Former G.S.S.W. Dean, Alumni Chief Fr. Driscoll Dies

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Ignatius Church on April 21 for former Graduate School of Social Work Dean Rev. John V. Driscoll, who died on April 19 in Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 80.

During Fr. Driscoll's tenure as dean from 1958 until 1970 - which included a 1963 sabbatical he spent training Peace Corps volunteers - he oversaw the 1968 relocation of the GSSW from Newbury Street in the Back Bay section of Boston to its present on-campus home in McGuinn Hall. He also taught a course in Values and Ethics to GSSW students.

Fr. Driscoll left Boston College to accept a position in the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare's regional headquarters in Boston. In 1980, he returned as the first executive director of the GSSW Alumni Association and was a highly successful fund-raiser for the school.

Fr. Driscoll earned a bachelor's degree from BC in 1939 and a master's degree from GSSW in 1941.

He was buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury.

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