University History Now On-line

University History Now On-line

Did you ever wonder who was the former Confederate soldier who later became the Jesuit president of Boston College?

How about the name of the Irish domestic worker who bequeathed funds for the completion of one of BC's major buildings?

You can research this information and more on the new Office of the University Historian World Wide Web page [] that offers visitors a variety of documents on the history of Boston College, its buildings and its people. The site also contains contact information for University Historian Thomas H. O'Connor as well as links to other University information resources.

(Answers: Rev. Thomas H. Stack, SJ, a native of Virginia and a former CSA soldier, was a popular physics and chemistry teacher who in 1887 was named sixth president of Boston College. He died from a fever less than a month after taking office.

Mary Elizabeth Ford's gift to Boston College enabled the school to complete construction of Bapst Library in 1928. The Ford Tower in the northeast corner of the structure is named in her honor.)

-Reid Oslin


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