List of Boston College people

List of Boston College people

Stemming from its nickname as "The Heights," persons affiliated with Boston College have been referred to as Heightsmen, Heightswomen, Heightsonians and Eagles, the latter in reference to the University's mascot, the Eagle. The following is a partial list of notable alumni and faculty.


Notable Boston College alumni

Paul Cellucci '70, JD '73
John Kerry JD '76

Arts and literature

  • Robert Ambrose, Music Director and Conductor, Atlanta Wind Symphony
  • James Balog, 1974, photographer
  • Gerry Carroll, 1969, novelist
  • Zachary Conroy, 2007, Actor, The Bold & The Beautiful
  • Peter Dee, 1961, playwright
  • Larry Deyab, 1979, painter
  • Brendan Galvin, 1960, poet
  • George V. Higgins, 1961, JD 1967, novelist
  • Charles Hogan, 1989, novelist/screenwriter
  • Natalia Majluf, 1988, curator, Museo d'Arte de Lima, Peru
  • Joyce McDaniel, 1973, artist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Joseph McLellan, 1951, MA 1953, music critic, The Washington Post
  • Ed McMahon, TV host and personality
  • Brian Murphy, nonfiction writer, essayist
  • Chris O'Donnell, 1995, actor
  • David Plante, 1961, novelist
  • Paul Shakespear, 1971, painter
  • Elliot Silverstein, 1949, director; president, Artists Rights Foundation
  • Karen Sosnoski, author, radio contributor and filmmaker
  • John Vernon, 1965, novelist
  • C. Dale Young, 1991, poet, physician, editor




Law, politics, and public service

Media and communication

  • Kerry Byrne, 1992, food writer, Boston Herald, Esquire and others, sports writer, Sports Illustrated, founder and 'Pigskin Potentate'
  • Alina Cho, 1993, broadcast news reporter, CNN
  • Leonard DeLuca, 1974, senior vice president for programming development, ESPN
  • Kenneth Dolan, 1965, author; co-host, The Dolans, syndicated financial talk show, WOR radio network
  • Jimm Freedman, 1976, vidotape editor CBS-TV, Emmy award winner with 60 Minutes in New York and at WCBS_TV Los Angeles. Director, Producer and Writer. Editor on Wheel of Fortune 1989-90
  • Susan Gianinno, 1970, chair and CEO, Publicis
  • Jack Griffin, 1982, publisher, Parade magazine
  • Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck, 1999, co-host, The View, ABC
  • Jack King, NASA Public Affairs Officer
  • Paul LaCamera, MBA 1983, president and general manager, WCVB-TV/Boston
  • Steve Lacy, 1997, Anchor and General Assignment Reporter, WCVB-TV/Boston
  • Paula Ebben Anchor WBZ-TV/Boston
  • Mike Lupica, 1974, author; sports columnist, New York Daily News
  • Drew Massey, 1992, founder, publisher, P.O.V. magazine; founder, ManiaTV!
  • Julianne Malveaux, 1974, MA '76, nationally syndicated columnist, author, producer
  • John McLaughlin, MA 1961, executive producer and host, The McLaughlin Group, PBS
  • Mark Mulvoy, 1964, former managing editor, Sports Illustrated
  • Thomas Mulvoy, 1964, former managing editor, the Boston Globe
  • Brian Murphy, religion editor, Associated Press
  • William Perkins, 1976, MBA 1978, president, Wells Greene BDDP
  • Bob Ryan, 1968, sports columnist, the Boston Globe
  • Herb Scannell, 1979, president, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon Networks
  • Lesley Visser, 1975, sports broadcaster, ESPN
  • Dave Wedge, 1993, reporter, political columnist, Boston Herald, writer Revolver (magazine)
  • William O. Wheatley, Jr., 1966, former Emmy award winning executive producer, NBC Nightly News; executive vice president, NBC News
  • Carter Wilkie, 1988, author, former White House speechwriter


Science, technology, and medicine

  • Krastan Blagoev, PhD 1998, Director of Research, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Robert Cefalo, 1955, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Gilbert Connelly, 1962, Director of Cardiac Anesthesia, New England Medical Center
  • E. Michael Egan, 1976, CEO, TransMolecular
  • Joseph L. Gormley, 1937, MA 1939, father of modern forensic science
  • Gerald B. Healy, 1963, Otolaryngologist-in-Chief and Surgeon-in-Chief at Children's Hospital Boston
  • Paul Nadeau, 1975, MS 1970, geological advisor, Statoil, Norway
  • John Pollock, 1987, Assistant Professor, Tufts Cummings Veterinary School
  • Carol Picard, MS 1976, PhD 1998, President, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Richard Ryan[disambiguation needed ], BS 1986, President, Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati
  • Susan Sheehy, 1969, Associate Director, Clinical Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Aleksandar Totic, 1988, cofounder and former partner, Netscape
  • Kevin J. Tracey, 1979, neurosurgeon and immunologist
  • Philip J. Landrigan, epidemiologist and pediatrician
  • Ryan Dunkelberg, neurologist and behavioral psychologist
  • James Polerecky DDS,1986, Dentist



  • Jack Ryan, character in Tom Clancy's novels
  • Frank Galvin, protagonist attorney played by Paul Newman in the 1982 film The Verdict (both undergraduate and law school)
  • Father John O'Malley, character in Margaret Coel's Wind River Reservation mystery series
  • Dr. Jason Seaver and his wife, Margaret ("Maggie") Malone- Seaver, parents on the long running TV series "Growing Pains"
  • Gordon Friedman, character in the self-titled movie about his life


  • Ken Reeves, character in the TV show "The White Shadow", played by actor, Ken Howard.

Notable Boston College faculty



  • Richard Tresch, Massachusetts Professor of the Year
  • Arthur Lewbel, Noted for Econometrics, Consumer Demand Analysis



  • Alicia Munnell, former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; leading authority on Social Security and retirement



Political science

  • William Bulger, former Massachusetts Senate president; former president, University of Massachusetts
  • Donald Hafner, former Carter and Reagan nuclear weapons advisor; renowned national security expert
  • Marc Landy, author of several widely used political science textbooks; chair, Irish Institute
  • R. Shep Melnick, former New Hampshire State Rep.; co-chair of the Harvard Program on Constitutional Government; nationally respected author on American politics
  • Robert S. Ross, associate of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University; senior advisor of the security studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; member of the Council on Foreign Relations; one of the foremost American specialists on Chinese foreign and defense policy and U.S.-China relations.
  • Kay Lehman Schlozman, award-winning author and American political behaviorist; advisory board member of the Campaign Finance Institute; former secretary of the American Political Science Association; New York Times contributor
  • Susan Shell, political philosopher and Department Chair; cited Kant scholar
  • Alan Wolfe, director, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life; bestselling author


  • Sharlene Hesse-Biber, founder and director of National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education, author
  • Paul Schervish, director, Center for Wealth and Philanthropy; leading philanthoropy expert
  • Juliet Schor, leading expert on American consumerism, author
  • John B. Williamson, professor, author, former vice-president Gerontological Society of America



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