Funeral Today for Prof. Emeritus Thomas Grey, SJ

(4-2-97) -- A funeral Mass has been rescheduled for this morning at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Hall for Prof. Emeritus Thomas J. Grey, SJ (History), who died March 27 at the Jesuit Community residence following a heart attack. He was 78.

Fr. Grey, who taught American history for 32 years at Boston College after serving in the 1950s as the assistant dean of the School of Education, was described by Boston College Jesuit Community Rector Joseph A. Appleyard, SJ, as "a historian by training and by profession, who had a true historian's love for the details of the past.

"When he was having coffee, he loved to read encyclopedias," recalled Fr. Appleyard. "Even in the last weeks of his life, he would be up late in the coffee room, reading reference books."

Born in Melrose, Fr. Grey graduated from Malden Catholic High School. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1938 following his freshman year at Boston College. He studied at Shadowbrook in Lenox and Weston College and earned degrees in philosophy and theology. He received an advanced degree in history from Georgetown University.

Fr. Grey was assistant dean of SOE from 1953 to 1957 and principal of Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, from 1957 to 1961. In 1961, he returned to Boston College as a history professor. He retired as professor emeritus in 1993.

Fr. Grey was active in the Organization of American Historians for more than 30 years.

Burns Library Special Projects Curator Francis Vye, SJ, is to deliver the homily at Fr. Grey's funeral Mass. Burial will be in the Jesuit Cemetery at Campion Center, Weston.

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