BOSTON COLLEGE CLASS OF 1982


Diane Sarno Howard A&SWindham, NH
Once I graduated from Boston College in 1982, I was hired as a software engineer for MITRE Corporation and have been there for almost 30 years!  I then went on to obtain a master’s degree at Northeastern University in Computer Science.   I currently reside with my husband and two children in Windham, NH.  My daughter just graduated from University of New Hampshire this May 2012 with a Math degree (same as my degree) and got a great job offer in New Hampshire in software.  My son is attending Tufts University as a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.  My husband graduated from University of New Hampshire so we are always rivals in sports especially when B.C. beats UNH in hockey!  Go B.C.!! 
I have made lifelong friends with my B.C. commuter buddies!  I loved hanging out in the Biology building with my friend John Bolger, class of 1981.  John was a Biology major and a year older than me.  Since I was not interested in the sciences, it was nice to be able to hang around the science buildings with John (and of course, we did study but I always studied with his bio friends!).  I am still friends with John today and am grateful for having such a fine friend in John and my other B.C. commuter friends.  Monica Silvey, class of 1982, is my best friend and I met her next to last day in the commuter’s lounge!   She is the sweetest girl I’ve ever met. 
I’ve been to the Boston College 25th reunion for the class of 1982, and it was wonderful!  Looking forward to the 30th reunion! 

Diane Sarno Howard A&S
Windham, NH

Once I graduated from Boston College in 1982, I was hired as a software engineer for MITRE Corporation and have been there for almost 30 years!  I then went on to obtain a master’s degree at Northeastern University in Computer Science.   I currently reside with my husband and two children in Windham, NH.  My daughter just graduated from University of New Hampshire this May 2012 with a Math degree (same as my degree) and got a great job offer in New Hampshire in software.  My son is attending Tufts University as a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.  My husband graduated from University of New Hampshire so we are always rivals in sports especially when B.C. beats UNH in hockey!  Go B.C.!! 

I have made lifelong friends with my B.C. commuter buddies!  I loved hanging out in the Biology building with my friend John Bolger, class of 1981.  John was a Biology major and a year older than me.  Since I was not interested in the sciences, it was nice to be able to hang around the science buildings with John (and of course, we did study but I always studied with his bio friends!).  I am still friends with John today and am grateful for having such a fine friend in John and my other B.C. commuter friends.  Monica Silvey, class of 1982, is my best friend and I met her next to last day in the commuter’s lounge!   She is the sweetest girl I’ve ever met. 

I’ve been to the Boston College 25th reunion for the class of 1982, and it was wonderful!  Looking forward to the 30th reunion! 

(Mary) Gail Gottlieb A&SBrandon, FL
I was very involved in social justice issues while at school and B.C.’s social justice center, Haley House on Hammond Street, felt like a home away from home. When registration for the draft was reinstated in the wake of the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, I joined the throngs of activists headed to Washington to protest. Our mainly Catholic-centered group shared a bus with a more militant group from Boston and the spirited discussions lasted through the night as we made our way south. It was friendly debate among intelligent people of good will but often with very different perspectives. At some point I remember someone creating an impromptu song with the refrain, “Oh, the Catholics and the Marxists can be friends!” and everyone howled with laughter. How different the world looks now, after decades of ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan, the fall of the Soviet empire, Marxism’s dwindling fashionableness, Jimmy Carter’s esteemed post-presidency career, and new social justice and political issues which most of us couldn’t have envisioned at the time. Still, that sense of being young and ready to change the world for the better is a priceless gift. The memories of it are timeless.

(Mary) Gail Gottlieb A&S
Brandon, FL

I was very involved in social justice issues while at school and B.C.’s social justice center, Haley House on Hammond Street, felt like a home away from home. When registration for the draft was reinstated in the wake of the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, I joined the throngs of activists headed to Washington to protest. Our mainly Catholic-centered group shared a bus with a more militant group from Boston and the spirited discussions lasted through the night as we made our way south. It was friendly debate among intelligent people of good will but often with very different perspectives. At some point I remember someone creating an impromptu song with the refrain, “Oh, the Catholics and the Marxists can be friends!” and everyone howled with laughter. How different the world looks now, after decades of ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan, the fall of the Soviet empire, Marxism’s dwindling fashionableness, Jimmy Carter’s esteemed post-presidency career, and new social justice and political issues which most of us couldn’t have envisioned at the time. Still, that sense of being young and ready to change the world for the better is a priceless gift. The memories of it are timeless.

Michael J. Sonier  A&S

Center Valley, PA
I am married to Karen P. Sonier, and have 2 children.  I received at MBA from from Bentley College, Waltham, MA.

Ken Kavanagh ’82 CSOM
Fort Myers, FL

Married to Mary Kavanagh for 24 years.  They have 5 children together ( Megan – deceased; Rose – Notre Dame ’13; Mitch – Univ. of Florida ’15; twins sons Quinn and Jack – high school ’14)

Director of Athletics at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) since 2009
Previously served as AD at Bradley University (Peoria, IL)  1996-2009
Worked at Bowling Green State University 1987-96
University of Notre Dame (Graduate Assistant) 1985-87
Worked at Yale University    1982-85

Graduate Education:University of Notre Dame, M.B.A ‘87