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Frank Avruch

March 22, 2018

Frank Avruch (COM’49)

Frank Avruch, who played Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1970 and later became a longtime Boston television host, died March 20, 2018. He was 89. He was a contributor on Good Day and host of The Great Entertainment and WCVB television’s Man About Town, according to WCVB. In a statement to the TV station, his family said, “Our dad loved the children of all ages who remembered being on his show and was always grateful for their kind words.” See WCVB’s tribute…

James M. Collins

February 21, 2018

James M. Collins (CGS’85, CAS’87)

James M. Collins died on October 21, 2014. After graduating from BU, he earned a JD from George Mason Law School and practiced law in Alexandria, Va. His parents, Jim and Bette Collins, recently published Meditations on the Stained Glass of Calvary (Vertel Publishing, 2017), about the historic stained and painted glasses of Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington, Conn. They have dedicated the book to their son’s memory. Read an obituary

J. D. Disalvatore

January 23, 2018

J. D. Disalvatore (CGS’86, COM’88)

An award-winning producer of LGBT films, J. D. Disalvatore died August 24, 2017. She was 51. She produced the 2007 film Shelter, “which won a GLAAD Media Award for best feature film in limited release and in 2012 topped a list of the 100 greatest gay movies of all time,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. “She was so passionate about filmmaking and bringing LGBT stories to the big and small screen,” casting director Tony Miros told the Miami Herald. Read the full Herald obituary…

Albert "Sandy" Gallin

May 5, 2017

Albert “Sandy” Gallin (CGS’60, COM’62)

“Having Sandy Gallin as a friend was like winning the joy lottery,” writes Andy Cohen (COM’90), in a tribute to the late talent manager and producer in the April 26 issue of the Hollywood Reporter. “He was generous, upbeat, hilarious and knew everybody. Though I’d like to think I was one of his inner circle of special friends, the truth is, Sandy’s inner circle was as big as Manhattan.” Gallin, 76, died on April 21, 2017, in Los Angeles. “In the roles of talent agent and then manager, Mr. Gallin had few peers as a behind-the-scenes ally to the biggest stars, from the time he helped rescue Dolly Parton from a stalling career in 1976 until the day Elizabeth Taylor died in 2011 and, in her will, left him her biggest amethyst crystal,” writes Jacob Bernstein in the New York Times. Read the full Times obituary…

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…

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