Avalanche Claims Students

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Boston College will hold a memorial Mass today at 7 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church for undergraduates Peter Hall and Richard Reece Jr., who were killed on Jan. 5 in an avalanche while hiking in the mountains near Ketchum, Idaho. University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, will be the celebrant and Assoc. Prof. Fr. Francis Murphy (History) will preach.

Hall, 19, a native of Ketchum, was a College of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in mathematics. Reece, 20, a sophomore in the Carroll School of Management, was a former resident of Ketchum living in Red Bank, NJ, and was visiting Hall during the semester break. The two were roommates in Welch Hall last semester.

Officials said Hall and Reece had climbed into the mountains to snow board and were walking along the southern slope of Galena Pass at about 3 p.m. when the avalanche struck. Hall's brother, Chris, was nearby but escaped injury.

"This is an extraordinary tragedy," University Housing Director Robert Capalbo said. "These were two friends who knew each other as young boys and who were highly respected and liked by those who knew them. They will be missed by the Boston College community."

Hall is survived by his parents, Arthur and Sheila, and a brother, Chris; and Reece by his parents, Richard and Jane. One of Reece's uncles is Assoc. Prof. John McCarthy (English).

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