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.
Cathy Schneider, Secretary
Retired as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in 2009. She arrived at BC in 1982 as a visiting faculty member from the US DOT’s Volpe Transportation System Center to teach an elective in Transportation Economics and never left. During her tenure at BC, she was the department’s “utility infielder,” teaching introductory and intermediate theory courses as well as a variety of electives. For the last 6 years, she was the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She served as the Faculty Advisor for the BC Equestrian Club and spent many weekends accompanying the team to horse shows. She maintains her association with the Club in her new position as Point Secretary for Region 4/Zone 1 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
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.
John Mahoney, Member-at-Large
John Mahoney is Rattigan Professor of English Emeritus in the Boston College English Department. A specialist in British Enlightenment and Romantic Literature, he has published books like William Wordsworth: A Poetic Life and Wordsworth and the Critics and a variety of articles and monographs. He also served as General Editor of the Fordham University Press Series on Religion and Literature. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in “British Romantic Poetry” and “18th Century British Literature,” he has also maintained a strong interest in the Core Curriculum and has worked closely with Freshmen and Sophomores in a wide-ranging course in “The Literature Core: Poetry and Drama.” John has been a longstanding member of Phi Beta Kappa, The Johnsonians, and the University of Toronto program in Ultimate Reality and Meaning. Most recently he was awarded the Ignatian Medal at Boston College High School and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Boston College, and was chosen as Annual Wordsworth Memorial Lecturer at Rydal Church in England. John has been an active and involved member of the Boston College Retired Faculty and has addressed the group on several occasions.