Harrington joined the Carroll School of Management - then known as the College of Business Administration - in 1946, and taught classes in accounting and law.
Colleagues recalled Harrington as a teacher of energy and wit whose classes in real estate, business law and finance were fixtures of the business curriculum at Boston College from the late 1940s through the end of the 1980s.
"Prof. Harrington was an energetic and popular teacher at Boston College for more than 40 years," said CSOM Dean John J. Neuhauser. "Generations of students will remember his legendary anecdotes, drawn from personal experience and used to dramatize a point made in class, as well as the way he would encourage them not to be afraid to take risks in business - and would stay in touch with them over the years, always remaining an advisor. He leaves behind a long list of grateful students."
Prof. David Twomey (CSOM), a colleague and former student, said, "Vin was always a very highly regarded and exciting teacher. He taught entrepreneurship and used to encourage students to start their own businesses. He'd tell them just how to do it, too - many former students credit Vin with giving them their start. There didn't seem to be a problem he couldn't solve. He always had a tip or advice for his colleagues and a positive story about a student's success."
A Boston native, Harrington attended St. Mark's Parish school in Dorchester and Boston Latin, and graduated from Harvard University in 1940. After receiving a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, he served with the Army Medical Corps in Europe during World War II. He earned a law degree from Boston College in 1951.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury.
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