Jean O'Neil, President
Associate Professor emerita, Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, teaching from 1969 to 2002. She is a double eagle with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and nursing education and a doctorate from Boston University. Classroom teaching included the design of a course highlighting health concerns in lifespan development. Clinical teaching in acute and home care settings centered on adult health with research on the efficacy of nurse coaching by telephone for symptom relief with discharged ambulatory surgery patients. Scholarly activities in education included construction, evaluation and student preparation for multiple choice testing. Active in professional nursing associations especially the nursing honor society. Now tutoring BC nursing students, especially those with English as a second language. Active member of the Boston College Association of Retired Faculty since my retirement in 2002, serving as Book Club Facilitator and on the Executive Committee as Secretary for two terms.
Rosemary Krawczyk, Vice President
The University of St. Catherine's in Minnesota is where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I later went on to earn a double eagle with a MA & PhD degrees from Boston College. After 30 years of being on the faculty of the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, I retired and entered the volunteer stage of my career. I was one of the founding faculty members to help organize the now Boston College Retired Faculty Association. I am a member of the BCARF book club and I work with international students at Boston College as a conversation partner during the school year. Along with 38 members of the BC Alumni Association, I went to New Orleans, a year after Katrina, to help rebuild homes. I also volunteer as a surgical liaison at Newton Wellesley Hospital, stock shelves at the Newton food pantry and work for various political campaigns.
Fr. Joe Duffy, S.J. Liaison to the Office of the Provost
University and Jesuit Community Liaison.
Entered the Jesuits in 1944 after graduating from Boston College High School. Holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in philosophy from Boston College; a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Weston College; and a Master’s and Doctor’s degree from Fordham University. Before coming to Boston College , he served as Assistant Principal and Principal of Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine; as Guidance Counselor and Principal at Boston College High School; and as Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire. Fr. Duffy came to Boston College in 1975 as a member of the School of Education’s Department of Educational Administration. During his years in the School of Education he also served as Director of Secondary Education of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus; as Rector of the Jesuit Community and on the University’ Board of Trustees. In 1988 he began a 20 year appointment as Secretary of the University before assuming his current position as Special Assistant to the President. Over the years he has been a member of numerous boards, committees, and commissions in Jesuit, Catholic and public education. Noteworthy among these were as a member of the Board of Education of the Archdiocese of Boston; as a member of the Commission on Independent Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges; and for twenty-five years as President of the Board of Directors, St. Thomas More School, Oakdale, Connecticut.
Dal Fisher, Treasurer
Served in the Organizational Studies Department of the Carroll School of Management. His research and writing are focused on managerial effectiveness. His books include Communication in Organizations, Autonomy in Organizational Life, and Personal and Organizational Transformations. He has written articles on project management, managerial inquiry, storytelling by managers and the relationship of human development to managerial effectiveness. He taught team building and interpersonal communication in addition to the core areas of organizational behavior and strategic management. He no longer runs marathons, but is a regular visitor to the BC Rec Plex. His wife of 41 years is Laura, his children are Deirdre, Nathaniel and Naomi, and grandchildren are Sarah, Caitlin and Ocean He claims to be the oldest living diehard Northwestern fan in the Boston area, turns purple when Northwestern plays here, but is an avid BC fan at all other times.
Vera Lee, Secretary
Vera Lee is Prof. Emerita (Romance Languages) and has authored thirteen books and many articles. She was Vice President of the original steering committee for BCARF. She was awarded the Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Education and Officer of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. Her grants include the Mellon Foundation, the Carnegie Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society
After leaving Boston College, she became Executive Director of the French Library and Cultural Center of Boston. In her retirement she has continued to publish and is active in the Boston Authors Club and BCARF, where she is currently serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee. She also performs Argentine tango routines at nursing and retirement homes in the Boston area.
Norm Berkowitz, Past President, Ex-Officio
After receiving a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1959, Professor Berkowitz remained at BU to conduct a long term study of the role of the nurse in all of the major outpatient departments in Boston. In 1969, he moved that study to BC and joined the Psychology Department. He served as departmental chair from 1973 – 1977 and Assistant Chair for about 4 additional years. For one year, he was visiting professor at the Psychology Institute of Utrecht University, after which he initiated and then directed the Psychology/Management concentration for undergraduate students for 20 years. He also organized and directed the Greater Boston Undergraduate Research Conference for 25 years. He served on the Executive Committee, and then as president, of the New England Psychological Association, from which he received the Distinguished Service Award. Each year, an award is made in his name to the student whose experimental research is judged to be the best of those delivered at the undergraduate section of the conference. His scholarly interests are small group behavior and conflict theory. For many years he conducted workshops in corporations and school systems to teach participants to understand and control escalation in group and individual conflicts. Most recently, he served as president of the Boston College Association of Retired Faculty.
Dennis Taylor, Member-at-Large, Chair of Research Seminars
Professor emeritus of English at Boston College, former chairman of the English department, and emeritus editor of the journal, Religion and the Arts. His books include Hardy's Poetry 1860-1928 (London, 1981, 1989), Hardy's Metres and Victorian Prosody (Oxford, 1988), Hardy’s Literary Language and Victorian Philology (Oxford, 1993). and Jude the Obscure (ed.) (Penguin 1998). He has also published articles on Wallace Stevens, the OED, Wordsworth, Thomas Gray, Joyce and the "confidence man". He has lectured and published on spiritual autobiography. His current work on Shakespeare and the Reformation, and Wordsworth and Catholic Remnants, are parts of a larger study of Protestant/Catholic/Secular relations in English literature. He has edited a collection of essays, Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity of Early Modern England (Fordham University Press, 2003). He lives with his wife, Mary, in Concord (since 1971); and his four children have all graduated from the Concord schools and from Boston College.
David Northrup, Member-at-Large
Professor emeritus, Boston College Department of History. David earned a BS and MA at Fordham University and an MA and Ph.D. in African Studies from U.C.L.A. Between degrees there was teaching secondary school as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nigeria and as an instructor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Fate brought him to BC in 1974, where he stayed for 38 years before retiring in 2012. His publications have concerned African, Atlantic, and world history. David is a past president of the World History Assn. Of late he has authored Africa’s Discovery of Europe, 1450-1850 (3rd ed., 2013) and How English Became the Global Language (2013); co-authored The Diary of Antera Duke: An Eighteenth-Century African Slave Trader (2010) and a college world history textbook, The Earth and its Peoples (5th ed., 2010); compiled and edited The Atlantic Slave Trade (3rd ed., 2011) and Crosscurrents in the Black Atlantic, 1770-1985 (2007); and contributed to the Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World, c. 1450-1820 (2009) and the Oxford History of the British Empire (1988, 2004). A marriage now in its fifth decade has been rewarded with three grown children and growing numbers of grandchildren.