After joining the Undergraduate Admission staff as a clerk, Kirklys was named program assistant for alumni and faculty volunteers when that group was formed in the late 1970s. She served as an initial contact person for alumni volunteers from all parts of the country.
"To countless alumni across the country who volunteer their time and talents to help the Admission Office, Ann was the voice at the other end of the phone," said Director of Undergraduate Admission John L. Mahoney Jr. "She answered their questions, sent them materials and kept them connected to alma mater. And they, in turn, fell in love with a voice hundreds, even thousands, of miles away.
"When these alumni would venture to the campus," Mahoney continued, "so frequently it was Ann they wanted to meet, or Ann they wanted to see. That tells you a lot about her."
A resident of Revere, she is survived by her husband, Albert, a former employee in the Chemistry Department; daughters Karen and Jennifer, both of whom are BC graduates; and a son, Stephen. She also leaves her mother, Theresa Grosso, and a brother, Joseph Grosso Jr.
Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
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