BC Law 50th Reunion

November 1–2, 2019

Good news!
The deadline to submit your update for our Reunion Class Book is extended to this Friday, August 30.

Our book will be emailed to everyone on our class email list prior to our reunion, and all those who submit a profile or attend our reunion will receive a printed version too. 

Where Are Our Professors Today?

In our email to you last week, we shared some of our favorite memories of our BC Law professors. Here is an update on each of those professors—two are still with us, and, sadly, two have passed. 

If you have a favorite memory of a professor, be sure to include it in your update. We will have more updates of our professors in our Reunion Class Book.  

Professor Douglass Boshkoff

"I recall the great Contracts classes taught by Professor Boshkoff and the awards he gave for correct answers to his questions...."  ~ Col. Mike Brawley (Ret.)

Sadly, Professor Boshkoff passed away in 2015 at the age of 85 after 50 years of teaching at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is remembered for his wry sense of humor, exceptional use of the Socratic method, and clever contests. Read more about Professor Boshkoff's life.

Professor Arthur Berney

"I remember as yesterday my first class at BC Law. Arthur Berney walked to the front of the room, looked up at us, and proclaimed: 'They have me teaching Property. I’m not sure why. I don’t believe in property....'"  ~ Robert Glennon

Professor Arthur Berney, a champion of civil rights, retired from teaching at BC Law in 2001. He now is 89 years old and lives with family in the Boston area. Unfortunately, his health precludes him from joining us at our reunion. Read more about Professor Berney's teaching career, Berney's Raiders, and his life-long advancement of civil rights.
Professor Berney (circa 1986).

Professor Jim Smith

"...when I think of BC Law’s influence on my career, I think of Professor Smith’s words: “No shortcuts, and no rationalizing bad behavior,” meaning that integrity in reaching an outcome is more important than whatever the outcome may be..." ~ Alan Macdonald

Professor Jim Smith was a member of the BC Law faculty for 24 years, starting in 1958. He died of a brain tumor in 1982 at the age of 52. He was a great inspiration to many BC Law students and is best remembered for his teachings in tort law.

We want to share  three notes about him: one about Jim Smith as a professor at the peak of his teaching career; one reflecting on his contribution to the BC Law community upon his passing; and the last about Jim Smith as a father and person outside of the classroom:  
  1. "Smith: Torts, Torts, and More Torts" from the BC Law semi-centennial book celebrating the law school’s first 50 years in 1979.
  2. In Memoriam for Professor Smith from the yearbook of the BC Law Class of 1983, the last class that he taught.
  3. A retrospective by Charlotte Smith Murphy, Professor Smith’s daughter and a member of the BC Law Class of 1984, which she wrote for the 30th reunion book for her class five years ago. 
Jim Smith and five of his family members picnic with our classmate Margaret Strauss Travers and her family in Maine in the early 1980s.

Professor Hugh Ault

"It was the summer of '68 and, as I recall, Sikora, Bench, Shulkin, and I were hanging out in the Law Review office being "editorial" when a guy we didn't know in grungy madras shorts walked into the office to be greeted by 'if you graded on you'll get your assignment in September.' 'Oh no,' came the response. 'My name is Hugh Ault, and I'm here hoping to get some brave students for the International Tax course I'm introducing this fall.' " ~ Barry Weisman

Professor Hugh Ault is still a frequent attendee at BC Law reunions! He began teaching tax at BC Law in 1968 and took emeritus status in 2012. During his 44 years on the BC Law faculty, he witnessed many changes, including the move from More Hall to the Newton campus. Read his memories of More Hall, and the  faculty and dean who were central to the evolution of the law school during his tenure.
Professor Ault and his wife enjoying a recent BC Law reunion.

Our Hope-to-Go Challenge 

Thirty-three classmates are hoping to attend our 50th reunion!
If you think you will attend our reunion, add your name now.
We will let you know when registration opens in early September. 
Book your hotel room early.

Pay It Forward 

Help current BC Law students receive the excellence of a BC Law education that we were fortunate to receive over 50 years ago. 
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A Special Invitation

All Dean's Council donors are invited to a private BC Law reception with Dean Vincent Rougeau immediately prior to our reunion celebration at the Four Seasons on November 2. Learn how you can become a Dean's Council member and join Dean Rougeau at this special event.
We can't wait to receive your update and see you at our milestone reunion!

Your Class of 1969 Reunion Committee
Robert Costello, James Cronin, Jack Egan, Gary Fentin, Robert Glennon, Alan Macdonald, Joe Parker, Mitch Sikora, Paul Sullivan, Margaret Travers, Barry Weisman, and James Whitters

Questions? Email us at
Boston College Law School Office of Advancement
Cadigan Alumni Center, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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