Alumni
Awards and Recognitions

St. Ignatius Award

In September of 1990, in honor of the Ignatian Year anniversary celebration, Boston College High School established the St. Ignatius Awards to honor its alumni for their life-long commitment to the service of others. 
The St. Ignatius Award is the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of BC High, acknowledging those who have exemplified the ideals of our school through high moral character and selfless service to the community. Overall, BC High has recognized more than 80 distinguished alumni with this pretigious honor.

2016 Recipients

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  • General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. '73

    General Dunford is the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council.
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  • James McInnis '53

    Jim came from a family five with his mother and three sisters. The son of a truck driver, his father passed during Jim’s freshman year at BC High. After graduating with the class of 1953, Jim attended Merrimack College and worked throughout his college years paying his own tuition.
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  • Jim Lane '83

    Jim leads by example in a selfless way seeking little recognition for his efforts. In all of his apostolic works and charitable pursuits he has worked quietly without fanfare.   
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  • Shields Medal Recipient: Patricia Casey, Trustee

    Pat has spent her entire professional career in work related to education, with several of those years in Jesuit education including working at Boston College and Santa Clara University.
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2015 Recipients

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  • John B. “Jack” Dunn ’79

    Jack has spent his entire career in the service of others, with a lifelong commitment to supporting Jesuit education and the Church’s outreach to the poor.
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  • Reverend William P. “Bill” Joy ’64

    Born in Boston, Reverend Bill Joy was educated at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton and ordained in 1972.  He studied at The University of Notre Dame, where he earned a master’s degree in theology, as well as at Babson College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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  • John F. “Jack” Leonard ’52

    “Jack Leonard has always had a natural ability to ‘friend’ each and every classmate he talks to, using his God given grace and wisdom to act kindly to them in their time of need.  He has demonstrated the constant ‘man for others’ qualities imbedded in him for as long as I have known him.” 
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  • The Shield's Medal: Deborah P. Reed P’04

    When asked to describe the important work Deborah Reed has performed for BC High, President Bill Kemeza remarks, “Deb’s expertise in teacher leadership development was a driving force for our decision to create the Arrupe Division. Her enthusiasm and energy for BC High is inspirational.”
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2014 Recipients

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  • Thomas G. Kelley '56

    Lt. Commander (ret) Thomas G. Kelley, former Massachusetts Commissioner of Veterans’ Services received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during an ambush while traveling down a river in Vietnam.
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  • John S. Normant '64

    John Normant has contributed the past 54 years of his life to Boston College High School as a student, teacher, and track coach. He has dedicated his life to serving God and his people through his commitment to supporting and recognizing the accomplishments of his students.
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  • Donald F. Ward '53

    Forty-five years ago Don Ward heard the calling to join an organization, which changed his life, the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Vincent DePaul was a priest almost 400 years ago who dedicated himself to serving the poor.
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  • The Shield's Medal: John H. McCarthy P’94, ’99

    John H. McCarthy, CPA is the recipient of the Thomas and Mary Shields Medal that is presented to an individual who is not a graduate of BC High but is recognized for his or her service, dedication, and generosity to the school.
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2013 Recipients

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  • Rev. Richard “Doc” Conway '55

    Rev. Richard “Doc” Conway ’55 was ordained in 1963 and for more than 50 years has spent his life committed to serving God and his people. Rev. Conway lives his life for others and believe he was put on this earth to try to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
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  • Paul J. Sally, Jr. PhD '50

    Paul Joseph Sally, Jr. ’50 was a professor of Mathematics and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Chicago for almost 50 years.  An academic leader, Sally was known for developing the “Chicago Math” curriculum used by more than four million children nationwide.
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  • Christopher Small '67

    For the past 44 years, Christopher Small ’67 has been an advocate for troubled children and their families. In his current role as Executive Director of the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain, he serves children from all nationalities and backgrounds.
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  • Sheild's Medal: Bill A. MacNeill

    In 1957, Bill MacNeill joined the BC High faculty as a replacement for legendary teacher and coach Charlie McCoy who entered the Priesthood. At the time, there were four lay instructors to the Jesuit faculty and a high turnover rate of young teachers staying only a few years to gain experience.
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2012 Recipients

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  • William J. Driscoll, Jr. '01

    It has been only 12 years since William Driscoll, Jr. graduated from BC High, but since then he has committed his time every day to serving those in need, and working “ad majorem Dei gloriam” for the greater glory of God. 
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  • John H. MacKinnon '58

    It is a rare occasion when four sons, all graduates of Boston College High School, are able to nominate their father for the St. Ignatius award. Such is the case of John H. (Jack) MacKinnon. “Our father’s strong character is undeniable. He has served in many ways, for many years, quietly and without expectation of recognition or reward. His humility is such that we, his children have to find out about his service and charitable endeavors through others. He does what the does because it is in his heart to do so.”  
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  • William H. Sullivan, MD '50

    As Chief of Orthopedics at Cardinal Cushing Hospital (now Good Samaritan) in Brockton, Dr. William Sullivan tended to his patients with the same charitable kindness with which he approaches the rest of his life. Now retired, Bill and his wife Sue are involved full time in charitable acts.
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  • Shield's Medal: Mary M. Madden

    Mary Madden was one of the first female teachers at BC High, a true pioneer, embracing the necessary hard work and tough love that teachers often mix together to educate their students.
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2015 St. Ignatius Awards

Contact Us

For more information about the BC High St. Ignatius Awards, contact the BC High Advancement office at alumni@bchigh.edu, or 617-474-5036.