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I read with a great feeling of dejà vu Charlotte Bruce Harvey's
article about the Now and Then "sisters" of the pioneering
Class of 1956 in the School of Education ("The Group,"
Summer 2001). These women were our "big sisters," and
by their example of courage, humanity, good sense, and good humor,
we who followed were inspired to break down the barriers even further
by our presence as women of Boston College.
As a member of the Class of 1957, I salute them and thank them for
DE FEO CACCIAMANI '57
"Bee Cee Kollitch," as it was commonly called in the forties,
was saved after World War II by the G.I. Bill, but the breadth and
scope of a true university had its genesis with these intrepid "girls"
who humanized the mordant male bastion that was BC in 1952.
Now, almost 50 years later, we find out that "girls cancelled
everything for a date." Hey, who knew?!
ROBERT B. HALLORAN
New York, New York
"The Group" captured in a special way the life and spirit of Boston
College and the bonds and friendships formed there, which often
endure for a lifetime.
My connection to Boston College was as a law student and resident
assistant during Fr. Eddie Hanrahan's tenure as dean of students.
I remember him like it was yesterday▀a delightful man whose wit,
charm, and personality tended to mask his considerable wisdom and
intellect. He made me feel welcome in a way I shall always remember,
although it was over 30 years ago.
Boston College was a special place, and my experience on the campus
was rewarding in every way.
G. MCGUIRE JD'71
OF THE FIFTIES
I am a graduate of the fifties (Regis College '54). All of us have
come a long way from white socks and dates. As a natural and serious
outgrowth of our Catholic education, we have climbed mountains not
only in our work but in religious and secular volunteer activities.
I would like to have seen more mention of all the programs these
wonderful women ["The Group"] have participated in since
they graduated. Although some current activities are nicely shared,
they are far too few. Many of your readers would be quite surprised
to learn what the "Fifties Followers" have accomplished.
PATRICIA C. CRUISE
Having recently read "The River" by John Vernon '65 (Summer 2001),
I would like to inform Boston College that my mother, Sue Carolyn
Smith, who graduated back in 1951, is John Wesley Powell's great-,
My mother's grandfather was Arthur Powell Davis, the man who designed
the Hoover Dam. He was a nephew of John Wesley Powell.
Pittsford, New York
I was proud to see that Boston College, in conjunction with Murder
Victims' Families for Reconciliation, cosponsored "Healing the Wounds
of Murder," a national conference on the death penalty ("Abolitionists"
by Toby Lester, Summer 2001).
As a deputy state public defender in San Francisco, I represent
death row inmates appealing their murder convictions and death sentences
before the California Supreme Court. While I am opposed to capital
punishment for a host of reasons, I am also fortunate that my beliefs
have not been put to the test as a result of a direct, personal
tragedy involving someone close to me.
It is my hope that if I ever find myself in that horrible position,
I will have the incredible sense of forgiveness and grace of Ms.
Bosler and Mr. Lamm and so many others like them who have suffered
the unthinkable. We can all learn a lot from them.
San Francisco, California
I must compliment you on the Winter 2001 issue, which I have shared
with our extended family here in Portugal.
I particularly liked "Bard Watching" by Francis Sweeney, SJ, and
my wife and I, both nurses, enjoyed "Medicine and Mystery: A Dialogue,"
along with "Distance Learning," by Charlotte Hays. Fr. Drinan was
my dean at BC Law, and he visited Portugal not too long ago with
a presentation on international justice.
My sister-in-law and brother-in-law will order the book written
by David Karp, and my sister-in-law, a graduate of Manhattanville
College, was pleased to read Desmond O'Grady's "CEO."
"Double Exposure" by Simone Poirier-Bures reminded me of E. Annie
Proulx's The Shipping News. Both brought back memories of my growing
up in rural Maryland during the Depression while going to Catholic
GILBERT WELLS JD'58
U.S. Embassy, Lisbon
While Boston College has been known for its tradition in athletics,
how much of that tradition includes women? I am a senior at Boston
College writing my thesis on how women's athletics has developed
at this school over the years. I am looking for former BC women
athletes who would be willing to volunteer their time to answer
a few questions about what it was like to participate in sports
during the 1970s, when women's athletics took off at Boston College.
If you were one of the first women to participate in athletics at
BC and you would like to help by providing information, please contact
me by phone at (617) 656-7796 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Any information would be appreciated. Thanks very much.
Note: C. Dale Young's The Day Underneath the Day has been
published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. The
from this collection appeared in the Winter 2001 issue of BCM.
A 1991 BC graduate, Dale returned to campus on October 4 for a reading
sponsored by the English Department.