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Taking names: the 2013 alumni directory
In June 1924, having achieved “1,600 living graduates,” Boston College issued its first alumni directory—a 135-page book of names and addresses intended to strengthen “bonds of loyalty and affection.” The next directory was published 50 years later, and the book has appeared every five years or so ever since, serving alumni magazine editors seeking the home number of Connecticut’s teacher of the year, and also useful to alumni in insurance sales looking to kick-start a business relationship with memories of the Holy Cross game. This spring the Sesquicentennial edition—the first since 2007—was born, weighing in at 6 pounds and 7 ounces, 2.4 inches thick, 1,894 pages long, and featuring 179,144 entries, from Rune Aabo ’08 to Jaclyn Zywien ’10.
Earliest (and oldest): Thomas D. Robinson ’30, MA’32, P’61 (age 105).
Prevailing surnames: Sullivan (854), Murphy (740), Smith (603), O’Brien (452), Kelly (408), McCarthy (407), Walsh (396), Ryan (364), Brown (324), Johnson (321).
Prevailing non-European surname: Kim (194).
Preferred states: Massachusetts (63,952), New York (13,408), Connecticut (7,802), California (7,661), New Jersey (6,572).
Unpreferred states: Wyoming (48), Mississippi (45), South Dakota (44), North
One-alumnus nations: Albania, Anguilla, Armenia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Fiji, Georgia, Guyana, Iraq, Laos, Macau, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Netherlands Antilles, Niger, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Wales.
Who knew?: Chris Brown ’07, James Brown—graduating from the Lynch School in 1966 (and earning his M.Ed. two years later) apparently without anyone noticing—Christine Brinkley ’92, Gary Coleman ’73, Anne Hathaway ’76, Jennifer Lawrence ’96, John Mayer ’72, and Jessica Sanchez ’04.
Who knew II?: Arthur Miller ’64, Scott Fitzgerald ’91, James Joyce ’74, Richard Wright ’95, William Faulkner ’73, William Blake ’06, Samuel Johnson ’10, and his classmate Matthew Arnold.
Car pools: Ford (84), Bentley (16), Lincoln (11), Dodge (8), Ferrari (8), Saab (3), Buick (2), and one entry each for Audi, Chrysler, Jeep, and Rambler. Also: one Mercedes and three Benzs.
Aisle 3: Katherine Apple ’08, Pamela Berry ’86, Jamie Cherry ’83, Thomas Lemon ’08, Steven Peach ’86, and Jibri Raspberry ’01.
Names that should be spoken aloud: Bartholomew Toensing, Erin Magee, Azin Kavian Jahromi, Rocio Del Solar, Maia N. Tamanakis, Sonia Ursino Beauvais, Jennifer El-Hillow, Chongmi Lah, Peerasak Navawatanasub, Barbara Butterworth, and again, Jibri Raspberry.
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