Funeral Held for Fr. Toohig, Nationally Known Physicist

Funeral Held for Fr. Toohig, Nationally Known Physicist

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday in St. Ignatius Church for Research Prof. Timothy Toohig, SJ (Physics), who died suddenly Sept. 25 while attending a professional meeting in California. He was 73.

A 1951 BC alumnus, Fr. Toohig had cultivated a national reputation in nuclear physics, holding various positions at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory during three decades. He also served in an administrative capacity with the Superconducting Super Collider project, including as deputy associate director for the SSC Laboratory division which developed design requirements for all conventional facilities used for lab equipment and personnel.

Fr. Toohig returned to Boston College as a visiting fellow at the Jesuit Institute during the 1994-95 academic year and again in 1998 to accept an appointment in the Physics Department while on assignment for the US Department of Energy.

A native of Lawrence, Fr. Toohig earned a master's degree from the University of Rochester and a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University. After completing theological studies at Woodstock College, Fr. Toohig was ordained in 1965.

He is survived by five sisters, Catherine McCarthy, Mary Valcourt, Ann Hickey, Helen Mueller and Sister Elizabeth Toohig, SCH, and two brothers, Michael and John.

Interment took place at the Jesuit Cemetery in Weston.

-Sean Smith


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