BC High honors local men

At the Boston College High awards ceremony (from left): The Rev. Richard “Doc” Conway, William A. MacNeill, and BC public affairs director Jack Dunn.
At the Boston College High awards ceremony (from left): The Rev. Richard “Doc” Conway, William A. MacNeill, and BC public affairs director Jack Dunn.

One is a Boston College High School alumnus, the other is not, but two men from the South Shore have been honored for their service to the school and the wider community.

William A. MacNeill of Scituate was named the Thomas and Mary Shields Medal winner at BC High, which lauds a member of the school community for character and service.

The Rev. Richard “Doc” Conway of Weymouth, BC High class of ’55, was the recipient of the St. Ignatius Award, the highest honor bestowed on a graduate.


Both were recognized at the school at a Feb. 14 ceremony before more than 1,600 BC High students, alumni, friends, and family.

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“It was a great job, I enjoyed being there,” the 84-year-old MacNeill, who was a history teacher and track coach at BC High for 35 years, said in a phone interview. “The people there were outstanding.”

MacNeill served in the Army in World War II and Korea, then graduated from Boston College and began work at BC High in 1956. While he was coach, with the Rev. Larry Corcoran, the track teams snared several state and city championships. MacNeill is an inductee at the BC High Athletic Hall of Fame.

After he retired, he ran his own consulting business, working with Catholic schools and groups throughout the country, and was founder and first president of the New England Association of Catholic Development Officers.

He would liked to have gone to BC High, he said, but joked, “I couldn’t afford the $120 tuition at the time.”


Conway, who was ordained as a priest in 1963, served a variety of parishes in a variety of ways, according to Boston Police Captain John H. Danilecki, who introduced Conway to the audience. Those tasks included driving an 18-wheel tractor-trailer to pick up used furniture in Lowell to give out to Cambodian refugees, and immersing himself in Portuguese in Brockton, to learn the language of his parishioners.

“The award was a surprise,” the 76-year-old Conway said by phone from Florida, where he was vacationing. “Most people who get those awards have done fairly outstanding work. Mine was the work of a simple parish priest.”

That work continues, according to Danilecki, who said Conway serves three parishes in Dorchester and walks the streets at night in the Bowdoin/Geneva area, talking to kids.

“I try to get to know them, help out here and there,” Conway said. “One thing I like to do is make sure kids are in afterschool activities, not just hanging around. I encourage them to join the YMCA, the teen center, the Boys and Girls Club, anything to keep them busy.”

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Standring is a syndicated columnist with GateHouse Media and former president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Her new book has advice from 15 op-ed journalists, including the Boston Globe’s Ellen Goodman and Derrick Jackson. Standring said her book will be used in journalism courses at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maine and Penn State. . . .

Andrew Pantuosco of Quincy has joined Braintree-based Kirkland Albrecht & Frederickson, a certified public accounting firm, as a tax accountant II. He had been with Novogradac & Co. in Boston, and is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. . . .

Duxbury-based VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline station operator, gave two checks for $500 each to Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Barry Ahern, VERC’s director of operations and human resources, gave the checks to Cynthia McNally, Trinity’s regional director, and school principal Annette Bailey, on behalf of VERC Randolph Mobil and VERC Pembroke Mobil. . . .

G-Force Shipping in Norwell was named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner by the US Chamber of Commerce, said company CEO Scott Guilbeault, who said the company’s revenue has grown to $10 million from $6.7 million in the past calendar year. It is expected to crack Inc 500’s top 500 US companies for growth this year, he said.

The chamber will name seven regional finalists March 19, and all small business award winners will be honored at the 10th Annual America’s Small Business Summit in June in Washington.

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