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Overseers Celebrate Drinan Chair

The BC Law Board of Overseers convened in October to conduct its fall meeting and to celebrate the naming of the Drinan Chair.

During a dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel, former Dean Robert F. Drinan, SJ, declared the chair “a wonderful thing,” before shaking hands with its inaugural holder George Brown, a professor at BC Law since 1971.

Brown thanked the Class of ’58 and David B. Perini ’62 who joined forces to establish the $1 million chair. “I am deeply appreciative that you have supported…a culture of scholarship,” he said. “I don’t regard this as a gold watch but as a challenge to do even better work in the future. I feel my best work lies ahead of me.”

Douglas MacMaster ’58, who led the class gift effort, said he and his classmates named the chair after a man who “taught us, encouraged us, included us,…launched many of our careers, and had a profound influence on BC.”

The next day, the overseers gathered at the Law School to hear presentations on development issues and the upcoming university capital campaign, in which BC Law will participate.

Dean Garvey said the Law School is poised to move forward to fund initiatives outlined in the recent strategic plan. James J. Husson, vice president for university advancement, reviewed BC’s research with alumni that has helped the administration arrive at a consensus on priorities supportable in the capital campaign. And Timothy Brennan from the University of Chicago Law School development office shared techniques that enabled his law school to achieve major fundraising gains. David C. Weinstein ’75, chair of the overseers’ development committee, presided.

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