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A Place To Roost for Baldwin

12/01/11
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A statue made by the sister of Vice President William B. Neenan, SJ, now graces the entrance to the Boston College Campus School. (Photo by Caitlin Cunningham)

By Melissa Beecher | Chronicle Staff

Published: Dec. 1, 2011

The eagle has landed — at the Campus School.

Vice President and Special Assistant to the President William Neenan, SJ, recently donated a beautifully carved statue of Boston College mascot Baldwin to the Boston College Campus School. The statue was a gift to Fr. Neenan from his sister, Mary Jo, in honor of the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a Jesuit.

Fr. Neenan was presented with the statue during a visit last summer to Mary Jo in Wisconsin, and it sat in his office for several months. But then he decided Baldwin had a greater calling.

“I couldn’t think of a better home than the Campus School. I contacted Don [Ricciato, the school’s director] and he was delighted at the thought,” Fr. Neenan said. “Now, Baldwin has a perfect aerie.”

University carpenters, led by Joseph Figueiredo, created a handsome perch for the statue and its 42-inch wingspan, and it was soon revealed to the discerning audience at the school, which serves children with multiple special needs.

“The Campus School students and staff are thrilled to provide a home for Baldwin. He is the centerpiece of the Campus School reception area and a wonderful conversation piece,” said Ricciato.

Fr. Neenan said he enjoyed seeing students’ reactions to Baldwin, who will now greet all visitors at the school’s entrance.