The way we were

Published: June 2008

In anticipation of its 150th anniversary in 2013, Boston College is gathering oral histories and memorabilia from alumni and faculty for a project called “The “Boston College Experience,” sponsored by the Office of the President, Boston College Magazine, the Burns Library, and the Alumni Association. The program was inaugurated a year ago with a public panel discussion among members of the Class of ’57 held during reunion weekend. This year there were two programs in which class members reminisced about their time at Boston College in the 1950s and 1960s. @BC presents highlights from each session, one on May 30 for the Golden Anniversary Class of ’58 and the other on May 31 for the Class of ’68. The full programs may be viewed at Front Row, for which a link is provided in the right-hand column of this page under “Related Links.”

Class of ’58 panelists:

Sheldon Daly grew up in Wellesley and has had a 45-year career in sales and construction. He currently works with the Boston College Athletics Department as a director of the Varsity Club and as president of the Boston College Hall of Fame Club.

Paul Fennell grew up in Brighton and devoted his career to finance and investments. He earned an MBA from the University of New Hampshire and served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has written several articles on financial tax planning and spent 15 years researching and publishing a book on Irish history and the history of the Fennell family in County Limerick, Ireland.

James Murphy Jr. grew up in Newton. He teaches writing and literature at the Woods College of Advancing Studies and is a published author. A past recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, Jim is currently working on a novel about the Korean War.

Patricia Brine O’Riordan grew up in Cambridge and worked as the department head for health occupations at Northeast Metro Tech for 30 years. She holds a master’s degree in education from Fitchburg State College. In recent years she has worked at her brother’s sporting goods store, Brine’s, in Harvard Square.

Margaret Molloy Vasaturo grew up in Medfield and became a teacher. She earned a master’s degree in special education at Lesley University and devoted 22 years to teaching history and English to adolescents in a residential treatment center.

Ben Birnbaum, moderator, is the editor of Boston College Magazine, special assistant to the president, and executive director of the Office of Marketing Communications.

Class of ’68 panelists:

Judith Anderson Day grew up in Scituate and was a middle school English teacher. She has been the 1968 class correspondent for several decades. After moving to Los Angeles in 1995, she became a docent at the J. Paul Getty Museum, specializing in Greek and Roman antiquity.

Christopher “Kip” Doran lives in Denver where he is a practicing psychiatrist and a clinical professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is a supervising psychiatrist for the Veterans Administration and has written two textbooks on mental health. Kip was president of the Boston College Alumni Association chapter in Colorado for five years and president of the national Alumni Association in 2004.

Robert Howe grew up in Quincy and following graduation was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, receiving the Bronze Star for service in Vietnam. He cofounded ADS Financial Services Solutions in 1980 and was its president and CEO until 2004. Bob is a former chairman of the Boston College High School board of trustees.

Carmine Sarno grew up in Acton. He has started six companies, ranging from high tech to recreation. He is president of the electronic component company Bothhand USA, and frequently travels to the company’s facilities in China.

Joanne Calore Turco received a master’s degree in community health nursing from Boston University and also completed course work in the doctoral program in higher education administration at Boston College. She was the first full-time nursing faculty member at Salem State College, where she became a professor in the School of Nursing.

William McDonald, moderator and a senior editor in Advancement Communications and Marketing at the University, was a Navy officer and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He is the founding editor of Boston College Magazine and has specialized in university communications throughout his career.

This feature was posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 and is filed under Videos.
Writer: Daniel Soyer, Producer: Miles Benson