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There are 19 comments on BUA Teacher Struck and Killed by School Bus in Mattapan

  1. Jennifer was an exacting but generous teacher herself. Kind, with an off-beat sense of humor, hugely empathetic. I’m grateful that my younger daughter had an opportunity to study with her.

  2. Dr. Formichelli will be missed very much. My older daughter, BUA’21 remembered that Dr. Formichelli took them to see the play, Othello after school hours. My BUA’24 was in tears. Her friends were all posting pictures on their group chat to remember Dr. Formichilli.

    I am grateful that both my children got to know her. Her influence has shaped them and she will always be a part of my daughters and I am sure, all her students.

    We will all miss you Dr. Formichelli!
    BUA Parent ‘21, ‘24

  3. To say that Dr. Formichelli was a tremendously gifted and generous soul is quite an understatement. Her depth and breadth of knowledge, and humorous but intense probing of what the material meant to each student, and society at large, was really quite something to experience.

    Our BUA class of ‘23 student has shed a lot of tears since hearing the news, as have we. The only comfort is that we are grateful we got to know her, and our daughter is grateful she had the opportunity to learn from her. Dr. Formichelli was one of her favorite people.

    Her sudden and unexpected death is a tragic loss to this community and the world at large, but her legacy is one of inspiration, justice, and understanding.

    We will miss you Dr. Formichelli,
    BUA parents ’23

  4. Roughly seven years ago Jennifer taught briefly in the CGS Humanities program when I served as Divisional Chair. While her time in the Division was short (it was a one-semester replacement position) she quickly revealed herself to be an engaging and creative teacher. It was a true pleasure to work with her.

    After she left CGS, Jennifer sent me a long letter about the course (History of Ethics), her approach to the material, and what she might do differently in the future. It struck me then and now as a wonderful statement about the challenges and joys of making ideas come alive. It’s remarkable, too, for the seriousness of purpose she expressed. It reads, in part:

    “[T]eaching is one of the most important things I will have done with my life, and even were I to stop doing it, I should never cease to care about the best that has been thought and written, nor cease to love the meeting of minds that comes from sharing it with others.”

    In my nearly 25 years working in academia, I don’t think I’ve read a clearer or more inspiring statement about why we teach.

    1. Oh my goodness. Thank you for your comment and for including that quote from Jennifer Formichelli. I have saved it. Something like that could have only come from a truly extraordinary person. My condolences to her family and everyone who knew her.

      -LLC (BU Law 2020)

  5. All of Dr. Formichelli’s students could write endlessly about her qualities as a teacher and academic. She was eloquent in language and prose, impressive in her understanding of the material she taught—over 4.5 centuries worth of literature—and most importantly, kind, compassionate, and caring.

    I remember our class discussions well, and the essays I wrote for her even better. I remember most fondly, however, the small ways in which she demonstrated her love for us; in the vocab games we played during class, in the extensions she gave out so compassionately, and in the individual rapport she developed with each of us. She was constantly changing her class to fit our needs and wants, altering the material, the pacing, and the homework assignments– it was always evident that she taught for us.

    As were her parting words to me, Tha mou leipseis Dr. Formichelli.

  6. This horrible news was heart crushing to my family, as I know it was for everyone who knew her. Dr Formachelli was everything you could hope for in a teacher and so much more. Her love of literature and her overwhelming enthusiasm to share her knowledge with her students was nothing short of inspiring. My husband and I are truly grateful that she was part of our children’s academic life, but even more important, was the way she gave of herself. She was devoted to her students, her beloved dogs and she loved Italian cooking. My daughter also has a love of cooking and adores our dogs. Dr. Formacelli would spend much of her own time with my daughter sharing pictures and stories of the dogs they loved and compare recipes and tips on cooking. My daughter would bake treats mentioned in the Jane Austin novels and bring them into class. Dr Formachelli loved that and my daughter loved it even more. My daughter adored her because she was a bright light everyday. She could always count on Dr Formachelli to be there to listen, to lift her up with encouragement and to teach her. My children gained a tremendous knowledge of literature from Dr. Formacelli, but they also were privileged to know a truly selfless human being. I think in these times, that is probably the greatest gift they received from her. I know she will live on for many lifetimes in the hearts and memories of all those she touched. May her love and energy continue to permeate our lives and our world. Peace for your soul Dr. Formacelli.

  7. This is truly awful news. Dr. Formichelli was a wonderful professor, and it was obvious that she cared deeply about both the course content and her students. I am really thankful I had the opportunity to take a Core curriculum discussion class with her. Rest in peace.

  8. This is a disaster and horrible news even for someone who never knew her. I am deeply troubled by another vehicular death in the town/environs of Boston so many of which are probably preventable to a large degree. My heart to her family and fiancee but WHY do these things keep on happening??

  9. What a tragedy! Anybody know what happened to her two dogs? I run a non-profit no-kill shelter and if Mr. Parris, the fiance, can’t keep the dogs we will find a loving home. I hope they were retrieved from the scene.

  10. How very sad. BU has lost another shining star. My deepest condolences to her fiance and family. The earth has received “another honored guest”.

  11. Thank you for all the kind words about my sister. This is Jen’s brother and our family is still processing her sudden passing and this tragic event.

    Her dogs are safe. I saw comments wondering about how they are doing. One is with Fill and the other is with me, both are safe.

  12. I met Jennifer when she move on Goodale road l would see her walking dogs, we just started walking and we never stop she have a passion for everything. I’ll miss you my friend.

  13. Calling it an “accident” is dishonest and irresponsible; this was a hit and run, and other than the fact that the driver did not stop after hitting her, not enough has been made public for you to be calling it accidental.

    She was struck and killed by the driver, not the schoolbus. Why does the pedestrian have agency but not the driver? Did the schoolbus magically gain sentience and hit someone, then kept driving away on its own?

    Stop being complicit in toxic car culture, and call crashes for what they are. Journalists more than anyone should be aware of the language being used as influential. This is unprofessional and contributes to anti-pedestrian culture and hostile architecture

  14. Thank you for the kind words about my sister Jen, it is truly appreciated by our family.

    I want to pass along that a visitation and remembrance service for Jennifer will be held on Saturday, November 13.

    Date: Saturday, November 13
    Location: Eichenbaum Room at Boston University’s Rajen Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA
    Visitation: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    Remembrance Service (Invite only): 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Parking: Metered street parking is available along Commonwealth Avenue. Guests may also park at BU’s Warren Towers Garage (700 Commonwealth Ave.; entrance on Hinsdale Mall). Visitors may take a ticket upon entry and utilize the nearby pay stations.
    Health and Safety: Per BU policy, masks must be worn indoors at all times except when eating or drinking.

  15. Jennifer was a great friend when she lived in Cambridge back in the nineties and early noughties, doing her PhD. I can’t believe this has happened. She was a great student of literature and a fun person to know. I think she liked the UK and I wish she’d have come back here. I’m so sad I left it too late to get back in touch. I’ll always miss her. I send all best wishes to her family and friends, colleagues and students, who must all be devastated.

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