Sigma Theta Tau International | Alpha Chi Chapter

Boston College

Connell School of Nursing

Alpha Chi nurses in Haiti

Father Edward J. Gorman Dinner

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm - Maloney 365

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Father Gorman was one of a few Jesuit priests who accepted the teaching assignment to travel from the Heights to 126 Newbury St Boston, the initial location (1947 – 1964) for the Boston College School of Nursing classes.

Father taught philosophy, mainly logic and ethics, but became the faculty advisor of the student government association and, even more importantly, a mentor and friend to the students.

Some Jesuits came for a few hours of teaching.  Father Gorman was available all day, every day with an open door.  The number of students occupying chairs or the office floor testified to appreciation of his ability to listen and sometimes to give advice.

Problems ranged from requests to have bibs and aprons like the uniforms of other schools, to tuition increase concerns, to romantic difficulties or joys.

Father Gorman participated in Newbury St. socials and traveled to spaghetti suppers at clinical residences and summer gatherings including out-of state trips.

He had a rich tenor voice and could be counted on to sing, especially “Danny Boy”.

Father Gorman was in demand by alumnae (at the time all women)  for weddings and baptisms.  His generosity of time and spirit epitomized the qualities celebrated in the humanistic nursing lecture series established by Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International

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