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James Murphy, second from left, and Mary Hogan are congratulated by (far left) retiring State Auditor Joseph DeNucci and former Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger at the April 13 dinner announcing establishment of a scholarship in the names of the two long-time Woods College faculty members.

WCAS Scholarship Named for Hogan and Murphy

A scholarship honoring "master mentors" Mary Hogan and James Murphy has been established to benefit deserving students at the Woods College
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By Reid Oslin | Chronicle Staff
Published: April 29, 2010
A scholarship honoring "master mentors" Mary Hogan and James Murphy, two long-time and highly-admired faculty members in the Woods College of Advancing Studies, has been established to benefit deserving students working toward degrees from the school.

"Both of them are 'master mentors,'" Woods College Dean James A. Woods, SJ, said of Hogan, who teaches mathematics and statistics courses, and Murphy, a teacher of literature and writing skills. "They mentored people through their difficulties - whether it was somebody scared out their wits with math or a person who would leave his English course knowing that he actually can write, and write well.

"Both were able, in their own areas, to build ability," Fr. Woods said.

The new scholarship, funded by contributions from WCAS alumni and members of the University community, was formally announced at the WCAS Class of 2010 dinner at Anthony's Pier 4 restaurant in Boston on April 13.

The keynote speaker at the event was Massachusetts State Auditor Joseph DeNucci, who is retiring at the end of his current elected term.

Murphy, whose teaching career at Boston College and Massachusetts Maritime Academy spanned more than half a century, has stepped down from classroom teaching after undergoing heart surgery last year, but he is still writing novels, screenplays and short stories from his home in Falmouth on Cape Cod.

"Having my name and Mary's on the scholarship certainly caps my career at Boston College," said Murphy, who graduated from the University in 1958 after having served in the Army during the Korean War. "I had such a wonderful experience working with Fr. Woods. We had a wonderful relationship. Next to my wife and six children, teaching at Boston College was the highlight of my career.

"Over my teaching years, I think I told all of my jokes and repeated myself enough, that this is a great way to go out," he laughed.
"But the great irony of it all is that my son, Ted, is now teaching the same writing course at Boston College that I used to teach," Murphy said.

 "The Woods School is a family. I always felt very at home in that group."

"It's very humbling and I'm very, very proud," said Hogan of the scholarship. She has been teaching mathematics at the high school and college level since earning her first degree from Boston College in 1957. "These students represent - in many ways - the BC that I went to.  They are just incredible.

"I have had a long career of teaching and [the Woods College] absolutely is my favorite," she said.  "This is the frosting on the cake of a wonderful career."