski.jill@bcg.com. • Cheryl
Blais has visited Jill in New Zealand.
• Lynn Page married Sean Flaherty
(Northeastern '89) onjune 24, 2000.
After a honeymoon in Ireland, Lynn
and Sean settled in their new house
in Canton, MA. Lynn is the direc-
tor of annual giving for the Big
Brother of Mass Bay and Sean is a
stockbroker for Salomon Smith
Barney in Boston. Debi Page
Mooney was matron of honor.
Shelby Lovett Cuevas, Meghan
Gross, Heather Garrigan Hentz,
Lisa Nickerson McGonagle '95 and
Kellie Moroney were bridesmaids.
Andrea Benoit did a reading. Debi
is the vice president of develop-
ment for Boys & Girls Clubs of
MetroWest. Shelby and her hus-
band, Leslie, live in Phoenix and are
both attorneys. Meghan is in Bos-
ton working in public relations and
is engaged to marry Chris Magner.
Heather and her husband Jeff live
in Arkansas and just welcomed a
son, Justin Garrigan Hentz. Justin
joins his sister Samantha Elizabeth

(three). Kellie lives in Boston,
teaches middle school and just
completed her first 5K! • Also in
attendance were Kathy Barry,
who is a prosecutor in FL where
she lives with her husband Hank
and daughter Ellie; Ann-Marie
Breen, a social worker ran her
first Boston Marathon and quali-
fied to run it again - maybe with
her husband Tim McMullan who
just completed the Flying Pig
Marathon in Cincinnati; Deb
Wardlow Brown, a social worker,
who is moving to Minneapolis
with her sons Michael(three) and
Christopher(one) and husband
Mike; Barbara Healey, director
of development for the Renssalear
County Association of Retarded
Citizens in Albany, NY, who was
joined by husband Rob Puglisi
and daughter Allison; and Janine
Dionne Saks, a physical thera-
pist, who with husband Steve Saks
'92 and daughter Maddie(one) will
be settling in Washington, D.C.


Paul L. Cantello

The Gotham

255 Warren Street

Apt. 813

Jersey City, NJ 07302


Happy Holidays! There was a
misspelling in my e-mail address
two issues ago. We apologize for
those who got their e-mails
bounced back to them. Thanks
for the overwhelming amounts of
updates. I couldn't fit them all in
this column, so keep posted! •
Ann Fralick Fuell and Tony Fuell
live in Norwalk, Connecticut and
have two children, Kate (two
years) and Ted (three months).
Ann works for KPMG Consult-
ing and Tony works for
PriceWater-houseCoopers. •
Paul Pak recently moved to Los
Angeles and is working for
Warner Brothers. • Rolando
Albuja and his wife Alice had dieir
first baby on April 12 - a girl
named Isabel Virginia. • Beth
Vihlen McGregor and Tom
McGregor recently moved from
New York City to Sarasota,
Florida. Tom is a vice president
at Bank of America and Beth
graduated in May with a Ph.D. in
history from SUNY Stony Brook.
They have a son Nathan who was
born in April 1999. • Eric
Huerter finished his residency in
Internal Medicine at Emory Uni-


versity in June 1999. His wife,
Pamela, finished her residency as
well, and they both have been prac-
ticing in Lawrence, Kansas sincejuly
1999. They welcomed their first
child, a son, Finnegan Thomas on
September 15, 1999. 'Lisa Purtell
and Daniel Ennis were married on
May 27, 2000 in Chatham, Massa-
chusetts on Cape Cod. They are
currently living in Somerville, Mas-
sachusetts. Daniel is a consultant in
the Boston office of McKinsey &
Company and Lisa is working in
product marketing at EMC prior to
finishing her last year in the full-
time MBA program at BC. Among
the wedding party were Patrick
Ryan, Geoff Sommerville, Kate
Miller, and Elizabeth Meola
Aaron. Mary Ellen Stankewick
Carignan and Peter Carignan are
buying a home in Cape Elizabeth,
Maine. Peter works for Fidelity's
Investment Center and was recently
transferred to Portland, Maine.
Mary Ellen and Peter have two chil-
dren, Joseph Michael (three years)
and Grace Elizabeth (one year). •
Lori Barker is currendy living in
Jacksonville, Florida working at St.
John & Partners Advertising as a
senior account executive. She was
married on April 8, 2000 to Larry
Blackburn. The ceremony took place
outside the Castillo de San Marcos
(an old Spanish fort) in St. August-
ine. Bridesmaids included Pamela
Leve. Guests included several alumni
from the acappella group "The
Bostonians" whose toast to the
couple was to sing "The Lion Sleeps
Tonight." Peter Fernandez (aka
Peter Tahoe

petertahoe@hotmail.com) has been
acting and playing music in NYC
for the past seven years. His band
"Freeze Dried Mushrooms" regu-
larly plays gigs at Downtime (251
W. 30th Street, New York City) and
the Whiskey Bar in Hoboken. •
Andy O'Hara has been working for
the pharmaceutical firm, Hoffmann-
LaRoche as a medical rep for the
past four years and lives in
Merrimack, NH with his wife, Kim.
He is just about finished with his
MBA from Bentley College. • Rob
Johnson and Kate McCauley were
married in Newport, Rhode Island
on July 1, 2000. There were forty-
four fellow BC alums in attendance.
After the wedding, the couple had a
great two-week honeymoon in Italy.
Kate is the Director of Marketing
for Institutional Services at Fidelity
Investments in Boston. Rob is a US
Equity Trader for Numeric Inves-
tors in Cambridge. The couple re-
sides in Charlestown. Some of our
classmates who attended the wed-

ding were: Dave Gesmondi, Jim
and Hilary Roscoe Singer, Rob and
Teresa (Savino) Munoz, Chris
Fleissner, John "Swarty"
Henderson, Kay Ryan, Melinda
McLoughlin, and Beth O'Toole. •
Ronna Reyes Sieh has been work-
ing at Morgan Stanley since 1998
after she obtained her MBA from
Columbia L'niversity. She is cur-
rently an equity research analyst at




Morgan Stanley covering the
Internet Infrastructure sector.
Ronna lives with her husband,
Stephen in Manhattan. • Virna
Cence has spent the past six years
in New York City where she
worked in cosmetics marketing for
L'Oreal and Borghese and com-
pleted her MBA in marketing at
Fordham University. • She moved
back to Boston in October 1999
and got engaged to Jay O'Brien.
Jay is an attorney at Freeman,
Johson & Aceto in downtown Bos-
ton. Virna is a Media Supervisor at
Hill Holliday. • Gina DeAcetis
Powers celebrated her four year
anniversary in August. In her years
since BC, she's completed a Mas-
ters in Education and a law degree
from New England School of Law.
She's a real estate attorney, spe-
cializing in representing lenders,
buyers and sellers. If anyone is in
the market for home buying, look
her up. • Glen Keenan and wife
Kathleen had a baby boy JackFlynn
in October 1999. The couple is
building a new home in Peabody,
Massachusetts. • Lauren Fish is
pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at
George Washington University in
Washington, D.C. • Mike Pratt
and Lisa Schmitt married in 1 998.
They bought a new home in Mag-
nolia, Massachusetts. Lisa is a guid-
ance counselor at Gloucester High
School. Mike is a candidate for
level 3 of the CFA. As for me, my
firm Schroders was bought and
merged into Salomon Smith
Barney, so now I am working for
part of the Citigroup family. •
Cristin Foley Richard married
Alan Richard on June 10, 2000.
They wer married in trinity Chapel
on the Newton Campus. Their
reception followed on St. Mary's

Lawn and in Gasson Hall. Class-
mates in attendance included: Jane
Crowley Dunbar, MaryElaine
Gardella and Kay Ryan. Cristin's
friends from the BC Alumni Asso-
ciation added a lot of fun, especially
wen the power went out during the
reception and stayed off for the rest
of the night! • Kelsey O'Brien
Garrity was Cristin's Honor Atten-
dant, Kelsey and her husband John
just had a baby girl on September
1st, Maeve Kathleen. Maeve is, ac-
cording to her Godmother, Cristin,
absolutely perfect! • Su Lan Chen
Shediac said a reading at the wed-
ding. Su Lan had a busy weekend
recently - in May she graduated from
B. C. Law School and thenext day
she married Eric Shediac. Talk about
overachieving! Their wedding was
in Trinity Chapel and they ad a
beautiful reception at Upstairs at
the Pudding in Cambridge. If any-
one else out there is working for
SSB, Citibank, Travelers, etc., look
me up on the internal company e-


Gina Suppelsa Story
83 Main Street, #6
Charlestown, MA 02129

Happy holidays all! • James
Morrissey joined the law firm
Vedder, Price, Kaufman &
Kammholz in their General Corpo-
rate practice area. This year, he re-
ceived a joint JD and MBA degree
from DePaul University College of
Law and Business School. • In 1 999,
Kerrie Donovan received her MBA
from Babson College. She accepted
a position as project manager for the
Web Technologies group at IDX
Systems, a healthcare software com-
pany in Boston. She also got mar-
ried to Paul McGann that year. They
bought a home and live in Woburn.
• Caroline Davis and Juan Carlos
Cisnado Hadlow are engaged to be
married. He is originally from San
Salvador, El Salvador. She recendy
moved from Chapel Hill, North
Carolina to Santiago, Chile. •
Heather Bradford lived in Port-
land, OR for about four years after
finishing Jesuit Volunteer Corps in
'94. She moved back east to attend
the University of Pennsylvania. She
completed her bachelors in nursing
and is continuing on to get her mas-
ters in nursing midwifery. Heather
also got married in August of 1999
to Jeff Gilbert. They live in Center
City, Pennsylvania. • Susan Selinga

Larson married Bryan in June of 1 999.
Four roommates from BC attended
the wedding. They included Chrissie
Diffley who resides in Watertown,
Massachusetts and Erin Harmon who
lives on Nantucket. Also attending
were Christina Galmiche Sliwa who
lives in Boston and Meaghan Connolly
who lives in New York City. Susan
and Bryan bought a house in Franklin,
Massachusetts. She is working at Fi-
delity Investments in Smithfield,
Rhode Island doing operations audit
and analysis. This year, Christopher
Davison graduated from Albany Medi-
cal College with an M.D. He moved
to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he
has begun his residency in emergency
room medicine at the University of
Pittsburgh Hospitals. • Tom Burton
and wife Leslie welcomed their baby
girl, Elise Faye in mid August. • Kim
Gosen and Tom Fowler got married
this August. It was an all out BC wed-
ding - even played the BC fight song!
Kim will be teaching high school at
Westfield High. Tom will be writing
his Ph.D. psychology thesis. They will
be living in New Jersey. I end this
issue on a sad note. • We lost two
classmates this summer, Kristin
Amico Sesselman and Kevin Leyh.
Kristin passed away in early July after
a long battle against acute myeloid
leukemia. She had received her mas-
ters at BC and was teaching special
education to eighth and ninth graders
in Marblehead, Massachusetts prior
to her death. Kevin passed away in
May. He was involved in a severe car
accident in Philadelphia. Our thoughts
and prayers go out to the families and
friends of both classmates.


AlyceT. Hatem-Sader
33 Clementi Lane
Methuen, MA 01844

Hello everyone! I hope summer was
enjoyable for all. I have a lot of news,
so here goes! • Patti Rigney married
Timothy Vale on August 19, 2000 in
Farmington, Connecticut. Patti is a
consultant working for Aetna Finan-
cial Services in Hartford. (Patti is re-
ally a Web designer for Atena's internal
financial reporting Web page) Tim
received his Massachusetts in plastics
engineering from L T niversity of Mas-
sachusetts Lowell and works in
Alanchester, Connecticut. • Brendan
Coffey married Jeanne O'Brien, a
Rutgers graduate, on July 22, 2000 in
Marblehead, Massachusetts. • David
Gregg was best man. Jeanne is a
freelance food and wine writer and



Brendan is a writer for "Forbes
Magazine" in Manhattan. The
couple is living in Hoboken, New
Jersey. • Ann Boehler married Erik
Ostrowski in July 2000. Erik is cur-
rently in business school at the Uni-
versity of Chicago and Ann is a
producer for Metromix.com, the
Chicago Tribune's entertainment
Web site. Bridesmaids included:
Betsi (Orem) Cogan, Daniela
Deiuca, Jennifer (Lahr) English
and Melanie (Zimmerman)
Zeman. • Lynne Gannon married
Mikael Andren in June, 2000. The
couple resides in New York. Brides-
maids included Julie (Rohr) Golden
and Stephanie Brunet. Good luck
and congratulations to all our new-
lyweds. For some, the next step will
be to have children. Without any
further ado, here is the list of future
BC-ers. • Dara (Williams) Miles
and her husband Tom has their fist
child, a baby boy, Ryan Williams
Miles on July 30, 2000. • Christo-
pher and Kristina (Torrisi) Greco
had a baby boy, Nicholas Joseph, on
February 22, 2000. Chris is working
at Fidelity Investments and the new
family has moved to Piano, Texas.
Congratulations and good luck!! •
Bob Shea and wife Louise had a
baby boy, John Patrick (AKAJack),
on March 2, 2000. • Laura
Denessen-McLaughlin writes in to
say hello to her fellow classmates.
She is a stay-at-home Mom with
four children, Maria five, Catherine
three, Jack twenty-one months, and
Bernadette Anne born February 12,
2000. Laura teaches fourth grade
religion at her local parish in West
Roxbury and she helps her husband
with his computer company,
ezecastle.com. • Many class of
'94er's, among other things, are still
hitting the books. Congratulations
to those of you who have graduated!

• Melissa Hegger graduated from
BC Law in December 1999, passed
the bar in February and was sworn in
atFanuel Hall in June. Congratula-
tions! She walked at graduation on
May 26, 2000, bringing along her
daughter Julia to accept her diploma.
Melissa is currently a law clerk with
the Massachusetts Superior Court.

• Sara (Reynolds) Petruska gradu-
ated, with honors, from the Univer-
sity of Florida Medical School at
Gainesville on May 20, 2000. Sara
will have a four-year residency in
obstetrics and gynecology at State
University of New York Stonybrook
Medial Center on Long Island. •
Thomas Burns received his Doctor
ofVeterinary Medicine Degree from
Tufts University on May 2 1 , 2000.
He has joined the Veterinary Asso-
ciates of Cape Cod, located in South

Yarmouth. Recently, he has returned
from South Africa, completing a re-
search project in association with
the Natal Sharks Board and South
African White Shark Research In-
stitute. • David Grebe completed
his master's degree in journalism
and is currently working for the As-
sociated Press in Kansas City. • Su-
san Crimmins has been accepted
into the Post-Master's Clinical So-
cial Work Education Program at the
Karl Menninger School of Psychia-
try & Mental Health Sciences. •
Quinn O'Brien is working at Ogilvy
and Mather advertising in New York
City. Quinn was married in Man-
hattan on June 24, 2000. • Once
again, the class of '94 donated
$5 00.00 to the Second Helping Gala,
which helps the Greater Boston Food
Bank. Both the BC Alumni Associa-
tion and the Greater Boston Food
Bank send their sincere thanks. •
Kimberly Kozemchack Paster
asked me to pass on the word of
thanks. Have a great winter! Let me
know if anything exciting is happen-


Megan Gurda Tran
6969 W. 90th Avenue
Apt. 821
Westminster, CO 80027


Karen Crincoli, CSOM married
Boston native Michael Begelfer on
July 1 on the beach in Bermuda.
Emily Hancock, A& SwasaMaidof
Honor at the wedding. In atten-
dance were several other BC'ers in-
cluding Carolyn and John Nash
A&S, Brian McBrearity, CSOM,
Jeanine DeLaCruz Clark, A&S,
and Mike Hofman '96. Back from
their honeymoon in Greece, Karen
and Michael are now settling into
their new home in Atlanta, Georgia.
•Vanessa Zielke, A&S is attending
the Kellogg School of Management
at Northwestern University in pur-
suit of her MBA. 'Charles Hurst
has been awarded a permanent con-
tract to continue teaching fifth grade
at Knapp Elementary School in
North Penn, Pennsylvania. Charles
became interested in teaching while
working in a training program for a
privately owned grocery store chain
in his hometown. After his first year
at the grocery store he was asked to
spearhead programs for grants and
career initiatives for the North Penn
School District. He enjoyed work-
ing with the students so much that

he decided to pursue a career in
educadon. He received his M.S. in
Instruction from Drexel University
in May 1999 and was hired as a long-
term substitute for the North Penn
School District. In addition to teach-
ing this year, Charles will be com-
pleting a practicum for Pennsylvania
principal certification through Bea-
ver College. He would love to hear
from his BC friends, hurstcd
©npenn.org. 'Jason Mandell
moved out to San Francisco just over
three years ago after living in Boston
after graduation. He worked at
Schwartz Communications, a public
relations firm, for over 4 years in
Wellesley and in San Francisco. He
left the company with two friends
and formed a new public relations
company called LaunchScquad. The
company specializes in launching
brand new technology companies.
Fellow grads can reach him at
jason@launchsquad .com 'On April
8 Erin Razetti married Joseph Aben.
The newlyweds knew each other
since they were children and were
actually in the same class for seven
years; however, they do not remem-
ber ever speaking to each other! It


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was not until Erin graduated from
BC that they ran into each other and
began dating. Erin is currently work-
ing towards her Masters in Social
Work at the University of Mary-
land. Her goal is to become a psy-
chotherapist and work with children.
She and her husband own ProFitness,
Inc., a personal training company,
which is rapidly expanding through-
out Maryland. They happily reside
in Annapolis, Maryland. •Stephen
Mabry and Megan Matviak are
engaged!! An August 2001 wedding
is planned at St. Ignatius Church.

Stephen is a third year dental stu-
dent at New York University Col-
lege of Dentistry. Megan is a school
psychologist. 'Darren DeGioia was
married on July 8, 2000 to Rebecca
Hollis in a beautiful ceremony in the
Napa Valley, California. Mike
McSweeney and Chris Chitko were
groomsmen. Jim Stewart and
Ashlee Cumello (Bunt) were
guests. Darren and Rebecca now live
in Maryland. 'After graduation
Roshan Rajkumar received a Ro-
tary Fellowship and spent two years
in Australia. Roshan completed his
masters of political science and In-
ternational Relations at ANU in
Canbera. While in Australia he dove
the Great Barrier Reef, did a walk-
about in the Outback, and played for
the ATP Satellite Circuit for tennis!
Upon his return to the United States
he decided to attend law school at
the University of Minnesota Law
School. During his three years at
the University of Minnesota Roshan
worked as a criminal prosecutor for
the Hennepin County Attorney's
Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Upon graduating this past May he
accepted a position with Mahoney
& Hagberg, PA. in Minneapolis,
Minnesota. Roshan works in the
firm's corporate and commercial liti-
gation unit, as well as dabbling in
some corporate transactional work.
Besides working, Roshan is Trea-
surer for the Minnesota Boston Col-
lege Alumni Club. He is joined by
Tara Baker, who is working in mar-
keting for Target Corporation.
Roshan lives in a suburb of Minne-
apolis. 'Tom Jennings is living in
the Back Bay, while working for
Summitpartners in Boston. 'Phil
Pergola is living in Brookline, while
working for Eggrock in Milton,
Massachusetts. He also spearheads
the BC Crew Alumni Network with
Sharon Grazzio '93. Dave Baker is
living in Malibu, California while
working for Paxton Automotive. He
sells superchargers, while driving
really cool cars! 'Sam Barone is a
Lieutenant in the Unitied States Air
Force, and is currently stationed in
Korea. He graduated for Penn State
Medical School, and is now a F-14
fighter squadron's flight doctor.
•Kevin McGee has left the United
States Army and is now an F.B.I.
agent in Southern California. 'At-
torney John L. McKee has recently
joined the law firm of Roche, Carens,
& DeGiacomo, P.C. He concen-
trates his practice in the areas of
business law and civil litigation, and
is the author of Web Page Links:
Issues Facing Today's Clients,"
which appeared m Massachusetts Law-
yersWeekly. Priortograduatingfrom


BC Law School, McKee clerked for
Congressman Edward J . Markey and
served as research assistant to the
Dean of the Boston College Law
School, Aviam Soifer. 'John E.
Matosky has joined the Boston law
firm of Burns & Levinson LLP. John
is an associate in the firm's Tort and
Insurance Group. He received a
J.D. degree, aim laude, from Boston
University in 1998. He served as an
editor of the Boston University Public
Interest Law Journal, and was recog-
nized as an Edward F. Hennessey
Distinguished Scholar. Daniel
Hanlon has earned a Mast of Busi-
ness Administration degree at the
College of William & Mary School
of Business.


Kristina D. Gustafson

Cambridge Court #25

West 206 - 8th Ave.

Spokane, WA 99204

(509) 624-7302


Happy Holidays Class of 1996! I
hope the season is keeping each of
you feeling festive and full of joy!
After almost five years of acting as
your class correspondent, this will
be the last update that I will relay to
you. I have greatly enjoyed your
many letters, and I thank you for
your kindness. I will be passing the
torch on to our former Heights Edi-
tor Mike Hoffman, and I am confi-
dent that he will keep you informed
on all of the nitty-gritty of our class.
On to the news, classmates Tony
Mullin and Maureen Miller were
engaged in Paris and are planning to
be married in the summer of 2001.
Maureen works at Anderson Con-
sulting and Tony works at Fidelity
Ventures. Joshua Koran acquired
his Juris Doctorate from Hastings
College of Law and a Masters of
Business Administration from Ox-
ford University. Joshua is now work-
ing as a product marketing manager
forpersonify.com designingsoftware
that helps online businesses under-
stand the behavior of Web site visi-
tors to accelerate customer
acquisition and increase profitabil-
ity. Daniel McDonald lives in Ja-
pan and works for the Ministry of
International Trade and Industry as
an editor and translator. Dan asks
that if anyone would like to email
him in Japan his address is
dmjapan@gol.com. Michelle
Massiglia and Stephen Goldner
were married on June 17, 2000 at the

Newton Chapel on the Newton
Campus. Bridesmaids included
Rebecca Gird, Marianne Varhue,
and Stephanie Earls Paredes.

Michelle received a master's degree
in occupational therapy from Tufts
University and is currently em-
ployed by St. John's Mercy Medical
Center as an occupational therapist,
Steve works as accounting supervi-
sor of rental at Enterprise. The
couple currently resides in St. Louis,
Missouri. MicheleFigueiredowas
recently engaged to Schuyler Ha-
vens and Amy Schoeffield and Cara
O'Brien will be bridesmaids in the
wedding. Daphne Smith is teach-
ing fifth grade in Atlanta. Sue
Schau-Kenney and Brendan
Kenney are proud parents of their
first son William Fitzgerald. Will-
iam was born on July 2 1 , 2000 and
he weighed eight pounds and ten
ounces. Congratulations to the new
parents! Have a glorious holiday
season, and I thank you again for all
ofyour stories over the years. Cheers
to the Class of '96!


Sabrina M. Bracco
1371 First Ave., 4R
New York, NY 10021
(212) 249-9110

My apologies for the absent class
update last magazine. Unfortunately
while I was practicing the art of
being carefree and on vacation, I
missed my deadline. I must say,
though, while I was busy being irre-
sponsible, I thoroughly enjoyed my
July 4th weekend in Newport, RI
with Margo Rivera, Sarah Nist and
Tracey Maffeo. We even bumped
into a few fellow alumns over the
course of our few days there includ-
ing Megan Kerrigan, Mike Razinski,
Kate Murphy, Dave Baffa and Kevin
Penwell. Meanwhile in other parts
of New England, the Fourth of July
weekend kicked off with a grand ol
wedding in Hingham, where Tucker
Stine married Jennifer Tulis (00.
Matt Tulis, Jennifer's brother and
Tucker's college roommate, led the
celebratory toast as the best man.
Jim Dowden, Pete Ekowicki and
Phil Whiting were groomsmen.
Several of Tucker's other room-
mates made the trip including Pat
Farmer, Robert Greenip, Will
Lennox and Andrew Wendel who
flew in from San Francisco with
Linda Song. Rcbyn Winters was
also in attendance. Fun was had by

all including the few proud gradu-
ates who started singing the BC fight
song. Best wishes to the happy couple
who after honeymooning in Flawaii,
moved to California, i While some
of us were gathering on the east
coast for the fourth, others were
heading west for another special
wedding the following weekend. In
Calabasas, CA, Lisa Lopez (now
Trifiletti) and Steve Trifiletti were
married while the sun set over a
large gathering of college friends
and family. It was a beautiful wed-
ding ceremony followed by a fabu-
lous party complete with a jamming
Motown band. The wedding party
included Loraine Cenedella, Patty
McCabe, and Jose Tamayo. Among
the many BC i97ers who attended
the wedding were Julie (Hurrie)
Tamayo, Craig Transue, Bill
Varrichio, Ted Laubinger and fiancE
Sara Simond (wedding scheduled for
April 2001), Jay Baldinelli, Sabrina
Bracco, Mark Burrell, Rob Salvatore,
James Dejulio, Andy DiFeo, Tim
Goldberg, Eric Morgan and fiance
Renee Gorski (wedding scheduled
for June 2001), Sarah Rehm, Anjalee
Nirgudkar, Laura Thompson, Erin
Croddick, Brian Connell and fiancE
Kristin Copps (wedding scheduled
for November 2000). Mr. and Mrs.
Trifiletti finished off the celebra-
tion with a honeymoon on the island
of Kauai. After the Connell wed-
ding, Brian and Kristin will be mov-
ing to Cambridge this winter where
Brian will begin the Harvard MBA
program. On July IS, Martha
McMahon (now Gosselin) and Grant
Gosselin were married at St.
Bernard's Church in West Newton.
Their reception was in Millis and
the honeymoon was on the Hawai-
ian Islands of Oahu and Kauai. The
bridal party included BC '97 grads:
Robert Lafferty (best man), Julie
Locke (maid of honor), Stephen
Walkauskas (groomsman), Jessica
Mercer and Kristin Moan (brides-
maids). Other classmates in atten-
dance were Tim Powers, Matt
Resteghini, Christopher Popadic,
Joseph Palmisano, SJ, Debra
Basilicato, Wendy Marcinkus, Eliza-
beth Hahesy, Anil Kumar, and Jen-
nifer Coyne Kimball. Matt D'Amico
got married on August 13th to Jenifer
Gentile, in White Plains NY. Matt
just graduated from Pace Law School
and is going to practice law in his
hometown of White Plains. Jen will
be pursuing a job as a teacher. Mark
Runde and Melissa Stammer (now
Runde) got married on August 1 9 at
St. Ignatius. They are now living in
Hudson. Melissa continues to teach
6th grade at Curtis Middle School in
Sudbury, and Mark is still working

as a commercial real estate appraiser
at Joseph J. Blake and Associates in
Boston. Their wedding was attended
by many BC '97 grads. Ed Pepe,
Keith Yablonicky, Jason Balfe, and
Jason Sorvillo were groomsmen, and
Lauren Cleaveland and Maggie
Carry were readers. Guests included
Pete Foley, Lauren Stiles, Brian
Dingman, Mike Lawlor, Mike
Kovacs, Matt Doyle, Matt Noon,
Julie Tucker, Becky Brizzell, Chris-
tine Hansen, Marybeth Gerson, Ja-
son Keenaghan, Alina Gural, Pat
Brogan, Greg Kirby, and Lara
Pasquantonio. i Phil Merola wrote
in to congratulate Danielle
LoPiccolo and Stephen Salhany i'93
who are engaged to be married June
2, 2001. Danielle and Steve both live
and work in Boston. Mercedes
Murallo completed the Kona Mara-
thon on June 2 5 th of this year for the
American Diabetes Association.
Each participant raised a minimum
of $3500 dollars and between 1100
runners and walkers, thev raised $3.5


DECEMBER i, 2000


million! Pretty amazing! Mercedes
enjoyed every minute of the race and
it has left her feeling as though she
could conquer anything, i' After al-
most 3 years in California, Kevin
Mitchell is moving back to Boston
with his girlfriend. He'll be staying
with his present company,
Infonetics Research, and starting a
new Boston operation. Brian
Matteson and Keith Vivona finished
their graduate workat the University
of Maryland. Keith is living and
working in New York while Brian
will be working fortheOfficeofthe
PresidentinDC.MattKellyjust re-
turned from a trip to Europe and has
planted himself back in Massachu-
setts. Spiros Giannaros is a world
traveler for a start-up in Mass and
was the best man in Tony Cella's
Augustwedding. Chris Vigeant
works for Met Life in Newjersey.
Michael Chevalier works at
Standish, Ayer, and Wood and lives
in Brookline. Over the course of the
next two years, we'll be having class
gatherings in a couple of the major
cities in an effort to bring us to-



gether and raise funds. I encourage
you all to attend. Feel free to contact
me if you'd like to be put on your
local '97 mailing list (sabrina






Mistie Psaledas

2934 Dean Parkway, Apt. #206

Minneapolis, MN 55416


I would like to dedicate this column
to Peter(Sonny) Nicktakis, who
passed away on August 6 after a long
battle with cancer. • Brian O'Brien
received his Masters in Education
from Notre Dame last July. Brian
has taught for 2 years at Bishop Kelly
High School as an "ACE", Alliance
for Catholic Education at Notre
Dame University, teacher. He re-
cently won the De LaSalle Award.
Congrats! • Stacey Massignan, af-
ter a year with the Jesuit Volunteer
Corps, traveled to Thailand and
around the United States. She works
as a Human Resources Generalist at
Landor Associates in San Fransico.
• Meredith MacDonald, who lives
with Stacey, works as the Sex and
Relationships Editor for an Internet
start-up. • Liz Arruda is a nanny in
San Francisco. • Nicole Lako and
Katie McGee are working in the
nonprofit sector, also in San Fran-
cisco. • Jess Dispena and Pete
Walters were engaged over the July
Fourth weekend. • Erika Dreyer
got engaged to Jim Morris (BU '98)
and will be married in June 2001 in
Florida. Erika started a Ph.D. pro-
gram in Economics at the Univer-
sity of Michigan in August. •
TerRance Woodward, who began
his third year at Columbia Law
School and Suzanne Carroll, a
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program
at Fordham University are also en-
gaged. Jen McDonough got mar-
ried on September 9 to Sean Rooney,
her high school sweetheart. •
Connie Tessitore is engaged to
Andrew Krauza, and they planned
a June 2, 1001 wedding. Connie is

an intensive care unit nurse in a
hospital north of New York City and
Andrew received his Masters of Sci-
ence in Administrative Studies at
BC and works at a Research firm in
New York City. • Nidhi Goel was
married in August to Rob Pardue in
West Palm Beach. • On August
Fourth, Bill Wallace and Tricia
Landry were married in Saco, Maine.
Groomsmen included John Nugent
and Rob Mazzeo. Michelle
George was a bridesmaid. Also in
attendance were: Neal Bailey, Chris
DeAngelis, Ralph Giordano, and
Christina Weber. Bill and Trish
both received their Masters Degrees
this past May and (GSOE) and are
living in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
• Cecelia Cho got married over the
summer. • Mike O'Donnell is work-
ing at Fidelity in Boston. • Ken
Richardson is working Price
Waterhouse Coopers. Ken passed
his CPA exam and is now a Senior
Associate Accountant. • Wes
Holmes, finished his second hear at
BC Law and worked this summer at
Latham Watkins Law. • Glen
Reneau, is working forTeksystems
in Orange County, California. »
Damian Stafford completed is first
two years in the Peace Corps, in
Djougou Benin, West Africa where
he has been teaching Chemistry and
Physics to high school level students
in French. • Bradford Stoesser has
been working at Morgan Stanley
Dean Witter in Manhattan as a se-
curities analyst. • Michaela Ranes
stayed at BC after graduation and
got her masters. She spent five
months in Oxford doing research
towards her degree, and patented a
drug as a novel chemotherapy for
brain tumors. She rang in the mil-
lennium with Jen Shi in London
and began TuftsMedical School this
fall. • Samir Bhavnani(Sonny) is
working for a company called Com-
puter Economics in Carlsbad, Cali-
fornia. • Tara Foster finished her
first year of teaching science at a
private school in Sand Diego. She
went back to school this fall to get
her Master's in Education. She also
ran the San DiegoMarathon. • Matt
Paul was living in San Diego work-
ing for a bio-tech. In September he
moved up to Berkeley to get his
Ph.D., a five year program. • Dan
Galaburda is attending law school
at Georgetown. • Greg Llegel fin-
ished his Fulbright in Germany, and
stayed there to work with Yahoo! •
Robyn Brushette is at Stanford
getting her Masters. • Mike Hoisnki
is living in Los Angeles and working
for a Public Relations firm. • Tyson
Lowery started a new job in August
in Stamford, Connecticut as an e-

Commerce ProjectManager for our
Commercial Real Estate division.
This past summer he traveled to
Los Angeles wi th fellow alumnijosh
Yocum, Brad Belden and Derek
Koget to visit Brian D'Andres,
Brian Albert and Mike Marr. •
Colleen McGuire ran a marathon
this fall in Dublin, Ireland to raise
money for Leukemia. Colleen has
been recertified as an Aerobics in-
structor and is teaching Tae-Bo,
Body Works and Funk Aerobics. • I
am still in Minneapolis working as a
Senior Promotion Planner for all
General Mills child cereals. I ran
the Twin Cities marathon in Octo-


Emily Frieswyk

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Kate Pescatore
63 Carolina Trail
Marshfield, MA 02050


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jane T. Crimlisk '74

416 Belgrade Ave. Apt. 25

W. Roxbury, MA 02132

Mary P. Moran '88 was recently
promoted to vice president at MET
Bank in Buffalo, New York. Mary is
a financial audit manager respon-
sible for the commercial portfolio.
Congratulations, Mary on your pro-
motion and good luck. • Thomas J.
Casey moved to Cincinnati last fall
to take a position with Key Bank as a
vice president of cash management
operations. Good luck, Tom in your
new position and hope you like Cin-
cinnati. • Virginia Thuler '68 has
recently been appointed secretary to
Chief Justice Marshall of the Su-
preme Judicial Court for the Com-
monwealth. Congratulations and
good luck, Ginny in your new posi-
tion. In the spring I went on a pil-
grimage to Rome and the Holy Land.
It was a grace filled and joy filled
time. Reading Scripture takes on a
whole new meaning. • Prayers and
condolences are extended to the
families of Mary E. Norton '60 and
Mary W.(WeIch) Peters wife of
Bruce J. Peters '73, who have died.


Dean Michael A. Smyer
Boston College
McGuinn Hall 221A
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-3265


Boston College
Campion Hall 126
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-4233

Janet Dauray, Ph.D. '93 (counsel-
ing psychology) is starting her sixth
year as psychologist at Montserrat
College of Art, Beverly, Massachu-
setts. She's also active teacing at
Salem(Massachusetts)State College
and is the mother of a teenager. • Be
sure to check out the revised Lynch
School Web site at www.bc.edu/edu-


Elizabeth Ann Corman
Boston College
Fulton Hall 154-A
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-8868
FAX: (617) 552-1521

Roland Tang, '87, was named Di-
rector of Business Development for
Erland Constructionis Commercial/
Institutional Division. Pablo
Gomez-Trenor, '90 is living in
Madrid, Spain and is a Senior Man-
ager for Deloitte Consulting in their
IT division. J. William Butzner,
'90 is the Manager of Internal Audit
at Cooper Cameron Corporation in
Houston, TX. Joseph R. Nolan, Jr
, '85, '91, was appointed Senior Vice
President of Corporate Relations for
NSTAR in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dave and Amy (Harrison)
Goldberg, both class of '92, re-
cently moved to Falmouth, Maine
with their daughter Isabelle. Dave
has joined a B2B Internet startup as
director of marketing communica-
tions. Burak Talu, '96 is the Senior
Vice President at DQR, an internet
company in Istanbul, Turkey.
Darrin Wizst, '96 recently accepted
the position of Regional Vice Presi-
dent for Foundation and Endow-
ment Sales at Citizens Securities,
Inc. in Portsmouth, New Hamp-
shire. John Tonkin, '96 is an Equity
Analyst for Osar Gruss & Son in
New York City. Jean Donnelly, '97
wed Peter Schnorr on Oct 2 1st in
Auburn NY. Jean has recently joined
the Carroll School of Management
team as assistant director of MBA
Admissions after a career in public
relations at Pepsi and Ann
Taylor.Ted O'Hanlon, '97 is living
and working in New York City as an
associate in the Corporate Leasing
area of The Staubach Company.Tim
Cooke,'98 recently joined KPMG
as a Financial Services Consultant.
John Pallies, '98 left the world of
consulting to join classmate Tom
Strachan at Akamai Technologies
in Cambridge, MA. Edward
Hennigan, '98 is working as a busi-
ness analyst for The Reference in
Boston and lives in Falmouth, MA
with his wife Julie. Francisco
Coronado, '99 is working for Best
Foods as an Assistant Manager in
their International Development
division. He will be doing sales and
marketing for brands such as
Hellman's and Knorr's in the Middle
East and the Carribean. Amanda
Gordon, JD/MBA, '00 writes that
she has moved to Washington, DC
to begin her job as an attorney exam-

iner for the Securities Exchange
Commission. Scott Kokka, JLV
MBA, '00 has moved to Palo Alto
California where he is the co-founder
and director of business develop-
ment for Tresidder Networks, Inc.
Alumni interested in working in the
Silicon Valley area can contact him
at: mailto:scott@tressider.net


Laurel Eisenhauer
Boston College
Cushing Hall 202
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-4279

Martha A. Q. Curley (PhD '97) has
received Certification Corporation
Special Contributor Award from the
American Association of Critical
Care Nurses. Martha also is the first
director of Children's Hospital
Boston's Center for Clinical Inno-
vation and Scholarship in Pediatric
Nursing. • Ellen Robinson (MS '83,
PhD '97recently published an ar-
ticle on wives' struggle in living
though treatment decisions for hus-
bands with advanced Alzheimer's
Disease in the Journal of Nursing
Law. • Carolyn M. Hayes (PHD
'99) received a Dissertation Award
from GSON for her dissertation: :
Deciding to Withhold/Withdraw
Life-Sustaining TreatmentFrom In-
competent Adults Following Unan-
ticipated, Catastrophic Illnesses: A
Phenomenological Study of Surro-
gate Decision Makers' Experiences.
Carolyn is a nurse researcher at
Brigham and Women's Hospital. •
Carol Picard (PhD '98 ) is Presi-
dent-Elect of the International As-
sociation for Human Caring. • Robin
Whittemore (PhD '00) who gradu-
ated in May 2000 received the GSON
Dissertation Award for : A Coaching
Intervention to Integrate Lifestyle
Change in Adults with Non-Insulin
DependentDiabetesMellitus. Robin
also has been awarded a post-doc-
toral fellowship at Yale University
School of Nursing.i'Tohn Murray
(MS '93 ), Barbara Wolfe(PhD '95 ),
and Gail Pisarcik Lenehan(MS 72)
have been selected as Fellows in the
American Academy of

Nursing.ijeanette Clough (MS'82)
is the CEO of Mt Auburn Hospital
and first nurse to head a Harvard
teaching hospital.


Sr. Joanne Westwater, RCS '55
57 Avalon Ave.
Quincy, MA 02469
(617) 328-5053


Vicki Saunders

Boston College Law School Magazine

885 Centre Street

Newton, MA 02459-1163




Martin S. Ridge '67
3117 West Meadow Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85023
Home: 602-942-1303

Los Angeles

Harry Hirshorn '89
884 Chautauqua Blvd.
Pacific Palhsades, CA 90272
BC Business: 310-288-3677

The City of Los Angeles has awarded
the local Boston College Club its
annual Irving M. Thalberg award
for excellence in alumni relations.
Several BC alumni were on hand for
the very prestigious ceremony that
was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton
in October. The very elegant egg-
shaped crystal award will be on dis-
play at Joxer Daly's in Culver City
through the spring. This past fall
featured several very successful
events that have included the Ail-
American Soap Box Derby; Save the
Pico Lanes Bowl-A-Thon; the First
Annual Who-Wants-to-be-on-the-
Fi e Id -Wh en- We-P lay-Temple
Contest; and hearty congratulations
are in order for Mae Joyce '88 for
taking home the gold in the all-you-
can-eat hotdog competition held at
the legendary Pinks restaurant in
Hollywood. By the way, I would like
to put to rest the inaccurate rumor
that has Sean Puffy Combs firing
bullets at the BC bus during the
House Tours event. The closest this
tour got to an altercation was when
the driver honked at Phyllis Diller
and she offered us an unflattering
hand gesture. If you would like to be
included in mailings and future
events, please contact Harry
Hirshorn '89 via email at
bclaalumni@earthlink.net. Club
dues are always welcome and appre-
ciated. Checks can be made out to
the BC Club of LA and sent to Harry
at 1250 10th Street#7,SantaMonica,
CA 90401.

Northern California

Gail Lynam Dutcher '78
225 San Antonio Way
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Home: 510-938-2428

The second half of the year has been
a busy one for the BC Club of North-
ern California. We started off with a
grand meeting and had Father Leahy
as our featured speaker. He brought
everyone up to date on the Capital
Campaign as well as all the news
from the Heights. We that took in
our annual Red Sox game as they
came to town to take on the Oakland

A's. Both events were sold out and
brought out a lot of new faces. The
club kept up its active schedule with
the first Bay Area golf tournament.
This event was an instant hit and
sold out very quickly. Next year we
will expand die playing field and
possibly have a South Bay location
to match Harding Park. Our next
event, a Harbor Cruise, was a joint
venture with the Holy Cross Club of
the Bay Area. It was tremendous and
a grand time by both clubs. It coin-
cided with Fleet Week and this just
added to the gorgeous night. Our
annual ND/BC football viewing had
great turn outs at all three locations.
It is nice to be able to watch a BC
game with lunch instead of dinner.
We will continue to do multiple lo-
cations and hope to add Sacramento
next year. Our last event of the year
is our annual Toys for Tots Christ-
mas Party. Our location over looked
the Golden Gate Bridge and really-
capped off a tremendous year for the
club. We look forward to seeing you
at an event in 2001.

Orange County

John F. Sullivan '50-
Two Byron Close
taguana Niguel, CA 92677
Home: 714-240-1820

San Diego

John L. Frasca '83

Century 21 All Star Realty

13161 Black Mountain Road, Ste. 9

San Diego, CA 92129

BC Business: 760-752-6363

The BC Alumni Club of San Diego
has enjoyed a great year. On August
5, 2000, the Club 'held its picnic/
freshman send-off at D'Anza Cove
on Mission Bay. In addition to en-
joying great food and weather, the
picnic also gave the Club the oppor-
tunity to welcome incoming fresh-
man and their families to the BC
community. The Club gave each of
the incoming freshman $50 gift cer-
tificates for the BC bookstore as a
"welcome to BC" present. On Au-
gust 19, 2000, we wentto the races in
Del Mar with the Boston College
Alumni Club of Orange County. We
had a great time, and a couple of
people may have won a small amount
of money. On Saturday, October 14,
2000, the Club held its second golf
tournament of the year. Many alumni
and their friends enjoyed great
weather, food, prizes, and the four
person scramble format at Castle
Creek Country Club in Escondido,
California. On November 1 1, 2000,
we joined with the Notre Dame Club
of San Diego for our annual football
battle. The spirited BC Club easily

shouted down the fans of the Fight-
ing Irish. On Tuesday, January 9,
200 1 , the Club will host current stu-
dents for a Career Networking
Evening. We will also be gathering
to watch BC hockey and basketball
games with rival alumni clubs, and
look forward to community service
event and golf tournament in the


Robert F.X, Hart '60

2801 East 7th St, Avenue Parkway

Denver, CO 80206

Home: 303-329-6939

Work: 303-792-9900

A Colorado Rockies baseball game
outing tipped off this summer's ac-
tivities for the BC Club of Colorado.
President Kip Doran '68 and the
rest of his four-Eagle household
(Maureen '69, Alison '00 and
Meghan '03) continued their tradi-
tion of hosting the thirteen newest
Eagles from Colorado and their
families at the freshman sendoff. The
club officers had not one, but two
weddings this summer- Webmaster
Michael Garnsey '93 to Michelle
Deters in Cincinnati, OH and VP
Barbara Sullivan 79 to Chip Roehrig
in Wellesley, MA. The good news is
that Julie Groves '93 and husband
Matt '93 are expecting their second
child shortly after the first of the
year, but it means she will have to
give up her club secretarial duties.
John Pirnat '70 has graciously-
agreed to serve as secretary, and will
have big shoes to fill. Kudos for Bob
Hart '60 who has begun a master's
program at the Weston School of
Theology and for Harriet Mullaney
N'70 who has started at the Iliff
School of Theology in Denver.
Harriet has also ascended to the co-
presidency of the Colorado Alumni
of the Sacred Heart. Way to go!
This summer, we achieved a long
discussed goal of beginning to share
some events with otherjesuit Alumni
groups in the Denver area. Along
with the Denver chapter of the Uni-
versity of Santa Clara alumni, we
had an August picnic and joined them
in helping to supply the newly
formed Jesuit Volunteer Corps Mid-
west house in Denver. Joe Glasman
'92, our local admissions coordina-
tor, helped host Admissions Direc-
tor John Mahoney at the annual BC
night in Denver for high school se-
niors in September to the usual full
house. Under the direction of Dan
Murphy '70, the club sponsored a
reception for alumni and the Eagle
hockey faithful on October 2 1 , when
the team traveled west to play a two
game set with die University of Den-

ver Pioneers in their beautiful new
hockey arena/sports complex.


Marco Pace '93
12 Angela Drive
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Home: 860-257-8432


Carrie L. McNamara '88
1809 Kenwood Ave. #301
Alexandria, VA 22302
Home: 703-578-0714
Work: 703-748-2780

The BC Alumni Club of Washing-
ton DC held a series of happy hours
and BC football game telecast in the
summer and fall at local Irish pubs
and sports bars in the DC area.
Thanks to Mary Alex Dundics and
James Carry for taking the lead in
coordinating these events. In Au-
gust more than fifty alumni enjoyed
a night with the Boston Pops at the
Wolf Trap outdoor theater. A spe-
cial thanks to Amy Sime for orga-
nizing this great event. At the Career
Network reception in September,
more than thirty alumni shared ad-
vice and job search tips with alumni
looking for job career opportunities
or first jobs in the DC area. Thanks
Tom Sullivan for hosting the event
at the NFIB and to Chuck Clapton
for planning the event. About twenty
BC volunteers worked at a farm in
Maryland during a service project,
also in September, in which we har-
vested produce for the DC Commu-
nity Food Bank. This was a terrific
event for alumni and their families
to serve the local community.
Thanks to Christiane Canavan and
Gayle Phadungchai for organizing
this worthwhile service project. In
the fall alumni represented BC at
various high school seniors recep-
tions and college fairs to encourage
area students to apply to and select
BC as their college.* Planning is
underway for our annual Christmas
event and reception in early Decem-
ber, a Career Network night for cur-
rent BC Students in January, winter
happy hours and basketball/hockey
game telecasts, a golf tournament in
the early spring, and the Christmas
in April sen-ice project in late April.
If you are interested helping plan
events or service projects, please
email in Carrie McNamara at
mailto:macca 1 ©earthlink.net or call
(703)578-0714. We look forward to
seeing you at our upcoming events!



Broward & Palm Beach

Janet C. Cornelia '70
12338 Old Country Road
Wellington, FL 33414
Home: 561-793-2615
Work: 561-93-1017

We had a very successful "First An-
nual Freshman Sendoff" at the home
of Jan Mercadante. The class of
2004 is well represented by the fifty-
five Broward & Palm Beach County
students. We had a terrific turnout
with more than fifty freshmen and
their parents! Jim Baker, Jack
McDowell, Vivian Dorris and Jen
Cornelia were on hand to share BC
experiences and answer questions.
The students had a chance to meet
other students from our area and
perhaps see a familiar face on cam-
pus during their first days at BC.
Thank you Jan for planning, orga-
nizing and hosting this event. I'd
also like to thank Howard Singer's
office and Christopher O'Brien in
the BC Admissions office for their
help. Our faith in the BC football
team is constant. We planned a
"game watch" for the Notre Dame
game at Pete Rose's Sports Restau-
rant and a bus trip to the Orange
Bowl for the BC vs. Miami game.
We planned a joint affair with the
Miami Club to tailgate and cheer
our Eagles on. Our annual partici-
pation in the Pompano Boat parade
is always a great way for us Florid-
ians to get into the Christmas holi-
day spirit. There may still be time to
get in on one of our most popular
events. Parade date is Sunday, De-
cember 17. Contact me ASAP. We
have a Career Night, BC Reception,
Golf Tournament, Day at Polo, Red
Sox Game, Christmas in Aril, Cruise,
and BC Book award planned for the

upcoming months. Don't miss out
on meeting fellow BC alumni, par-
ents, and friends. Join our club
right now. Contact me at
janetcfl@aol.com for details. Our
treasurer, John O'FIare will be
happy to include you to our mail-
ing list. • I look forward to serving
on the Alumni Board this year.
Thankyou for your support! Please
contact me if I can be of any assis-
tance to you. My new address and
telephone is Janet Cornelia, Club
President, 741 Windermere Way
Palm Beach Gardens 33418, 561-

Boca Raton

PaulK. Duflfey, Jr. 62

Smith Barney, 1200 N. Federal Hwy„ S. 300

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Home: 561-997-7104

Work: 407-393-1809


Marietta Calindez '95
1710 SW 104th Ave.
Miami, FL33165

Domingo A. Moreira '95

Ladex Corp.

7231 SW 63rd Avenue

Miami, FL 33143


Hello everyone! Well, it has been
an exciting year. We would like to
thank all our fellow alumni for all
their support and enthusiasm. First,
we would like to thank you all for
joining us at the Palm Sunday Mass
at Carrolton Sacred Heart School
to celebrate Mass and brunch with
other Club Members and the Re-
gional Clubs of Notre Dame,
Georgetown, and Villanova. Sec-
ond, we would like to thankyou for
joining us at the freshmen send-
off. It was such a pleasure to see you

Greece is recognized worldwide as the birthplace of democracy, phi-
losophy, the arts, and many other social and cultural foundations of
western civilization. Now, Greece is also the birthplace of the newest
Boston College Club! The idea of establishing a Boston College Club
in Greece was first proposed by the U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Mr.
Nicholas Burns (A&S '78), during a reception for Boston College
President William P. Leahy, SJ, in June '99. Earlier this year, the
Boston College Club of Greece was formally established in Athens.
Club membership includes more than eighty Boston College gradu-
ates, professors, and former professors living in Greece or with close
ties to Greece. This past spring, the club held its inaugural reception at
the residence of Ambassador Burns and formally introduced Boston
College to over 200 administrators and guidance counselors from high
schools and universities throughout Greece. In the coming months, the
club looks forward to representing Boston College at the Fulbright
LJniversity Fair and visiting high-schools to meet with prospective
students. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Boston College Club
of Greece, should contact Nickolaos Travlos (ntravlos@alba.edu.gr),
president or Dave Krupinski (dkrupinski ©attglobal.net), general sec-

all share your experiences at B.C.
with the incoming freshmen. This
freshmen send-off was a great op-
portunity to rekindle our memories
of B.C. Finally, wc would like to
thank you for all your cooperation,
enthusiasm and support during the
B.C. Eagles v. Miami Hurricanes
game at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
The tailgate was a success thanks to
you all. We hope to keep this tradi-
tion. If you haven't already joined
the Boston College Alumni Associa-
tion of South Florida, please do so.
We can be reached at BCClubMiami
©aol.com Hope to hear from you all


Christine M. Pogonis '79
318 Demsey Way
Orlando, FL 32835
Home: 407-291-8805
Work: 407-299-6050

Southwest Florida

Christopher K. Heaslip '86
5271 Berkeley Drive
Naples, FL 33962-5472
Home: 941-793-8015
Work: 971-649-3245


Thomas D. Bransfield '89
135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2118
Chicago, IL 60603-4484
Work: 312-236-5907


Stephen E. Ferrucci '87 LAW '90
7156 Derston Road
Indianapolis. IN 46250
Home: 317-577-97M
Work: 317-684-6161

The Boston College Club of Indi-
ana has had an exciting past six
months. On July 22 club members
enjoyed a wonderful picnic dinner
and the sounds of "Gershwin and
Friends" under the stars at Conner
Prairie Settlement in Fishers, Indi-
ana. On August 6 alumna Ruth
Vignati hosted our annual Fresh-
men Send Off at her beautiful home
on Meridian Street in Indianapolis.
The Send-Off was very well attended
by alumni, parents of current stu-
dents, current students and friends
of Boston College. We concluded
our year with a very festive pre-
game reception hosted by our Club
at the College Football Hall of Fame
before the BC v. ND game. More
than 250 BC fans toured the Hall of
Fame, lunched and revved up for the
battle with the Irish. A very heartfelt
thanks to Mark and Michelle Walker
and Tim and Anne Finnegan for
their work with our Club. Michelle
served as our treasurer and did a

great job keeping the books straight
and bills paid. Mark and Michelle
recently moved back to Boston from
Carmel, Indiana. Anne served as
our club secretary and computer
whiz. Our newsletters will never look
the same. Many thanks to you from
all Indiana Alumni. I encourage all
Alumni new to Indiana or those who
have yet to take part in our Club to
contact me. We welcome all!


Karen '87 and Mark '87 Hare
68 Brentwood Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Home: 207-767-1838

Greetings from Maine - "The Way
Life Should Be!" • This year we
combined the Freshmen Sendoff
with a Club Picnic for alumni and
families at beautiful Fort Williams
Park in Cape Elizabeth, on August
13. Despite uncertain weather, the
event was a huge success due prima-
rily to the efforts of Alicia and Bob
Danielson and Gwyneth Maguire,
with help from many others. Alumni
had a chance to meet most of the
members of the Class of 2004 and
their parents. Current sophomores,
Ben Delahanty, Jeff Butterworth and
Matt Harmon provided valuable
advice and recounted their experi-
ences as freshmen, which eased much
anxiety. The event was so successful
we hope to do it again next year! On
October 1 4 a rambunctious group of
forty-five alumni, parents and friends
traveled by bus to watch the Eagles
take on the Orangemen from Syra-
cuse. In addition to spirited fans and
beverages, the bus was filled with
coffee, donuts, sandwiches and all
lots of fun. As always, the B.C. Book-
store was very happy to see us arrive!
This was our most successful event
to date and was sold out with a siz-
able waiting list. Sign up early next
year and if there is enough interest
we will charter 2 buses! Our next
event will be a cocktail party during
the winter or early spring. Watch
for our mailing after the holidays!
Reminder, if you have not already
done so, please remit $20.00 payable
to the Boston College Maine Alumni
Club, c/o Ken Pierce, 35 Oakhurst
Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 041 07.
Please call or email at
kathleenop@aol.com to add you or
someone you know to our mailing


Eileen O'Connell Unitas '8i
3808 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Home: 410-889-3300


Young Alumni Club of Boston

Nancy A. Marshall '95

c/o Boston College Alumni Association

825 Centre Street

Newton. MA 02458

YAC hotline: 617.552.1884

A new school year has begun, and
you know what that means - a slew of
new social, community-oriented, and
self-development events from the
Young Alumni Club of Boston. This
year will feature a ski trip, a three-
part career series, Party for a Plate,
Walk on Water Boat Cruise,
Cleansweep and the traditional
Christmas Mass. And that's not all!
There are plenty more fun activities
planned, and we'd love to hear your
ideas and thoughts to make this the
best year yet. • An open invitation is
extended to all Eagles graduated less
than ten years to join us at Alumni
House on the Newton Campus the
first Wednesday of every month for
some pizza and planning! • These
meetings offer a way to network,
socialize and meet the newly-elected
2000-2001 Board: President -
Vincent Ponzo '95, Vice President
-Rob Tyler '93, Director of Tech-
nology - Jen Sullivan '94, Trea-
surer - Christian Baird '99, Director
of Communications - Courtney
Fitzgerald '93, Director of Mem-
bership -Jessica Tamburrino '97,
Director of Programming - Kim-
berly Bisset '94. • If you are unable
to attend meetings but would like to
hear more about the Young Alumni
Club (YAC) and upcoming events,
please visit our Web site:

Cape Cod

Richard P- Charlton "54
40 Clubhouse Drive
Pocasset, MA 02559
Home: 508-563-2317

Western Massachusetts

Robert T. Crowley '70
65 Ridgecrest Circle
Westfield, MA 01085-4525
Home: 413-568-3995


Francis J. McCarry '61
Tucker, Anthony, Inc.
3070 Main Street, Suite 900
Worcester, MA 01608
Work: 800-797-0670

Southeast Michigan

Paul '88 and Mary Ann '88 Sextan
1883 Rome Ave.
SaintPaul. MN 55116
Home: 612-696-1181


St. Louis

James A, Zoeller '55
13246 Bon Royal Drive
Des Peres, MO 63131
Home: 314-966-0269


club contact

The BC Club of Minnesota is en-
joying growth with a lot of young
alumni and some fun social events.
We kicked off the new season with
a BBQ in July at Steve and Andrea
Yoch's, the new co-chairs for Min-
nesota. For the first time in Minne-
sota, we also have an official bar to
watch games - O'Donovan's in
downtown Minneapolis organized
by our new communications chair
Mary Moulton. We gathered on
Saturdays to share the fun of BC
football and hopefully a few victo-
ries. In late September, we all gath-
ered at Claire Edmonson's home
for the BC-Virginia Tech game.
We celebrated the holidays on De-
cember 9 at Marlene Parrella's
house. We don't have any offical
dates for 2001 yet, but are looking
forward to our first ever golf out-
ing, a group community service
event and hopefully so BC gather-
ings for hockey and basketball.
Anyone who wants to join us can
contact us at sayoch@juno.com or


Daniel J. Murphy '78
7 Cage Road
Bedford, NH 03110
Home: 603-472-5342

Northern New Jersey

Brian P. Curry '71

17 Joanna Way

Summit, NJ 07901

BC Business: 201-768-7095

The Boston College Club of New
Jersey (BCCNJ) coordinated a trip
to Michie Stadium at West Point
on September 9 and witnessed the
Eagles defeat the Black Knights of
Army. Approximately 700 BC al-
ums, family and friends participated
in this event. The West Point pa-
rade, reserved BC tailgating park-
ing lot and successful game results
were highlights of this well attended
event. Stay tuned for Club mailings
and alumni Web site with upcom-
ing events. • Representatives of
BCCNJ were also present at a
"Freshman Send-off" at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Joel in

Oradell, New Jersey. Incoming BC
freshman and their families from
Morris, Passaic and Bergen Coun-
ties attended this get together and
welcomed an impressive NJ fresh-
man contingent. The BCCNJ wishes
all New Jersey freshman good luck
this year. • All interested in becom-
ing involved in BCCNJ activities are
encouraged to contact Larry Joel at


Peter C- Crummey, Esq. '78
90 State Street, Suite 1040
Albany, NY 12207
Home: 518-463-5065

New York City

Francis X. Astorino '83

33 Park Lane

Essex Fells, Nj 07021

BC Business: 201-768-7095


Richard J. Evans
201 Rutgers Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Home: 716-473-2954


|ohn |. Petosa '87

201 Wey Bridge Terrace
Camiluus. NY 13031
Home: 315-487-6440

Central Ohio

John Deleo '86

4571 Huntwicke Drive
Hilliard, OH 43026
Home: 614-529-1986


Francis A. Cruise '54
TravelPlex, Grand Baldwin
117 East Court Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Work: 513-241-7800


Denis D. Dunn '88
2181 Niagra Drive
Lakewood, OH 44107
Home: 216-561-0944


Augustine J. Kidwell '87
6558 Saw Hill Road
New Hope. PA 18938
Home: 215-297-8642

Several members of The Boston
College Club of Philadelphia visited
the Philadelphia Museum of Art on
Sunday, November 26. We enjoyed
a guided tour of the "Van Gogh:
Face to Face" exhibit and a brunch
buffet. On November 16, we held
our quarterly meeting and happy
hour at The Valley Forge Brewing

Company. We have a number of
events planned for the winter
months. Our annual Alumni/Stu-
dent Career Networking Night will
be held at Saint Joseph's University
on January 10. We are looking for-
ward to seeing the amazing "Penn
and Teller" at The Merriam The-
ater on January 27. In addition, we
will be hosting a club event for the
Boston College vs. Villanova Bas-
ketball Game. Please checkyour mail
for the December issue of "The
Eagle's Eye of Philadelphia" for all
of the details. As always, we wel-
come new members, new ideas, and
all alumni in the greater Philadel-
phia region to join us at any and/or
all of our events. If you have any
questions, please call John Sherlock
at 610-219-2460.

Western Pennsylvania

Brian '92 and Suzanne '92 Walters
' 400 Avon Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Home: 412-343-6564


David P. DiFilippo*87
Italia USA

300 Morgan Avenue
Johnston, Rl 02919
Home: 401-353-9676


Christine M. O'Brien '92
4131 Wycliff Ave., Unit #5
Dallas. TX 75219
Home: 214-520-9387


Thomas M. Lally '73

University of Washington Alumni Association

1415 NE45th Street

Seattle. WA 98105

Home: 206-328-2933

The Alumni Club of Washington
state has an exciting calendar of
events over the next twelve months.
We'll be getting together to cheer
on the Eagles football team when
they play Virginia Tech, Syracuse,
and Notre Dame. Community ser-
vice programs are in the works as
well. We will also be hosting net-
working nights on a quarterly basis.
If you have not received the calendar
in the mail please contact Dan Wassel
at dw@ hititstraight.com for your


Andrew C. Docktor '86
6760 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, Wl 53217
Home: 414-223-4843



James E. McCabe, Esq. LAW '32
Sandwich 6/2000

MatthewJ. Connors EX '36
GA&S '47 West Roxbury II

James V. Gibbons, Esq. A&S '36
Law '39 South Portland, ME

Marlborough 07/2000

Innocent I. Egbujie, Rev. G A&S
72 GA&S 74 GA&S 77
Cambridge 06/2000

Ann F. Connolly EC 73 Milton

Katherine E. Sullivan A&S 76
Norwood 06/2000

Roxbury 06/1999

Garfield C.Norton A&S '51
Warren 06/2000

Hannah Moore Branton G A&S
'53 Atlanta, GA 06/2000

Robert S. Parks, Jr. CSOM '53
Boston 05/2000

James J. Kissell A&S '38
Kennebunk, ME 03/2000

Elizabeth E. Dooley EC '39

Boston 06/2000
Paul F Shannon EX '39 Riverside,

RI 05/2000
Joseph M. Larkin EX '41 WES

'45 WES '52 Chestnut Hill

Joseph F. Lyons, Esq. A&S '43

Law '49 Westwood 07/2000

Anne L. O'Neill G A&S '46
South Boston 06/2000

Francis E. Mullen LAW '47

Bristol, RI 05/2000
James A. Donnelly CSOM '48

Sandwich 07/2000

James J. Davitt CGSOM '89 West
Boylston 05/2000

Kristin Sesselman LSOE '93
LGSOE '94 Lynnfield 04/

Ruth B. Dowd G A&S '29 Natick

Edward A. Aaron A&S'3 1 G A&S
'33 Virginia Beach, VA 12/

John E. Manzi, Esq. LAW '32
Shrewsbury 06/2000

John J. McNeil, MD A&S '38
Boston 08/2000

Edward I. Handy, MD A&S '40
Rockland 07/2000

Joseph G. Kowalski, MSW G A&S
'56 Orlando, FL 05/2000

William J. Althaus CGSOM '58
Springfield 06/2000

Anne Hayes, SND G A&S '60
Ipswich 04/2000

Raymond F. Keyes CGSOM '60
Needham 07/2000

Irene M. Hathaway, RSM G A&S
'51 Windham, NH 08/1999

Mary Paulina McCabe, RSM G
A&S '61 Windham, NH 10/

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continued from page 32

communion "weekly or even daily," with only the
required annual confession, Sign magazine had said
in 1954; "however, we do not recommend that
practice as ideal, for a fruitful reception of Penance
is one of the best preparations for a fruitful recep-
tion of the Eucharist." By 1969, the journal's priest-
editors had changed their view. It was not only
"permissible" for one to go to communion without
first having gone to confession, they said, "it is and
should be the most usual and normal procedure."

Other practical matters also contributed to the
sharp decline of confession in Catholic America.
Shortages of priests meant that those who re-
mained were unable to sit for hours in the confes-
sional as their predecessors had done, though the

demand that they do so had fallen off before their
ranks did. What is more, the authorization in 1970
of Saturday afternoon and evening "anticipation"
Masses for Sunday got in the way of the traditional
confession schedule. The result was confusion at
best, active discouragement of confession at worst.
Since Saturday Masses proved particularly popular
with elderly parishioners, the spread of this practice
siphoned off many of the people who were most
likelv to retain older habits of regular confession.

Ill February 1974, nine years after
the close of Vatican II, the rethinking of confession
that had been encouraged by the council bore fruit
with the publication of the Rite of Penance, issued bv






the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. This
rite, which officially took effect in the United States
on Ash Wednesday 1976 as the Sacrament of Recon-
ciliation, endorsed and retained the traditional form
of individual, auricular confession. But it also per-
mitted other options: face-to-face encounters be-
tween the priest and the penitent, which could seem
more like individual counseling sessions; communal
penance services, in which private confession would
be available (but not required) in the context of a
public liturgical service; and the possibility of ex-
panded recourse to general absolution, without indi-
vidual confession, when circumstances seemed to the
local bishop to justify it.

Though these options were initially greeted with
optimism, particularly by priests, their real impact
proved to be minimal. In response to a national sur-
vey in the mid-1980s, 65 percent of American
priests reported that they were hearing fewer than
20 confessions per week — a far cry from Fr. Healy's
175 in a single day — and a majority (58 percent) of
those few lay people still going to confession said
that they preferred the anonymity of the confes-
sional box to a more open-ended, personal conver-
sation with their confessor in a newly redesigned
"Reconciliation room."

Communal Penance services, meanwhile, have
become a common feature of American Catholic
life, although in most parishes these are at best
twice-yearly events, usually once during Advent
and once during Lent. The idea of general absolu-
tion, however, never really caught on, though a few
bishops tried to experiment with it. In December
1976, some 12,000 Catholics crowded into an arena
in Memphis, Tennessee, for a "Day of Reconcilia-
tion" presided over by Bishop Carroll Dozier, who
offered general absolution at the end of the service.
Vatican officials swiftly criticized the event, think-
ing it too broad an application of the new rules.
Thereafter, such experimentation stopped.

Does confession have a future? As a historian, I

am more comfortable describing and analyzing the
past than predicting the future, but I find it difficult
to believe that the long lines at the confessionals of
earlier times will return. In the modern day, the
power of evil is just as strong as it ever was (maybe
stronger), but American Catholics no longer un-
derstand the world and their behavior in it through
the precise distinctions between mortal and venial
sins. They are only too fully aware of what Com-
monweal called "the ambiguity of evil," and they re-
sort to many sources of moral authority — most
notably, their own consciences — in facing that am-
biguity. Even so, for many Catholics, myself in-
cluded, the disappearance of the traditional form
for seeking reconciliation, with God and with our
neighbors, has left a gap that has not yet been filled.

A long, historical view reminds us that this
sacrament has not always taken the same shape.
The early Church practiced public Penance, an ex-
perience that Christians usually had only once in
their lives, either at the time of their conversion or
just before death. Private, auricular confession
emerged (in Ireland first, then spreading to the rest
of Europe) only about the sixth century, and the
idea that believers might seek forgiveness repeated-
ly and on a regular basis did not become common
until 200 years after that; annual confession was not
mandated by the Church until 1215. The warp of
the present moment is significant but not, after all,
without precedent.

We stand today in the same position as Chris-
tians of the early Middle Ages: The older form of
confession and absolution is dying out, and what
the newer form will be is not clear.

James M. O'Toole 72, Ph.D. '87, is an associate profes-
sor of history at Boston College and teaches courses on
American Catholicism and religion. He is the author of
Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Con-
nell and the Catholic Church in Boston, 1895-1944
(Notre Dame, 1992).

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One man's tour of the details

He is called "the dean of Boston
history" for his books including
The Boston Irish (1995), Civil War
Boston (1997), and Boston Catholics
(1998). BC's Professor Emeritus
Thomas H. O'Connor came to
campus as a freshman out of
South Boston and graduated in
1949. He stayed on in the Histo-
ry Department, where he has re-
mained for the better part of 50

years, earning his Ph.D. in 1958.
O'Connor's latest career move has
been to assume the post of Uni-
versity Historian, an event the
University celebrates in Decem-
ber with the conference "Boston's
Histories." In his newest literary
endeavor, Boston A to Z (Harvard
University Press, 2000), he shares
his encyclopedic store of telling
local elements. Excerpts follow.



either Unitarian or Episcopalian, Mrs. Gardner be-
came a Buddhist for a while, before becoming an
active and devoted High-Church Episcopalian. She
rode around the city in an elaborate carriage, com-
plete with two liveried footmen as well as a coach-
man. She was reported to drink beer, and on one
occasion strolled down Tremont Street with a lion
named Rex on a leash.

YANKEES "Those inhabitants of the United States,
those from New England, called 'Yankees,'" wrote
one European visitor in 1810, "are regarded as the
most knavish, and capable of the most ingenious
impositions." They carry on a large volume of
business and resort to "tricks" in order to make
profits. In dealing with such people, "one needs
much sagacity and an exact knowledge of their laws
of trade."

The reputation of the Yankee as a sharp, canny,
and slipper}^ trader who operated on the thin edge
of the law spread during the early 1800s with the
acquisition of the Ohio lands and the purchase of
the Louisiana Territory, as Yankee traders moved
westward, taking their enterprising commercial
spirit with them. Lugging wooden clocks, kitchen
gadgets, pots, pans, tinware, and labor-saving de-
vices on their backs, their horses, or their wagons,
Yankee peddlers became a familiar sight in towns
and villages all over the country. "Mammon has no
more zealous worshiper than your true Yankee,"
wrote a critical English visitor in 1833. "He travels
snail-like, with his shop or counting-house on his
back and, like other hawkers, is always ready to
open his budget of little private interests for discus-
sion or amusement."

Pleasure principal: Isabella Stewart Gardner (left) in 1913.

MRS. JACK Often referred to as Mrs. Jack — though
never to her face — Isabella Stewart Gardner was
one of Boston's most energetic, unpredictable, and
flamboyant citizens. The daughter of a prosperous
New York dry-goods merchant named David
Stewart, in 1860 she married John Lowell Gardner,
son of the last of the East India merchants, and
moved to the Gardner family home at 1 52 Beacon
Street as a permanent resident of Boston. With all
the money she needed (her father left her $3 mil-
lion), Mrs. Gardner could do whatever she pleased
and, indeed, was often heard to say, with a wave of
her hand, "C'est mon plaisir."

At a time when most Proper Bostonians were

BRAHMINS It is generally agreed that it was Oliver
Wendell Holmes, the celebrated author of The
Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, who first applied the
term "Brahmins" to the elite members of Boston's
mid- 1 9th-century social aristocracy. In his 1861
novel Elsie Vernier, Holmes describes a young
Bostonian: "He comes of the Brahmin caste of New
England. This is the harmless, inoffensive, untitled
aristocracy." Expanding upon this description,
Holmes refers to the "Boston Brahmins" . . . with
their "houses by Bulfinch, their monopoly of
Beacon Street, their ancestral portraits and Chinese
porcelains, humanitarianism, Unitarian faith in the
march of the mind, Yankee shrewdness, and New
England exclusiveness."

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SAM ADAMS Born in Boston in 1722, Samuel
Adams was named for his father, a wealthy
ship owner. Young Sam attended Harvard,
studied theology and law, and wrote his
senior thesis on the subject of resistance to
political authority. After Sam's graduation in
1740, his father suffered financial reverses,
and left to his son a brewery business that
soon slipped into bankruptcy. Sam went into
politics, held several minor offices, and in
1756 was elected town tax collector. He
proved so ineffective at collecting taxes that
delighted voters elected him to nine one-
year terms.

Beer man: Failed tax collector Adams.

GANGPLANK BILL Gangplank Bill was the high-
ly irreverent but commonly accepted term used by
many Boston Catholics to identify His Eminence,
William Henry Cardinal O'Connell, the impressive
churchman who ruled over Boston's Roman
Catholic population during the first half of: the 20th
century. A portly and lordly prelate, he lived in
princely style, and his annual return from vacation in
the Bahamas was covered by reporters who pho-
tographed the cardinal as he strode down the gang-
plank at Boston Harbor.

He worked to create a sharp distinction be-
tween the members of the Catholic community
and their non-Catholic neighbors. Catholics
were not to enter a Protestant church or attend
non-Catholic religious ceremonies; they were
not to join such organizations as the Boy Scouts,
the Girl Scouts, the YMCA, or the ' YWCA.
Instead, young people were encouraged to join
the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), where
they could join other young Catholics in march-
ing bands, baseball teams, public-speaking pro-
grams, and similar activities. Catholics were to
attend Catholic schools and colleges whenever
possible, and the cardinal personally persuaded
Mayor John F. Fitzgerald of Boston to have his
daughter Rose give up plans to attend Wellesley
College in favor of instruction at the Academy of
the Sacred Heart.

On board: Cardinal O'Connell, 1924.


SMOOTS In 1891 the Harvard Bridge (sometimes
referred to as the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge)
was constructed, extending Massachusetts Avenue
from Boston all the way to Harvard Square in
Cambridge. In 1958, as a fraternity initiation, a
group of MIT students used Oliver R. Smoot, MIT
'62, to measure the bridge. By laying young Smoot
down end-to-end across the bridge, the students
were able to arrive at the scientific conclusion that
the bridge is exactly 364.4 "smoots" — plus one
ear — in length. When the bridge was rebuilt in
1990, state engineers agreed to accept and repaint
the Smoot measurements. They were able to deter-
mine that a "smoot" was exactly 67 inches long;
MIT officials, however, refused to reveal the exact
length of Smoot's ear.

Yardstick: Smoot, flanked by fraternity brothers.

FANNIE FARMER Fannie Merritt Farmer, born in
1857, was the eldest daughter of a father who was
an editor and printer, and a mother who was de-
scribed as a "notable housewife." While a junior at
Medford High School, near Boston, Fannie suf-
fered the first of a series of attacks of ill health that
left her permanently disabled. Confined to her
home, where she helped her mother, Fannie took
an interest in cooking. She soon turned the family's
home into a boardinghouse whose excellent food
attracted well-paying customers. At the age of 30,
she enrolled in the Boston Cooking School; after
graduation she was kept on as assistant to the di-
rector, and when the director died two years later,
Fannie Farmer was elected director of the school.
Fannie was struck by the lack of a scientific

cookbook — instead, collections of simple home
recipes called for a "pinch" of this and a "dash" of
that. In 1896, at the age of 39, Fannie Farmer put
together a cookbook of her own, introducing the
idea of level spoon and cup measurements, and per-
suaded a dubious Boston publishing house to print
3,000 copies at her own expense. The enterprise
proved to be an astounding success, and in future
years millions of copies of The Boston Cooking School
Cook Book were sold.

NIGHTSPOTS During the pre-Revolutionary peri-
od, a section of Mount Vernon, the westernmost of
Boston's three hills, was often referred to as Mount
Whoredom, and identified as such on British mili-
tary maps of the 1770s. According to the historian
Walter Muir Whitehill, one British officer ob-
served in his 1775 journal that while Boston might
be too puritanical to construct a plavhouse, no
town of its size "cou'd turn out more whores than
this cou'd."

By the early 1800s scandalous nighttime activi-
ties had migrated to the crowded streets of the wa-
terfront district. Ann Street in particular became
notorious for its disorderly houses, raucous singing,
noisy fiddle playing, and violent street brawls. In
July 1825 Mayor Josiah Quincy personally led a
posse of burly truckmen to an establishment called
the Beehive, to break up nightly disturbances that
had gone on for a week. According to contempo-
rary reports, "the nymphs of Ann Street" were sent
scurrying into the night.

WARD BOSSES "The great mass of people are in-
terested in only three things — food, clothing, and
shelter," said Martin Lomasney, "The Mahatma,"
the legendary late- 1 9th-century boss of the West
End's Ward Eight. "A politician in a district such as
mine sees to it that his people get these things. If he
does, then he doesn't have to worry about their loy-
alty and support."

Power and patronage went hand in hand in the
city's Irish wards, and in exchange for the necessi-
ties of life, a ward boss was able to turn out the
votes of "his people" with machine-like precision.
Only with the coming of the New Deal and feder-
al laws or government agencies that provided such
things as Social Security payments, workers' com-
pensation, retirement benefits, and welfare bene-
fits, would the power of the ward boss be broken in
Boston and in most other major cities.

38 !

Afterbath: Boston's North End.

SUGAR COATED Shortly after noon on January 15, 1919, the North End of
Boston was rocked by a gigantic explosion. A huge molasses storage tank be-
longing to the Purity Distilling Company on Commercial Street, opposite
Copp's Hill, suddenly exploded, firing metal rivets in all directions and send-
ing some 14,000 tons of liquid molasses cascading like molten lava down the
streets of the North End. Twenty-one people lost their lives in the flood, and
more than 150 were injured by a tidal wave of molasses that crested at more
than 30 feet. Horses were swallowed up, houses were destroyed, and ware-
houses were smashed to pieces before the heavy liquid finally spread out, set-
tled, and congealed into an almost solid mass. Although the sticky mess was
finally cleaned away with fire hoses, saltwater, and sand, local residents
claimed for many years to come that, especially on hot summer days, they
could smell the sweet odor of molasses wafting through the air.


Sports lover: John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald in 1913, with fans of the Boston Braves baseball team.

HONEY FITZ When John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald showed signs of
changing his mind and running for another term as mayor in 1914,
39-year-old James Michael Curley, another Boston-born Irish politician
who coveted the job, cleverly let it be known that he was planning to give a
series of public lectures. One of these, titled "Great Lovers in History: From
Cleopatra to Toodles," was a thinly veiled reference to Fitzgerald's well-
known dalliance with a 2 3 -year-old cigarette girl known as Toodles.
Fitzgerald pleaded ill health and quietly withdrew from the campaign.

BOSTON MARRIAGE The practice of two unmar-
ried women, unrelated by blood or by marriage,
living together in a house or apartment as equal
partners became so prevalent in Boston during the
19th century that the phenomenon was generally
referred to as a Boston Marriage. With the
birthrate among old, upper-class Brahmin families
dropping at an alarming rate, there often were not
enough eligible bachelors whose family back-
grounds, financial resources, and natural intelli-
gence matched those of their female counterparts.
The close relationship between Alice James, the
sister of the novelist Henry James and the Harvard

psychologist William James, and Katharine Pea-
body Loring was perhaps one of the most celebrat-
ed of Boston marriages; Henry James used the
women as models for the feminists he described in
his 1886 novel The Bostonians.

THE SACRED COD A replica of a codfish, four feet
10 inches long and carved from a solid block of pine,
was mounted in the Old State House in 1784 as "a
memorial to the importance of the cod fishery to the
welfare of the Commonwealth." In 1798 the wood-
en fish was moved with much ceremony to the new

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Bulfinch State House on Beacon Hill.

Over the years the fish took on the stature of a
mascot. Indeed, the representatives began to take it
so seriously that they appointed a special commis-
sion to carefully move the cod to the new chambers
that were provided for the House in 1895. An es-
cort of 15 men wrapped the cod in an American flag
and solemnly carried the object to the new House

Since then the Sacred Cod has hung suspended
over the center gallery in the chamber of the House
of Representatives in the Great and General
Court — except when it becomes a victim of a uni-
versity prank known as codnapping. In 1933 mem-
bers of the Harvard Lampoon stole the relic. For
three days the Sacred Cod was missing, and the
members of the state's House of Representatives re-
fused to meet in session until it was reairned.

BEANS One part of colonial Boston's famous trian-
gular trade brought valuable cargoes of molasses and
sugar to Boston from the West Indies. While most of
the molasses was distilled into rum and then shipped
across the Adantic to the west coast of Africa to be
exchanged for slaves, enough of it was available lo-
cally to become one of the essential ingredients in
the distinctive food known as Boston Baked Beans.

During the colonial period, the Puritan Sabbath
lasted from sundown on Saturday until sundown on
Sunday. Baked beans provided the early Puritans
with a dish that was easy to prepare beforehand.
The large beanpot could be kept cooking over a
slow heat in a fireplace so that beans could be
served at Saturday night supper and again at break-
fast on Sunday morning. As time went on, many
women turned the baking of the beans over to a
local baker. The freelance baker would call each
Saturday morning to pick up the family's beanpot
and take it to the community oven, usually located
in the basement of a nearby tavern. The baker
would return the beans with a bit of brown bread
— also made with molasses — on Saturday evening
or early Sunday morning. "Brown Bread and
Gospel is good fare" was said to be a common re-
frain among Puritans.

WINDOW TREATMENT According to local legend,
on May 18, 1863, the conservative members of the
Somerset Club closed the curtains of the club to shut
out the sight of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his

black troops of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment
marching toward the State House. Members have al-
ways insisted that they were merely closing the
draperies against the brightness of the sun.

^��'V-, -~' -

Boys room: Locke-Ober's restaurant, c. 1950.

TEMPUS FUCIT In 1880 Frank Locke and Louis R.
Ober opened a fashionable European-style restau-
rant in the heart of Boston that was known at vari-
ous times as die Dutchman's, the Winter Palace,
Locke's, and finally Locke-Ober's, its name today.
Until the early 1970s the dining room on the
ground floor, with its plush Victorian decor, leather
upholstered chairs, long bar, and large nude paint-
ing, was restricted to men. Women were permitted
to dine only in the private rooms upstairs, although
by custom the ladies were allowed in the first-floor
dining room on New Year's Eve, or when the
Harvard-Yale game was held in Cambridge — and
then only when the Crimson 1 1 triumphed.

Excerpted from Boston A to Z by Thomas H. O'Connor,
published in October 2000 by Harvard University Press.
Copyright©2000 by the Fellows of Harvard College.
Used by permission. All rights reserved. Photographs cour-
tesy of the Boston Public Library, Print Department.



I" -*5*2



of Joy Street

John Wieners '54 once wrote,
"I will be an old man sometime /
And live in a dark room some-
where." Today Wieners is an old
man, but his small apartment on
the far side of Beacon Hill — on Joy Street, where he has lived since
1971 — is not dark. It is bright and disorderly and crowded with
visual evidence of a mind constantly shuffling perceptions: a kind of
four-room, lived-in collage. One of his own books, an out-of-print

John Wieners left BC to live
a Baudelairean life of poetry.
Amazingly, he survived. So
have his poems.

paperback, lies open on a Formica-topped table,
spine broken, lines of poetry crossed out and rewrit-
ten in pencil as if the literary choices he made 40
years ago still gnaw at him. When he pulls another
of his works off a shelf its cover seems a palimpsest.
The original artwork — a close-up of a woman's face
from an advertisement that Wieners eerily altered
with tiny rips and tears — has been replaced with a
magazine clipping Scotch-taped over the top. Peel-
ing back the new image, which depicts a painting of
a woman smoking before a mirror, to reveal the one
below is like peering into the whirlpool of Wieners's
imagination. For him, publication is not the summit

��* John Wieners, fellow traveler of the Beats and solo voice.

it is for most artists. No work is ever finished.

When asked if he uses his poems as bookmarks
to his past, as ways of thinking back about places
and people, Wieners squints, furrowing his fore-
head like a tilled field, and runs his hands through
his two thick tufts of pale, graying hair. The motion
makes him appear more bird-like than ever: a gen-
tle hawk, perhaps, with narrowed eyes, a sharp,
stubble-covered chin, and a paunch, absently smok-
ing a cigarette. He draws a breath and replies that
it is too painful to think so deeply. Besides, he says
in a slow, thin voice, indicating a table littered with
empty eggnog cartons and full ashtrays, stuffed un-
derneath with old liquor bottles, "It takes up all the
energy I have to save for housekeeping."

A photograph taken in 1958 shows four hand-



Wieners is a poet but never a showman;

in fact, his approach to his career has

been casually negligent at best. Of

the three plays and 29 volumes of prose

and poetry he's seen published, only

three remain in print. It is hard to

picture him shopping his books around.

some young men sitting on a stoop in San Francis-
co. Three, including the writers Michael McClure
and David iMeltzer, stare at the camera with flirty
bravado. Only one, sitting by himself in a rogue
shadow cast by something beyond the picture
frame, glances away. He smiles good-naturedly, but
seems uninterested in meeting the mechanical eye
that will fix his image for posterity.

This is the young John Wieners, a Boston boy
24 years old, gone to the West Coast to experiment
with life. Not to live it so much as to see if blood,
bone, and sinew could — under self-inflicted pres-
sure — be forged, or better yet, transubstantiated,
into poetry. "These days," he wrote in his journal of
the same year, published much later as 707 Scott
Street (Sun & Moon Press, 1996), "shall be my
poems. . . ." Several months afterward he added, "I
will use the distractions of this world and erect a
structure from them that will be of the poem. No
matter how I go, [or] how ruined." By "distrac-
tions," Wieners meant sex and drugs and all-night
Chinese restaurants and, if not exactly rock and
roll, then certainly jazz: a lifestyle that came to be a
hallmark of a group of writers called the Beats.

The patron saint of the Beats, indeed of all those
like Wieners who seek literature in extremity, is
Arthur Rimbaud, one of the great French poetes
maudits. In 1871 Rimbaud wrote, "The poet makes
himself a voyant through a long, immense, and rea-
soned deranging of all his senses. All the forms of
love, of suffering, of madness; he tries to find him-
self, he exhausts in himself all the poisons ... he
needs all his faith, all his superhuman strength, in
which he becomes among all men the great invalid,
the great criminal . . . and the supreme Savant!"

The search for love and the pursuit of suffering,
of "poisons," even madness — that might well de-
scribe the young John Wieners. Yet, unlike Rim-
baud, who was an unpleasant genius, Wieners is a
courtly and self-effacing man with far too much hu-
mility to call himself the supreme anything, much
less Savant (the closest he ever came to youthful
boasting was to claim diat there were probably "10
or 15 poets in every 175 million men"). Rimbaud
stopped writing at the age of 19, and died at 37.
Wieners, despite the hardships inherent in following
the Frenchman's advice, has never stopped writing,
and continues to donate his years — 66 of diem
now — to the building of a lifelong house of poetry.
In contrast to his humble, 60-step walk-up,
Wieners's house of words is one of the grandest lit-
erary structures of his generation.

Pain and suffering. Give me the strength
to bear it, to enter those places where the
great animals are caged. And we can live
at peace by their side. A bride to the burden

that no god imposes but knows we have the means
to sustain its force unto the end of our days.
For that is what we are made for; for that
we are created. Until the dark hours are done.

And we rise again in the dawn.
Infinite particles of the divine sun, now
worshiped in the pitches of the night.

From "The Acts of Youth "

John Joseph Wieners was born in 1934 on Eliot
Street in Milton, Massachusetts. ("Look at his ad-
dress," says Jim Dunn, a fellow poet and close
friend. "He was destined to be a poet.") Wieners is
the only surviving sibling of four children who
grew up in an Irish Catholic household in a middle-
class neighborhood. Their mother, a waitress and
housecleaner, worked in a defense factory during
World War II. "She loved a good time," Wieners
recalls, and "liked eccentricity up to a point" — as
long as a person put it to use within the conven-
tions of middle-class "good taste." Wieners's father
was a maintenance man in downtown Boston, and
it was to him that Wieners dedicated his volume
Asylum Poems (Angel Hair, 1969). It was written
when Wieners was in the Taunton State psychiatric
hospital, where his father had earlier been commit-
ted for alcoholism.

Except for John, the family went on to live con-

ventional lives. His sister became a nun; one broth-
er, a lawyer; the other, a soldier. "It's like a medieval
play," observes Charles Shively, another friend of
Wieners, who teaches at UMass-Boston and is a
poet himself. "The lawyer, the nun, the soldier . . .
and the fragile poet lives on."

As a child, John Wieners (Jackie, the family
called him) "was a little eccentric, maybe, and ex-
tremely bright," says his cousin Arlene Phinney.
"He had a double promotion at St. Gregory's. But
what I remember best is his kindness."

The excesses that Wieners's publisher Raymond
Foye would later characterize as his "extravagant
personality" were only hinted at during his years at
Boston College. Wieners majored in English,
worked in the library on a fellowship, and was liter-
ary editor of the Stylus, for which he wrote a poem
about the death of the actress Gertrude Lawrence —
his first publication. (Wieners has had a lifelong fas-
cination with singers and actors. "He dreams of
being a monied movie star," says Jim Dunn, "or a
beautiful woman.")

While an undergraduate Wieners lived at home
in Milton and commuted to campus every day. "I
had a gang of girls drive me," he remembers,
pleased. Tventy or so years later he went back to
the college to give a poetry reading. Charles Shive-
ly recalls it as a great moment. "He wore a gold
lame bullfighter's jacket, and Father [Francis]
Sweeney did the introduction. John's relatives were
there, and John was splendid. It was sort of like

After graduating from BC in 1954 Wieners
heard the poet Charles Olson give a reading at
Boston's Charles Street Meeting House on the
night of Hurricane Hazel. Wieners was literally
swept out of town by Olson's work, and subse-
quently spent a year at the experimental Black
Mountain College in North Carolina, where Olson
taught poetry. It was at Black Mountain that
Wieners met the poet Robert Creeley, with whom
he formed a lifelong friendship, and who was struck
by his "great quiet and particular manners." (To
this day Wieners's friends remark on his chivalrous
demeanor; Jim Dunn says, simply, "he has the man-
ners of a saint.")

Wieners's "great quiet" contributed, ironically,
to the development of his hip image. Frank O'Hara
found Wieners at 23 to be "always quietly mysteri-
ous." O'Hara biographer Brad Gooch commented
that Wieners had a "shy and darkly retiring man-
ner, which registered on many as the appropriately
cool and aloof stance of a hipster." O'Hara was also

infatuated with the whiff of danger that clung to the
young poet, particularly his drug use and instabili-
ty: what Wieners called his "avowal to mental ill-
ness as a youth." An incident from this time — when
Wieners spent a week in New York City, sleeping
on O'Hara's couch — was recounted by O'Hara's
partner Joseph LeSueur. "Saturday afternoon John
went to do some sort of research at the 42nd Street
public library while we went to see The Curse of
Frankenstein at Loew's Sheridan. That evening
John, high on Benzedrine, came home and told us
about the horrifying, hallucinatory experience he'd

Wieners — pictured below in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1973 — has said, "I am a
Boston poet." He spent the '60s and '70s in and out of mental hospitals, but also
published what is arguably his finest work, Nerves, in 1970.


had at the library. Later I said to Frank, 'Isn't it
funny? We go to a horror movie and don't feel a
thing, and John just goes to the library and is scared
out of his wits.'"

On the eve of his own fame, O'Hara wrote
Wieners a poem called "To a Young Poet"


full of passion and giggles
brashly erects his first poems
and they are ecstatic

followed by a clap ot praise
from a very few hands
belonging to other poets.

He is sent! and they are moved to believe, once
more, freshly

in the divine trap.

His career launched by O'Hara, in 1957 Wieners
made for San Francisco in the footsteps of another
Massachusetts boy, Jack Kerouac, whose novel On
the Road had appeared earlier that year. Asked re-
cently how he had liked life on the West Coast,
Wieners replied dryly, "Well, the weather was
much better." So was the social and artistic land-
scape. Wieners had moved west with a man named
Dana, his lover of six years. When they broke up
Wieners retired to his room at a boardinghouse in
San Francisco's red-light district and in less than a
week composed a volume called The Hotel Wentley
Poems (Auerhan Press, 1958; Dave Haselwood,
1965), which instantly became a classic of modern
melancholy. It read, wrote Raymond Foye, "like a
resume of Beat poetry and of late romanticism as a
whole: urban despair, poverty, madness, homosexu-
al love, narcotics and drug addiction, the fraternity
of thieves and loveless transients."

The word "Beat" comes from an offhand re-
mark made by Kerouac, who called himself and his
postwar peers "a beat generation," meaning down-
and-out, or "finished." Beat poet John Clellon
Holmes defined it as "the feeling of having been
used, of being raw. . . . [I]t involves a nakedness of
mind, and, ultimately, of soul ... of being pushed
up against the wall of oneself." What began as a
literary movement, practiced most famously by
Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and
William S. Burroughs, quickly became a sociolog-
ical phenomenon: a rebellion against middle-class
respectability, a belief that only in extremity can
one feel anything in a world increasingly numbed
by comfort and conformity.

The best-known Beat writing reveled in a kind
of corresponding literary extremity. Ginsberg's
primal wail against the atomic age — his long mas-
terpiece, "Howl" — used profanity and slap-you-in-
the-face staccato rhythm to get the reader's atten-
tion, as did Kerouac's On the Road, which read like
a high-speed joy ride. John Wieners, on the other
hand, lived the Beat aesthetic more than he prac-
ticed it stylistically in his writing, which through
economy and elegance achieved a lyricism un-
known in the poetry of his peers.

It is a simple song:

to long for home and him

lounging there under the moon.

Who is my heart, what is he

that he should mean this much to me?

From "The Woman"

Asked if he considers himself a Beat poet,
Wieners leans forward in his squeaky chair, takes a
drag on his cigarette, and courteously replies, "Yes,
I do." Satisfied, he settles back again and waits in si-
lence for the next question. Prodded into elaborat-
ing, he continues, "Well, the movement got some
publicity, and I didn't." He adds that working at
City Lights, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's famous San
Francisco bookstore, "gave me a Beat image." Oth-
ers find Wieners's association with the Beats purely
a generational tag. Says Robert Creeley, "If 'Beat' is
to cover poets at the time who had, as John, put
themselves entirely on the line — 'At last. I come to
the last defense' — then he was certainly one. But I
think better to see him as The New American Poetry
locates him, singular and primary — not simply as a
'Beat' poet, nor defined only by drug use, nor a re-
gional poet, nor one of a 'school.' Because that begs
all the particulars of John's writing, his immense ar-
ticulation of the situation and feelings in a relation-
ship with another — literally, love. It's not a question
of gay or straight — it's how we, humanly, are at-
tracted to and moved by one another, how we know
another as being here too. There is no greater poet
of this condition than John."

Ultimately, the Beat hero resonated so deeply in
popular culture that he became subsumed within it
as the rebel without a cause and, inevitably, as
Jumpin' Jack Flash on the stage of perpetual alien-
ation known as rock and roll. The Beats themselves
either became cultural icons (Ginsberg), died
young (Kerouac), or quit smoking and moved to
the suburbs (most of the others). Wieners did none
of those things. His lifestyle was always in service to

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"He's the poetic equivalent of the Velvet Underground," says friend and poet Jim Dunn, above, with Wieners. "What's the famous saying about them? Only a
thousand people bought their albums, but they all started rock bands. It's the same with John."

his poetry, so he simply went on living to write,
often in poverty, sometimes in mental institutions,
always in obscurity. He quietly became, in effect,
Rimbaud's voyant.

In the introduction to Wieners's Selected Poems:
1958-1984, published by Black Sparrow Press,
Ginsberg writes, "John Wieners's glory is solitary, as
pure poet — a man reduced to loneness in poetry,
without worldly distractions — and a man become
one with his poetry. A life in contrast to the fluff and
ambition of Pulitzer, National Book Awardees, Poet-
ry Medallists." Robert Creeley says, simply, "His
poems had nothing else in mind but their own fact."
Wieners himself, questioned in his Joy Street apart-
ment about what Ginsberg meant when he called

him a "pure poet," says in his deadpan Boston
accent, "He meant that I was Irish Catholic."

Not only did Wieners's inherent modesty con-
spire against potential fame, so did his poetry. It was
the stylistic objective of the Beats never to be ig-
nored — to be a cacophony of loud, new, aggravating
voices. Weners's lyricism, by contrast, held elegance
and introspection but not modernity, the engine be-
hind the celebrity-making machine of the 20th cen-
tury. "Why the inattention?" critic Jack Kimball asks
rhetorically. "Of all postmoderns Wieners comes
closest to 17th-century intellectual laws, paying trib-
ute in denial of pure patented mystique, free will,
final causes." Wieners's "lack of modernity," Kimball
says, has been "one motive for slackened interest."


Wieners still writes poetry. It is so

much a part of his life that it flows

seamlessly into other things: shopping

lists become poems, poems become

to-do lists. To make ends meet, Wieners

gives poetry readings, and sometimes

even shows up for them.

Wieners is a poet but never a showman; in fact,
his approach to his career has been casually negli-
gent at best. Of the three plays and 29 volumes of
prose and poetry he's seen published, only three re-
main in print; it is hard to picture him shopping his
books around publishing houses to get them re-
issued. Possibly because of his penchant for mental
recycling, he is notorious for throwing work away,
imagining the crumpled scrap as but one incarna-
tion of an idea. Boston publisher and poet Bill Cor-
bett claims that Wieners is "self-effacing about his
work to the point of almost erasing it." The poet
himself once said, "I am living out the logical con-
clusion of my books, and those are out of print."

Relative obscurity hasn't meant that Wieners
doesn't have a following, especially among other
poets. "He's the poetic equivalent of the Velvet Un-
derground," says Jim Dunn. "What's the famous
saying about them? Only a thousand people bought
their albums, but they all started rock bands. It's the
same with John. He's an inspiration."

At last. I come to the last defense.

My poems contain no

wilde beestes, no
lady of the lake music
of the spheres, or organ chants,

yet by these lines

I betray what little given me.

One needs no defense.

Only the score of a man's
struggle to stay with

what is his own, what
lies within him to do.

Without which is nothing,
for him or those who hear him
And I come to this,
knowing the waste, leaving

the rest up to love
and its twisted faces,
my hands claw out at
only to draw back from the
blood already running there.

Oh come back, whatever heart
you have left. It is my life
you save. The poem is done.

From "A Poem for Painters"

After returning from San Francisco to the East
Coast in 1959, Wieners did graduate work at the
State University of New York, at Buffalo, and even-
tually settled in Boston, where he has remained. He
continued to use drugs and alcohol, often exces-
sively. "You don't have the same self-protective fac-
ulties after you've taken narcotics," he said in a
1970s interview with Charles Shively. "The senses
that the human organism has equipped itself with
to take care of itself, to protect itself. . . . These all
dissolve. I'd had two or three years of steady mari-
juana and peyote daily. ... I was living in a vision-
ary state, so that eventually the conscious faculties
were being used to a minimum."

Understandably, Wieners's friends concentrate
on the whimsical side of these years. Shively recalls
riding the monorail at Disney World with Wieners
and Allen Ginsberg in 1972, because they couldn't
afford to go on the rides. "At first they wouldn't
admit John because he was wearing only a Speedo
bathing suit with a Zippie button. But I gave him
my shirt and went in my undershirt. . . . Afterwards
it rained and there was a big rainbow over the
parking lot."

Another much-told tale features Wieners as a
teaching assistant at SUNY Buffalo, arriving in
class wearing pink hair curlers. These stories sum
up Wieners as the benignly eccentric hero-poet,
acting beyond the pale of conventional behavior,
experiencing what others dare not. A kind of
quirky, contemporary Romantic ideal. Because he
was always scrupulously polite in his eccentricities,
friends tended to mythologize him and protect
him. But this was also the time that Wieners's
"courting of madness in the Rimbaudian fashion,"

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as Jim Dunn puts it, came to a head. "Of course he
was tragically wrong," adds Dunn. In the 1 960s and
1970s Wieners was repeatedly hospitalized for a
series of nervous breakdowns and episodes of in-
sanity. (During one such episode Wieners's sister
Marian left her religious order to help their par-
ents through the ordeal.)

It was at the Taunton State Hospital that Wie-
ners wrote "Children of the Working Class," about
the sons and daughters of the poor, whose mental
and physical health was sacrificed before birth in
factory and field labor: "gaunt, ugly deformed / bro-
ken from the womb, and horribly shriven / at the
labor of their forefathers, if you check back / scout
around grey before actual time / their sordid brains
don't work right. ..."

Against this backdrop of imbalance and despair,
Wieners's poems take on a simultaneously wistful
and heroic quality, not only in their yearning for
stability, made manifest in "Supplication" (quoted
below), but in the simple fact of their existence.

O poetiy, visit this house often
imbue my life with success,

leave me not alone,

give me a wife and home.

Take this curse off
of early death and drugs,
make me a friend among peers,
lend me love, and timeliness.

Return me to the men who teach
and above all, cure the
hurts ot wanting the impossible
through this suspended vacuum.

"Supplication" was included in the volume
Nerves, which was published in 1970 and is consid-
ered by many to be Wieners's finest work. Ray-
mond Foye points out that nerves can refer to
tension and distraction or to strength and courage:
the very poles on which Wieners's psyche is
stretched. Supplication, of course, also carries a
religious overtone; his plea to Poetry may be secu-
lar in name, but it has the cadence of a prayer. The
poet, Wieners wrote, is "a priest / defrocked as
Spender says." Like the priest, the poet stands out-
side experience. And like the priest, the poet uses

At left, Wieners in his 1954 entry in Sub Turri, Boston College's student yearbook. Activities he listed included Writer's Workshop, Sodality,
and Minstrel Show. At right is the cover of a tribute to Wieners, published this year by Granary Books. Among the poets and novelists
who contributed are Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Amir Baraka, Jim Harrison, Thorn Gunn, Paul Auster, Gail Mazur, John Ashbery,
Charles Simic, and James Tate.


words as intercessors — in Wieners's case, between
the tumult of life and love and the lonely interior
world of poetry. For him, words are like so many
reliquaries and holy cards and prayers. In his San
Francisco diary, 707 Scott Street, Wieners wrote
that poetry "is an immortal art of man. Practiced by
him alone in absolute silence in the middle of noisy
bars and restaurants, on the back porches of houses
from Gloucester to San Francisco."

Throughout his life Wieners has tried all kinds
of means by which to ford the gully between him-
self and the world at large: heroin, alcohol, travel,
sex tactics that superficially make him a Beat poet.
But his most lasting bridges have been built with
words. He is perhaps best understood as a poet with
religious longings, one who calls on poems — secu-
lar prayers — to breach the divide between himself
and humanity, or even between himself and God.

Is it enough my feet blackend

from streets of the city?
My hands coarsend, lovely bones
gone to dust.

Is it enough? My heart hardend
arms thickend eyes dim.
Is it enough I lost sight of him
Ages ago and still follow after
on some blind, dumb path?

Is this the aftermath? . . .

From "Impasse"

One of the constants in Wieners's life since his re-
turn from the West Coast has been the city of
Boston itself. In an interview Charles Shively asked
Wieners what label he'd put on himself as a poet —
Black Mountain, New York, Boston, San Francis-
co — and Wieners replied without hesitation, "I am
a Boston poet." For someone who in recent con-
versation defined the word "beat" as "homeless-
ness," Boston is in many ways the foundation that
reminds Wieners he is "home," in both the physi-
cal and literary sense, whenever he starts to stray.

He doesn't go out much these days: to a local
market for cigarettes, or to Brigham's with Jim Dunn
to get root beer floats (a weekly ritual). But Wieners
remains of the city. Another close friend and fellow
poet, Jack Powers, recalls catching a glimpse of him
once on the street. "He had taken off his glasses, and
he was holding them up like this, looking at the
dome of the State House. I wish I could imprison

that moment in sculpture, because it showed a rev-
erence . . . for the city of Boston."

Boston, sooty in memory, alive with a

thousand murky dreams of adolescence

still calls to youdi; the wide stteets, chimney tops over

Charles River's broad sweep to seahood buoy;

the harbor
With dreams, too . . .

Slumbering city, what makes men think you sleep,
but breathe, what chants or paeans needed

at this end, except
you stand as first town, first bank of hopes,

first envisioned

paradise . . .

From u After Sy??iovds , Ve.nict"

Robert Creeley, when asked what made John
Wieners a Boston poet, apart from "simply living
there," replied, '"Simply living' anywhere is not at
all as simple as it may sound. So many people are on
their way to somewhere else, always — dragged
along by various need, confusion, or ambition. . . .
To be somewhere right now is not easy. John is a
dear and absolute person of the city of Boston — it's
where he first found his life specific, I am sure. It's
his ground, his defining place, his language, his
need, his limit, and his pleasure. As Charles Olson
would put it, it constitutes 'his habit and his haunt.'"

Five years ago Jim Dunn — a young poet living in
Cambridge — met John Wieners at a reading in Jack
Kerouac's birth city of Lowell, Massachusetts, and
the two became good friends. "He offered me a
copy of one of his books," recalls Dunn. "He'd writ-
ten his name in it in careful, Catholic schoolboy
script. I was so touched." Now the two meet for the
aforementioned root beer floats, or just sit quietly
together in Wieners's apartment, seldom speaking.
"He has a sincere humility that is so rare," says
Dunn. "No one else I know is so completely at
peace with his situation in life."

Wieners still writes poetry. It is so much a part
of his life that Dunn says it flows seamlessly into
other things: shopping lists become poems, poems
become to-do lists. To make ends meet, Wieners
gives poetry readings, and sometimes even shows
up for them; tales of his forgetting or deciding not
to attend these literary events are legendary. Jack
Powers tells of climbing six stories of fire escapes
and into Wieners's kitchen window to persuade the
reluctant poet to go to a painstakingly prearranged
reading in western Massachusetts. (Wieners wasn't
at all perturbed; "Oh, hi ya, Johnny," was all he said

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to Powers.) Another reading, at Old South
Church in Boston — a neo-Beat event —
was to have featured Wieners as the star
attraction. A slight cold kept him away,
leaving the small audience to make do with
a hulking poet named Buddah, a thin old
gentleman dressed in white sweatpants
with flowing hair and beard to match, a
bad-tempered Kerouac biographer, and a
woman who compared her love to a lus-
cious strawberry.

Wieners is not so much cavalier about
his readings — or nonreadings — as he is un-
convinced of the merit of his attendance.
"Readings are best left to the young," he
said once; another time he mused audibly
before a rapt audience that no one really
wanted or needed to hear his work anyway.
In the fall of 1999 he did accept an invita-
tion to read at the Guggenheim with his old
friend Michael McClure, with whom he
was photographed in San Francisco almost
half a century ago. Jim Dunn recalls that he
read for about 1 5 minutes then abrupdy sat
down halfway through the gig. "That was
it," says Dunn, "he was done. He'd decided
he was finished, and when John makes up
his mind he can't be budged." Raymond
Foye agrees. "To encounter Wieners per-
sonally," he wrote, "is to meet with a man
who seems entirely given to ephemeral
gleanings, unused to the practicalities of the
material world; to know him well is to be-
hold his stubbornness and tenacity."

Wieners's determination to be himself
at all costs is perhaps the key to his en-
durance. "There's a certain courage to his
fabric," says Dunn. "He perseveres, in
body and work; in a quiet way. He is not
one to scream and shout, but it's there."
Not all days are good: Sometimes his
thinking is more linear than others; some-
times his conversation is more like a mosaic of
associations that pieces together an inscrutable
image. His nephew helps with practicalities like
finances; his friends form a protective shield against
the world's rough edges. In fact, several of Wieners s
friends, when they heard about this article, asked
to be interviewed, to attest to his kindness and
generosity, his low-key, whimsical sense of humor.
As ever, Robert Creeley sums him up best. "[John]
is very generous, very caring, always. If we are in
a world where a friend such as John cannot have a

Wieners, outside his apartment building on Beacon Hill, August 2000.

life, given the mental illness he's had to manage all
these years, then we've all failed, no matter what
it is we think we do. But we are not taking care of
John any more than he is taking care of us, if you
hear me. We need him very much. We need what
his poems can say."

Freelance writer Pamela Petro lives in Northampton,
Massachusetts. She is the author of Travels in an Old
Tongue (HarperCollins, 1996); her book on Southern
storytellers is due out next year.


01V tit



"Full crew of the 1954 Dow Expedition to the North Magnetic Pole. Standing third from left is the skipper, New York lawyer Wilber Dow, Jr.; kneeling
left is his spn, 18-year-old Bill Dow. At far right, wearing goggles, is Daniel Linehan, SJ, on leave from his duties at Boston College.

Daniel L'mehan, SJ, '27 knew better than to

sail into the Arctic in a wooden boat. The record of his

journey — photos and diaries — is in BCs archives.

a rented scallop dragger out of Falmouth, Massachusetts, set sail
from Portland, Maine, with a crew of 1 1 . She was headed for the
North Magnetic Pole, somewhere on Prince of Wales Island, a
barren 20,000-square-mile mass deep within Arctic Canada's
labyrinth of islands and ice. The skipper, a New York lawyer named
Wilber E. Dow, Jr., had financed
and planned the expedition him-
self. A veteran sailor — he'd gone
to sea at 15 — Dow had a master
mariner's license, permitting him
to sail anywhere in the world. He
brought along another lawyer
as commanding officer and hired
two experienced crew members
— a cook and an engineer — but
most of the crew was young.
Dow's 18-year-old son, Bill, was

second mate, and he in turn had invited several
friends. The Atomic Energy Commission con-
tributed a "ship's scientist" named Howard Smith
"to keep tabs on us," as Bill Dow, now in his 60s, re-
calls. It turned out that Smith had received his
bachelor's degree in geology from New York Uni-
versity just that spring.

At the last minute, on the recommendation of
friends in Boston, the skipper approached a more
seasoned geologist, 49-year-old Daniel Linehan '27,
a Boston College Jesuit who'd earned the moniker
"earthquake priest" for his discovery of the "T"
phase, one of four types of earthquake waves. Line-
han was pioneering a hot new field called seismic
prospecting, which used the tools of seismology to
determine what lay beneath the earth's surface.

Linehan had a desk job: He'd founded BCs grad-
uate program in geophysics, and he directed both
that and its seismological observatory, in Weston,
Massachusetts. But like Dow, he was an explorer at
heart. By the time of his death, in 1987, he would



have conducted research on all the world's conti-
nents and both poles — while continuing to run the
observatory and the geophysics program.

Dow approached Linehan on July 6, just five
days before the ship was to depart. By sailing time
Linehan had wrangled permission from the Jesuits
and Boston College, and had rounded up the re-
search equipment he would need to locate the pole:
a portable magnetometer for measuring the mag-
netic field, and detonators, geophones, and record-
ing cameras for taking sound measurements. His
cache of dynamite, recalls Bill Dow, filled an entire
hold (150 cases of Rheingold beer filled another,
courtesy of one boy's father, who ran the brewery).
Linehan had also borrowed from the Carnegie In-
stitute a state-of-the-art piece of equipment called
an earth inductor that had cost $500,000 to design
and build — this in 1954 dollars. Using the earth in-
ductor, he hoped to pin down the pole's location
with unprecedented precision.

Dan Linehan's log of the Dow expedition now
resides in the archives of the Burns Library. It
shares space with his journals from three subse-
quent U.S. Navy expeditions to the Antarctic, dur-
ing which he measured and mapped the polar ice
cap, and documents from UNESCO-sponsored
seismological missions in Africa, Asia, and South
America. In folio-sized scrapbooks he pasted pho-
tographs and news clippings describing his jour-
neys. An amateur photographer, Linehan left
behind some 30,000 slides, mostly uncataloged.

Linehan was an aesthetic sort — his logs are filled
with rapt descriptions of light phenomena and mus-
ings on the glory of nature. In his Dow-expedition
diary, which he began on July 1 1 , he describes, in a
voice that in retrospect sounds determinedly opti-
mistic, how a rainbow had crossed the sky as the ex-
pedition set sail late in the afternoon. He was also,
however, a realist. "Living conditions are crowded,"
he reported that day. "All of us sleep in the focsle

Linehan's expedition map. In blue is his tracing of the Monte Carlo's course.

54 FA:

"It is difficult to imagine a more desolate area," Linehan wrote on the voyage, "yet there is a strange attraction here.'

which is also the kitchen, dining room etc."

At 6 p.m., sitting on deck, he observed that the
"cook is a bit 'potted' already." By 7:30, near Port-
land Lightship, he reported that the boat was hav-
ing engine trouble.

"Had supper — steaks burned."

The Monte Carlo was no steel-milled ice-
breaker. Just 78 feet in length and 23 feet across her
beam, she was built of wood, with a V-shaped hull
that the skipper hoped would enable her to slide
up and free if squeezed by pack ice. Much later
in life Linehan would admit that his first glimpse
of the boat gave him pause; the history of polar ex-
ploration is rife with tales of bigger wooden boats
reduced to splinters in a matter of two or three

The notion of a North Magnetic Pole goes back
at least to the 16th century, when Europeans envi-
sioned it as a magnetic mountain at the top of the
globe. Sir William Gilbert, physician to Queen
Elizabeth I, corrected that misconception around
1600, arguing that the earth itself was a giant mag-
net, and demonstrating with a model of the earth
made of lodestone that a needle would stand on end
at each of the two poles.

In fact, the magnetic poles move constantly with

currents in the molten outer core of the earth, and
that movement has pulled explorers for centuries.
The first European to map the North Magnetic
Pole definitively was James Clark Ross, nephew of
the Arctic explorer Sir John Ross, on June 1, 1831,
at Cape Adelaide on the west of Boothia Peninsula.
In 1904 the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen
remapped the magnetic pole near the peninsula's
northern tip. Aid after World War II, Canadian
scientists located the pole 155 miles north and
westward, near the northwestern-most coast of
Prince of Wales Island. That was generally agreed
to be its location in 1954.

J Uly L 1 , 111 the Labrador Sea, infamous for
its rough waters, a storm replaced the dense fog that
had enveloped the trip's early days. Waves crashed
over the bow, leaking through the decks and into the
fo'c'sle, soaking the beds. "All of the boys were sick
or woozy," Linehan wrote.

"Howard Smith stood about an hour of watch,
then went in to the chart room and sat on [the]
floor. Suddenly a whole shelf of books came down
and one of them opened a gash in his head. He bled
like fury. Ross [the engineer] took him to his bed,
shaved his head, and pulled the cut together with
adhesive tape. Jesse [the cook] acted as cook and


The Greenlanders repeatedly warned the crew about

the dangers of the pack ice that lay ahead of them.

"This has been a year of more ice than usual," Linehan

wrote, "and they doubt

nurse. But he didn't have too many to cook for." whether WC shall make it."

That day, Linehan stood watch for 16 hours: 4
a.m. to 8 p.m., "with the exception of meals and a V:
hr. sleep," he wrote. "Ross and I made every meal,
and the Skipper most of them." During the whole
expedition Linehan would report only one missed
meal, and that when the cook decided to fry up a
seal's liver for lunch.

Monday, July 26, the Monte Carlo arrived
in Disko Bay on the west coast of Greenland, where
more than 5,400 icebergs a year are calved.

The Greenlanders repeatedly warned the crew
about the dangers of the pack ice that lay ahead of
them. "This has been a year of more ice than
usual," Linehan wrote, "and they doubt whether we
shall make it." But the next day the Monte Carlo
headed back to sea, following the coast north. On
the 30th, on watch around 6:30 in the morning,

Linehan (left) on Prince of Wales Island with )ohn Shineman, the
Monte Carlo's second-in-command.

Linehan got his first glimpse of pack ice under a
yellow haze: "The area must have been 2 miles
square," he wrote.

After breakfast, Linehan reported, he'd been
cutting the skipper's hair when there was an explo-
sion in the fo'c'sle. The cook had put a can of fish
in the oven and it blew up, tearing apart the bottom
of the oven and scattering soot on every surface of
their living, sleeping, and dining quarters. "No
matter what you touched you came away with black
hands," Linehan wrote. "Add to that the odor of
cremated dead fish and you have it." The water
pump was acting up, he noted, so "washing is going
to be a problem."

Unfazed, the crew spent the evening in the
fo'c'sle, "some playing cards, cribbage, others try-
ing magic and parlour tricks, and Linehan & Row-
land making music — Rowland on harmonica &
Linehan on Ukelele."

July 3 1 , Linehan rose at 3: 15 a.m., set up
his portable Mass kit on the rear of a Jeep that was
lashed to the deck, and vested. It was the Feast of
St. Ignatius. Eight members of the crew — none of
them Catholic — had asked to joined him; the skip-
per, an outspoken nonbeliever, took an extra watch
so those on duty could attend. When Linehan lift-
ed the wind cover protecting the host, the host
blew into the ocean. So he and his congregation
moved into the fo'c'sle, where the rest of the boys
were still sleeping. "I gave a short explanation of
the vestments before Mass and a little talk after-
wards on the subject of the Sacrifice, then spent 45
minutes answering questions on Birth Control, De-
votion to Saints, Confession, etc. ..."

Mass aboard ship was well attended, though Linehan was the sole Catholic. "The group was most appreciative for having had the Mass,'
he wrote in his journal. "They thanked me, when I wanted to thank them for their attention."

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said that

his "Mass Upon the Altar of the World" was born
of praying on pony-back in 1923 while traversing
the Ordos Desert in China. In the late 1920s the Je-
suit paleontologist was forced by the Church to
cease all but scientific publications, and was exiled
from France because of the radicalism of his
thought. He returned to China, where he led the
team that discovered Peking Man. In Teilhard 's
case, it was his views, merging geology and evolu-
tionary science with theology, that led to his exile.
In Linehan 's the call of science simply put him in
situations where practicing his faith was difficult.

Among the Arctic gloves, olive-drab parkas, and
pieces of radio equipment carefully packed in the
Burns Library's Linehan collection is a gold-plated
chalice, the bottom of which is inscribed with key
events in Linehan 's life. These include "first Mass
at North Magnetic Pole 1954" and "first Mass at
South Pole 1958."

At 10:30 at night August 5, the Monte
Carlo anchored off the eastern shore of its destina-
tion, Prince of Wales, in a little harbor. The skip-

per, alone, took the dory ashore while, on deck, the
crew "blew the boat's whistle, [and] fired guns." "I
said a prayer of Thanksgiving," Linehan reported.
It was Dow's birthday, and the skipper dubbed the
harbor Birthday Bay.

Seventy miles to the west, on the opposite coast
of the island, near Dundas Harbour, was the spot
where the pole would most likely be found. It was
for this overland portion of the trip that Dow had
brought along the Jeep, and the boys lashed to-
gether barrels to create a raft, with which they fer-
ried the Jeep ashore. But the wheels sank in the soft
silt that riddled the island's soil. So on August 10, as
ice moved in around the boat, young Bill Dow and
his friends set off on foot. The older men stayed be-

hind to take more readings.

The next morning

Linehan got word by radio that an airplane had
spotted leads in the ice north of the island. "The
skipper decided to pull up stakes and head for Dun-
das Harbour, and either pick up the boys or meet
them there," Linehan wrote.

After a long day and a half of wending back and
forth through channels in the ice, the crew sighted
the hikers from the crow's nest on the western
shore. Near the coast on August 15, Linehan got


his strongest reading with the inductor: 89 degrees
55 minutes, about as close to an accurate reading of
magnetic north — 90 degrees — as one could get.
With data from his other instruments, he mapped a
triangle nine miles to the side on Prince of Wales
Island within which the North Magnetic Pole lay.

Five days later, on August 20, while heading
home, the Monte Carlo became stuck in pack ice.
"The ship just rolled up on top of the ice and rolled
over on its side," recalls Bill Dow. A nearby ice-
breaker, the Labrador, pushed through and guided
the boat to freedom.

Journeying SOUthward, the Monte Carlo

headed, unawares, into a hurricane that had taken
95 lives as it swept up the East Coast. The ship's
radar wasn't working, and Linehan wasn't sure the
Fathometer, which measured the distance to the
ocean floor, was either. The ship had sailed at full

speed through thick ice and heavy fog for days with
no disaster, and the crew must have been feeling a
bit cocky. Also they'd acquired a 12th, and very
distracting, passenger — a husky puppy named
Kuka, a gift from a native family to whom they'd
given a lift.

The first hint of danger came August 29, a Sun-
day. Around 4:30 in the afternoon, a series of swells
tipped the boat 45 degrees. The rear end of the
Jeep broke loose and swung up against the bul-
warks, and a five-gallon bucket of orange paint was
knocked over, its contents spilling across the deck.
"It was impossible to clean it up," Linehan wrote,
"so they just spread it out & painted the deck &
have now nailed boards along lines of promenade."
For the next few days Linehan spent his free time
watching Kuka and preparing reports from the data
he'd collected.

September 1 the storm hit. Linehan reported a
sleepless night, wishing as each watch came that it

On August 26, homeward bound, the expedition anchored at Pond Inlet on Baffin Island, where two Oblate priests maintained a church.
One missionary "has been here 19 years, the other three weeks," wrote tinehan. "They came aboard — we had some beers."

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In the Burns Library's Linehan collection is a gold-
plated chalice, the bottom of which is inscribed with
key events in Linehan's life. These include "first Mass

at North Magnetic Pole

were his so he'd have something to do: "The 12-4 1954" and "firStMaSS at

watch said that the spray from some of the waves

went right up to the crow's nest. While at the helm SOUtU i Ole 1 7 5 O .
some of the rolling would take the chair, or stool,
right from under the helmsman. . . . Moving pic-
tures," he wrote, "are the only instrument that
could express the antics of this lil ship."

September 2 Linehan reported another sleep-
less night, "what with the pitching and rolling of
the ship. Once during the night it was pretty calm
for an hour but it turned out the gyro compass had
gone haywire and the boys following it had turned
the ship right around north again and we had been
sailing with the storm and that made for easier
going." The ship, he observed, was a mess, with
clothes and books and shoes tossed about in the
fo'c'sle by the waves, and orange paint tracked in
on everything.

"In the hold it is a problem for the Board of
Health," he wrote. The boys had shot and skinned
seal and bear, and a bucket of bear blubber had
overturned as well. "Wait till we hit some warm
weather," Linehan wrote.

The photographer Margaret Bourke-
White once spent 1 days with Linehan — the sum-
mer before the Dow expedition — shooting for a
Life magazine photo-essay on American Jesuits.
Linehan was leading a team investigating potential
dam sites on the Kennebec River in northern
Maine. The resulting photographs show a man's
man, wearing a T-shirt and waders, treading
through rapids to position his dynamite charges,
observing the resulting explosions, and measuring
the sound waves as they reached bedrock and
bounced back.

In A Report on the American Jesuits, the 1956
book with John LaFarge that grew out of the Life
photo-essay, Bourke-White described a revealing
conversation with Linehan after a day of prospect-
ing that had started with a simple Mass said in the
woods. "Take today," he told her. "Today when I
read my seismograph there were only two who

knew that rock was down there under sixty feet of
water. Only God and I knew. And to think this is
the same God who came down to our altar this
morning, the same God who made that rock, who
made all the rocks in the world.

"I would give up all my seismology," he told her,
"to celebrate one such Mass as you came to this
morning. Think of all the energy stored up in the
world — all that power. That is God. And I held Him
in my hand this morning. That's why I'm happy."

By September 8 the hurricane had passed,
and Linehan was growing pensive: "To live the sea
in all its moods is the only way to appreciate it," he
wrote. "To be in a little boat 78 ft. long and see wave
after wave coming at you and each one higher than
the Pilot House — to see the wind blow the tops off
the waves & then lay in your bunk below waterline
while those waves toss you around like a chip in the
ocean. To realize there are hundreds of fathoms of
water below you and hundreds of miles on either
side of you before any kind of land is reached — then
you are frightened and wish you never left land —
but 24 hrs later you are running along in the Gulf of
St. Lawrence with Newfoundland to port, the sun
shining with a temp, of 70 degrees F, everyone feel-
ing fine and the angry old sea metamorphosed into
a delightfully dispositioned host — you forget yester-
day and enjoy only today. . . .

"Beautiful night!" he concluded, "Aurora —
stars — smooth sea. Spent hours on deck till mid-
night enjoying it."

This article marks Charlotte Bruce Harvey s farewell as
BCiVLf deputy editor. She departs to write full-time.



powers that be — Richard F. Powers,
Jr. '40 (left) joins his sons, John J.
Powers '73 (center) and Richard F.
Powers III '67, in the atrium of Ful-
ton Hall, now named for the elder
Powers and his wife, Mary F. Pow-
ers. John, a University trustee, and
Richard, a Wall Street Council co-
chair, have made a significant en-
dowment gift to Boston College in
honor of their parents.


BC takes the Ever to Excel Campaign national

As the Ever to Excel Cam-
paign surpasses the $240-mil-
lion mark, Boston College is
taking the Campaign to alum-
ni, parents, and friends across
the country. The national ef-
fort includes a series of region-
al Campaign events, which
began with a New York-region
kickoff at the Pierre Hotel in
Manhattan on October 25.

"I am pleased to say that we
are ahead of schedule on the
way to achieving the Ever to
Excel Campaign's $400 million
goal," said Campaign cochair
Jack Connors, Jr. '63. "As we
enter the national phase of the
Campaign, I am confident that
our strong and growing na-
tional community of alumni,

parents, and friends all over
the United States will bring us
to that goal."

"This is a very important
point for the Campaign, and
for the future of our universi-
ty," added cochair Geoffrey
T. Boisi '69. "We need every
member of the Boston College
family, whether they give one
dollar or millions, to answer
the call."

Boisi echoed the Campaign
theme of kairos, a Greek word
that refers to moments in time
when opportunities and chal-
lenges meet and, if seized, lead
to new greatness.

The Ever to Excel Cam-
paign supports advances
at Boston College in teaching,

research, and student forma-
tion. Its goals include a signifi-
cant increase in financial
aid resources, 100 new profes-
sorships, strong support for
campus construction projects,
and funds that can be used to
take advantage of special
opportunities, such as faculty
research activities and technol-
ogy assistance for students.

The Campaign has already
achieved notable success, in
terms of both major gifts and
overall fund-raising.

Thus far, the University
has received 53 gifts of
$1 million or more, and 249
gifts between $100,000 and
$1 million. Meanwhile, the
1999-2000 fund-raising year

was the most successful in
the University's history.

Boston College received
more than $49.2 million in
gifts and $79 million in
pledges last year, both records.
The University's two annual
giving societies, President's
Circle (gifts of $5,000 to
$9,999) and Fides (gifts of
$1,000 to $4,999), each set
membership records as well.
President's Circle reached its
benchmark goal of 1,000
members, a 15-percent
increase over last year. Fides
reached a new high with 2,550
members. With the 10 reunion
classes pledging more than
$14.5 million, reunion giving
also yielded strong results.

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As alumni and parents, couple makes financial aid gift

Timothy J- Connors, Jr., 76
and Debra H. Connors '77
have made a significant addi-
tional pledge to die Connors
Scholarship Fund, which they
set up last year.

"We think it is very impor-
tant to give back to Boston
College," said Tim Connors,
"and Debbie and I are happy
to support our alma mater. We
also feel that our family legacy,
which started with my father
[the late Timothy J. Connors
'48], is important. We love the

University more each time we
visit as alumni and parents."
The Connors's daughter
Kimberly is a junior in the
College of Arts and Sciences,
and Debra Connors said that
as parents "we especially
appreciate the importance of
providing financial aid to
needy students. That this fund
will make the difference in
enabling an outstanding young
man or woman to attend
Boston College gives us
a great deal of satisfaction."

Terry Granahan, the Office
of Development's director of
principal gifts, said, "We are
very grateful for the Connors's
generosity and loyalty."

Timothy Connors, who
holds a bachelor of science in
accounting, is the president
and chief executive officer of
the television network ITN,
Inc., in New York City. Debra
Connors earned a bachelor of
arts in elementary special edu-
cation from the Lynch School
of Education.


Participation rate increase is also key to Campaign's success

Wiile major gifts make the
headlines in any fund-raising
campaign, institutional ad-
vancement professionals say
that participation — building
broad support with numerous
smaller gifts — is just as vital.

Boston College is seeking a
high rate of participation
in the Ever to Excel Cam-
paign, particularly now, with
the $400 million Campaign
entering the national phase.

BC hopes to widen its ap-
peal beyond what it achieved
in the last capital campaign,
when the University raised
$136 million through the gifts
of 56,347 individual donors.

High participation directly
affects the total money raised,

but it also helps Boston Col-
lege in less obvious ways.

The percentage of alumni
giving is a key element in the
U.S. News & World Report
college rankings. Among seven
of BC's competitor schools —
Harvard, Cornell, Brown, the
University of Notre Dame,
Georgetown, Tufts University,
and the University of North
Carolina — six have higher
alumni giving rates than BC.

In addition, corporations
and foundations often consider
participation when making
grant awards — and these affect
everything from a university's
overall financial health to the
productivity of its faculty.

Fides giving society chair-

man Edmund F. Murphy '84
said he and his corps of volun-
teers will work hard to elevate
alumni participation. "Donors
aspire to join Fides," he said,
"so we need to encourage
alumni to make that first gift,
to take that first step on the
way to Fides."

University trustee and
President's Circle chair Susan
McManama Gianinno '70 said
she is confident the Campaign
theme — that this moment
offers a rare chance for unpar-
alleled excellence — will "strike
a chord" with the BC commu-
nitv. The theme is "credible
and timely," said Gianinno; it
achieves "just the right balance
of immediacy and aspiration."


The eighth annual Pops on the
Heights Scholarship Gala, held in
Conte Forum on September 22,
raised more than $1.3 million for
the Pops scholarship fund. The
benefit concert, which has raised
more than $8 million for under-
graduate scholarships, featured
former Boston Pops conductor
John Williams leading the Boston
Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and
also included the Boston College
Chorale, the Naval Academy
Men's Glee Club, and Broadway
performer Ron Raines.


The following endowed funds were
recently established at Boston
College. New funds may be estab-
lished and contributions to exist-
ing funds may be made through
the Office of Development,
More Hall.


• The George Michael-Xavier
Bronzo and Brian Angel Bronzo
Memorial Scholarship Fund

• The Arthur and Margaret
Carriuolo Scholarship Fund

• The Clean/ Family Scholarship

�� The Curnane Family Memorial
Scholarship Fund

�� The D'Agostine Family Athletic
Scholarship Funds

• The Christine Martin '96
Memorial Scholarship Fund

• The Charles P. '45 and
Pauline O. McKenzie Family
Scholarship Fund

• The Murphy Family Scholarship

• The James G. Murphy
Scholarship Fund

• The Nugent Family Football
Scholarship Fund

• The Anne F. Schoen Memorial
Scholarship Fund



Great awakening

Though politically powerful, 20th-century Conservative Protestants have been also-rans

in the American intellectual sweepstakes. Not any longer, says BC political scientist

Alan Wolfe in a recent Atlantic Monthly cover story.

An interview by Ben Birnbaum.

What are the origins of fundamentalist anti-

When American conservative Chris-
tianity originated early in the 20th cen-
tury, it was a movement in protest
against the emergence of liberal
Protestantism, Methodism, and so on.
Those denominations had created suc-
cessful institutions of higher learning.
Methodism, for example, created Em-
ory, Northwestern, Boston University,
and Southern Methodist. But the fun-
damentalists were dead set against that
kind of development, particularly in the
1920s, defining themselves in opposi-
tion to modernity, which meant in op-
position to the life of the mind. They
had theological seminaries that aspired
to their own standards of intellectual
rigor and that would produce an occa-
theologian, but their colleges re-
d their distrust of modernity and
Enlightenment culture. This attitude is
d in a quote from Billy Sunday,

the fundamentalist preacher, who said,
"When the word of God says one thing
and scholarship says another, scholar-
ship can go to hell."

In your article, you term the colleges you
studied evangelical, not fundamentalist.
Most of us use the terms interchangeably,
but clearly to you they mean two different
modes of Protestant Christianity.
The original founders of the colleges I
studied were fundamentalists, essential-
ly the originators of the 20th-centurv
brand of American conservative Chris-
tianity. The first two presidents of
Wheaton College in Illinois,- for exam-
ple — which I describe in my Atlantic
Monthly article as an evangelical institu-
tion — clearly thought of themselves as
fundamentalists. It was Billy Graham,
himself a Wheaton graduate, who in
the 1930s played the major role in
defining what we know as the neo-
evangelical movement.

Of course, the term evangelical has a
very long history in Christianity, tak-
ing its meaning from the word "gos-
pel" — "good news." But people like
Graham, who wanted to retain their
strong commitment to conservative
Protestantism but to be less antimod-
ern, redefined it. They wanted to move
out into the world, to be taken serious-
ly by the rest of America. Those are
the people that I call evangelical. A
well-known example of a fundamental-
ist who specifically opposed the evan-
gelical project was Bob Jones Senior,
who founded Bob Jones University,
where George W Bush got into trou-
ble during the primaries.

What are evangelical colleges like?
The ones I know best, because I visited
them, are Baylor, Pepperdine, and
Wheaton. I also visited Fuller Theo-
logical Seminary, which is not an un-
dergraduate college. There are many

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other evangelical colleges. In the
Boston area, we have Gordon-Conwell
Theological Seminary and Gordon
College, both of which are highly re-
garded in evangelical and fundamen-
talist circles.

These colleges are small, for the
most part, financially healthy, and gen-
erally located in towns and cities that
are out of the mainstream. The student
bodies are predominately middle class
or better, and at most of these colleges,
you have to be a confessing member of
the appropriate church in order to
teach or study there. If you happen to
be moved to take up another faith
while you're there — Catholicism, for
example — it's soon made plain to you
that you need to leave.

What's the evidence that the Billy Sunday
view no longer obtains — that there's a
sense of intellectual purpose and serious-
ness at evangelical colleges?

There are two main pieces of evidence.
The first is that in recent years these
evangelical colleges have hired excel-
lent scholars who also happen to be
evangelicals — often luring them away
from secular institutions. These are
people like Mark Noll, whose The
Scandal of the Evangelical Mind ( 1 994) is
probably the toughest critique of fun-
damentalism as an intellectual exer-
cise- — far tougher than some critiques
that have come from liberal scholars.
Or the literary scholar Roger Lundin
at Wheaton, or George Marsden at
Notre Dame, who six years ago wrote
The Sold of the American University on
the decline of religious commitment in
America's universities. These scholars
are not only producing good research,
but they are producing research that is
inspired by their religious beliefs.

The second piece of evidence is the
students. I sat in on classes everywhere
I visited, and I was extremely im-
pressed with the students' seriousness
of purpose and the tone of classroom
discussion. They had done their read-
ing and they took ideas seriously. Their
discussion could stand against the best

kind of student conversation at any se-
lect institution I've ever taught at.

So how came this revolution?
Money, of course. You can't have an un-
funded revolution, and in this case the
funds have come from private founda-
tions. It's interesting that some of these
colleges do not accept federal money.
Wheaton, for example, has very strong
science departments and has never ac-
cepted a National Science Foundation
grant. They get corporations to fund
their labs, and they rely on the incredi-
ble dedication of the faculty.

In the main, the money to raise the
intellectual standing of these colleges
has come from the Pew Charitable
Trust and the Lilly Endowment. These
are very well-off foundations, which
incidentally fund some of my work as
well. Lilly briefly became the largest
philanthropic foundation in America a
few years ago. Today it's in the top six,
but it surpassed the Ford Foundation a
couple of years ago. I think their vision
has been to use the money to drive the
professorate into respectability rather
than the university, and that's a lot
cheaper to accomplish. So we're not
talking about building stadiums for
football. We're talking about English
professors, we're talking about setting
up financial aid scholarships.

But something else was at work
here, too. You can have a vision and
money, but you also need demand. And
this has come from the students them-
selves and, one presumes, from their
parents. There is absolutely no deny-
ing, for example, that the students at
Wheaton College are upper-middle-
class Americans right down to their
1,300 SAT scores, just like the vast
majority of students at Boston College
or Duke or Brown. And this is evi-
dence of a sociological transformation
of evangelical Protestants in America.

It's very similar, in fact, to the soci-
ological transformation of American
Catholics that took place a generation
earlier. The students are just not going
to put up with intellectually mediocre

institutions. They will go to secular in-
stitutions if that is the only way they
can get a respectable education.

Tell me something that surprised you when
you visited these colleges for the Atlantic.
A number of things surprised me. I
mean, I wasn't surprised that there was
a strong intellectual current at these
places. I knew that had been happen-
ing, and that's why I wanted to do the
story. But sitting in classrooms, I was
very impressed by how excited faculty
were about ideas.

I had a chance to hear Roger Lun-
din speak. Lundin is a great scholar of
Emily Dickinson. And I said to myself:
What's this guy going to say that I'd be
interested in? And he got up, and he
just grabbed us all right from the be-
ginning, speaking in this revivalist kind
of rhythm. It was brilliant. Everyone
just sat there and listened with open
mouth and was immediately into
Emily Dickinson's writing. It's fantastic
and quite striking how completely un-
cynical these people are about being
scholars and teachers.

And if you think about it, it makes
sense. Because ideas are new in their
tradition. This was very nice for me to
see because in the circles I travel in you
often find people who are very blase
about ideas. Whatever you can say
about the evangelical colleges — they're
limited in scope; they're anti-Catholic
to some degree — you can't say they're
cynical. And cynicism is a big disease of
the secular university.

What do you mean when you say that these
colleges are limited in their scope?
The arts, primarily. Wheaton College
was having an art exhibit when I was
there, and the paintings were the worst
I'd ever seen in a college-sponsored ex-
hibit in my life. It occurred to me that
evangelical Protestants don't have a
tradition of painting. Music is another
tradition where these places are not
strong. The evangelical Protestant tra-
dition hasn't created great music since
the glory days of Bach.



In a similar way, religious literature
is either Russian Orthodox or Cath-
olic: Dostoyevsky or Flannery O'Con-
nor. You certainly can't find much of an
evangelical equivalent. For fundamen-
talists and evangelicals, the Bible is the
only theology, so when they need to
teach religious ideas — particularly in
their seminaries — they tend to borrow
Catholic writers. They read Walker
Percy in literature classes. Wheaton
houses important collections of OS.
Lewis and G. K. Chesterton.

But at the same time, Catholics can't teach
on the faculties.

Yes. \Mreaton has no Catholics on its
faculty. And when you won't allow on
your faculty the same authors whose
letters are welcome in your archives,
you've got a problem.

Over the years, certain creedal re-
quirements regarding faculty have
been relaxed at some of these colleges.
For example Calvin College used to
require its faculty to be members of the
Christian Reformed Church. But you
can't build a good faculty — or maybe
any faculty at all — just from members
of the Christian Reformed Church, so
they changed the requirement to allow
faculty members to belong to other
churches that are in communion with
the Christian Reformed Church.
Where you apparently can't expand
this creedal umbrella is to the kind of
Christians called Catholics.

Historically, of course, American
evangelicalism meant opposition to
Catholicism, an extension of the Re-
formation. At the same time, American
Catholics seem to have dropped the
Counter Reformation, so to speak.
Nathan Hatch, the provost of Notre
Dame, for example, is not only an
evangelical Christian but one of the
great scholars of the movement. It's
fascinating that Notre Dame, a
Catholic university, had no problem
with the idea of an evangelical Protes-
tant as its chief academic officer, but
Wheaton doesn't have a single
Catholic on the faculty.

Can a college be great when it deliberately
excludes not just Catholics, but anyone else
who isn't an evangelical Protestant?

My own view is that ultimately it can't.
I think it's difficult in two ways. First,
you cut yourself off not just from other
people and ideas, but potentially from
other great people and important
ideas. Second, education becomes a
much less challenging or satisfying
proposition for a teacher or a student
when everyone you encounter pretty
much agrees with you, and the only ar-
guments you have are with a text.

Moreover, I think the residual anti-
Catholicism of these colleges stands as
an absolute block to intellectual great-
ness — not simply because it keeps
Catholics out but because it manifests
a closed mind toward people whose
ideas the schools may disagree with.

But while you critique evangelical colleges —
and while you yourself, as a Jew, couldn't
teach at any of them — it's clear that you do
admire their effort. And not simply because
they're trying to create an intellectual tradi-
tion. You write that "evangelicals are trying
to create a life of the mind at a time when
secular scholars question whether a life of
the mind is worth having."
Yes. It's one of the things I appreciated
about visiting these places. In a culture
in which the main attractions are vio-
lent videos and rap music, I'll take the
Bible, thank you, over that stuff. At
least you have to read it. And you have
to confront the word and take it seri-
ously At most universities we talk a lot
about being critical of everything.
Well, in that context, maybe having
one text, the Bible, that you're not crit-
ical of, opens you to other texts.

And what about forbidden texts? Is a typical
evangelical curriculum a bowdlerized "great
books" program?

Not at all. Well, certainly not at Fuller
Theological Seminary, where Freud is
taught in psychology, and Jung even
more so. Some of the students at
Wheaton were a little uncomfortable
with the sex in Walker Percy, and the

teacher had to go through an explana-
tion of why they were reading it. But
even Foucault is not forbidden.

Talk about that, if you would. Postmod-
ernism is very much in favor at these col-
leges, is it not?

It's well received because it stands in
basic agreement with what Protestant
conservatives have preached for a long
time — that in the end you can't rely on
your own mind, on rational thought or
science. In the end, you believe. You
may believe in quantum mechanics.
You may believe in the Bible as divine
revelation. But you make a choice to
believe, to decide what is truth.

Does this movement say anything about
the country right now? Are there any larger
lessons to be drawn than this immediate

I think it's significant in itself that there
is such a large movement in America.
Don't forget that Conservative Protes-
tants make up 29 percent of the popu-
lation. But I also think the story shows
the incredible power of what we call
modernity. All other religious groups
have gone through this process, and
one might admire fundamentalists for
resisting it, but they can't. To me it's a
testimony to how powerful these En-
lightenment ideas are. For these peo-
ple to really succeed, they need to meet
and deal with their lives on their own
terms. It doesn't mean that they have
to become secular humanists or ni-
hilists, but I think the Enlightenment
was a pretty good idea, overall, and
that people's lives are enriched when
they deal with it in some way. It was
bad for America and for conservative
Protestants when fundamentalists
withdrew from the rest of society. It
corrupted them because it gave them a
paranoid outlook on the world that
produced an ugly politics of suspicion
in the United States; and it was bad for
America because the rest of America
could ignore these people. And so the
idea of their participating more in the
culture can benefit both.

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Street smart


Odds are that Doug Safranek is the only master bagpiper
among the painters whose works are exhibited at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Safranek, acclaimed for his
detailed, evocative renderings of New York City street
scenes, has just returned from the World Bagpipe Band
Championships in Scotland, where the Cyril Scott Bagpipe
Band, to which he belongs, placed second in one event.

Safranek defies the image of the tortured egocentric in
the harsh New York art world. The 44-year-old painter has
a boyish friendliness and modest manner that speaks ot his
upbringing in Spokane, Washington. A former competitive
swimmer at BC, where he majored in French and political
science, he keeps a pressed tuxedo hanging in his closet,
"just in case I have to go back to waiting tables," he says.

From the lone window in his small studio in a former
pencil factory, Safranek overlooks Williamsburg, Brooklyn,
the type of industrial neighborhood often described as "grit-
ty." It's a landscape that has inspired him since he moved
here in 1985, after receiving an MFA from the University of
Wisconsin. "This is such a vertical city, with so many differ-
ent, stacked layers," he says. "It's like a huge stage set for
human activity." Safranek began sketching the views —

including fire escapes, water towers, streetlights — from his
apartment window, and now he searches out the details of
urban life "wherever the subway takes me."

Many of Safranek's paintings are miniatures. He works in
a centuries-old medium, egg tempera. "A lot of people con-
sider it a dinosaur from the early Renaissance. I like the idea
of looking at these not obviously beautiful, rough landscapes
and interpreting inner-city street scenes with a medium that
generally was used for spiritual images."

The process of mixing pigment and egg yolk, then ap-
plying multiple layers of color to canvas, yields a unique
"waxy luminescence," but it is labor-intensive and the medi-
um is unforgiving. Safranek has just discovered several
cracks in the painting that currendy sits on his easel. "If
there isn't a way to fix them, and I'm afraid there isn't, I'll
have lost several months just on one corner of this painting.
All the figures that cracked apart I've worked for hours on
to make into individuals. I'm trying not to panic," he laughs,
feigning wide-eyed terror.

Ann Cohen

Ann Cohen is a freelance writer living in New York City.


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Roche Bros, supermarkets owner Patrick Roche '57, Barbara Roche, and University President William P. Leahy, SJ, join Susan Carter
and Judy Richal in the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Roche Bros, store. Photograph by Gary W. Gilbert.


With their $3 million gift to the Ever to Excel
Campaign, Patrick Roche '51 and his wife Bar-
bara have focused on the classroom, pledging
$2 million to endow a University Professorship
and $1 million to enlarge The Patrick E. and Bar-
bara A. Roche Scholarship Fund. The Roche gift
reflects the University's commitment to attracting
outstanding students and faculty to the Heights.


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