300 Attend Service for Sr. Assoc. Law Dean Brian Lutch

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Over 300 people, led by University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, attended a memorial service on Sunday at the Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity on Newton Campus for Law School Senior Associate Dean Brian Lutch, who died Dec. 14 of complications from a bone marrow transplant. He was 47.

"Brian loved the Boston College Law School and had a lot to do with perpetuating the kind of caring community that BC Law is widely known to be," said Law School Dean Aviam Soifer. As the school's senior administrator for non-academic affairs, "Brian was compassionate and fierce in his dedication to his staff and the Boston College community."

Soifer described Lutch as an extraordinary planner and a stickler for details, yet one who never lost sight of the human element in his work. He said Lutch, who joined the Law School in 1985 as associate dean, had been able to handle a multitude of administrative duties with ease. Soifer added that the school has established a scholarship fund in Lutch's memory for students committed to public interest work.

Lutch had ties with other area law schools. He had worked at Northeastern University School of Law as an assistant dean from 1979-84, when he was promoted to associate dean for administration. He also served as a clinical instructor in trial practice at Boston University School of Law and a clinical associate in trial practice at Harvard Law School. His other professional experience included a stint as a staff trial attorney for the Massachusetts Defenders Committee from 1972-75, and then as an associate at the Boston law firm of Palmer and Dodge until 1979.

In addition to Fr. Monan, speakers at the memorial service included Soifer, Assoc. Prof. Robert Smith (Law), Law School Associate Dean for Students Lisa DiLuna and Special Assistant to the Law School Dean James Malley, SJ. Rabbi Herbert Tobin, Suzy Tobin, Dan Givelber, Wendy Watts and Lutch's wife, Julie, also spoke.

In remarks at the service, Soifer said, "Our law school, the entire University community and the lives of countless people have been improved immeasurably, in lasting ways, through Brian's unadvertised multitude of skills and by his presence. So many of us relied on Brian for so much. He is truly irreplaceable."

Lutch received a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1969 from Boston University and a law degree in 1972 from Boston University School of Law. He belonged to the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Society of American Law Teachers.

In addition to his wife, Lutch leaves a son, Joseph; his parents, Bernard and Roselyn; and a brother, Jeffrey.

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