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Alison Hardy comes from a family of doers. Her father designed jet engines for General Electric. Her mother ran a dairy farm for years and taught her daughter to sew at a young age.

It’s unsurprising, then, that Hardy (Questrom’83), who studied theatrical costuming at Denison University and earned an MBA at BU, spent her first career in textiles, designing fabrics for companies like Izod Lacoste and Mast Industries. Or that her second career is repairing and restoring windows on projects from cottages to, well, a Castle.

For the past year, Hardy, owner of the Amesbury, Mass.–based Window Woman of New England, and her team have been restoring the 300 or so windows of BU’s 103-year-old Castle, now the Dahod Family Alumni Center.

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