John Connery (CAS’69)

A Life in Context

John Connery makes a bequest to help future students share in the BU experience

For John Connery (CAS’69), it all started with a cup of coffee.

In 1965, he showed up at the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and met with a faculty member. “He offered me a cup of coffee.” Connery smiles. “I wasn’t allowed to have coffee in my house; I was considered too young.”

It was a sign he’d been waiting for. “It was the first time someone treated me like an adult,” Connery says. “It felt good! So I came home and I said, ‘I’m going to BU’—and I never regretted my decision.”

Connery’s intellectual curiosity also found a nurturing home at CLA. He chose to pursue a degree in history, but he filled the rest of his schedule with anything that seemed interesting, knowing even then that a well-rounded education would serve him well. When he chose to go into urban development, he began seeing the value and impact of his broad liberal arts classes in every challenge and success along his career path.

“BU put my life in context,” he says. “It gave me perspective, and it gave me the self-confidence to explore things.” Connery was one of the first in his family to take advantage of higher education opportunities.

“I remember just before graduation, I was in a stairwell, looking out over Marsh Plaza, and I said to myself that I was going to do everything I could to be a good alum, because I was very proud of BU. I couldn’t have had the life that I’ve had without the education I received there.”

Connery was as good as his word, hosting BU dinners and events in his home, and donating his time and money. “It’s part of my life, being part of BU. “The University has always given me the quiet feeling that I’m part of something that’s bigger—and that something-bigger is giving back, too.”

All of this lead John to remember BU in his will. He wants future generations to obtain an education at a university for students who crave that first sip of responsibility and opportunity.

Why John Connery Gave

“Just before graduation, I said to myself that I was going to do everything I could to be a good alum, because I was very proud of BU. I couldn’t have had the life that I’ve had without the education I received here.”

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