Gail Darnell

A funeral Mass will be held this Friday, Dec. 9, for Gail A. Darnell, a longtime administrator in University Relations who died on Dec. 3. She was 65.

The funeral Mass for Ms. Darnell will take place at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart, 392 Hanover St., Route 139, Hanover, Mass. Visiting hours are tomorrow from 3-7 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home, 551 Washington St., Route 53, Hanover.

Ms. Darnell joined Boston College in 1994 as director of programs and events, and was responsible for organizing and orchestrating major events such as the annual Pops on the Heights concert. More recently, she served as associate director of classes in the Office of Alumni Relations.

Before coming to BC, Ms. Darnell was a senior account executive and director of marketing at Coventures Inc. of Boston, and director of communications for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Ms. Darnell is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Norton Jr.; daughter, Lyndsay Norton; mother, Eleanore Darnell; and brother, Daniel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in her name to the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215; or the MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.

–University Communications