We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Louise M. (McGillivray) Clark, passed peacefully in her sleep on May 21, 2022. She was born in 1929, and grew up during the depression and World War II. She told stories of blackout curtains, and rationing. Her girlfriends from elementary, high school, and college remained close throughout her life. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed competing in basketball, women’s soft ball, and watching baseball with her father.
Louise graduated from Arlington High School in 1947 and then earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. It was during her college years where she met and married her husband, former Navy Fireman First Class, Robert Clark. Louise told a story about being served a glass of champagne during the wedding reception (1951), but it was snatched away by her father because she was underage. Family life happily progressed with a growing family of six children, loving parents, friends, and family.
In 1955 they built a house on her father’s beach property in Hampton NH which was a wedding gift. Louise told a story of being pregnant and roofing the house while her husband and his brother installed wiring and plumbing inside the house. Summer beach life continued with family and friends as holidays were celebrated with entertainment provided by children playing guitars and singing around the beach bon fire. The beach cottage was rented as a source of income as needed.
In 1969 Louise’s husband was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors predicted he would live only six months, but with the support and strength of family and friends, he lived and survived three years. This is the year that Louise began her work at Boston College Law School as a support staff and in 1974 was promoted to Director of Admission, Financial Aid, and Records.
Her professionalism, candor, and sensitivity to special characteristics of individual applicants delivered successful recruitment efforts that expanded the applicant pool, improved matriculation of a talented and diverse entering class each year. At the national level, Louise was a distinguished member and leader with the Law School Admission Council, the Board of Directors of the National Network of Law School Officers, and the Northeast Association of Pre-law Advisors. Former Boston College President, Fr. Monan, SJ awarded Louise the Founder’s Medal in recognition of her contributions to legal education and the Boston College Law School. Upon her retirement, the state of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts presented Louise with an official citation in recognition of 25 years of dedicated service.
Louise believed in small kindness that may have big impact. Personal contact to enhance community.
Louise is survived by three daughters, Mary Cahill of Framingham, MA; Catherine Cafferty of Highland Village, TX; and Christine Perocchi of Plymouth, MA. Her grandchildren include Allyson Cafferty of Seattle, WA; Brittany Cafferty of Long Beach, CA; Catherine Mullin of Marston Mills, MA; Zachary and Matthew Perocchi of Plymouth, MA. Great grandchildren include William, Benjamin, and LillyAnne Mullin.
Family and friends will honor and remember Louise’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham on Tuesday, May 31st from 2-4 & 6-8PM. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday morning in Saint Ignatius Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave. Chestnut Hill, MA at 10 o’clock. Interment will be private.
Memorials or donations are requested in lieu of flowers by making a gift to ALS.org or the Boston College Law School.
The mass is being live streamed and can be seen by using the following link at 10 AM on Wednesday morning, https://youtu.be/-ZUtCvZGHr0