Faye G. Stone Leaves Lasting Mark on Law School
Powerhouse in the National College of Probate Judges, extensively involved member of the Law School Alumni Association and female pioneer in the study of law, Faye G. Stone left a permanent mark on the BU Law community, as well as all those who knew her.
"She was a no-nonsense ‘lady lawyer,’ in the best sense of that term," said Professor Fran Miller. "She became an attorney in an era when very few women understood that studying law was actually open to them, at least in enlightened places like Boston University."
Stone came to BU Law in 1942, at a time when the student population was predominantly male. Bringing with her a lifelong passion and dedication towards the arts, Stone was a fourth-generation BU alumna, and one who began making a name for herself almost immediately.
"Faye was feisty. It didn't bother her at all to be one of the only women around," said Margo Hagopian, BU Law historian and close friend. "She was the first female student that I met when I was appointed to the staff in 1947, and she was truly warm and friendly, especially given her environment at the time."
After graduating in '47, Stone went on to become a distinguished attorney and while at BU Law was technically employed by the National College of Probate Judges. In reality, all who worked with Stone regarded her as the Probate Judges Law Journal's executive editor-in-chief, and count her contributions as landmark for those involved.
"Mrs. Stone, almost single-handedly, nurtured and supported the Journal. For all practical purposes, we had no faculty advisor; Mrs. Stone played that role," stated alumni Doug Skalka ('85). "She was a tremendous resource for all journal members and was a mentor for several editors."
Known both for her contributions toward BU Law and the College of Fine Arts, Faye G. Stone's dedication to the Boston University community ran deep. A 1987 recipient of the Silver Shingle Award (and in 1994 the all-University Alumni Award), Stone established the Faye G. Stone Cultural Benefit Fund, the Faye Yoffa Stone Fund and pledged $500,000 to renovate the Boston University Art Gallery, renamed the Faye G., Jo and James Stone Art Gallery. The contribution, made shortly before her death in 2006, accompanied the scholarship she established, the Faye G., Jo and James Stone Scholarship to provide full tuition to one or more undergraduate students in CFA. During her involvement with the Law School Alumni Association she established several more funds.
"She was well-known and respected by the students at the law school, not only for her hard work with the Journal, but because she was a most generous benefactor, offering students free tickets to scores of arts events in the Boston area over the years," said Miller. "Thanks to Faye, I'm sure hundreds of students were exposed to concerts, art showings and theater performances they never would have been able to afford on their own."
Her dedication to her work, whether in law or the arts, was renowned amongst students for several decades. "She encouraged us and prodded us," said Skalka. "During my tenure as editor-in-chief of the Journal ('84-'85), we published three issues and maintained a staff of nearly 30 members. None of this could have been accomplished without Mrs. Stone. She simply loved BU, especially the law school."
Hagopian and Miller are both in agreement of Mrs. Stone's lasting impression at the school: "She was a pioneer. We all owe her a great debt of gratitude."
Reported by Sara Gelston
Photo Credit: Boston University Photo Services