|Thomas F. Shields|
Thomas F. Shields passed to eternal life on April 2. Please keep the entire Shields family, especially his sons Bill '78, Jack '79, and grandson John '06 in your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Tom Shields knew what it meant to be a “Man for Others” long before he sent his sons to BC High. His commitment to helping others was the model by which he lived. At BC High, he provided an oppprtunity for our brightest and most promising students to excel by establishing the Thomas and Mary Shields Merit Scholarship. Since 2005, more than 80 have been named Shields Scholars and have gone on to attend the most prestigious schools in the US.
Tom believed “if you do good you will do well” and he will long be remembered for all the good he did in the BC High community and beyond. While not an alumnus himself, Tom and Mary were proud parents of BC High students, he served on the Board of Trustees, and was so committed to the Jesuit ideals and mission of BC High that he became an example to countless others. In 2011, BC High inaugurated the Shields Medal in honor of members of the BC High community, though not alumni, for their service, dedication and generosity to BC High. The very first recipients of this high award were Tom and Mary Shields.
Visiting hours will be Friday, April 10th, from 4-8 PM in St. Francis Xavier Church, 261 Pleasant Street in Weymouth. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 AM at the same location. Arrangements by McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, WEYMOUTH. See www.Keohane.com
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SHIELDS, Thomas F. 83, beloved father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle, friend and devoted husband of 54 years to the recently departed Mary Jane ( Murphy) Shields, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Tom, a resident of Marco Island, Florida, and formerly Boston, was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shields Health Care Group and Shields MRI. Born in Boston on July 28, 1931 and raised in Weymouth, Tom was the son of Mary (Fallon) and William Francis Shields and the brother of Mark Shields and Ann (Shields) Ryan. Tom graduated from Weymouth High School and St. Michael's College, Class of 1952, with a B.A. in History. He proudly served in the United States Army and his earliest business career was as a sales executive for Dowd Paper Company and advertising executive for CBS and RKO General , New York and Boston. Like his father, Bill, he served on the Weymouth School Committee. Tom and Mary married in 1959 and spent their early married years in Weymouth and Rye, New York, raising their seven children before returning to Boston in 1972 with their seven children. It was there that they began building the Shields Health Care Group, a family business offering out-patient MRI, radiation oncology, positron emission tomography, elder care and dialysis services. Tom lived with a sense of gratitude for family and the couple's success, and readily extended himself to those in need. He believed if you do good you will do well and valued education, a gift instilled by his parents and embodied in his sister Ann. Tom and Mary, guided by their faith and commitment to helping others, gave to many worthy educational, civic, religious, medical and community causes including establishing financial aid and scholarship opportunities for students of Nativity Prep Boston, Boston College High School, St, Michael's College, Stonehill College, and the Thomas Murphy SJ Scholarship for the study of theology at Boston College. Tom and Mary were proud to support medical research including CURE, The Brain Science Foundation and lenT their support to respite care for the handicapped, disabled and the medical care provided to the people of Haiti by CRUDEM. Tom gave generously of his time and expertise, serving as a gracious, humble yet effective colleague and trustee of St. Michael's College, Boston University Medical School, Boston College High School, Stonehill College where the Science Center bears the name of Tom and Mary Shields. Tom was the recipient of the Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership Tufts Medical Center, Laboure Medal from Laboure College, Friend and Leader Award from the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Trustee Founders' Award from Trinity Catholic Academy, the Northeastern University Family Business Award for Innovation, The New England Baptist Spirit of Excellence, the Boys and Girls Club of Brockton, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Boston), Temple Israel of Brockton and the humble recipient of honorary degrees from The University of Massachusetts (Boston), Saint Michaels' College and Stonehill College. Tom loved history, travel, Cape Cod, Brigham's vanilla ice cream, Boston sports especially the New England Patriots, College sports and watching his grandchildren laugh, interact and play sports. He was a voracious reader and delighted in a good story, laughter, and the company of good friends especially family celebrations on Cape Cod, Hawaii, The Greenbrier, Ireland, Israel and Rome. Tom took the greatest joy in the success of others especially the young and the underdog and there was always a twinkle in his eye when he greeted a friend with a firm two handed handshake, pat on the shoulder or warm embrace.
Tom is survived by his seven loving children Carmel and her husband John A. Mannix of Chestnut Hill, MA; William F. of Scituate, MA; John M. Sr. and his wife Kathleen (Whitehouse) of Duxbury, MA; Colleen S. Griffin and her husband Kevin of Duxbury, MA; Siobhan S. Quinn and her husband Tom of Windham, NH; Erin S. McCarthy and her husband Stephen of Duxbury, MA; Thomas A. Shields Jr. and his wife Patrice (Gaynor) of Norwell, MA; his devoted grandchildren Bronwyn Shields; Fallon Shields-McElnea, Jack, Will and Madeline Shields; Mary, Fiona, Niamh and Emmett Griffin; Thomas, James, Mary and Anna Quinn; Connor, Siobhan, Maeve, Bridget and Seamus McCarthy; Kerri, Kelly and Caitlin Shields; great grand-daughter Maya McElnea; his brother Mark and wife Anne Shields of Chevy Chase MD , brother in law Thomas B. Murphy and his wife Jacquelyn of Novi, Michigan. He was predeceased by his sister Ann (Shields) Ryan and her husband Bob Ryan . He is also survived by many treasured nieces, nephews and cousins.
With gratitude and respect for a life well lived, The Shields Family invites relatives and friends to celebrate Tom's life with them. Visiting hours will be Friday, April 10th, from 4-8 PM in St. Francis Xavier Church, 261 Pleasant Street in Weymouth. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 AM at the same location. Arrangements by McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, WEYMOUTH. See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences or call 781-335-0045.
|Larry Blake '60|In 1967, Larry began his teaching career at BC High in the mathematics department. His career spanned more than four decades on Morrissey Boulevard and in 1983 Larry was appointed as the first lay Principal of the school.
During his tenure, Larry had the vision and the commitment to create the Director of Diversity position. Larry believed deeply that the students learned, as much from one another, as they did from the faculty. Knowing full well that BC High's enrollment should reflect both urban and suburban, white and non-white students, he and fellow administrators remained focused on admissions and how it would affect the direction of BC High through the 1970's and 1980's. This focus would reflect the true mission of which BC High was founded and we thank him for his commitment that has paved the way to the vibrant community we are today.
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