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Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Awards

The Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Awards Dinner has long and respected history at Boston College. The Alumni Association is proud to recognize several alumni annually for their varied contributions to the University, to their profession, and to society.

2014 Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Awards

John F. Fish

John F. Fish, P’13

John F. Fish is currently vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Boston College, the first non-alumnus to serve in that role. Fish is the chairman and chief executive officer of Suffolk Construction Company. Under his leadership, Suffolk has grown into one of the most successful privately held general building contractors in the country. Read more


Jim Cleary ’50, H’93, was founder of the Fides and President’s Circle annual giving societies. He was co-chair of the University’s first truly ambitious capital campaign, which began in 1988 and well exceeded its goal. Jim was also the creator of our highly successful Pops on the Heights program. His ideas and energy propelled Boston College’s development program to a new level of achievement. Accordingly, this special award is presented to University Advancement volunteers who have distinguished themselves as masters by providing ideas, energy, and leadership.


Vincent J. Quealy, Jr., '75, P'06, '07, '10

Vincent J. Quealy, Jr., ’75, P’06, ’07, ’10

Vinnie Quealy, Carroll School of Management Class of 1975, has maintained an active association with Boston College over the course of the past 39 years. Quealy began the first of his many volunteer efforts on behalf of Boston College in the late 1970s as a participant in telethon fundraising drives and through his involvement with the Alumni Admission Volunteers. Read more


The highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, this award was created in 1936 in honor of its first recipient, William V. McKenney 1915. The award recognizes a Boston College graduate whose outstanding service to a chosen profession, community, or cause reflects honor on the University.


Patricia Randolph Williams, Esq., ’77

Patricia Randolph Williams, Esq., ’77

Patricia Randolph Williams is an active member of the District of Columbia Chapter of the Boston College Alumni Association. She has served on the steering committee of the AHANA Advisory Council and participated in the D.C. Alumni Career Network, and she is the cofounder and co-chair of the Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN). Read more


Named after John J. Griffin, Sr., ’35, H’72, who was one of the University’s most dedicated contributors, this award recognizes the crucial role that volunteers play in Alumni Association programming, which is a cornerstone of the University’s advancement efforts. The Griffin Alumni Association Award is presented to an outstanding volunteer whose meritorious service on behalf of Boston College contributed to the advancement of the academic mission of higher education in the Jesuit tradition at the grassroots level of the alumni organization.


Jeremiah F. York ’67, MEd’70, CAES’73

Jeremiah F. York ’67, MEd’70, CAES’73

Jerry York, Schiller Family Head Hockey Coach, is the epitome of what Boston College stands for. Since returning to his alma mater in 1994, York has carried out the University’s motto “Ever to Excel” over and over again. The Watertown, Mass., native is college hockey’s all-time winningest coach, having secured 963 victories over the course of his 42 seasons as a college hockey coach. Having just concluded his 20th season at the Heights, York is four victories shy of his 500th victory as bench boss of the Eagles. Read more


The Curley Award honors an outstanding volunteer who has committed both time and resources to advance the efforts of Boston College and especially the Athletics Department. Named for BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame member John P. Curley 1913, the senior football manager for the 1912 Boston College Eagles and graduate manager of Athletics from 1929 to 1957 who is widely acknowledged as having brought Boston College Athletics into the modern era, this award fittingly recognizes his lifetime commitment to Boston College and the Athletics Department.


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