Spring 2021


Enriching their future—and yours

by Ericka L. Webb, Director of Gift Planning

For so many—myself included—Boston College has been a beacon through these challenging times. It’s as clear as ever that the world needs BC, as the men and women formed at the Heights continue to make a difference in the world in ways big and small.

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Paying It Forward

A Scholarship’s Second Act

A bequest to their son’s memorial scholarship fund will help even more Eagles land at the Heights. Jim and Joan Peck believe that giving to BC through a bequest is a way to both honor their son, Andrew, and allow his memory to live on.

Flexibility For the Future

Doing Well by Doing Good

For Roger Keith, the connections formed during his time at the Heights inspired him to pay forward to today’s Eagles all the help and goodwill he received.

Estate Planning in the Time of COVID-19

Be a Beacon for BC Students

The outpouring of support for Boston College’s Be a Beacon campaign for financial aid from Eagles everywhere has been a tremendous source of encouragement for the University and its students. In a year marked with many unforeseen challenges, the resources provided by our generous community will have a profound impact on current and future students at the Heights. 

BC is proud to be one of just 20 private universities nationwide to offer need-blind admission—accepting students on their merits alone—while still meeting the full demonstrated need of all accepted undergraduates. But with costs rising and families feeling the economic impact of the global health crisis, the University looks to the entire community for help ensuring it is continually able to welcome students from every background, regardless of their financial situation.

As the financial aid budget for 2020–2021 rose to $152 million—an increase greater than 75% over the past decade—Boston College distributed more financial aid than ever before in its history.

Planned gifts, especially as the source of funding for current-use and endowed scholarships have never been more crucial for BC to fulfill its mission. By arranging a planned gift today, you join a special tradition of people who have helped to educate men and women for others for generations to come. 

You can learn more about the Be a Beacon campaign at beabeacon.bc.edu.

Inviting Discussion on Race and Racism

The Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America, a University-wide initiative, launched in fall 2020 with five events and has more planned for the spring semester.

The Forum provides a place for listening, dialogue, and greater understanding about race and racism, while serving as a catalyst for bridging differences, promoting reconciliation, and encouraging new perspectives. Speakers and seminars address key issues regarding race and encourage scholarly exploration of conditions that result in racism and racist behavior, while suggesting appropriate responses and solutions.

Visit bc.edu/racialforum to view the upcoming schedule and videos.

BC pre-health students turn crisis into opportunity

​The COVID-related shutdown last spring affected most every part of the Boston College community, and it was acutely felt by Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Health students, whose “shadowing” opportunities—intensive, in-person observation of health professionals in their work settings, and the extraordinary insights these experiences offer—were eliminated for safety concerns.

Undaunted, BC Pre-Health students converted crisis into opportunity and formed EagleShadow, a virtual, interactive platform designed to provide physician interface through the evaluation of actual case studies and simulated engagements, as well as mentoring options. John Dempsey Jr. ’22 is president of EagleShadow’s administrative team. Joining Dempsey were Pre-health students Victoria Wittgen ’22, Dan Pacella ’22, and Rachel S. Lee ’22. Visit bc.edu/health to learn more.

Explore our NEW Gift Planning Website bc.edu/giftplanning

We redesigned our website with you in mind. In addition to reading Bookmarks newsletters, you’ll get convenient access to:

Interactive tools: gift calculator and tools to help you discover your best plan option

Resources: Free estate planning guide, recorded webinars, frequently asked questions, and much more

News and research: tax law updates, news blogs, and the latest from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

Welcome New Members

Over 80 alumni, parents, and friends have made planned gifts to Boston College since the Summer 2020 issue of Bookmarks. We are proud to recognize their support with membership in the University’s prestigious Shaw Society.

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Stephen A. Addonizio '62*

Maureen Sullivan Bader '58*

Joseph James Baratta '00

David R. Berley, JD'66

Chad Christopher Best

Charles Henry Blank '71

Joan M. Blank

Ingrid R Vestner Brice

Stephen W. Brice, JD'84

Leocadia Bajek Burke, MSW'56, PhD'73, P'79'81'85'86*

Michael D. Callahan '60

Joseph J. Campbell '74, MS'76

David Andrew Capozza '02

Ann P. Carey, P'92

Thomas J. Carey '62, JD'65, P'92

Ann Carlisle

Richard M. Cobb-Stevens, MA'59*

Jane Frances Welch Cronin NC'52, P'76

Jennifer Garrity Cross

Maureen L. Cullum '84

Ilya Faden

Regina Madeline Faden, MA'89

Richard A. Farrar '53

Jonathan R. Goldsmith '83, P'16'19, LP'20'23

Susan R. Goldsmith, P'16'19, LP'20'23

Consuelo Reese Hackett

Kevin R. Hackett '71

Kenneth B. Henriksen '77

Brooke Heraty

John E. Heraty '66, JD'69

Robert D. Keefe, JD'72

Jean H. Keith ‘71

Roger W. Keith '67, MEd'71

Joan T. Kennedy '54*

Maurice E. LaPierre '59*

Karyn Ann Laurano '74

Crosbie J. Lawlor '51, P'79'79'82*

Katelynn Mastronunzio

Susan P. McDonald '07, JD'12

Tucker McDonald '07

Jonathan Bates Mellin '86

Andrew Jason Moscardini '93

Michelle Adams Moscardini

Clare F. Murphy '69, MEd'70*

Elizabeth V. Newton '06

Mark V. Nuccio '78, JD'83, P'10'14'17*

James F. O'Neill*

Gina Constance Palmisano '89

James J. Peck, P'92

Joan Rita Peck, P'92

David E. Poltack '94

Rupal J. Poltack '94

Eugene I. Prior '59, MEd'60*

Gerald A. Robert, MBA'64*

Juliet W. Romano

Stephen J. Romano '81

Peter M. Schilling, JD'85

Roberta Schilling

Dawn Doherty Schlott '82

Jay A. Schlott

William C. Schuler, P'82*

Carl Serafino '02

James Patrick Shay '88, P'24

Monica E. Shay '08, P'24

Brian D. Stansky '85, P'15'17

Carolan Bombara Stansky '84, P'15'17

Kathleen M. Staudinger, PhD'75

Evelyn P. Thaniel, P'95*

Edward Turcotte-Shamski

Linda Turcotte-Shamski '70

Barbara Noel Tuthill '76

William Lee Tuthill

Gerard P. Williams, PHL'57*

Bonnie G. Wittner, JD'72

John L. Woods Jr. '55*

Amy Iver Yancey

Donald Zabel '76

Elizabeth Court Zabel



To add your name, contact the Office of Gift Planning at 1-877-304-SHAW

Visit bc.edu/covidrelief to learn how recent legislation impacts your giving.

We Can Help

Contact the gift planning team for confidential, personalized help, and start building your legacy today.

Ericka L. Webb
Ericka L. Webb Executive Director,
Gift Planning 617-552-9030 ericka.webb@bc.edu
Denise P. Heffron
Denise P. Heffron Senior Associate Director,
Gift Planning 617-552-8535 denise.heffron@bc.edu
Megan McCarthy
Megan McCarthy ’07 Associate Director,
Gift Planning 617-552-3448 megan.mccarthy.6@bc.edu
Joe Richardson
Joe Richardson Associate Director,
Gift Planning 617-552-9087 joseph.richardson@bc.edu
Megan Wilmot
Harry Helbock Assistant Director,
Gift Planning Operations 617-552-3045 harry.helbock@bc.edu
Megan Wilmot
Megan Wilmot Development Assistant,
Gift Planning 617-552-3016 megan.wilmot@bc.edu

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