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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 37 comments on Carrie O’Connor, CAS French Lecturer, Dies in Allston Elevator Accident

  1. I’m living very near of this building. Last night when I went out, i saw lots of police and people around there, dunno what’s happened.
    so sad to hear this news.

  2. I’m so very sorry to hear this tragedy which ended a wonderful young persons life. She was one of the good ones and they don’t come by very often. My condolences to her family, friends and her students & colleagues.

  3. So sorry to read this. 38 years is too short a life to live for anyone. We should all value the life we were given and appreciate all we have as I’m sure Miss O’Connor would want for everyone.

  4. I had Professor O’Connor for French and she was such a kind person who was very passionate about life and teaching. Students always came first and you could feel her positive energy spread to others brightening all our mornings. Rest peacefully.

    En ces moments difficiles, je vous présente mes sincères condoléances pour le famille.

    1. Thank you Quinn for this remembrance of Carrie. I had her as a student at Virginia Tech in many courses.. I loved reading about your experiences with you as your professor.

    2. Quinn, merci bcp pour vos beaux sentiments.
      Carrie and I were classmates and friends in our French undergrad program at VT.
      No doubt she brought that light to her classroom; I know she is missing you all just as much.

  5. We were colleagues at MIT. She was a very sweet, dedicated and positive human being. I will remember her. What a tragedy this is! A bright life has been cut short. I miss her smile and energy.

  6. Deepest condolences to her family and those closest to Carrie. She sounded like a lovely person .obviously ,intelligent and committed to her craft,yet often very thoughtful of others . A very sad end. Many hearts are heavy for her. Lord Jesus bless and comfort her family.

  7. Very sad news about a member of the BU community. Carrie sounds like such a wonderful person – I wish I had a chance to meet her. Sending my deepest condolences to her family.

  8. Professor O’Connor was truly impactful on my education and my life. There was still so much to learn from her but I’m thankful for all that she taught me. My deepest condolences to her family and her cats who were always a part of her zoom classes. May she find peace.

  9. I took private French lessons for some time from Carrie, in addition to being an excellent teacher she was a wonderful person with a sense of adventure and great sense of humor. So sorry for her family and loved ones. She will be missed.

  10. OMG! My sincere condoles to her I was looking at the news this morning and its really sad, just thinking about her family and friends. rest in peace! god bless

  11. I’ve been a BU alum for a decade so I never met Carrie, but was very sad to hear about this tragic accident. She sounds like a wonderful person and reminds me of some of the great professors I had while studying at BU. Rest easy Carrie and see you on the other side.

  12. Carrie taught my French I class for a few days at MIT in 2014, when my section’s regular teacher was absent. She also took us to see the film Ernest et Celestine at the Kendall Square Landmark Cinema. Even though I only interacted with her for those few days, I will never forget her contagious enthusiasm, engaging manner, and crisp French elocution and instruction. It made me wish I had been a student in her section of French I instead of my section so I could have interacted more with her!

    Repose en paix, Carrie.

    1. Thank you for sharing these incredibly comforting words. Carrie and I studied french together in undergrad and she was an incredible human being. So lovely to see that you felt the same way after only a few days of knowing her.

  13. It is heartbreaking for me to believe such a beautiful and nice lady, who was definitively loved by her students and colleague,s perished at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

  14. We are sending sympathy to the O’Connor Family and the Boston University Family during this very sad moment. May the support of friends and family bring comfort. Love, The Padula Family, Marco, Gina, Allegra and Gianina

  15. I had her as my French teacher at BU last fall. She was a wonderful teacher, and was always doing her best to keep the class engaging and exciting, She was never afraid to try different ways of teaching this beautiful language, and her impact in the classroom inspired me to continue learning French. I am beyond thankful for the time we spent together! May she rest in peace.

  16. I live in the same neighborhood in Williamsburg, VA, as her parents and have known them for almost thirty years. I am sure I saw Carrie around the park or beach as a child. I was so shocked to hear about the tragedy. My heartfelt prayers go out to you Christal and Dan.

  17. I’m sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Carrie, but I am a retired school teacher. Her cats have biblical names. This leads me to believe Carrie is in the presence of Christ Jesus. BU, please set up a new way of welcoming new teachers. I’m a former military wife and we were assigned to a couple to help us get settled at each new base.

  18. To Carries family and friends,
    I am so very, very ,sad for Carrie and the horror she experienced, my heart is so broken for her and all who loved her. I did not know her but send heartfelt condolences- Prayers for your Peace
    Tannus Schlam

  19. I never met Carrie, but I am feeling the loss for sure. She seems like an incredible person. I wish I had the pleasure of knowing her. All the best to her family during this time.

  20. I am so sorry for the family’s loss, she sounds like a lovely person and fantastic teacher. The BU language community will not be the same, I’m sure.

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