Boston College Club To Open In Early '98

Gathering place for alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends

By Michael Seele
Chronicle Editor

The Boston College Club, a new dining club to be located atop the BankBoston Building at 100 Federal St. in Boston's financial district, will open in early 1998, the club's Board of Governors has announced.

Currently under construction on the building's 36th floor, the club will include Boston College alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends in its membership. It will be operated by Club Corporation of America, a leader in the private club business which owns and operates over 200 clubs worldwide.

The Boston College Club will feature a formal dining room, an informal grill, private dining rooms, and a lounge and bar. It will serve primarily as a breakfast and luncheon club, but will also be open for dinner on weekend evenings. Members will have the opportunity to participate in academically and socially oriented special events.

"Boston College has a huge presence in the Greater Boston area, but there hasn't been a place for an informal gathering of Boston College people to talk to one another and exchange ideas," said John J. Curtin, Jr. '54, JD '57, partner in the Boston law firm of Bingham, Dana & Gould, and chairman of the club's Board of Governors. "We hope to have programs that will appeal to alumni and bring them closer to Boston College, its goals and mission."

"Major universities, especially those in or near big cities, commonly have a club for the convenience of their alumni," noted Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong. "More than 20,000 Boston College alumni live or work in Boston, so this club will offer them a chance to reconnect in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere."

Financial Vice President and Treasurer Peter McKenzie, a member of the Board of Governors, added that "the club will provide members of the Boston College community working or living in town with obvious opportunities for making business connections in an informal, collegial setting."

In addition to Curtin and McKenzie, other members of the Board of Governors include University trustees Gregory Barber, principal of Gregory P. Barber & Associates, Inc.; Geoffrey Boisi, partner of the Beacon Group; Patrick Carney, president of Claremont Cos.; John M. Connors Jr., CEO of Hill, Holiday, Connors & Cosmopolous, Inc.; Robert Murray, chairman, president and CEO of New England Business Services; Thomas P. O'Neill III, chairman of McDermott/O'Neill Associates; Thomas Ryan, president of the American Stock Exchange; and Thomas Vanderslice, CEO of TAV Associates.

Three trustee associates also sit on the board: Samuel Gerson, chairman and CEO of Filene's Basement; Peter Lynch, vice chairman of Fidelity Management and Research Co.; and Giles Mosher, vice chairman of BankBoston.

Members of the BC administration on the Board of Governors include Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, Carroll School of Management Dean John J. Neuhauser and Law School Dean Aviam Soifer.

The remaining members are BankBoston Executive Director Robert Champion, R.R. Donnelly Financial Inc. Regional Manager Peter Cronan, Lojack Corp. Chief Executive Officer C. Michael Daley, BankBoston Executive Vice President for Human Resources Helen Drinan, Daniel Foley, Boston Red Sox CEO John Harrington, Alex Brown & Sons Principal John Joyce, Lynch Brewer, Hoffman & Sands LLP Partner Owen Lynch, Price Waterhouse Partner John MacKinnon, BankBoston Co. Executive Vice President Peter Manning, McDermott, Wil & Emery Partner James Marcellino, Fidelity Investments Senior Vice President Paula Polito, BankBoston Executive Vice President Richard Remis, Carroll Associates Principal Megan Carroll Shea and Louis Sorgi.

Information about membership costs, which will include an initiation fee plus annual or monthly dues, will be mailed later this month. McKenzie said faculty and staff will be offered memberships at reduced rates.

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