Three Members Of The B. C. Community Died Over The Summer

Three members of the Boston College community died over the summer: University Trustee Raymond Callahan, SJ; Lect. Gail Ann McGrath (Communication); and Berkley Matthews, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 30 in St. Ignatius Church for Fr. Callahan, 59, who died suddenly July 25 at the Nativity Preparatory Middle School in Roxbury, where he was president.

A member of the trustees' executive committee, Fr. Callahan had served on the board as a trustee and trustee associate since 1983. Prior to his appointment at Nativity Prep in 1995, he had been president of Loyola College in Wilmette, Ill. for six years. From 1973 to 1987, he was president of Boston College High School, where he had taught French from 1964-66.

McGrath, 55, who died July 30 in her Marlboro home after a long illness, had taught courses in rhetoric and voice at Boston College since 1966. She had directed the speech pathology program and offered voice classes for students aspiring to radio careers. This spring, the Fulton Debating Society at Boston College honored McGrath with its Fultonian of the Year Award for her contributions to campus forensics.

Matthews, 19, died in an auto accident outside St. Louis on Aug. 2. A resident of New Canaan, Conn., she was active in sports and her artwork had been featured in the Lower Campus Dining Hall gallery.

-Sean Smith

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