Lelia Holden Carroll, whose late husband Wallace E. Carroll is the namesake of the Carroll School of Management, has endowed a professorship in the School of Nursing.
SON Dean Barbara Munro said the Lelia Holden Carroll Professorship - the school's first endowed professorship - will enable SON to attract a well-known nursing research scholar whose work, prestige and scholarship will enhance the reputation of the school.
"It gives us a carrot to go after the people who are the very best," Munro said. "This definitely helps our prestige, enabling us to attract a top person, who will in turn attract top doctoral students and faculty wishing to study under and work with the professor."
Munro added that SON will not restrict the field of candidates to a specific area of specialization within nursing research when seeking the inaugural Carroll Professor. She expressed the school's appreciation to Carroll for her generosity in making the endowed professorship possible and for the University's support, particularly that of Senior Vice President James McIntyre.
According to McIntyre, Carroll graduated from the Morton Hospital School of Nursing in Providence in the 1920s and worked in the profession before getting married. At age 87, she still remembers her career with fondness, however, and she also remains an inspiration to her granddaughter, Deirdre Carroll, who graduated from SON in 1995, he said.
"This was a terrific thing for her to do," said McIntyre. "Mrs. Carroll is still loyal, faithful and interested in the nursing profession, and wanted to endow this professorship to benefit the School of Nursing forever.
"The professorship also ties into the University's interest in funding faculty appointments though endowments instead of through tuition income," he added, "playing into our long-term goals."
The Carroll family has long been committed to and involved with Boston College. In addition to Wallace Carroll '28, who died in 1990 - a year after the School of Management was dedicated in his honor - three of the Carroll's four children attended the University.
Wallace Carroll, an industrialist and former trustee, committed $10 million to the University in 1989, the largest private gift ever made to Boston College.
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