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Funeral held for Fr. MacGillivray, former English faculty member

(9-6-2000) A funeral Mass was celebrated today in St. Mary's Chapel for Prof. Emeritus Arthur A. MacGillivray, SJ, a poet and popular English Department faculty member who died Sept. 1 at Marian Manor in South Boston. He was 87.

Fr. MacGillivray, who taught at BC from 1953 until his retirement in 1978, was known among his students and brother priests for his sense of humor. But he also cultivated a reputation as a poet, publishing a volume of his works titled Sufficient Wisdom and contributing to a number of anthologies. Some of Fr. MacGillivray's work is housed in a collection at the Burns Library.

"He had a style about the way he taught poetry that would engage students," said Rev. Edward O'Flaherty, SJ, who gave the homily at Fr. MacGillivray's funeral Mass.

"One year he tricked a whole room of freshmen into thinking that his English course was an astrophysics course," said Fr. O'Flaherty. "He told them later that he just wanted to see if they could read the course catalouge."

A Boston native, Fr. MacGillivray attended Boston High School of Commerce and studied at Boston College before entering the Jesuit novitiate in Lenox in August of 1932. Following his ordination in 1944, Fr. MacGillivray did graduate work at the University of Minnesota. In 1947, he was appointed chair of the English Department at Fairfield University.

Burial was in the Jesuit Cemetery, Campion Center in Weston.


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