Memorial Service For Communication Faculty Member Gail McGrath Aug. 4

A memorial service will be held at noon Monday, Aug. 4, at the Wayside Inn Martha and Mary Chapel in Sudbury for Gail Ann McGrath, a longtime lecturer in the Boston College Communication Department, who died July 30 at her home in Marlboro following a long illness. She was 55.

McGrath had taught courses in rhetoric and voice at Boston College since 1966, for many years directing the school's program in speech pathology and offering voice classes for students aspiring to radio careers. This spring, the Fulton Debating Society at Boston College honored McGrath with its Fultonian of the Year Award for her contributions to campus forensics.

A native of Rochester, NY, McGrath was a 1964 graduate of Heidelberg College in Ohio, and earned a master's degree from Bowling Green State University in 1965. She joined Boston College the following year.

She leaves her husband, Richard, and her sons, Robert, of Parker City, Indiana., and Kenneth of Florida; her parents, Carl and Doris Pugsley of Rochester, NY; and her grandchildren, Michaela and Kassie McGrath.

Calling hours will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at the John P. Rowe Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Marlboro, and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Kerr, Westerlund and Fleming Funeral Home, 39 High St., Brattleboro, Vt.

McGrath will be buried in the Meeting House Hill Cemetery in Brattleboro.

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