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January 12, 2017

Catherine (Ryder) Otten (CAS’03)

Catherine Roseann (Ryder) Otten, of Seattle, Wash., died on December 14, 2016. Catherine, who earned an MBA at Seattle University, was a financial analyst for FCS Group in Redmond. Catherine shared her love of nature and adventure with others, and could be found climbing, camping, snowboarding, hiking and floating through wild and scenic landscapes of the Northwest with close friends and family,” according to the Seattle Times‘ tribute. “She was an accomplished rock and mountain climber, having climbed Mt. Rainier along with many other glaciated Cascade peaks. Her extraordinary adventures included a 20-day white water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River with friends, and rock climbing up the Exum Direct Route on the Grand Teton in Wyoming to celebrate her wedding anniversary.”  Read the Times‘ obituary…

John Michael Gray

October 3, 2016

John Michael Gray (SED’83)

John Michael Gray (SED’83), a retired educator and one of Provincetown’s beloved “Hat Sisters,” died on September 24, 2016. Gray, who earned an EdD at BU, was coordinator of fine arts in the Newton public schools. Following his retirement, he and his husband, Tim O’Connor, “became celebrated figures at parades, carnivals, and decades of charity gatherings, at which the allure of their presence helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes ranging from AIDS health care to cancer research,” according to the Boston Globe. Read the Globe‘s appreciation…

Robert Spangenberg

August 15, 2016

Robert Spangenberg (LAW’61)

In the 1960s, Robert Spangenberg worked with the Johnson administration and helped establish the Office of Legal Services, the first federal legal aid program, according to BU Today. He later founded and directed Greater Boston Legal Services. In 1985, he started the Spangenberg Group, the only consulting firm in the country dedicated to championing legal representation for the indigent. Spangenberg, who briefly served as assistant dean at LAW in the mid ’60s, rejoined the faculty in 2011. Read the Boston Globe‘s obituary…

Bud Collins

March 7, 2016

Bud Collins (COM’09)

“Bud Collins not only broke down barriers in making tennis a major sport, and pioneered the procession of journalists becoming television commentators, but Collins was an even more important figure in the world of journalism than that,” writes Ed Siegel (CAS’71) on WBUR’s The Artery. “He broke down barriers between writing about sports, and writing about the world. Billie Jean King admired him, and so did Howard Zinn.” Collins had finished all of his College of Communication classes in 1955 but never completed a thesis because he had a full-time job at the Boston Herald. In 2009, Thomas Fiedler (COM’71), dean of COM, presented him with an official degree, a master of science in public relations. (Fiedler accepted Collins’ book, The Bud Collins History of Tennis, in lieu of a thesis.) Read Siegel’s tribute

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