Fr. Nash, Former Junior Year Abroad Director, Dies at 82

Fr. Nash, Former Junior Year Abroad Director, Dies at 82

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 5 in St. Mary's Chapel for former Junior Year Abroad Program Director Rev. Paul A. Nash, SJ, who died May 29 at the Jesuit retreat in Cohasset. He was 82.

Fr. Nash came to Boston College in 1970 as assistant to the academic vice president, after serving as a missionary in the Middle East, South America and Jamaica. His international background proved an asset in his administration of the JYA program and its graduate fellowships, colleagues recalled.

"He introduced me to the intricacies of university administration when I first became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences," said Vice President and Assistant to the President William Neenan, SJ. "He was a kind and generous man whose career stretched from Baghdad to Boston. The likes of him will not soon be seen again."

Born in Dorchester and raised in Somerville, Fr. Nash studied at Boston College for two years before entering the Society of Jesus in 1939. After completing the first part of the Jesuit course of studies, then earning a master's degree in mathematics, he was sent to teach mathematics, English, and religion at Baghdad College in Iraq from 1946 to 1949.

Fr. Nash returned to Weston College, where he earned his master's in theology, and was ordained in 1952 by Cardinal Richard J. Cushing.

Following his ordination, Fr. Nash was again assigned to Iraq, working at Baghdad College and at Al-Hikma University until the Jesuits were expelled by the current regime, and then served in Brazil and Jamaica before coming to BC.

Burial was in Campion Center Cemetery in Weston.

-Stephen Gawlik

 

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