Sept. 22, 2005 • Volume 14 Number 2

Catholic Relief Services President Kenneth Hackett '68

Fr. McInnes, CRS Head Among Alumni Honorees

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

Rev. William C. McInnes, SJ, a 1944 Boston College graduate who later became president of two Jesuit universities, and Kenneth Hackett '68, who has spent his professional career aiding the poor, the disenfranchised and disaster victims throughout the world, are two of 10 distinguished graduates to be honored at the annual Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Robsham Theater.

Fr. McInnes, who added a master's degree from BC in 1951, will receive the William V. McKenney Award for outstanding lifetime service to Boston College. Fr. McInnes was the first Carroll School of Management graduate to be ordained a Jesuit priest and was a member of the CSOM faculty in the 1960s. He later served as president of Fairfield University, the University of San Francisco and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

A Quincy native, Fr. McInnes returned to his alma mater in 1996 and presently serves as chaplain of the Boston College Alumni Association while continuing to teach in the Carroll School.

"Boston College has been my spiritual and intellectual home," said Fr. McInnes. "I went to school here, my first job was in the business school and here I am ending up here, still teaching and as chaplain to the alumni. Boston College has always given me a sense of being at home."

The president of Catholic Relief Services, a world-wide group that oversees humanitarian services in more than 90 countries around the globe, Hackett will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for Religion. He has been with CRS for more than 30 years and became president in 2003.

"Since last December, much of our attention has been focused on responding to the death and destruction wrought by the Indian Ocean tsunami," Hackett said. "The response from the US Catholic community has been unprecedented and has enabled us to make long-term commitments to 'build back better' in the affected communities.

"The overwhelming support we've received from our donors across the US Catholic community has reinforced my conviction that we are all part of the one human family," said Hackett. "As a 'Double Eagle,' I learned during my years at BC and BC High to be 'men for others.' I see these same values reflected through our church as we respond in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need."

Adrianna S. Rodriguez '04, an award winning biomedical research fellow at the National Cancer Institute, will receive the Young Alumni Award of Excellence. In addition to her scientific accomplishments, Rodriguez has served as a social services volunteer in her native Puerto Rico and in the Washington, DC, area.

For the first time, the Alumni Association will honor an entire graduating class with a special recognition award, presented to the Lynch School of Education Class of 1956. As the first graduating class from LSOE, the group pioneered formal teacher education at the Heights and brought the first female students onto what had previously been an all-male campus. The class will celebrate its 50th anniversary this spring.

Other alumni to be honored next Thursday: J. Arch Getty MA '73, PhD '79 (Arts and Humanities); Susan McManama Gianinno '70 (Commerce); Catherine Ronan Karrels '90 (Education); Joan B. Fitzmaurice '66, PhD '86 (Health); Richard W. Renehan '55 (Law); Robert F.X. Hart '60, MSW '62 (Public Service); Leo F. Power Jr., '56, MA 64, MBA '72 (Science) - Retired director, Boston College Institute for Scientific Research.

Profiles of this year's winners are available at

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