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A little extra pressure for speaker Kenneth Feinberg

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Addressing the 92d graduating class of Emmanuel College on Saturday, mediator Kenneth R. Feinberg urged students to “take nothing for granted” and exhorted them with somber anecdotes from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the 9/11 attacks, and the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. If that wasn’t tough enough, Feinberg, The One Fund Boston administrator and overseer of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, learned that his 9th-grade English teacher from Brockton was in the audience, no doubt scrutinizing the construction of every sentence. Feinberg, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, joked of bumping into S. Elisabeth O’Hearn (left) that “To this day, I still call her Miss O’Hearn.” O’Hearn, it turns out, is a 1947 Emmanuel graduate.

James H. Burnett III can be reached at james.burnett@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JamesBurnett.
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