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Pops on the Heights
Jim Cleary with Father Monan

Launched by the legendary Jim Cleary '50, Hon. '93, P'84, '89, Pops on the Heights started with a simple but powerful mission: bring the BC family together for a night of great music in support of student financial aid. From the very beginning, Pops has been an opportunity to demonstrate what we are capable of as a community when we come together as "Eagles for Others."

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Pops at the Heights
Join us on Friday, Sept. 29, in honoring John Williams with the President's Medal for Excellence and enjoy the music of Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops Orchestra with special guest performing artist Jennifer Hudson and Medal Ceremony Chair Chris O’Donnell '92.
Jennifer Hudson Keith Lockhart
John Williams Chris O'Donnell '92

The Cleary Legacy

Barbara and Jim Cleary

Barbara and Jim Cleary

The late Barbara and Jim Cleary founded the annual Pops on the Heights scholarship gala in 1993. Together they helped it grow into the University's largest annual fundraiser, accumulating nearly $22 million to fund more than 800 scholarships.

A long-time supporter of Boston College, Jim Cleary was a beloved presence on campus and a tireless worker in support of his alma mater. As a trustee, he chaired BC's development committee for 22 years and helped to incorporate a number of innovative fundraising incentives, including the Fides and President's Circle societies.

As a member of Saint Edwards Church in Palm Beach, Florida and Our Lady of the Assumption in Osterville, Barbara was also a Dame in the Order of Malta and organized many pilgrimages to Lourdes in France to heal the sick. She was also involved in the Children's Museum in Boston.

The Clearys were lifetime trustees of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and active in a number of other charities, including the American Cancer society, the Inner City Scholarship Fund, the American Ireland Fund, and the Boston Public Library Foundation.

The couple made one of Boston College's first million-dollar commitments to establish the James F. Cleary Chair in Finance in the University's Carroll School of Management. In 2000, BC established the James F. Cleary 'Masters' Award that is given annually to a fundraising volunteer who best exemplifies the creativity, dedication, and leadership shown by Jim Cleary over the years.


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