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Patricia A. Foley Cummins '81, MA'83, and Brian Cummins '82, P'08, '11

2017 John J. Griffin, Sr., '35, H'72, Alumni Association Award Recipient

Patricia ’81, MA’83, and Brian Cummins ’82, P’08, ’11

Brian Cummins '82, a Belmont, Mass., native, met Patty Foley during a daily Mass at St. Mary's Hall in 1978. Brian earned an Army ROTC scholarship and upon graduation was commissioned as a second lieutenant, starting a military career that would span over two decades. Brian's career took him, Patty, and their five children to Korea, England, and many places in the U.S. Brian retired from active duty in 2003 to work for Northrop Grumman Aerospace as a systems engineer but was recalled to active duty to support the Iraq surge in 2007–2008 as a military advisor to Iraqi forces conducting counter-insurgency operations. In May 2008, he returned home and resumed his second career at Northrop.

Patricia A. Foley Cummins '81, MA'83, a native of West Roxbury, Mass., taught at BC, and was director of the Graduate Student Association and the Greycliff Language House before marrying Brian. During their years with the Army, Patty took time off from paid work to raise five children (two of whom are proud BC Eagles) and to volunteer at many military community events. After settling in the Washington, D.C., area, Patty started teaching Spanish at St. Ambrose Catholic School. In 2010, she was recognized by the Diocese of Arlington Virginia as the Middle School Teacher of the Year. She also serves on the Diocesan World Language Curriculum Committee.

Brian and Patty find great joy participating in and organizing various alumni and community volunteer activities. Through their involvement with national nonprofit Wreaths Across America, they have worked with BC alumni in the D.C. area to lay wreaths on the graves of BC alumni buried in Arlington National Cemetery. They also assisted with the annual BBQ for wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the December remembrance event at Arlington National Cemetery, and the Alumni Mass for the local Washington, D.C., chapter this past February. The volunteer activities they sponsor through BCAA truly enrich their lives and hopefully set a positive example in realizing the Jesuit ideal of 'service to others.'

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