Boston College Club to Open in Early 1998

(9-17-97) -- The Boston College Club - a new, member-supported dining club to be located atop the BankBoston Building at 100 Federal Street in Boston's financial district - will open in early 1998, the club's Board of Governors has announced.

Currently under construction on the building's 36th floor, the club is scheduled to open in early 1998, and will be for the entire Boston business community, including Boston College alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends. The club will be managed by Club Corporation of America, a leader in the private club business. Club Corporation owns and operates over 200 other clubs both nationally and internationally.

The Boston College Club will feature a formal dining room, an informal grill, private dining rooms, and a lounge and bar. It will serve primarily as a breakfast and luncheon club, but will also be open for dinner on weekend evenings. Members will have the opportunity to participate in academically and socially oriented special events.

"Boston College has a huge presence in the Greater Boston area, but there hasn't been a place for Boston College people to gather informally, talk to one another and exchange ideas," said John J. Curtin, Jr., a graduate of BC and BC Law School, partner in the Boston law firm of Bingham, Dana & Gould, and chairman of the Boston College Club's Board of Governors. "We hope to have programs that will appeal to alumni and bring them closer to Boston College, its goals and mission."

"Major universities, especially those in or near big cities, commonly have a club for the convenience of their alumni," noted BC Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong. "More than 20,000 Boston College alumni live or work in Boston, so this club will offer them a chance to reconnect in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere."

Boston College Financial Vice President and Treasurer Peter McKenzie, a member of the Board of Governors, added that "the club will provide members of the BC community working or living in town with obvious opportunities for making business connections in an informal, collegial setting."

Robert Champion, executive director of BankBoston, stated, "We're delighted to have a business luncheon club in our building once again, and to have Club Corporation of America as the management company. The building is centrally located in the business district, and the 36th floor, which was originally designed as a club floor, will provide an excellent meeting and entertainment location for members of Boston's business community."

In addition to Curtin and McKenzie, other members of the Board of Governors include University trustees Gregory Barber, principal of Gregory P. Barber & Associates, Inc.; Geoffrey Boisi, partner of the Beacon Group; Patrick Carney, president of Claremont Cos.; John M. Connors Jr., CEO of Hill, Holliday, Connors & Cosmopulos, Inc.; Robert Murray, chairman, president and CEO of New England Business Services; Thomas P. O'Neill III, chairman of McDermott/O'Neill Associates; Thomas Ryan, president of the American Stock Exchange; and Thomas Vanderslice, CEO of TAV Associates.

Three trustee associates also sit on the board: Samuel Gerson, chairman and CEO of Filene's Basement; Peter Lynch, vice chairman of Fidelity Management and Research Co.; and Giles Mosher, vice chairman of BankBoston.

Members of the BC administration on the Board of Governors include Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, Carroll School of Management Dean John J. Neuhauser and Law School Dean Aviam Soifer.

The remaining members are BankBoston Executive Director Robert Champion, R.R. Donnelly Financial Inc. Regional Manager Peter Cronan, Lojack Corp. Chief Executive Officer C. Michael Daley, BankBoston Executive Vice President for Human Resources Helen Drinan, Daniel Foley, Boston Red Sox CEO John Harrington, Alex Brown & Sons Principal John Joyce, Lynch Brewer, Hoffman & Sands LLP Partner Owen Lynch, Price Waterhouse Partner John MacKinnon, BankBoston Co. Executive Vice President Peter Manning, McDermott, Wil & Emery Partner James Marcellino, Fidelity Investments Senior Vice President Paula Polito, BankBoston Executive Vice President Richard Remis, Carroll Associates Principal Megan Carroll Shea and Louis Sorgi.

Invitations will be extended through the mail later this month. Costs will include a one-time initiation fee plus monthly or annual dues.

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